INSPIRE-Grid is an EU-funded research project that stands for “Improved and eNhanced Stakeholder Participation In the Reinforcement of the Electricity Grid.” With ten partners from six different countries, INSPIRE-Grid aimed to increase stakeholder engagement in grid development projects, manage conflicts better, and speed up permitting processes. It ended in January 2017. 

By way of an interdisciplinary approach, INSPIRE-Grid developed stakeholder-led processes and designed a European good practice guide. Methods to facilitate decision-making were newly combined with engagement tools and tested with stakeholders from existing or concluded grid development project case studies.

INSPIRE-Grid partners included: research institutes (Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA, Association pour la recherché et le developpement des methods et processus industriels – ARMINES, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich – ETHZ, Institut für ZukunftsEnergieSysteme – IZES, Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung – PIK, Poliedra Centri di Conoscenza e Formazione del Politecnico di Milano – Poliedra), transmission system operators (National Grid, RTE, Statnett), and RGI. 

Overview of the project structure

The project in a nutshell

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