Offshore grid infrastructure: understanding cumulative impacts & exploring multi-functionality and environmental monitoring

By 2030, some 20.000 km of new subsea cables are needed in the seas of Europe with an estimated investment cost of €50 billion (source: ENTSO-E). Permitting authorities are already being confronted with the need to understand impacts of offshore energy infrastructure. In view of the planned offshore expansion, the question of how to measure and deal with cumulative impacts is daunting. The risk of delayed or refused permits, in the absence of sufficient information, is real.

5th European Grid Conference - Digital Energy and the Power Grid: Trends and Opportunities

For the 5th time, energy leaders convened in Brussels for the European Grid Conference on 19 November 2015. Grid operators and members of civil society, industry and politics discussed three guiding questions this year: How is the digitalisation of the electricity sector shaping and impacting markets, new actors, prosumers and citizens? How will the management and access to big data enable actors to prosper and deliver the energy transition? Are flexibility and demand response the silver bullet of the energy transition?

Final BESTGRID Conference - "Implementing Projects of Common Interest"

The Ten-E legislation, regulating projects of common European interest (PCIs), has been in place for more than two years now. The first list of PCIs has been identified and first experiences when implementing the regulation have been gained. Almost for the same time, the project BESTGRID has been running: grid operators have been working with environmental groups and other stakeholders in pilot projects on the ground, testing new approaches and finding innovative ways of cooperation as part of the BESTGRID project.

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.