The prospects of undergrounding power lines - Lessons learned from pionieering cable projects

More than three years ago, we met in Switzerland to discuss the technical, environmental, financial and regulatory aspects of highest-voltage underground cables in Europe. Since then, a lot has happened in this field. At our workshop, which is kindly hosted by Amprion, we would like to look at the status quo of underground cables in Europe. Where are we, which lessons have we learned?

Webinar: Best Practices in grid development - Deep dives into RTE's approaches to compensation and osprey protection

The build up of new grid lines very often sparks public protests. The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) has been invested in collecting and promoting various approaches that target a more socially and environmentally friendly grid development via its ‘Good Practice of the Year’ award for many years now.

Event material online: Conference on Public Participation - State of the art approaches to stakeholder engagement in electricity infrastructure projects

Whether you call it Monsterpylons (UK), Monstertrasse (DE) or Monstermaster (NO) – the phenomenon is the same: very often and all over Europe, different stakeholder groups form and vocalise strong opposition to high-voltage power lines

Event material online: 6th European Grid Conference - Sustainability and the Power Grid

At our 6th edition of the European Grid Conference, we looked at three different dimensions of the power grid: society, economy and the environment. How can grid investments have a social dimension? How can economic benefits for communities affected by new grid infrastructure be realised? How can biodiversity and nature profit from new and existing power lines?

 

'Good Practice of the Year' award ceremony took place at the 2nd Energy Infrastructure Forum

On 23 and 24 June, the European Commission and the Danish government invited opinion leaders from the power sector to come to Copenhagen for the 2nd Energy Infrastructure Forum. More than 200 participants followed the invitation, discussing different aspects of the Energy Union. High-level speakers included Vice-President Šefčovič, Commissioner Arias Cañete and ENTSO-E's President Andreasen.

Read about EUSEW16: How to improve stakeholder dialogue and develop best practices on the common road towards cleaner and more affordable energy

RGI has supported the European Commission in organising three sessions at the European Sustainable Energy Week that dealt with European energy infrastructure and related stakeholder engagement.