Politicians to Acknowledge Urgency of Major Grid InvestmentsBy Ewea, PRNE
Monday, November 22, 2010
BERLIN, November 23, 2010 - The EU and Member States need to acknowledge the urgency and importance
of major grid investments, according to a joint statement by the European
Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), the
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the German Engineering Federation
(VDMA Power Systems) and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE).
The statement was issued to mark the start today of a major conference
organised by EWEA together with ENTSO-E, VDMA Power Systems and BWE in Berlin
on Europe's electricity grids, GRIDS 2010. It comes just one week after the
European Commission proposed a blueprint for an integrated European energy
network which will now be considered by the Member States and the European
Parliament. The blueprint proposes a new financial instrument and faster
permitting procedures for 'electricity highways' of European priority.
The four organisations say that the EU and Member States should:
- speed up permitting for grid investments, - support speedy integration of wholesale electricity markets in Europe, and - help finance new infrastructure through adequate and stable regulation and, when needed, EU funds and European banks.
The statement goes on to underline: "the European Union, Member States,
and regulators must make it a priority to set appropriate regulatory and
financial frameworks to facilitate cross-border interconnection capacities,
key European corridors for electricity trade, offshore grids, and even a
Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA, said: "Grid operators, the wind
industry and power system engineers are sending a clear message to Europe's
politicians. A quarter of a century ago Europe's leaders agreed on the Single
European Act, creating the free movement of goods, services, capital and
labour, to the benefit of European citizens everywhere. It is about time that
Europe's current leaders add a fifth freedom: the free movement of
electricity throughout Europe."
Daniel Dobbeni, President of ENTSO-E, said "All concerned parties agree
about the urgency and importance of grid investments. Generating a common
understanding of the gap between the present and future situations in terms
of integration for wind energy, EU-wide transmission capacities, offshore
girds or supergrids is a major step forward towards achieving the 2020
objectives as well as for policy initiatives like the Commission's blueprint
for an integrated EU energy network.
Hermann Albers, President of BWE, the German Wind Energy Association,
said: "Wind energy will contribute significantly to the achievement of the
ambitious renewable energy targets set by the European Union for 2020. For
fully exploiting all benefits derived from the growth in wind power, grid
integration and grid extension are essential prerequisites - both at the
national and at the European level."
Thorsten Herdan, Managing Director VDMA Power Systems, said: "For the
future success of manufacturers of wind turbines and all other power systems
on the European market the optimisation, reinforcement and extension of the
power grid has to keep up with the speed of the change of the power mix.
Modern turbines, engines and storage are part of the solution. Without major
grid investments even the most modern power systems will not secure supply."
For more on GRIDS 2010: www.ewea.org/grids2010
Peter Sennekamp: Media Officer, Mobile: +32-496-91-93-15, peter.sennekamp at ewea.org
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