Renewable energy is key in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive (RED)  provides the relevant legislative framework for the member states and determines that by 2030 at least 27% of final energy consumption in the EU shall be delivered by renewable energy sources. The benefits of renewables extend well beyond CO2  reduction and also include greater security of energy supply, more innovation, increased employment and economic growth. The increased use of renewables, however, also presents a challenge to the member states. There is a need to provide more flexibility in the electricity grid to accommodate the electricity produced with renewables. Smart-grid technologies present a possible solution for this challenge.

This policy brief looks into:

  • Why there is an increasing demand for flexibility in the electricity grid?
  • How this flexibility can be provided?
  • What the main challenges are?
  • How Interreg Europe projects are dealing with flexibility in the electricity grid?

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