RGI Position Papers

RGI regularly publishes positions with regard to current political developments and consultations. All of them can be downloaded below.

December 2015

RGI calls on global decision makers to commit to phase out fossil fuel emissions globally by 2050 and to move towards energy systems largely based on renewable energy, to prevent dangerous climate change.

March 2015

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) backs the concept of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). This EU label should allow highly critical and needed electrical infrastructures to obtain faster permitting procedures, streamlined and improved regulatory conditions and European and potentially national financial support. These better conditions could facilitate a faster deployment of electricity networks to achieve Europe’s objectives for energy security, climate change mitigation and nature conservation.

February 2014

RGI calls on the European Council to agree in a timely manner on an ambitious and coherent set of binding targets for 2030 for (I) greenhouse gas emissions reductions, (II) energy efficiency and (III) renewable energy. The related needs for grid development and system security must be carefully considered when designing supporting mechanisms and policies.

June 2013

The Renewables-Grid-Initiative welcomes the European Commission's work on non-binding guidance for streamlining environmental assessments of Projects of Common Interests (PCIs). Based on years of experience in balancing out different interests of TSOs and NGOs, in this position paper RGI would like to propose some complementary recommendations to the first draft of the Commission's Guidance document - on the basis of the European Grid Declaration.

May 2012

In its position paper in March 2012, RGI has suggested to further strengthen the Commission's proposal in the topics of environmental legislation, public acceptance and stakeholder involvement, and long term planning. We are pleased to see these suggestions reflected in the ITRE report.

April 2012

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) welcomes the work that ENTSO-E has delivered in drafting the second Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) in 2012 and the invitation to give feedback on this plan in an open consultation. In view of future TYNDPs, RGI sees some room for further improvement on the process as well as the content.

March 2012

The Renewables Grid Initiative warmly welcomes the Commission’s current proposal for a Regulation on Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure. RGI supports the aims to accelerate and improve the legal and administrative frameworks for grid development, but suggests to strengthen the current proposal in three areas.

April 2011

This document presents the activities of the Renewables-Grid-Initiative and suggests practical areas of collaboration with the Commission on the issue of public acceptance. It was presented to EU Commissioner of Energy Günther Oettinger on 13 April 2011.

October 2010

The integration of fast growing renewable electricity into the European grid and the achievement of ambitious energy security and climate protection goals of the European Union require an accelerated development of the grid network which should be reflected as a priority in the forthcoming European Infrastructure Package. In the submission, RGI proposes eight areas of intervention, which in RGI's view should be considered and included in the infrastructure package.

July 2010

The increasing share of renewable energies in Europe’s generation mix that are required to meet Europe’s twin objectives of energy and climate security, have shown the need for expanding Europe’s current interconnectors’ capacity. This note’s purpose is to demonstrate the need for EU public (co)funding for grid infrastructure over the next 10 years that would foster the integration of large-scale and decentralised renewable energies. RGI’s position is that the purpose of public funding for grid infrastructure is to facilitate the decrease of the risk profile of such investments. Additionally, RGI stresses the urgent need of developing European harmonized regulatory conditions while developing new financing tools particularly directed at projects of European relevance and in particular at pilot projects testing new technologies.