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Renewable energy demand to drive European transmission market

A rising demand for green electricity across Europe could boost investment in countries’ transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report says that key European countries, including Germany, France, UK, Norway, Italy, Ireland and France, will spend substantial sums on grid expansion and upgrade programmes in order increase security of electricity supply, deploy smart grid technology and accommodate new sources of power generation – particularly renewable.

“Renewable energy accounted for around 70% of the total power generation capacity additions made in the EU in 2012, and further additions are being introduced as a result of EU targets on reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase the share of renewables’ total energy consumption by 2020,” said Shivanshu Agnihotri, senior analyst at GlobalData.

According to the report, European T&D grids currently have issues related to network congestion and the integration of distributed energy resources. “The aging nature of the T&D networks in Europe has raised concerns regarding the stability of the electricity supply and has prompted a number of nations to frame policies for the incorporation of efficient technologies into the grid,” he added.

The need to increase cross-border grid interconnections will be another boost to the European T&D market, as it could lead to competition in the power market and the potential reduction of power prices. By providing a broader generation base, interconnections can improve energy supply security and reduce the need for the additional construction of power generation capacity.

“Europe is expected to invest heavily in the establishment of transmission infrastructure as it strives to create cross-border grid interconnections and harness the energy generated from renewable sources around the continent,” Agnihotri concludes.

The report, Power Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Scenario in Europe - Infrastructure, Investment and Regulations Analysis to 2020, can be purchased here.

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