Around 51 500km of power lines will either be refurbished or built from scratch in a package of more than 100 projects unveiled today by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).
Germany leads the way on investment, with projects worth EUR 30bn due to go ahead in a bid to accommodate renewable energy in the wake of the German government’s decision to withdraw from nuclear power.
Next is the UK with a schedule of works costing EUR 19bn which is intended to harness power from offshore wind farms.
However, ENTSO-E has found that one in three planned investments are experiencing delays in implementation due to long permitting processes and the group is urging the European Commission to allow fast-tracking of transmission infrastructure projects.
Jean Verseille, chairman of Entso-e’s system development committee, said: “Projects are delayed in almost every part of Europe. Permitting is still the most challenging issue for us.”