‘Implementing RGI Declarations - IRD’ is a framework under which TSOs and NGOs collaborate at national level to support the continuous and ecologically sound development of the grid infrastructure needed for a successful energy transition.
RGI’s statutes, the “European Grid Declaration on Electricity Network Development and Nature Conservation” and its extension on transparency and participation as well as to the objectives set in RGI’s Strategic Plan all point towards an enhanced collaboration of TSOs and NGOs ‘on the ground’. Under the umbrella of IRD, these common ambitions are implemented either in concrete grid development projects or on existing infrastructure by means of a collaboration coordinated by RGI. NGOs actively bring in their specific knowledge with regards to nature protection and stakeholder engagement whereby transmission system operators (TSOs) receive helpful expertise in designing grid development projects. RGI provides comprehensive project management and is additionally in charge of the projects’ documentation and the dissemination of results.
In 2017, the first two IRD projects were initiated in Germany between 50Hertz, Amprion, Germanwatch, NABU (German branch of BirdLife), and TenneT. NABU operates a hotline to systematically collect information about bird collision with power lines. Germanwatch facilitates a societal debate with national and local stakeholders about the grid requirements of the future German electricity system. More information on these projects can be found below.