Key findings
Comparing to the projects identified in ENTSO-E's pilot TYNDP 2010, the report finds that one in three planned investments are experiencing delays in implementation due to long permitting processes. This is why ENTSO-E considers the Commission's proposals on fast-tracking of transmission infrastructure projects in its draft Energy Infrastructure Package and in particular the proposal on a one-stop-shop and defined time lines for permit granting procedures as a most positive step forward.

The TYNDP 2012 identifies the need to invest €104 bn in the refurbishment or construction of roughly 51 500 km of extra high voltage power lines clustered into 100 investment projects across Europe. 80% of the identified 100 bottlenecks are related to the direct or indirect integration of renewable energy sources (RES) such as wind and solar power. Such massive development of RES is the main driver behind larger, more volatile power flows, over longer distances across Europe.

The commissioning of projects of pan-European significance could result in CO2 savings of 170 MtCO2, of which 150 MtCO2 results from the connection of renewable generation technology and 20 MtCO2 which stem from savings due to further market integration.

Extending the grid by only 1.3% a year enables adding 3% generation capacity and the reliable integration of 125 GW of renewable energy sources. For less than 2ct per kWh of end-users' electricity bills over the decade, the TYNDP 2012 proposed investments allow achieving the EU energy and climate goals in the most efficient and secure way.

Read TYNDP 2012 here

Source: ENTSO-E