2European Electricity Grid Initiative Roadmap and Implementation planMay 25th 2010Version V2
The European energy and climate change targets for 2020 and beyond require a major acceleration of the development and deployment of cost-effective low-carbon energytechnologies, as proposed in the SET Plan. A
single, stronger and smarter Europeanelectricity grid will have a central role to accommodate the resulting massivedeployment of renewable and decentralised energy sources.
The European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) proposes a 9-year European research,development and demonstration (RD&D) programme initiated by electricity transmission anddistribution network operators to accelerate innovation and the development of the electricitynetworks of the future in Europe, a so-called
. The Smart Grid will be a user-centred, market-based, interactive, reliable, flexible, and sustainable electrical network system. Its deployment will start progressively over the period from 2010 to 2030 and resultin benefits such as:
Increased hosting capacity for renewable and distributed sources of electricity;
The integration of national networks into a market-based, truly pan-Europeannetwork;
A high level of quality of electricity supply to all customers;
The active participation of users in markets and energy efficiency;
The anticipation of new developments such as a progressive electrification of transport;
An economically efficient deployment of future networks, for the benefit of gridusers;
The opening of business opportunities and markets for new players in the smartgrids arena.In particular, the EEGI is an enabler of all SET Plan low-carbon technology initiatives, in particular on solar and wind generation, since future electricity networks will connect newenergy resources to the final users and enable the management of complex interactions between energy producers and users.A European-level planning and implementation of the EEGI RD&D programme is necessaryto avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts, promote the replication of new developments andthe exchange of best practices. In case of European transmission networks and markets it iscrucial to ensure appropriate cross-border coordination of planning and operations. TheInitiative will also promote solutions that support European standardisation andinteroperability.The proposed RD&D programme focuses on system innovation rather than on technologyinnovation, and addresses the challenge of integrating new technologies under real lifeworking conditions and validating the results. The network operators are responsible for thesecure operation of the electricity system: they need therefore to lead the tests of newsolutions through large scale demonstration projects. The demonstrations of newdevelopments will allow evaluating their benefits, estimating their costs, and preparingscaling up and replication for an accelerated take-up by all network operators.