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EU grid plan urges doubling of capacity by 2030

EU grid plan urges doubling of capacity by 2030

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European TSOs published a 10-year plan that identifies the need for a doubling of high-voltage power lines with 50,000km of new cables by 2030 at an investment cost of up to EUR 150bn.

The 2014 Ten Year Network Development Plan is still at the draft stage and the European network of power TSOs (Entso-E) has called for feedback from stakeholders in a public consultation.Entso-E outlines 100 spots on the European grid where bottlenecks exist already or may develop depending on the level of renewables deployment by 2030.The bulk of the 479-page report is taken up by summaries and cost-benefit analyses of 125 projects of “pan-European significance”, chiefly cross-border and undersea transmission cables.The plan is non-binding, intended to guide EU and national policy making. Entso-E’s public consultation closes on 20 September.

Doubling Capacity
Full implementation would see Europe’s interconnection capacity double by the end of the next decade, said the chair of Entso-E’s board Pierre Bornard, who is deputy CEO in charge of European affairs at RTE France.

“In 15 years, we double something that is one century old,” Bornard told reporters in Brussels ahead of the consultation.

The improved grid would be able to transmit renewable power to where it is needed, to the point where 60% of Europe’s needs could be met by such intermittent sources, Entso-E estimated.

To achieve this, a third of the envisaged cost would cover 20,000km of mainly undersea high-voltage cables to integrate the Iberian peninsula, Italy, the Baltic States, Ireland and the UK with mainland Europe.

Uncertainty
The biggest challenge to planning a transmission network a decade in advance is the need to forecast where and how power will be generated in the future.

“The most important factor of uncertainty today is generation,” said Bornard.

EU governments have yet to agree on a proposal from the European Commission for a target of 27% renewable energy in the EU mix by 2030 – a decision expected in time for a summit in October.

To attract the private sector funding that will be needed, there must be a “stable and clear regulatory framework”, Bornard said.

A key question is how investments are remunerated, such as the tariffs TSOs can charge for access to their cables, he added.

 

Source: http://www.montel.no/StartPage/SubPage.aspx?id=529562

 

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