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Energy - Gauging the effectiveness of clean and renewable alternatives
“Providing Europe’s energy policy-makers with the information they need to plan for the sustainable supply and generation of electricity.”

The problem

A lot of information has been published in recent years on electricity provision and demand. However, convergent approaches to research and data handling have made it difficult to use these studies to assess future European energy requirements. Policy-makers need a critical review and evaluation of existing studies, papers and policy reports before they make important decisions about energy issues that will affect the economic and social life of Europe’s citizens.

EUSUSTEL  Analysing Europe’s future electricity needs


EUSUSTEL aims to furnish the European Commission and EU Member States with guidelines and recommendations that will help them optimise future electricity provision and generation in a way that guarantees an affordable, clean, reliable – and thus sustainable – electricity supply system.

The project will:

  • Review and analyse electricity provision in all Member States to identify weaknesses in electricity generation and provision in terms of cost, environmental impact and security of supply
  • Make projections of future demand for energy services
  • Analyse regulatory frameworks and their impact on the liberalisation of the electricity market

Contribution to policy development:

  • The project will provide the EU and Member States with a clearer picture of future electricity demand, which will help them to plan and develop their energy policies.
  • EUSUSTEL supports the EU’s desire to place sustainability at the top of the energy policy agenda.
  • The project’s results will feed into policies that aim to liberalise Europe’s electricity market.

Project deliverables

  • Report on Europe’s future electricity demand – month 9
  • Three overview reports on electricity generation using fossil fuels, nuclear power, and alternative and renewable technologies – month 12
  • Evaluating models and scenarios for electricity provision in Europe – month 12
  • Report on social costs of generating electricity – month 15
  • Final technical report – month 24


  • Website which will include a public consultation facility allowing site visitors to give their views on the project’s work – ongoing
  • International information seminar for industry and policy-makers – month 24
  • The final project report – month 24

Technical information

Project acronym: EUSUSTEL
Project’s official full title: European Sustainable Electricity; Comprehensive Analysis of Future European Demand and Generation of European Electricity and its Security of Supply
Research priority: 3.2. The development of tools, indicators and operational parameters for assessing sustainable transport and energy systems performance (economic, environmental and social)
Specific webpage: Not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 6602
Start date: Not available
Kick off meeting: Not available
Completion date: Not available
European Commission scientific officer: Pirjo-Liisa Koskimaki, and Domenico Rossetti di Valdabero,

Name: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Abbreviated name: KULeuven
Address: Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Country: Belgium
Tel: +32 16 324067
Fax: +32 16 3241 96


Name: Universitaet Stuttgart
Abbreviated name: USTUTT
Country: Germany         

Name: Helsinki University of Technology
Abbreviated name: HUT
Country: Finland

Name: National Technical University of Athens
Abbreviated name: ICCS/NTUA
Country: Greece

Name: Uppsala University
Abbreviated name: UU
Country: Sweden

Name: Associazione Italiana Economisti dell’Energia
Abbreviated name: AIEE
Country: Italy

Name: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Abbreviated name: Imperial
Country: United Kingdom

Abbreviated name: ECRIN
Country: France

Name: Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
Abbreviated name: CIEMAT
Country: Spain

Name: Risø National Laboratory
Abbreviated name: Risoe
Country: Denmark