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The ENTSO-E Annual Report 2012: Europe's Low-Carbon Challenge and the Electricity Network
The ENTSO-E Annual Report 2012 opens with an overview on the challenges of decarbonising Europe and integrating increased amounts of intermittent energy from renewable sources (RES). The steep growth in RES generation is affecting almost every aspect of Transmission System Operators' (TSO) operations, both for current operations and for future system development. Integrating RES, as part of the EU's 2020 objectives and with a perspective to 2030 and 2050, is one of TSOs' key challenges, along with ensuring a secure and reliable system and promoting the further development of the internal electricity market.
ENTSO-E 2012: Powering through the Network Codes
2012 was a landmark year for ENTSO-E's development of network codes in support of Europe's energy policy objectives. The network codes will become legally binding Regulations after passing through an elaborate drafting process including Comitology.
Once adopted, the codes will enable increased integration of renewable energy; allow customers to better manage their energy consumption; and improve the operation of Europe's interconnected transmission network. Each of the nine network codes currently in development, from initial groundwork through to final submission, is giving ENTSO-E the opportunity to engage in close consultation and collaboration with industry-wide stakeholders.
Besides progress on network codes, the Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview on all of ENTSO-E's deliverables, against the 2012 work programme. These include important tasks related to infrastructure development, market integration, cooperation on system operations and research & development.
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