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Information on investment projects in energy infrastructure
Substantial investment in European energy infrastructure is required in order to guarantee the European Union (EU) a secure energy supply, to contribute to the smooth functioning of the internal energy market and to transform the European energy system into a low-carbon system. The European Commission should have access to regular information on investment projects in energy infrastructure within the EU. This Regulation meets this requirement by establishing a framework for the exchange of data and information on future production, transmission and storage capacities for energy.
Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010 of 24 June 2010 concerning the notification to the Commission of investment projects in energy infrastructure within the European Union and repealing Regulation (EC) No 736/96.
Sectors and types of investment projects concerned
This Regulation applies to energy infrastructure in the following sectors:
- oil (refining, transport and storage);
- natural gas (transmission, LNG terminals and storage);
- electricity (production and transmission);
- biofuel (production);
- carbon dioxide (transport and storage).
Notification of information to the Commission
In the case of infrastructure which is planned or under construction, the following data shall be notified to the Commission:
- the volume of the capacities planned or under construction;
- the type and main characteristics of infrastructure or capacities planned or under construction;
- the probable year of commissioning;
- the energy source used;
- the installations capable of responding to security of supply crises;
- the equipment of carbon capture systems.
With regard to decommissioning, the Commission shall receive information on the character and the capacity of the infrastructure concerned, and the probable year of decommissioning.
Member States shall collect this data from the undertakings which make the investments concerned or by any other equivalent means. Member States shall notify the Commission of this data in aggregated form by 31 July of the reporting year. The first reporting year shall be 2011 and from then onwards every two years. This task may be delegated to a specific body *.
Member States may present estimated or preliminary information on investment projects for infrastructure falling within the scope of the Regulation if the work is scheduled to start within five years or for which decommissioning is scheduled within three years.
When this data is communicated, Member States shall ensure the quality, relevance, accuracy, clarity, timeliness and coherence thereof.
The Commission’s role
The Commission shall prepare an analysis of investment projects and development perspectives for the European energy system based on the data received. It shall discuss this analysis with interested parties such as the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity, the ENTSO for gas, the Gas Coordination Group, and the Oil Supply Group. The Commission shall present the analysis to the Council, the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee, and shall publish its report.
The Commission may publish the data that it receives within the limits of personal data protection by virtue of Directive 95/46/EC and on condition that no confidential or sensitive information concerning an undertaking or installation is divulged.
This regulation repeals Regulation (EC) No 736/96.
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Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 617/2010
OJ L 180 of 15.7.2010