System needs – Completing the map

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? Furthermore, what would be the cost of not having the right grid by 2040?

ENTSO-E provides some answers to these questions by releasing bi-yearly six Regional Investment Plans and a pan-European identification of System Needs analysis. 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.

The 2020 system needs analysis and regional investment plans will be released in May 2020.

Previous editions

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