Whilst good practices in the field of energy and grid development are abundant (just see our work on Best Practices) an in depth understanding of these sometimes proves elusive, and thus they sometimes remain abstract concepts. To address this, RGI organised a series of open access webinars - designed to give a 'deep dive' into certain best practices - presented by relevant field experts, in order to bring diverse participants up close and personal with those driving the energy transition.

As well as serving as an interesting educational tool in a specific topic, these webinars also provide the opportunity to ask questions, exchange with others and to continue co-operation into the future.

Compensation and osprey webinar - together with Réseau de Transport d'Electricité, April 2017

This webinar, which was run together with French TSO and RGI Member, RTE, focusses on best practices regarding compensation and bird protection, as examples of how more socially and environmentally friendly grid development can practically increase the acceptability of power lines.

One approach is concerned with the offsetting the negative impacts that lines can have and either respond to that impact directly or create new or additional value to those impacted by the line. RTE has tested both these courses of action successfully in the form of an extensive campaign to protect ospreys and a crowd funding approach that closely involved citizens in the decision of how a grid project should be compensated.

WiseGRID webinar - together with WiseGRID and ENTSO-E, November 2017

This webinar serves as a deep dive into WiseGRID's approaches to wide scale demonstration of integrated solutions and business models for the European smart grid.

The WiseGRID project provides a set of solutions, technologies and business models which increase the smartness, stability and security of an open, consumer-centric European energy grid and provide cleaner and more affordable energy for European citizens.

Funding programmes and community funds - together with EirGrid, November 2018

In this webinar EirGrid presents their 'Community Fund' and 'DS3 System Services' approaches, both of which have sustainable funding programmes at their core that are aimed at sensibly speeding up essential grid projects.

We also hear from public acceptance expert Prof. Patrick Devine-Wright, who has evaluated the 'Community Fund' programme and come up with suggestions on how to further improve it.

Route planning for new power transmission lines - together with Swissgrid and ETH Zürich, August 2019

The energy transition brings renewable power to our households, which in turn, requires new power transmission lines. However, through where should they pass? Which factors should be taken into account? Where does the data come from?

RGI and ENTSO-E have teamed up again to bring you a best practice webinar on planning tools. The 3D Decision Support System (3D DSS), developed by ETH Zürich uses new, exact approaches to determine the optimal path for new overhead lines and underground cables. The stakeholders themselves define the goals they want to achieve and the lands they want to protect, so that a consensus solution can be found.

Digitisation in the electricity sector: Behind the buzzword, October 2019

How is digitisation in the electricity sector developing and how it can help enable our transition to a decarbonised electricity system? With presentations from those working practically with the technology on the ground, this session aims to give an overview of digitisation and 'get behind the buzzwords'.

WiseGRID: Wide scale demonstration of Integrated Solutions for European SmartGrid

In this presentation, Stamatia Gkiala Fikari, member of one WiseGRID pilot site team took us on a whistle-stop tour of the project. She explained the goals of the project and its practical implementation in Greece, Belgium, Spain and Italy.

RGI: Digitisation - A systemic view

In this presentation, Holger Loew, Senior Manager - Energy Systems at RGI gave a systemic view of digitisation in the energy system, including characteristics, risks and solutions, and asking the crucial question of how digitisation can be implemented for a sustainable enery transition.

The advantages of electrification for decarbonisation - with Saul Griffith, Founder and Chief Scientist at Otherlab, December 2019

What advantages will high shares of renewables-based electrification bring for society, the climate and the economy? Saul Griffith, founder and chief scientist at Otherlab shares his thought-provoking ideas on modelling, efficiency, old narratives and the grid.

Otherlab - a US-based research and development firm - works on renewable and clean energy, robotics, automation, digital fabrication, adaptive textiles, advanced manufacturing, computational design tools and more. In 2017, they were charged with modelling an ultra-high resolution picture of the US energy economy. The results showed that "electrifying the US economy from carbon-free sources will reduce the amount of energy needed by more than half."

NGO Campaigner Training: 'Of Pipes & Pylons - Is Europe planning energy infrastructure for a Paris Agreement compatible future?', March 2020

Is Europe planning energy infrastructure for a Paris-compatible future? This webinar session for NGOs examines the recently published energy scenarios of the Ten Year Network Development Plan 2020 (TYNDP). These scenarios form the basis of European energy infrastructure strategy for the coming decades by making assumptions on a whole range of variables relating to generation, management and consumption patterns in a number of potential future energy scenarios.

CAN Europe: The Ten Year Network Development Plans

In this presentation, Jörg Mühlenhoff from the Climate Action Network Europe gave explanations on the processes of the TYNDP scenarios, the technology assumptions made therein and the different scenarios contructed.

European Environmental Bureau: The Role of Gas in the TYNDP Scenario

In this presentation, Jonathan Bonadio, Policy Officer for Renewables, Climate and Grids at EEB gave the context on the role of gas in Europe's current energy mix and its forecasted role under the current TYNDP scenarios, as well as discussion the importance of system integration for building an alternative to gas.

RGI / Fridays for Future Collaborative Webinar (in German): 100% Renewables - How can that work? Technical and political perspectives on the energy transition, March 2020

The webinar was moderated by Fridays for Future and featured input by colleagues from two RGI Members - Niels Ehlers, Head of Concept and System Strategy (50Hertz) and Kai Bergmann, Advisor - German Low-Carbon Policy (Germanwatch). They respectively discussed the technical and political viability of a 100% renewables-based energy system in Germany.

Fridays for Future / RGI / NABU Collaborative Webinar (in German): The Energy Transition and the Electricity Grid - Perspectives from Germany and Europe, May 2020

The webinar was moderated by Fridays for Future and had input by Antonella Battaglini, CEO (Renewables Grid Initiative) and Verena Bax, EU Energy and Climate Policy Officer (NABU). They discussed the changing development of the transmission grid in order to incorporate increasing shares of RES to reach decarbonisation, regulatory and environmental aspects of development. Furthermore, they discussed the need for collaboration, interconnectivity, fairness and local value and the balance between large and small scale RES infrastructure.


Stephanie Bätjer
Senior Manager – Communication

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