Energy infrastructure is a key enabler for decarbonising the electricity grid and the energy sector more widely. The rapid deployment of renewable and efficient energy technologies over the next 15 years requires parallel massive investments in electricity grids. This includes grid expansion and reinforcement, new interconnections, and the development of green hydrogen production and transmission infrastructure.
The Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP), developed biennially by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and Gas (ENTSOs), is used to identify these future power systems needs for the integrated European electricity and gas systems. It is a key tool used by decision-makers and private investors to develop an energy infrastructure plan which will enable a clean and secure energy transition, and direct financial flows accordingly.
The TYNDP provides a vision of the possible evolution of the European power sector, projecting energy supply and demand between now and 2050. Three scenarios are provided to explore possible variations in the evolution of the energy sectors: National Trends (reflects national policies), Distributed Energy and Global Ambition (two different decarbonisation pathways, self-developed by the ENTSOs, which reflect the EU’s commitment to -55% GHG emissions by 2030, net-zero in 2050 and aims to limit average global temperature increase to 1.5℃).
The most recent 30-year energy outlook can be seen in the draft TYNDP 2022 Scenarios Report. This was published on 7th October 2021 for public consultation, which closes on 18th November 2021.
All stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback on the scenario framework here. Based on the feedback provided, the ENTSOs will update and develop the scenarios further to be used in the Final TYNDP 2022 Scenario Report (to be released in early 2022)