Public acceptance of infrastructure projects

Adopting new, more efficient, and cleaner technologies for a more efficient grid

Currently the EU’s energy infrastructure is largely disconnected, preventing energy from flowing freely between countries. Sharing energy across borders via a connected modern energy grid will create a system that is more secure, sustainable and affordable.

Larger interconnected networks are better able to absorb unexpected shortages and outages. Connecting the energy networks of EU countries will enable them to share energy and ensure that households, businesses and hospitals are always powered. In addition, many EU countries, especially those that are islands or are on the periphery of Europe, are still highly dependent on imported energy, often from outside the EU, and are vulnerable to shortages, which can be caused by extreme weather, cyberattacks or other factors. Interconnecting Europe’s energy networks will allow energy to be transferred from places of abundance to places of scarcity, helping to end energy ‘isolation’.

A more interconnected energy grid will also allow the EU to increase its use of renewable energy sources. Some renewable energy sources are in remote locations, making them more difficult to access and distribute. A modern interconnected energy network would allow, for example, wind power from the North Sea, solar energy from southern Europe, and biomass from eastern Europe to be transferred to countries with fewer renewables.

Citizen engagement

The active participation and engagement of citizens is essential to building a modern, sustainable energy network for Europe.

Learn more about projects of common interest and their impact on communities, and access further useful information in the related documents and links section.

The Commission has developed an engagement tool to allow stakeholders to share best practices related to communication and public acceptance campaigns, materials and summaries from events and workshops. It also serves as a document repository for printable items from the Grid Infrastructure Communication Toolkit. Access can be extended to relevant stakeholders upon request; please email for more information.


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