Power Lines

  The extension of renewable energy sources has progressed rapidly in recent years and is approaching the European Union's 20-20-20 targets, set for 2020:

- 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels;

- raising the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20%;

- 20% improvement in the EU's energy efficiency.

 
By contrast, the development of the necessary transportation and distribution networks is lagging behind everywhere. The age of existing networks and remaining network reserves must also be taken into account. These factors hinder both an increase in competition on the European single market and the security and sustainability of energy supplies for future generations. The availability of renewable resources also varies among regions; not all areas of the country have abundant renewable energy resources. Moreover, renewable resources often are located in remote areas. Moving this power to where it is needed requires an adequate transmission system