Brussels Tuesday, May 3rd 2016


Policy regions needed to achieve the Renewables Target for 2030

With the energy transition, European countries need more and more to rely on and coordinate with each other to guarantee security of supply and well-functioning markets. ENTSO-E favours the creation of "policy regions" to advance further on regional coordination of energy policies. Transmission system operators will on their side fulfil their commitment towards more cooperation in their area of expertise.

European customers would benefit immensely if energy mix, renewables support schemes, capacity mechanisms, planning of interconnectors, adequacy and risk preparedness would be discussed and coordinated regionally. Policy regions could make this happen without taking away the final decision-making from individual member states. For maximum efficiency, policy regions should gather representatives from ministries, regulators, transmission system operators, stakeholders as well as the EU institutions. Policy regions in Europe have already delivered successfully. Now it is time to expand, covering more parts of Europe and widen the scope.

"Policy regions are needed bringing political, regulatory and technical/ commercial competences together based on common values and common concerns. A history of cooperation and trust helps to speed up the integration process", Bente Hagem, Chair of the Board of ENTSO-E, suggests and continues "voluntary cooperation and manageable size should be guiding principles".  

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