Grid Aesthetics - How to engage stakeholders in landscape planning, design and aesthetics of grid infrastructure

Beautiful and peculiar landscapes - both natural and architectural - are widespread across Europe. Very often, these are dear to local residents due to strong emotional bonds. Naturally, scepticism arises when some of these areas are to be changed due to the crossing of new power lines.

A decentralised electricity system - myths and facts

The current energy system is going through a substantive change. Renewables are playing an ever bigger role throughout Europe, which also comes with a different ownership structure: big companies meet unexpected competition by citizen cooperatives, and private individuals and small companies increasingly develop from mere consumers into prosumers – producers and consumers of electricity at a time. This “decentralisation” of generation has many implications, be it on grid planning and operation, power structures, or ownership.

The importance of big data for the Energiewende

Jeremy Rifkin is a world-renowned economist and political activist. In his best-selling book “The Third Industrial Revolution” he describes his vision on how to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. Jeremy Rifkin has decades of experience in advising both business and political leaders on how to implement his vision of a sustainable future.

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?

4th European Grid Conference

Electricity is the engine of modern societies and flowering economies. Economic growth is dependent on energy security. Native renewable resources and related grid infrastructure are at the core of the energy transition. More than ever before, electricity has become a basic need and as such also a democratic right. While democracy comes with responsibility, the bigger picture is often lost in local disputes.

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.