currENT Response to National Development Plan of the Hellenic Electricity Transmission System for the period 2023 - 2032

February/March 2022

We believe that renewable generation and energy efficiency are the first order solution for taking the Fit for 55 ambition and the Climate Law from promise to practice. Renewable-based electricity solutions can meet more than 70% of our total energy needs by 2050. Making the ‘can do’ a ‘will do’ requires powerful yet climate-proof ‘clean’ power grids. Such grids are already possible today. 

Power networks – both transmission and distribution – have to become even stronger enablers and accelerators of the energy transition, paving the way for further electrification, rising demand and sector coupling. Enabling network technologies will assist and promote the integration of higher levels of renewables. These state-of-the-art technologies must be implemented now and in the years to come to future-proof the grid, and ultimately deliver on the Paris Agreement and European Green Deal. Therefore, energy system operators must be informed, encouraged and incentivised to update their toolbox for existing and future grids. 

currENT thanks the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO/ADMIE) and the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) for the opportunity to contribute to this NDP and proposes five key points for consideration: 

1. GRID ENHANCING TECHNOLOGIES ARE READY FOR WIDE-SCALE USE IN GREECE 

2. INTRODUCE THE NOVA PRINCIPLE IN GREEK GRID PLANNING 

3. INNOVATIVE NEW GRID SOLUTIONS MUST BE ADDED TO THE NETWORK PLANNING TOOLBOX 

4. RAPIDLY DEPLOYABLE SOLUTIONS ENABLE DELIVERY OF PROJECTS AND RENEWABLES INTEGRATION 

5. COMPLEMENTARY SOLUTIONS OPTIMISE THE USE OF THE EXISTING GRID 

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