More than 100 projects of European significance demonstrate how European TSOs plan the transmission infrastructure to support the fundamentals of EU energy policy – market integration, the integration of renewable energy sources and security of supply.   


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 studies find that 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, mostly North-South from Scandinavia to Italy, between mainland Europe and the Iberian peninsula, Ireland and UK; or East to South and West in the Balkan peninsula.


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.


Since producing the pilot TYNDP, ENTSO-E's aim has been to improve methodologies, enhance stakeholder interaction and adopt an approach to perform studies based on both bottom-up and top-down scenarios. As such the 2012 plan represents a significant step along this road and proposes a structure that provides both a pan-European overview of transmission planning as well as a detailed depiction of transmission investments at regional level. In addition, the Scenario Outlook and Adequacy Forecast 2012 – 2030 gives an update of the TYNDP scenarios and a vision onto the year 2030.


Public consultation and workshop
With the release of the TYNDP 2012 package, ENTSO-E launches a public consultation on the documents, allowing all interested parties to comment on the package. Stakeholders are reminded that all comments must be submitted via ENTSO-E’s dedicated web consultation interface by 26 April. A corresponding stakeholder workshop will be held on 28 March in Brussels.


Editorial Notes
The release of the TYNDP package 2012 complies with the requirements of Regulation EC 714/2009, in force since March 2011, in particular Art. 8.3-b requiring ENTSO-E to adopt a non-binding Community-wide 10 year network development plan including a European generation adequacy outlook, every two years.


ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, representing 41 Transmission System Operators (TSOs) from 34 countries, founded in December 2008. TSOs are responsible for the bulk transmission of electric power on the main high voltage electric networks, one of the most important infrastructure backbones of Europe’s service and industrial economy. ENTSO-E’s legal basis is Regulation (EC) 714/2009 on electricity cross-border exchanges, mandating to draft network codes and non-binding community-wide ten-year network development plans.