The Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MITECO) has published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) the Ministerial Order that initiates the process of preparing the new planning of the electric power transport network with horizon 2021-2026. This new planning of transport infrastructures will be an essential instrument in the achievement of the targets set in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC for its acronym in Spanish) 2021-2030, sent for processing to the European Commission and whose approval will occur on January 1, 2020.
The PNIEC is the roadmap up to 2030 of the strategy defined by the European Commission on energy and climate change, with the aim of a decarbonized European society with energy supply based entirely on renewable energies by 2050.
This planning will also contribute to the commissioning of new international interconnections
This planning will also be an essential instrument for the achievement of the Internal Energy Market in Europe through the commissioning of new international interconnections.
Red Eléctrica de España, as operator of the system, has a period of three months to receive proposals for the development of the electric power transport network with horizon to 2026, sent by the electricity sector, the autonomous communities, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and of Melilla and the developers of new electricity generation projects.
Principles of planning: transport network
The principles defined for the preparation of the new planning include among others the fulfillment of commitments on energy and climate that are specified at the national level in the PNIEC 2021-2030, as well as maximize the integration of renewable energy in the electrical system and enable to feed the network in areas with high development potential. In addition, the improvement and upgrading of the existing network and the use of new technologies will be a priority. Finally, economic efficiency, reduction of technical constraints and losses of the network will be taken into account; and all this while guaranteeing security of supply.
No facility that does not present a positive cost / benefit analysis may be carried out
The initial proposal for the development of the transport network will include, for each of the new infrastructures, a report justifying its contribution to the principles defined for planning, as well as development alternatives and the reasons that support the option chosen as optimal for the electrical system. In such a way that no facility that does not present a positive cost / benefit analysis can be carried out.
The process of preparing the electricity transport network planning is defined as a transparent and participatory process involving the subjects interested in the development of the transport network and the society represented by the autonomous communities, establishing procedures for the participation of all potential stakeholders.