NGO Training: The role of the grid in the energy transition

One day course for employees/volunteers of non-profits interested in gaining an overview of technical aspects of the decarbonisation of the power sector.

This event is for employees and volunteers of non-profit organisations who wish to gain insights into how the power system is organised and operates, how renewables change the game (from a technical perspective) and the key environmental planning considerations of existing and new high voltage transmission projects.

The format of the day will be a mix of lectures and interactive sessions led by experts from industry, research institutes, RGI and other non-profit organisations. The training will empower civil society actors to engage with the technical aspects of the energy transition at the local and policy levels. It will be followed by a series of webinars that take a closer look at selected related topics.

Agenda and Presentations

09:00 - 09:15 Arrive and welcome coffee
09:15 - 09:30

Welcome and introduction

- Tour de table
- What is RGI and what do we do?

Session led by Antina Sander (RGI)

09:30 - 10:00

Key terminology when talking about grids

Interactive icebreaker quiz on terminology when discussing the power system

Session led by Andrew Carryer (RGI)

10:00 - 11:15

The power system: what is it and how is it organised? | Download presentation

- Overview of how the system is organised
- Who are the main players and what are their roles and responsibilities?
- What are the key pieces of legislation that govern the system?
- How do TSOs make money? How is electricity bought and sold?

Session led by Pradyumna Bhagwat (Florence School of Regulation)

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 

How does the energy transition impact the networks?| Download presentation

- How is the power system transforming?
- What are the main challenges this transformation poses?
- What are the potential innovative ways to overcome these challenges?

Session led by Dr. Lion Hirth (Neon/Hertie School of Governance)

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

What transmission system will we need in the future?
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- How is the need for new infrastructure defined?
- Why is grid extension a part of the solution?
- Would a more decentralised approach reduce our need for grids?

Session led by Dr. Eva Schmid (Germanwatch)

15:00 - 16:00

Planning and constructing an environmentally responsible grid
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- What are the main environmental impacts of grids?
- What are the planning and mitigation options open to a TSO?
- What are current knowledge gaps and how can we fill them?

Session led by Andrew Carryer (RGI)

16:00 - 16:30 Round-up session


Event partners

The training is organised in collaboration with EKLIPSE



Stephanie Bätjer
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