Between a trans-European super grid and local energy islands – the right mix of decentralised solutions and centralised structures for an economically, socially and ecologically sustainable energy transition

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  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator: Alessandro RIZZI, Assistant: Denise IVANOVICH
  3. Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting:  September 2020
  4. Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session:  September 2020


Falling prices for solar panels and electrical storage systems are opening up new possibilities for local electricity generation and decentralised energy supply, which can also deliver increased local security.

The opinion is considering the economic, social and ecological advantages and disadvantages of decentralised solutions and the development of trans-European infrastructure, trying to identify criteria that could help decide whether network congestion should be dealt with by expanding transmission lines or by supporting decentralised energy projects. The opinion is therefore reviewing the physical and digital architecture underpinning the decentralised energy supply structures, while also evaluating the appropriate mix between investments in decentralised solutions and investments in trans-European infrastructure.