As part of its European Green Deal communication, released on 11 December 2019, the European Commission suggested a possible revision of the Trans-European Networks – Energy (TEN-E) Regulation (347/2013) by Q4 2020. In the light of this new EU flagship initiative aiming to make the EU’s society carbon-neutral by 2050, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Green Deal on 14 January, broadly calling “for a revision of the trans-European energy (TEN-E) guidelines before the adoption of the next list of projects of common interest (PCI) in order to align the legislative framework with the priority of smart grid deployment and to prevent the lock-in of carbon-intensive investments”. Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) proposed another motion for resolution on 2 March. It is more specific, calling on the Commission to ensure that a recast proposal is presented before the end of this year. Moreover, the Commission should propose transitional guidance on spending under the Connecting Europe Facility and on the selection process of the 5th PCI list.
E.DSO greatly welcomes the Parliament’s proposal, calling upon the Commission to work on a recast before the end of this year. We also strongly suggest consulting relevant stakeholders, including DSOs, early in this process.