Digitalisation is one of the key enablers for a successful energy transition towards a carbon emission free energy supply. The new electricity system generates massive amounts of data on, for example, weather forecast, electric vehicle charging, traffic and security. This data from households, buildings, communities and industry helps to control and forecast energy flows. The opportunity and the challenge is to manage all this data in ways that facilitates life for the users of the electricity system and avoid that the exchange of data is choking the system.
In this new paper T&D Europe outlines how digitalisation and data help the EU to achieve its energy and climate objectives. It also provides a number of recommendations for shaing the legislative and regulatory framework for data sharing, which is one of the prerequisites to make the energy system ready for the decarbonised future.
The Energy Transition is a process driven by the aim for more sustainable energy sources enabled by technological progress. T&D Europe members are fully committed to bring Europe to a low carbon economy in 2050. Our technologies can enable power systems accommodating the integration of the increasing share of renewable and distributed energy sources.
The new energy reality will be increasingly decarbonised, digitised and decentralised. At the same time citizens will be able to actively manage their energy consumption and production as a prosumer, as part of a microgrid or otherwise engaging with a much more flexible electricity grid. New digital tools, data access and analytics will facilitate and enable this interaction.
Can the EU make the low-carbon economy a reality? Yes, we can. All the necessary technological solutions are already available and sometimes part of the energy system. Its capacity to innovate enables the European T&D sector – as global technology leaders – to design, develop and deliver new products and solutions.
However, more needs to be done to allow market players to invest in new capabilities, such as prosumption, microgrids, automation and digitalisation of the distribution grid, incorporating storage.
T&D Europe has identified the key building blocks for the construction of the low-carbon economy: microgrids, e-mobility, data interoperability, cybersecurity and smart digital grids can turn ambitions and vision into reality.
In a series of 5 publications T&D Europe outlines the path towards a low-carbon future. Our views on electro-mobility, microgrids and smart digital grids are available for download on the T&D Europe website.
T&D Europe looks forward to discuss the way forward with policy-makers and stakeholders. Interested in continuing the conversation with our experts? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Member States have handed in their draft national energy and climate plans for assessment by the European Commission.
A coalition of organisations including T&D Europe have co-signed a letter making recommendations to the the Commission for addressing the contribution of demand side flexibility and system efficiency in the national plans.
These resources need to be taken into account as they would not only benefit and empower end-consumers, but would also reduce total system demands and costs, enable the integration of larger shares of renewables and contribute to building Europe’s clean and smart energy leadership.
Read the letter here in the position papers section.
T&D Europe, Europe’s grid technology providers, has always supported a responsible usage of SF6, and T&D Europe members have achieved a continuous emission reduction over the years. Discussions related to the existing EU F-Gas regulation open an opportunity to propose actions for further reduction of SF6 emissions in Europe.
Europe needs to accelerate the transformation towards a fully decarbonized electricity and system. The transmission, distribution and cable technologies are already available. To make the system future-proof it is necessary to unlock investments in grid reinforcement.