In 2012, the European Commission asked the team to assist with the selection of PCI for new electricity grid infrastructures as part of a new planning process that is based on involvement of stakeholders in several working groups. The main objectives of the study were to develop together with the Commission a methodology for assessing the grid infrastructure projects handed in by project promoters and to contribute to a selection of PCI projects that is supported by the stakeholders.
Our approach to this study in the light of the objectives and key issues led us to develop a methodology based on the following elements:
- Data gathering through project promoter questionnaire;
- Stakeholder dialogue and consultation;
- Development of the methodology for assessing the potential projects of common interest;
- Analysis, prioritisation and selection of PCIs
On 14 October 2013, the European Commission adopted a list of 248 key energy infrastructure projects. These projects have been selected by twelve regional groups established by the new guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E), assisted by the methodology developed. For a project to be included in the list, it has to have significant benefits for at least two Member States; contribute to market integration and further competition; enhance security of supply, and reduce CO2emissions. Carrying the label “projects of common interest” (PCI) they will benefit from faster and more efficient permit granting procedures, improved regulatory treatment and access to financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
Additional information regarding the Projects of Common Interest can be found in DG ENER’s website.