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: 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.

3rd BESTGRID workshop on "Good Practice Exchange"

Have you heard about a pylon design competition that took place in the UK? Do you know the programme “Natural Grid” that aims at enhancing ecosystems through innovative use of National Grid’s assets? And have you ever thought about engaging with your stakeholders with the help of an old sofa?

2nd BESTGRID workshop "Innovation through Collaboration"

How can we agree on the dimensions of the future electricity grid? Where do we want to build new power lines? How can we assure that local impacts and concerns are fully understood and – if necessary - compensated in the best possible way? All these questions cannot be answered by one single actor. On the contrary, we need procedures, formats and tools that allow for closer collaboration and joint solutions of different groups of society.