- Generation adequacy
The UCTE system adequacy reports have repeatedly warned over the especially tense situation
in Italy with a structural dependency on bulk electricity imports.
More generally, UCTE (together with ETSO, the TSO association in charge of regulatory and
market issues for the TSO business) called already for regulatory framework that should rely on a
sound design for economic signals in order to avoid catastrophic technical backfire.
If national energy policies would continue to give wrong or even contradictory investment signals
and lead more countries to also rely on imports instead of own local generation and transmission
infrastructure, this would lead to the concentration of generation in a few areas and to long-distance
bulk electricity transits (as in North America from Canada to the New York area), which
would be detrimental to the reliability of the European grids.
- Transmission Infrastructure issues
It is more and more difficult to build new interconnection 380 kV facilities. Authorization proce-dures
tend to be longer and longer, leading to a risk in terms of transmission adequacy and secu-rity
issues. In this respect, easier procedures for top priority electric transmission infrastructures
would be most welcome. Especially projects labeled by EU “of common interest” in the field of
trans-European networks should swiftly be prioritized at national level.