ENTSO-E releases its annual report 2011 "Completing the Internal Electricity Market by 2014: The Challenges for Europe's Transmission System"

Brussels, (PresseBox) - ENTSO-E's annual report 2011 provides an account of the association's work and activities in the past year. It describes progress made in the areas of system development, system operations, research and development and emphasizes TSOs' efforts in contributing to the completion of internal electricity market.

On 4 February 2011, the Heads of EU Member States set an ambitious target date of 2014 for the completion of the Internal Energy Market (IEM). In this policy context ENTSO-E's 2011 annual report highlights TSOs' efforts in contributing to the achievement of this important European energy policy objective, without neglecting the association's full breath of activities in the past year.

The coming into application of the Third Legislative Energy Package for the IEM on 3 March 2011 was an important step towards the creation of the IEM, but ENTSO-E stresses in this annual report that further efforts still need to be made before electricity can truly flow freely across Europe.

Market integration will only become a reality when adequate transmission capacity is available to support it, both across borders and within Member States. ENTSO-E's ten-year network development plan 2012, released for public consultation on 1 March, found that market integration requires the construction or reinforcement of 18,200 km of power lines across Europe throughout the next decade. However, one in three planned investments is experiencing delays in implementation due to long permitting processes or lack of public acceptance.

This is why ENTSO-E considers the Commission's proposals to speed up decision making for transmission infrastructure projects a positive step forward.

Editorial notes

The adoption of an annual report is a legal requirement by Regulation (EC) 714/2009, which is part of the Third Legislative Energy Package for the IEM. In compliance with this requirement, the annual report has been submitted to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) for Opinion.

On 19 October 2011, the European Commission unveiled its proposal for a Regulation on "Guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure", aiming at ensuring that strategic energy networks are completed by 2020.

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