New priorities for 2020 and beyond : the European Commission adopted In a Communication, EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil.


Energy infrastructure: Commission proposes EU priority corridors for power grids and gas pipelines

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The European Commission today presented its energy infrastructure priorities for the next two decades, aimed at making networks fit for the 21st century. In the Communication, the Commission defines EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil. This map of priorities will serve as a basis for future permit granting and financing decisions on concrete EU projects.

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, said: “Energy infrastructure is key to all our energy goals: from security of supply, the integration of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency to the proper functioning of the internal market. It is therefore essential that we pull together our resources and accelerate the realisation of EU priority projects.”

The Communication defines a limited number of EU priority corridors for which urgent development is needed to deliver on European Union policy goals of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply by connecting those member states which are almost isolated from other European energy markets, by massively strengthening existing cross-border interconnections and by integrating renewable energy into the network. Based on these pre-defined corridors, concrete projects of “European interest” will be identified in 2012, which should benefit from EU financing and building permits, including a time limit for final decision while ensuring full respect of EU law, in particular environmental legislation and public participation. In planning and implementing these projects, the Commission favours regional cooperation between countries. It further defines longer-term goals, such as “European electricity highways”.

In the electricity sector four EU priority corridors are identified

* An offshore grid in the Northern Seas and connection to Northern and Central Europe to transport power produced by offshore wind parks to consumers in big cities and to store power in the hydro electric power plants in the Alps and the Nordic countries.

* Interconnections in South Western Europe to transport power generated from wind, solar, hydro to the rest of the continent.

* Connections in Central Eastern und South Eastern Europe, strengthening the regional network.

Integration of the Baltic Energy Market into the European market.

In the gas sector, three EU priority corridors are identified:

· Baltic Energy Market Integration and connection to Central and South East Europe

· North-South corridor in Western Europe to remove internal bottlenecks and enable best use of possible external supplies.

Background:

The EU committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, to increase the share of renewable energy to 20% of final energy consumption and increase energy efficiency by 20%. To meet these energy and climate goals, around 200 Billion Euro must be invested in the energy transport alone, in gas pipelines and power grids. It is estimated than only part of this will come from the private sector, leaving a financial gap of 100 Billion Euro.

Related documents (PDF) :

Communication “Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond – A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network” 

Impact Assessment

Summary of the Impact Assessment

Commission Staff Working Document on refining and the supply of petroleum products in the EU

Questions & Answers: Energy infrastructure [MEMO/10/582, 17/11/2010]All available translations.

Factsheet “Energising Europe”

Map “European energy infrastructure priorities for electricity, gas and oil”

MEMO/10/582.

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Europe’s energy infrastructure is outdated

“The EU pays the price for its outdated and poorly interconnected energy infrastructure” admits the European Commission in its newly published communication “Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond”. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) believes the aim of the Commission’s Blueprint, to build an integrated European energy network, is crucial for Europe’s future prosperity.
“If governments do not get behind the proposal for a European grid, we will face an absurd situation in which renewable energy capacity is being built, but no adequate grid exists to deliver the 34% of renewable electricity needed by 2020 to reach the EU’s binding renewable energy targets”, warned Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive Officer of EWEA. “Without a European grid there can be no single market in electricity, and no effective competition in the electricity industry. That’s bad for consumers small and large.”
“If permitting procedures for grids and infrastructure projects of European interest are not improved and better coordinated, the EU will fail to meet its energy and climate objectives”, warned Kjaer.

EWEA believes it is vital for the European Commission to propose new financial solutions to finance the new infrastructure, including regulated rates of return for infrastructure projects of European interest.
“The European Commission has presented an ambitious and farsighted vision”, said Kjaer. “The test will be whether the legislative proposals next year on financing and permitting match the scale and ambition of that vision”.

EWEA is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the utilisation of wind power in Europe and worldwide. It now has over 650 members from almost 60 countries including manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies and consultants.

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