Spanish TSO Red Eléctrica, climate and energy think-tank Fundación Renovables and collaborative NGO RGI (Renewables Grid Initiative) are joining forces, knowledge and experience to promote the electricity grid development in Spain. The three organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) stating their shared commitment to actively work towards higher environmental and social standards for grid projects.
The MoU will be the cornerstone for a joint project called ‘Redes para Renovables’ (Grids for Renewables) that will deliver a new, more inclusive approach to social engagement, the co-creation of local values and a comprehensive guide for small municipalities supporting the development of tailored energy transition strategies. To ensure that these activities reach their highest potential, the project will additionally broach the subjects of demand-side management and energy consumption optimisation as well as contribute to broader energy culture by promoting awareness and action in relation to the energy transition in Spain.
In bringing these different activities together in one project, ‘Redes para Renovables’ aims to address the energy transition, the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis in a holistic way – with people and nature at the core of decision-making processes for energy infrastructure planning and development.
Placing people and nature at the centre of infrastructure projects is not just vital from a fairness and biodiversity perspective but also necessary with regard to reaching our climate targets. Creating processes that will speed up permitting and project implementation is crucial in this context and supports the ambitions of the European Commission – as confirmed during the recent EU Grid Forum – and the current Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.