EU wind group backs €100bn pan-European network

An EU wind group has backed plans for a €104 billion (£87bn) pan-European electricity network. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) claims it would cost less than 1% of the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

An EU wind group has backed plans for a €104 billion (£87bn) pan-European electricity network.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) claims it would cost less than 1% of the consumers’ total electricity bill.

The plan – drawn up by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) – would bring Europe a step closer to a pan-European grid.

It comes as MEPs and Member States debate the European Commission’s draft infrastructure package published in November 2011, which proposes €9.1 billion for funding energy infrastructure projects considered “of common interest”.

EWEA backs the plans but wants the EU to make sure important projects aren’t missed by the plans.

Paul Wilczek, EWEA’s Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor said: “This plan must now be taken as a blueprint for the future of Europe’s grids but it is not yet clear whether the Commission will consider supporting projects not included in ENTSO-E’s plan. EWEA believes viable and useful projects should be supported even if they are not yet part of the latest ENTSO-E plan.”