The modern EU energy infrastructure is an integrated market, the priority of which is the development of secure energy supply to the EU member states within the global climate and energy objectives.
The European Wind Energy Association WindEurope took part in a meeting on the development of Trans-European energy priority corridors (TEN-E). One of the main objectives of the conducted negotiations was the determination of infrastructure projects that produce maximum benefit to the European energy market and the definition of a correct methodology, by which these projects may be evaluated. For example, the conferees exchanged recommendations on the specifics of the new methodology that will be used by the European network of power transmission system operators in their cost-benefit analysis for infrastructure projects for the next ten-year network development plan. Effective projects can be given a priority status and an access to pan-European financing.
The final list of projects is planned to be published by November 2017 (after an extensive public discussion announced by the European Commission, which will allow to entertain an opinion of all concerned ten-e consultations).
Subsequent to the results of the meeting held, five priority corridors were distinguished: “North-South”, “North-South-East”, “The Baltic Region”, “The North Sea Region” and a group of “Smart grid” (smart grid – systems of transmitting electricity from the generation site to the consumer, which independently trail and distribute electric power flows in order for energy use to be as efficient as possible).
An update on the geographical location of project proposals is displayed at an interactive map of the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission: