In Schleswig-Holstein, a German region exporting big amounts of wind energy, TenneT is testing a new approach towards early stakeholder involvement. Two points in the newly introduced procedure are decisive: 1) key stakeholders (politics, industry, Distribution System Operators) come together at the very beginning to agree on common goals and rules. 2) they jointly involve the public early on by organising events, inviting media, and establishing an email system for public input. TenneT made good experiences presenting their ideas before any spatial decision had been taken. Moreover, the support of politicians to explain the relation between the development of renewables and the need for grids proofed to be very helpful.
For more information see: Der Netzausbau in Schleswig-Holstein
Mr. Marius Strecker