Register I Accelerating the Energy Transition: Moving towards a coordinated Approach

Join us on the 21st of September at 11:00-12:00 CET in our fifth episode of the webinar series ‘Accelerating the Energy Transition’, in which currENT invites you to discuss Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) and its intention to modernise Europe’s cross-border energy infrastructure to support a climate-neutral economy based on carbon-free energy.  

In April 2021, the EU reached an agreement on a new EU Climate Law, turning the political commitment of the EU Green Deal into a mandatory obligation of the 27 Member States to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% before 2030 and achieve climate neutrality before 2050. By mid-century, a carbon-neutral European economy will require that the electricity supply be decarbonised by 2035, therefore insisting on a massive build-out of renewable energy. That, in turn, must be preceded by infrastructure, onshore and offshore, that can distribute three times as much power as today, seamlessly throughout Europe as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.  

On 11 June, EU Energy Ministers reached a general approach to the Commission’s December 2020 proposal on TEN-E revision. The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on its position in the autumn. The TEN-E revision proposal acknowledges the increased need for greater cooperation on infrastructure planning and development, including with third countries. Meanwhile, the European Parliament has published its report on the European Commission’s strategy on offshore renewable energy. Locating renewables where the resource is strongest, including offshore, will lead to a more cost-efficient and effective grid. But to do so, we need a joint approach to developing the energy system that will move power from areas of great resource to demand centres. As the Council and European Parliament positions are going into the final negotiations on the TEN-E Regulation, the webinar will discuss the TEN-E revision as well as: 

  • The move towards a coordinated approach to European grid infrastructure planning and development, 
  • The benefits of shared infrastructure,  
  • The need to increase capacity for moving power.   


(5 mins) Introduction and moderator – Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament
(5 mins) Alignment with the European Commission’s proposal – Raphael Sauter, voice of DG ENER
(5 mins) Comments on the amendments from Shadow Rapporteur Erik Bergkvist, Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
(5 mins) Perspective from ENTSO-E – Dimitrios Chaniotis, Senior advisor RTE & Vice Chair of System Development Committee ENTSO-E
(5 mins) The role of innovative grid technology in Europe’s future energy system – John Fitzgerald, Board member CurrENT, CEO SuperNode
(30 mins) Discussion plus questions from the audience moderated by Pat Cox.