Notice to promoters of projects within Ireland in the context of the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on guidelines for trans-European Energy Infrastructure.

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Notice


to promoters of projects within Ireland
in the context of
the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the
Council on guidelines for trans
-
European Energy Infrastructure.


This notice is
intended
to draw industry attention to the
above proposed
regulation
, published in O
ctober 2011

and specifically to an associated EU call for
expressions of interest
here
.

The
revised text
of the

proposed
regulation (
se
e link)
is currently under negot
iation and is therefore subject to change.

Once
nego
tiations are concluded and the r
egulation is in force it will replace the
existing Guidelines for Trans European
Energy Infrastru
cture Networks.


The

proposed

r
egulation aims to create the regulatory framework necessary to
facilitate the significant investment needed in EU energy infrastructure,
particularly electricity and gas networks, to meet 2020 energy and climate change
target
s and longer
-
term low carbon and energy security objectives.

A feature of
the proposed regulation

is

designation as a

P
roject

of
C
ommon
I
nterest (PCI)
.
Such
projects should potentially benefit,
inter alia
, from streamlined permitting
and consenting procedu
res and will be monitored closely during their
development phase.


Ireland is in two electricity corridors: Northern Seas offshore grid (NSOG); and
North
-
South electricity interconnections in Western Europe (NSI West
Electricity). Ireland is
also
in one g
as corridor: North
-
South gas interconnections
in Western Europe (NSI West Gas).

The three thematic areas
applicable to all
Member States
are: smart grids deployment; electricity highways; cross
-
border
carbon dioxide network
.


In the proposed r
egulation p
ro
ject
promote
rs are defined as transmission system
operators or distribution system operators
or other operators or investors
developing a project of common interest.


Though still under negotiation, the European Commission is undertaking
preparatory work i
n regional groups corresponding with the corridors on
potential electricity and gas PCIs.

That work draws

in the first instance on the
Ten
-
Year Net
work Development Plans (TYNDP)
, with

the objective of
identifying the

first group of potential PCIs
,

and in a
dvance of the formal
adoption of the
regulation
. This process would be repeated every two years once
the
regulation

is in fo
rce. The regional groups are

EU
Commission chaired with
Member States, Regulators and Transmission System Operators also
participati
ng
.


The
Regulation

defines a procedure and criteria for projects to become PCIs:


• projects must be necessary for the implementation of the concerned energy
infrastructure priority corridor or area;

• they must provide potential benefits outweighing th
eir costs;



they must involve at least two Member States, either by directly crossing their
borders or by having a significant cross
-
border impact;

• they must contribute to the key energy policy objectives of the EU (market
integration,

sustainability,
inter alia through large
-
scale integration of
renewables, security of supply; each to be measured by quantifiable indicators).


Designation of a project as a PCI is required for eligibility for financial assistance under
the Connecting Europe Facility, al
so currently under negotiation.


The EU Commission has published a request for information about non
-
TYNDP
projects for PCI identification.


Project promoters

are accordingly invited to propose projects to the

European

Commission

by the deadline indicated
on the EU
Commission website and below

which have potential to be PCIs.



Please address enquiries for

f
urther information
to the EU Commission website
and contact address below.

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/infrastructure/consultations/20120607_non_tyndp_pr
ojects_en.htm



E
-
mail :
ener
-
b1
-
projects@ec.europa.eu


Po
stal
address:

European Commission

DG Energy
-

ENER.B1

Networks and regional Initiatives

Rue De Mot 24

B
-
1049 Bruxelles

Belgium

Please note the timescales for submission of project information

to the EU
Commission

(with further details online):


Stage 1: fr
om 23/05/2012 to 07/06/
2012
:

Initial project information

Stage 2: Pro
ject promoters will subsequently

be invited to submit further
information on how their projects
fulfil

the criteria set out in the draft
regulation on guidelines for trans
-
European
energ
y infrastructure by 13/7/

2012.


Submissions should also be

copied to
pciproposals@dcenr.gov.ie

for
information.


List of Corridors/Thematic Areas


Priority Electricity Corridors:

1.

Northern Seas Offshore G
rid (NSOG)

2.

North
-
South electricity interconnections in Western Europe (NSI West
Electricity)

3.

North
-
South electricity interconnections in Central, Eastern and South
Eastern Europe (NSI East Electricity)

4.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan in electrici
ty (BEMIP)


Priority Gas Corridors:

5.

North
-
South gas interconnections in Western Europe (NSI West Gas)

6.

North
-
South gas interconnections in Central Eastern and South Eastern
Europe (NSI East Gas)

7.

Southern Gas Corridor (SGC)

8.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnecti
on Plan in gas (BEMIP Gas)


Priority Oil Corridor:

9.

Oil supply connections in Central Eastern Europe (OSC)


Priority Thematic Areas

10.

Smart grids deployment

11.

Electricity highways

12.

Cross
-
border carbon dioxide network