On 5 March 2015, the European Commission launched the consultation on the list of projects proposed for the Projects of Common Interest (“PCI”) label in the field of smart grid. The objective of this consultation is to seek views on the proposed Smart Grid PCIs from an EU energy policy perspective on security of supply, market integration, competition and sustainability. The consultation will remain open until 15 April 2015.

Further information on the consultation and how to submit your contribution is available by clicking here

Projects of Common Interest – Legislative Background

Regulation (EU) no 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (the “TEN-E Regulation”) identifies 9 priority corridors and 3 thematic areas (smart grids deployment; electricity highways; cross-border carbon dioxide network) and defines a procedure and criteria for a project to become a PCI. In October 2013, the European Commission published the first Union-wide list of PCIs and in accordance with the TEN-E Regulation, the list is to be updated every two years.

PCI evaluation process

PCIs are identified by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of ministries, national regulatory authorities and the gas and electricity transmission system operators and project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission.

Project promoters submit the Smart Grid project proposals for which they want to obtain the status of PCI to the Regional Groups for assessment. Regional Groups will then evaluate the projects against the criteria in accordance with the TEN-E Regulation, in particular, the contribution of the projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition. The final list of projects obtaining PCI status will be released in summer 2015.