Ten-Year European Network Development Plan


Terna is a member of the ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators, which represents 41 TSOs belonging to 34 countries, including the countries of South-Eastern Europe (excluding Albania and Kosovo).

Since March 3, 2011, under the terms of the EU's so-called “Third Energy Package”, the ENTSO-E, which is based in Brussels, has been the official organization for cooperation of all grid operators at the community level. The activities of the ENTSO-E are carried out in close coordination with the European Commission and the Agency for the Cooperation of national Energy Regulators (ACER).

European Network Codes

The ENTSO-E has the task of preparing European Network Codes, on the basis of the annual priorities defined by the European Commission and in conformity with the ACER guidelines. The European Network Codes refer to connection to the grid (generators, distributors and end users), to the market and to operation of the electricity system: once they have been finalized, including a process of consultation with the reference stakeholder, they will be adopted by the European Commission through the Comitology process, becoming supra-national and binding legislative acts which will prevail over the national codes as regards cross-border questions.

In 2011, the European Commission, the ENTSO-E and the ACER established a three-year work programme which provides for the composition of twelve European Network Codes for the electricity industry and which takes into account the political conclusions of the European Council of February 4, 2011, which fixed 2014 as the term for completing integration of the national and regional electricity markets.

In order to achieve this 2014 objective, the ENTSO-E is already working on composing nine Network Codes. Two of the codes on the subject of connection, and one on the subject of the market, were already submitted for ACER's opinion in 2012, while the remaining six will be assessed by ACER during 2013. All the codes, however, must be approved by the European institutions to then become binding by 2014.

Transparency of the markets

The ENTSO-E contributes to energy market transparency, through the establishment of a centralized platform for the publication of privileged data and information. During 2013, the European Commission will adopt community guidelines on the subject of transparency, prepared with intense involvement of the ENTSO-E. In order to respond better and more rapidly to the requirements of the Commission's Regulations, the European grid operators are already updating the centralized platform.

Ten-Year European Network Development Plan

The ENTSO-E prepares the Ten-Year European Network Development Plan (TYNDP), starting from the national investment plans, and taking into account the community guidelines regarding the trans-European energy network. In addition, the TYNDP identifies the need to develop cross-border capacity and any possible obstacles, such as those deriving from authorization procedures.

The Plan is published every two years: the 2012 edition was published in June of last year. Together with the other TSOs, Terna is already working on the next edition which will come out in 2014. The new Plan will be made up of six regional investment plans, the Development Plan for the European grid, and the report on the forecast scenarios and adequacy of the European electricity system. In addition, this edition will, for the first time, feature forecasts on the state of the grid in 2030. This vision for 2030 represents an intermediate step in the modular development of the “Electricity Highways” of 2050, inserted among the objectives of the European Commission “Energy Roadmap 2050”, in order to complete decarbonisation of the European electricity system by that date.

Among the numerous mandates assigned to the ENTSO-E by the Third Energy Package, there is also publication of European Research and Development Plans regarding the electricity transmission industry. For this reason, in 2012, the ENTSO-E published a Ten-Year 2013-2022 Roadmap, which identifies technological gaps which need to be closed in order to achieve the 20-20-20 community objectives set in 2009, and a 2014-2016 Implementation Plan, which defines the priority R&D themes which the European transmission system operators must launch in the next three years.