Completing the map - Power system needs

What should the cross-border grid look like in 2030 and 2040 to create maximum value for Europeans and deliver on the climate agenda?

93 GW

cross-border capacity increases needed by 2040

110 TWh/year

avoided curtailed energy by 2040

53 Mton/year

avoided CO2 emissions by 2040

What should the electricity grid look like in 2040 to create maximum value for Europeans, ensure continuous access to electricity throughout Europe and deliver on the climate agenda? What would be the cost for Europeans of not having the right electricity infrastructure by 2040?

ENTSO-E provides some answers to these questions in a study investigating borders where new solutions for electricity exchange are needed to reach decarbonisation targets and keep security and costs under control. Overall, the benefits for Europeans of a fit-for-purpose network with the right investments in the right places – in terms of electricity prices, continued access to electricity and completion of climate objectives - far outweigh the necessary efforts which will need to be mobilised in the next decades for its construction.

Visualise System Needs and the benefits of addressing these needs on a range of indicators, including avoided curtailed energy, reduction of CO2 emissions, overall system costs and marginal costs of electricity.

In 2030:

In 2040:

System needs at PCI Corridor level (version before public consultation)

Power System Needs, 2018 edition (Final version)

Previous editions

The System needs study was released as separate documents for the first time in 2017.