RGI’s work on ENTSO-E's Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) and European Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) has a strong emphasis on making both procedures more transparent and legitimate, allowing stakeholders to find better information and more opportunity to contribute to the processes. This included a revision of the social and environmental indicator of the TYNDP CBA methodology and helping to enhance exchange between the PCI regional groups and civil society. However, more work is to be done.

The TYNDP and the process of selecting PCIs are today the two tools which determine European grid priorities. As a consequence, they are loaded with high expectations to provide answers on recurring doubts and concerns of different stakeholders, such as

  1. whether grid development is indeed a contribution to the energy transition or whether it is not rather driven to strengthen a status quo.
  2. whether it is technically possible to build an electricity sector on a large share of volatile renewables without loosing out on security of supply and
  3. whether individual projects could not be avoided if a different (more decentralised, higher energy efficient, seizing storage at a larger scale, smarter, more small-scale and flexible) future scenario was planned for.

To be able to respond to these concerns, work in two areas is needed. On the one side, both TYNDP and PCI process have to become better in fulfilling a communication purpose. When developed, neither was meant to translate the outcome of all modeling analyses to interested or concerned non-expert stakeholders. However, this is what is needed to provide an appropriate reaction to some of the above concerns.

In addition, TYNDP and PCI selection take rather conservative approaches in looking into a renewables-based future. They do not consider what would happen if more extreme low carbon scenarios where the basis of their planning while this is exactly what many stakeholders wish to get answers to.

It is a further role of RGI, to regularly discussing these challenges with both ENTSO-E and DG Energy and seek opportunities to move ahead on both communicating better and adding more ‘visionary’ scenarios to the discussing of the future of the electricity sector.


Antina Sander
Deputy Executive Director

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