European Energy Studies Volume VII - The European Supergrid

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Energy has always been a potential positive European cooperation and integration factor. Providing zero-carbon power to homes and businesses across the EU will require an open market in electricity, underpinned by both upgraded and new trans-national transmission networks. Building this network in time to meet the 2050 challenge will require action now. Supergrid will allow Europe to transform its present energy system, still mainly based on fossil fuels, to one that is sustainable since it will not only be able to optimise all generation (energy mixes) of the Member States but will also be able to integrate all renewable energy sources that Europe wishes to exploit. This book will show that the above could be implemented today if there was the political will do so followed by the implementation of the necessary regulatory instruments. The different chapters will lead us through the period when the idea of a European Supergrid was just a vision to the reality of the technological developments that make it possible to have such a transformed energy system in the near future. Europe can afford a transformed energy system. Investing in all these new technologies that can limit global warming to 2°C has, of course, a cost but the cost of doing nothing would be much higher and not only in terms of money.

Edited by
Ana Aguado Cornago
CEO, Friends of the Supergrid, Brussels

Written by
Ana Aguado Cornago, Pierre Bernard, Mike Boden, Ernesto Bonafé, Pierre Bornard, Marcello del Brenna, Magnus Callavik, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Eddie O'Connor, Manjinder Dhesi, Julia Dragon, Philipp Godron, Ramona Huuva, Gerhard Imgrund, Nikola Kuljaca, Norman MacLeod, Anne-Katrin Marten, Leonardo Meeus, David Navidad Mencía, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Jürgen Neubarth, Macro Peronaci, Julian Popov, Zafar Samadov, Frank Schettler, Maher Soyah, Jacques Vandermeiren, Dirk Westermann, Robert Whitehouse, Wilhelm Winter


  • Is all about a European integration project at social and economic level
  • Proposes the way to a new sustainable energy system.
  • Focuses on optimising the energy mix of the EU and its transition to the use of local resources
  • Includes up-to-date information on technology developments from the European industry
  • Explains how the external energy dependency could be reduced while increasing Europe’s security of supply


ISBN 9789077644263
ISBN ebook 9789077644270
Publication Date April 2015
Nr of Pages 250
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