European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI)

The European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) is one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-Plan).

The strategic objectives of the EEGI are:

  • to transmit and distribute up to 35% of electricity from dispersed and concentrated renewable sources by 2020 and a completely decarbonized electricity production by 2050;
  • to integrate national networks into a market-based, truly pan-European network, to guarantee a high-quality of electricity supply to all customers and to engage them as active participants in energy efficiency;
  • to anticipate new developments such as the electrification of transport;
  • to substantially reduce capital and operational expenditure for the operation of the networks while fulfilling the objectives of a high-quality, low-carbon, pan-European, market based electricity system.

The SET Plan supports European energy and climate policies through technology innovation. It aims to coordinate efforts at national and EU level through joint strategic planning and effective implementation mechanisms. European Industrial Initiatives are industry-driven strategic technology alliances to address key low-carbon energy technologies.

ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, representing 42 Transmission System Operators (TSOs) from 34 countries. Founded in December 2008, it’s legal raison d’être is Regulation (EC) 714/2009 on electricity cross-border exchanges.

EDSO for SmartGrids (European DSO Association for SmartGrids) has recently been created by a number of Distribution System Operators and is open to wide membership. The two associations, jointly with the European Technology Platform SmartGrids  play an important role in the planning, monitoring and dissemination of this initiative. In the dissemination of the results regarding the distribution network, Eurelectric also plays a key role.

The EEGI Roadmap 2010-18 and Implementation Plan 2010-12 was prepared by ENTSO-E and EDSO for SmartGrids in close collaboration with the European Commission, ERGEG and other relevant stakeholders. The first EEGI roadmap 2010-2018 was approved by the European Commission and the member States in June 2010. GRID+ project is upgrading the roadmap to cover new research, innovation and knowledge needs in response to recent EU energy policy evolutions.

In 2013 an upgraded version has been produced within the GRID+ project in order to cover new R&I and knowledge needs in response to recent EU energy policy evolutions. The intense involvement of ENTSO-E and EDSO for SmartGrids, is to be highlighted.

In addition the EEGI Implementation Plan has also been updated based on the new EEGI R&I Roadmap. It summarizes the priorities which projects launched in the period 2014-2016 should focus on regarding both transmission and distribution aspects. It will be published by end April 2013.

Download EEGI Roadmap 2013-2022 
Download EEGI R&I Implementation Plan 2014-2016 
Download SET Plan brochure