The transition of the EU energy system is both deep and rapid, driven by changes in technology, economics, policy constraints and consumer choice. Yet energy networks evolve more slowly: infrastructure investments are often capital-intensive, time-consuming to plan and construct, and once built have a lifetime of multiple decades. The infrastructure policy framework of today needs to be fully aligned with the transitions of the future. This paper reviews the macro-trends of the changing energy system and how the next generation of EU energy infrastructure policies can successfully adapt.
E3G 11th Dec 2017 read more »