The Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG) has called for more action to be taken by the European Commission to develop grid infrastructure. The creation of a pan-European transmission network is crucial for the development of competitive energy markets. The Supergrid will help to optimize the energy mix in Europe, integrate renewable energy and achieve EU climate and energy goals.
FOSG welcomes the positive message of the draft guidelines on environmental and energy aid regarding cross-border energy infrastructure projects and Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). FOSG believes however, that the guidelines should not be limited to the PCIs, but should also apply to all cross-border infrastructure projects. These project should include nodal connections, i.e. transmission networks that split off to connect into multiple jurisdictions, and other projects included in the TYNDP that meet the requirements of the draft Guidelines.
Additionally, FOSG considers it essential that Member State capacity mechanisms take into account the role existing and future cross-border interconnectors can play in ensuring generation adequacy. Member States should be encouraged, through these and other Guidelines, to allow generation capacity from neighbouring countries to participate in national capacity market auctions.
Full response available at: http://supergrid.brussels/fosg-response-to-the-ec-draft-guidelines-on-environmental-and-energy-state-aid-for-2014-2020/