ENTSO-E favours the creation of "policy regions" to advance further on regional coordination of energy policies. Transmission system operators will on their side fulfil their commitment towards more cooperation in their area of expertise.
European customers would benefit immensely if energy mix, renewables support schemes, capacity mechanisms, planning of interconnectors, adequacy and risk preparedness would be discussed and coordinated regionally. Policy regions could make this happen without taking away the final decision-making from individual member states. For maximum efficiency, policy regions should gather representatives from ministries, regulators, transmission system operators, stakeholders as well as the EU institutions. Policy regions in Europe have already delivered successfully. Now it is time to expand, covering more parts of Europe and widen the scope.
"Policy regions are needed bringing political, regulatory and technical/ commercial competences together based on common values and common concerns. A history of cooperation and trust helps to speed up the integration process", Bente Hagem, Chair of the Board of ENTSO-E, suggests and continues "voluntary cooperation and manageable size should be guiding principles".
ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators) represents 42 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) from 35 countries across Europe.
Bente Hagem is Chair of the Board of ENTSO-E and Executive Vice President in Statnett.