About RGI

The Renewables Grid Initiative is a unique collaboration of NGOs and TSOs from across Europe. We promote transparent, environmentally sensitive grid development to enable the further steady growth of renewable energy and the energy transition.

RGI Members originate from a variety of European countries, consisting of TSOs from Belgium (Elia), Croatia (HOPS), France (RTE), Germany (50Hertz, Amprion and TenneT), Ireland (EirGrid), Italy (Terna), the Netherlands (TenneT), Spain (Red Eléctrica de España), Switzerland (Swissgrid) and Norway (Statnett); and NGOs such as WWF International, BirdLife Europe, Germanwatch, Fundación Renovables, Legambiente, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Natuur&Milieu and Transport & Environment (T&E). RGI was launched in July 2009.

Find out more about RGI's strategic objectives and organisational enablers in our Strategic Plan, which can be downloaded on the bottom of this page.

Why a Renewables Grid Initative?

The share of renewable energy in the European power system is expected to significantly increase in the coming years and decades. Driven by energy and climate security concerns, this share of renewable energy is likely to become much larger post-2020 and be the main component of the European power mix. 

The question is no longer whether such an expansion of renewable energy is technically feasible, but rather what are the necessary steps to implement it without endangering the current level of system reliability. One of the key elements is an adequate upgrade and expansion of the electric grid. New strategic interconnections are required to transmit renewable electricity from remote generation sites to consumption centres and storage sites. Grid development is an essential precondition for substantive renewable energy integration from both decentralised and utility scale installations.

Bringing the necessary transformation to the power sector requires strong coalitions across different sectors in society. 

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