The TYNDP is a collective exercise. The quality of its output very much depends on ENTSO-E's ability to engage as early and as extensively as possible with all parties that have an interest in how the power grid is designed. Learn how ENTSO-E did it in 2016 and how it plans to increase participation in 2018.Print Page (save as PDF)
Grid planning - why we all should care
How do I secure my access to electricity at all times at the flip of a switch for a reasonable price and without negatively impacting the environment? This is a question that matters for everyone in today’s modern societies. Electricity is increasingly key to our way of life. As Europe gears up to fulfil its objectives and its international commitment on climate, more electricity will be needed for our transport, our heating and cooling, our smart homes, our electrified lifestyle. This is why planning the power grid of the future is of interest to all.
If the power sector is the engine of the energy transition, the grid is the ‘transmission belt’. Europe needs a fit-for-purpose grid to connect smart cities with one another, to shift large volumes of renewable energy from one part of Europe to the other, to accommodate new technologies and energy models and serve more and more active customers.
The TYNDP, as a joint European grid planning exercise, offers high quality answers to this founding question: what grid does Europe need to decarbonise its economy? Since 2013 , the TYNDP is also the first step in a long process identifying the urgent European infrastructure projects – the so-called projects of common interest (PCIs).
For all these reasons, as many parties as possible should be concerned about the quality of the TYNDP, get involved and support ENTSO-E in its effort to make the process even more open and collective.
How and when to best engage with stakeholders
Public concerns need to be dealt already in the earliest phase of grid development, i.e. the point in time when the need for a new power-line is being determined. Projects, which are needed to fulfil a broad societal wish, e.g. to allow for an increased share of renewables, are more acceptable for many stakeholders than those where this is not visibly the case.
The public needs to understand why a new line or piece of infrastructure is needed. The sooner and the better one can demonstrate how a project is supporting broad societal concerns such as climate protection or security of supply, the bigger the chances are of gaining public support.
Therefore, already the process of developing future electricity scenarios needs to be participative and transparent.
Furthermore, many stakeholders understand that infrastructure is an enabler of energy policy choices. For others, the linkage between future scenario development and modelling on the one hand, and grid needs on the other, is however far from clear. Therefore, providing transparency also requires explaining in proper language how the electricity system functions and how decisions on infrastructure affect electricity generation options, and vice versa.
The TYNDP does evaluate the importance of proposed power-line projects against different future scenarios, hence contributing to the identification of the most robust future grid development needs. Its legitimacy is therefore an important building block in European grid infrastructure support.
ENTSO-E is focusing especially in its forthcoming TYNDP on how to increase stakeholder engagement in the early phases of grid development. Improving in this area is clearly one of the big levers for gaining support for the projects.
Participation in the TYNDP - how is it being done
There is a bouquet of possibilities to get engaged in the TYNDP:
- online public consultations advertised in advance on entsoe.eu.
- public workshops which tend to be web streamed.
The best way to keep up-to-date is to register on entsoe.eu to the ENTSO-E newsletter. Each Friday, a round-up is sent with what happened over the week and what is coming up including consultations, workshops and events. This is the first action to take for not missing anything. All stakeholder events can also be found on entsoe.eu/tyndp
The Network Development Stakeholder Group
ENTSO-E has created the Network Development Stakeholder Group. This is a permanent group gathering in a single setting 16 European organisations which represent a wide spectrum of stakeholders: consumers, NGOs, public authorities, regulators, generators, traders, manufacturers, other grid operators’ associations, etc. The Network Development Stakeholder Group is about building longer term relations with the key representatives of the full power sector chain and try and reach common decisions. More information on the Group can be consulted on entsoe.eu/tyndp.
Impressions from some stakeholders
Friends of the Supergrid is highly committed to contribute to the improvement of the TYNDP and consequently the PCI process. The Network Development Stakeholder Group offers us the opportunity to stay well informed about TYNDP decisions that will affect our member companies. We highly value the efforts made by ENTSOE to improve the transparency of the TYDNP process. For the future, we would like to see further improvement in the decision making process of the group, i.e. information to be circulated in advance of the meetings so that informed decisions can be taken.
RGI has over time used the Network Development Stakeholder Group as an entry-point to discuss with ENTSO-E possibilities of making the TYNDP more relevant to the stakeholder group we represent. One example of this is how the social/environmental indicators of the CBA have been developed into actual sources of information away from being colour codes only. RGI sees still room for improvement on stakeholder interaction. It also requires investment of time and effort to be an active stakeholder and resource constraints make it sometimes hard for organisations like RGI to be fully engaged.
ENTSO-E also meets with stakeholders on a bilateral basis. It has also regular meetings with ACER, the European Commission, and Members of the European Parliament as well as representatives of member states.
Since 2016, ENTSO-E organises regional conferences to raise awareness in regions of European issues and vice-versa. The audience is a mix of regulators, ministries, and civil society of the region concerned. Each regional conference will have a dedicated session on the TYNDP. The first conference in the Baltic Sea Region on 1 June 2016 focused for example on how to better integrate the Baltic power system to other parts of the European power system. Next stops of this ENTSO-E regional tour: Central Europe in Bratislava on 23 September and South Eastern Europe in Thessaloniki on 3 November.
Advisory Council In the second half of 2016, ENTSO-E will see the creation of a new high level Advisory Council with leading representatives of key parties interacting with ENTSO-E. It will issue opinions on the annual work programme and other important issues related to the work of the association including the TYNDP. The opinions of the Advisory Council will be made public.
Looking back: the TYNDP 2016 – when, what and your suggestions
ENTSO-E has organised 22 stakeholder interactions specifically for the TYNDP 2016, including [5 public consultations, 9 public workshops] (https://www.entsoe.eu/major-projects/ten-year-network-development-plan/ten%20year%20network%20development%20plan%202016/stakeholder-interaction/Pages/default.aspx) and [8 meetings of the Network Developpement Stakeholder Group] (https://www.entsoe.eu/major-projects/ten-year-network-development-plan/long-term-network-development-stakeholder-group/Pages/default.aspx). Additionally ENTSO-E regularly met with the European Commission, ACER and non-ENTSO-E project promoters.
From each interaction ENTSO-E learns what the stakeholders want from the TYNDP. All the received feedback is noted and answered to either in a report or directly in the following events on the same topics .
Stakeholders helped with their feedback not only to improve the quality of the content. They also positively influenced the format of the TYNDP making it a more accessible and user-friendly document. Also at the requests of stakeholders, the data used in the TYNDP studies has been made available online and an interactive TYNDP map was published (entsoe.eu/tyndp).
Looking forward: the TYNDP 2018
The TYNDP 2018 is already in the making with the first consultations on scenarios and the revision of the cost/benefit methodology for projects having been kicked off in spring 2016.
However in an effort to engage early on with stakeholders, ENTSO-E will consult in the summer 2016 on the very design of the TYNDP 2018: what the TYNDP should be to become an efficient tool for stakeholders. This consultation will be organised jointly with the consultation on the TYNDP 2016 final report. Visit entsoe.eu/tyndp and/or register to the ENTSO-E newsletter