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The Benefits of Investing in Electricity Transmission: A Case Study of Northern Europe


Arno Behrens


Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Christian Egenhofer


Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jonas Teusch


Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

January 16, 2012

CEPS Special Reports

Abstract:     
Electricity trading can bring down the costs of the EU’s transition to a competitive low-carbon economy, in particular by facilitating the integration of renewable energy from variable sources. This CEPS Special Report finds, however, that insufficient grid infrastructure and regulatory obstacles prevent the trading potential from being fully realized in northern Europe. While acknowledging that many inter-connector projects are under development, it identifies various barriers that are precluding the grid roll-out from taking place on time. The European Commission’s energy infrastructure package is an important step forward to overcome these barriers, but the authors warn that the scale and urgency of the infrastructure challenge call for significant further progress.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 52

Keywords: EU, electricity trading, low-carbon, renewable energy, European Commission, infrastructure

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Date posted: February 1, 2012  

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Behrens, Arno and Egenhofer, Christian and Teusch, Jonas, The Benefits of Investing in Electricity Transmission: A Case Study of Northern Europe (January 16, 2012). CEPS Special Reports. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1996548

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Arno Behrens (Contact Author)
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )
1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
Christian Egenhofer
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )
1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
Jonas Teusch
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )
1 Place du Congres 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
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