On 15 October 2018 the Commission is opening a call for electricity projects to be submitted as candidates for the fourth European Union ‘Projects of Common Interest’ (PCIs) list. Calls for PCI candidates in the priority corridors for gas, smart grids, cross-border carbon dioxide network, and oil will follow.
In accordance with the Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (No 347/2013), candidate projects in electricity must be included in the Ten Year Network Development Plans (TYNDP) developed by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for electricity (ENTSO-E).
Promoters of TYNPD projects wishing to become PCIs are now invited to participate in the call by submitting an application via the on-line submission platforms for transmission and storage projects. The TYNDP data will be directly retrieved from your TYNDP 2018 project sheet. The application will therefore be shortened and take about 15 minutes. You can apply as of today 15 October 2018 until 15 November 2018 at midnight.
What are the next steps after project submission?
Eligible projects will be assessed to identify if they address a European need that can be best solved through infrastructure. Projects that pass this test will be assessed against the criteria set out in the TEN-E Regulation to identify their contribution to the implementation of the respective energy infrastructure priority corridor and their fulfilment of the aforementioned criteria. Projects meeting all requirements of the Regulation and making the largest contributions will be proposed for inclusion in the Union list of Projects of Common Interest. The list will be adopted by the European Commission by the end of 2019 and published in the Official Journal by early 2020.
For more information, please consult the PCI list webpage regularly.