The release by ENTSO-E of the revised pilot Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) today
“marks a useful step towards a much-needed European electricity grid that interconnects national
electricity systems, benefits consumers, and enables the integration of large amounts of wind energy”
according to Justin Wilkes, Policy Director of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The pilot TYNDP acknowledges that “large grid investments must be undertaken at a quicker pace
than during the last years so as to achieve the contemplated EU 2020 targets.”
However, it only reflects the current plans of the TSOs and not the targets of the EU and its member
states. ENTSO-E promises to take into account the Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) that
Member States will submit to the European Commission this year. As a result, the report currently only
envisages that 25.5% of the power demand in the EU will be supplied by RES in 2020 – considerably
less than the 34% of electricity that the European Commission thinks will be provided by RES by 2020.