ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap Public Consultation launched

Brussels, (PresseBox) - Today, 17 September 2012, ENTSO-E launches the public consultation of the draft ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap 2013-2022. The consultation is open for a period of four weeks until 15 October 2012.

The Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap outlines a methodology for achieving the European climate energy objectives defined in the European Union’s (EU) “20-20-20” targets and the European Commission’s Roadmap 2050. It lays the groundwork for the upcoming electricity highways, smart grids and for the change to a low-carbon electricity system.

Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the strategic TSO R&D activities. This Roadmap has impacts and benefits not only for TSOs but also for society as a whole. Stakeholders are not limited to manufacturers, RES and generation sectors, distribution system operators, but also regulators, research institutes and other interested parties. By closely collaborating and sharing R&D investments, TSOs, partners and key stakeholders will be able to reach their key milestones and maximize results.

All comments on the draft ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap must be submitted via the ENTSO-E web consultation interface by Monday 15 October 2012.

Further information on the procedure to submit comments can be accessed here. All comments will be published when the web-based consultation has ended. ENTSO-E will review each comment and consider how and where improvements to the ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap may be made.

The release of the ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap 2013-2022 is scheduled for December 2012

EEGI Roadmap public consultation

In parallel to the ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap, the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) Roadmap will be in public consultation from 18 September until 15 October, to which stakeholders are also welcome to provide comments. As of 18 September the EEGI Roadmap public consultation may be viewed on the Grid+ website.

The mission of EEGI is creating an adequate European grid to achieve the European energy policy goals. It is one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The EEGI covers both transmission and distribution R&D activities, in which ENTSO-E contributes to defining the transmission R&D part. The core TSO R&D activities of clusters and functional objectives are defined in a consistent manner in both the ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap and the EEGI Roadmap. Therefore comments received on TSO R&D activities will be taken into account when considering improvements on both the ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap and the EEGI Roadmap.

ENTSO-E - European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity

ENTSO-E is mandated under Regulation (EC) 714/2009 and Directive EC/72/09 to adopt a document that provides a forward-looking vision on R&D performed by the association and its member TSOs. The ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap defines the core R&D activities of TSO’s within ten years, targeting twenty-year transmission system needs. Its predecessors are the R&D Plan 2010 and the R&D Plan update 2011.

The ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap consists of two parts, the main body and annexes. The main body outlines the need of R&D, the impacts and benefits for Europe as well as the investments and resources needed to achieve the objectives of the Roadmap. This part is oriented towards decision-makers, policy experts and other stakeholders. The two annexes are intended for a more technically oriented readership. Annex A contains comprehensive descriptions of the core R&D activities (clusters and functional objectives) and Annex B lays out a methodology for TSOs. Six distinct yet highly interdependent R&D clusters as destinations to differentiate the many tasks required to address the challenges of Europe’s rapidly shifting energy paradigm. Each cluster will help to facilitate collaboration between European TSOs, industry, research institutes and will provide a shared repository of ideas.

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