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Implementation - ENTSOE—European Electricity Grid Initiative and GRID+ Project

The Challenge

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In principle, solar and wind are more than enough to deliver any amount of energy that the world’s population might need. But these sources are usually best exploited in areas that are far from centers of demand. It is technologically challenging to transport electricity over large distances and even more to store it. As a consequence, electricity markets have tended to develop as regional markets.

ENTSOE—European Electricity Grid Initiative and GRID+ ProjectThe European Industrial Initiative on the Electricity Grid—the so-called European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI)—is one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan).

The strategic objectives of the EEGI are:

  • to transmit and distribute up to 35% of electricity from dispersed and concentrated renewable sources by 2020 and a completely decarbonized electricity production by 2050;
  • to integrate national networks into a market-based, truly pan-European network, to guarantee a high-quality of electricity supply to all customers and to engage them as active participants in energy efficiency;
  • to anticipate new developments such as the electrification of transport.
  • to substantially reduce capital and operational expenditure for the operation of the networks while fulfilling the objectives of a high-quality, low-carbon, pan-European, market-based electricity system.


The aim of the GRID+ project is to implement and support the networking process of the European Electricity Grids Initiative (EEGI) between the years 2012–2014, both within and beyond European borders. The GRID+ scope includes not only international but also national initiatives and projects. GRID+ plays an important role in networking national projects and initiatives. Thanks to this project, the EEGI will be in the position to enhance the delivery of the new knowledge needed to deploy Smart Grid solutions in the most effective way possible by the European network operators.

The GRID+ Project aims at designing a set of accompanying activities to make sure that the European Electricity Grids Initiative (EEGI) will pass through the critical 2012–2014 period. This involves preparation of FP8, initial operation of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), and increased specification duties of the network operators. At the same time GRID+ will:

  • deal with the most complex electricity system in the world and
  • address the five remaining critical issues: costs, benefits, key performance indicators, knowledge sharing and financing in involving all the stakeholders. Thus, ensuring the rational, fluid and stable EEGI workflow, in order to reach safely the 2020 European goals.


The GRID+ Project provides the necessary support to the EEGI Team gathering, in a structured and organized way, a team of top level players (research centers, SMEs, universities), in close coordination with the European network operators associations: ENTSO-E and EDSO4SG.

Mission

The overarching goal of the project is to implement and support the management, planning and networking process of the EEGI over the years 2012–2014, for a duration of 36 months, both within and beyond the European borders, which will enhance the delivery by the European network operators of the new knowledge needed to deploy Smart Grid solutions in the most effective way possible in EU27.

Objectives

  • MAP: To map the research, development and demonstration activities in support of Smart Grid deployment at transmission and distribution level, in Europe and abroad, against the priorities and goals of the EEGI roadmap.
  • INTERACT: To foster a networking process between EEGI projects and engage with the other Smart Grids initiatives worldwide.
  • MONITOR: To support the definition, validation, updating and use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to assess the progress of the initiative and the consistency of project proposals with the EEGI expected benefits and to achieve EEGI-related project goals.
  • REPLICATE: To support scaling up and replication activities with the help of methodologies based on project KPIs.
  • DISSEMINATE: To prepare the means and tools in view of the dissemination of the new knowledge from the demonstrators related to the EEGI towards the grids community and its stakeholders.
  • UPDATE: To provide three revisions of the EEGI implementation plan which include a benefit assessment based on the program and project KPIs.


Source:
www.entsoe.eu

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