RGI welcomes new Member Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN)

RGI warmly welcomes its newest Member, Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN). REN is a Portuguese TSO which operates and manages the main transmission infrastructure for electricity and gas.

In Portugal, REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais operates the main transmission infrastructure and undertakes the overall management of the national electricity and gas systems. REN also has a natural gas distribution concession in the northern coastal region of Portugal. Through Enondas - Energia das Ondas. S.A., which is 100% owned by REN, it holds the concession to operate a pilot area for generating electricity from sea waves.

REN also operates in the telecommunications business via RENTELECOM, which includes a range of services, such as infrastructure, managed services and consultancy.

REN is strongly committed to sustainable development, and so is consistently investing in promoting knowledge and in research and development, strengthening the relationship with all stakeholders and between the academic world and industry in order to anticipate the solutions to major technological and environmental challenges, nationally and internationally. Therefore, it also actively takes part in the construction of the European energy market and the future new generation of transnational infrastructures.

João Faria Conceição, REN Chief Operational Officer

"Continuing the path started in the recent past, Portugal will strongly expand renewable energy sources during the next decade, with Portuguese National Energy and Climate Plan defining a target of 9 GW of solar installed capacity in 2030 (from 2 GW in 2020).

REN is at the core of decarbonization in Portugal, enabling almost 13 GW renewables expansion in the last 15 years, while maintaining security of supply as priority in a context of coal phase out. We will continuously develop a safe and reliable energy backbone in the next years, doubling down on electrification between 2021 to 2024 and lead the decarbonization of the grids through hydrogen enablement.

Joining RGI will give us an opportunity to share our own experiences and learning with other European TSO’s and NGO’s, building a common knowledge on biodiversity protection whilst building and maintaining electricity networks and jointly find new solutions to avoid, mitigate, compensate and communicate the impacts that grid infrastructure may have."

We welcome REN to the RGI family and look forward to a fruitful collaboration!

Mara Radulescu
Manager - Communication

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