The electrical connection between Spain and France will be considered a priority in the European Union, following the presentation of the new strategy of the European Commission (EC).

Interconnections in southwestern Europe are necessary because the Iberian Peninsula is not sufficiently connected with the rest of Europe, summarized in a statement the EU executive.

In the words of European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, the main challenge will be to ensure that “a line that goes beyond the Pyrenees” and allow the Spanish energy production, particularly solar and wind, and other countries such as Morocco, can be transported to central Europe. Will have to wait until 2012 to have a specific list of projects, but thanks to yesterday’s decision proposals Gallo-Spanish border head start to get European funds.

“Interconnections in southwestern Europe are necessary because the Iberian Peninsula is not sufficiently connected with the rest of Europe”, outlined in a statement the EU executive. In the words of European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, the main challenge will be to ensure that “a line that goes beyond the Pyrenees” and allow the Spanish energy production, particularly solar and wind, and other countries such as Morocco, can be transported to central Europe.

Oettinger, who announced the measure, highlighted the importance of network integration in Europe and suggested that communications in the case of Franco-Spanish track are not limited to land but to explore ways through the Mediterranean and even the Atlantic.

In particular, Brussels considers the interconnection between Spain and France should be extended from the current 1,400 megawatts to 4,000 in 2020.

In addition to the interconnections of southwestern Europe with the rest of the EU, which include the passage between Spain and France, Brussels wants to improve a line that allows to bring wind energy produced offshore in the north of Europe member states plants.

The Commission estimates that it will take about 200,000 million euros investment to strengthen the electric and gas infrastructure until 2020. Half of this amount generated by the market itself, but the remaining $ 100,000 will require public and private support. The EC will provide a first step in this direction next June, when they propose a new financial instrument to support energy infrastructure projects of European interest in view of the new financial perspectives after 2013.

Oettinger announced that expects to have about 800 million euros from the EU budget for the next five years. Among the ideas proposed today in Brussels appears also to expedite the granting of construction permits, creating “smart networks” that allow real energy savings, increased efficiency and better integration of renewable sources.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has expressed its satisfaction with the measure, but says he is kept waiting to see whether the legislative measures proposed by Brussels next year keep the same level of ambition.

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