On 1 June, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) presented its “Good Practice of the Year” awards to the laureates of 2017 in the course of the Energy Infrastructure Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. RGI is devoted to exploring the best options to develop a climate-friendly and sustainable transmission system infrastructure. With its awards, the initiative honours outstanding approaches in this field. The “Communication & Participation” category – rewarding innovative and improving methods of engagement with stakeholders or the broader public – is headed this year by TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators.
50Hertz has conceived a simple, yet very effective and flexible solution to appeal to a broad public: An information van (“DialogMobil”) that functions as a mobile citizen’s office. The “DialogMobil” enables 50Hertz to address and engage people who otherwise might not be able or willing to visit traditional information events. The RGI jury ackknowledged the TSO’s “different and innovative way to establish trust” and came to the conclusion that 50Hertz “hugely expanded the opportunities for people to engage early and extensively”.
Marco Nix, CFO at 50Hertz, attended the award ceremony. In his acceptance speech, Mr Nix appreciated the “Good Practice of the Year” award for 50Hertz “as a confirmation of our transparent dialogue approach” and explained: “With the ‘Mobile Citizen’s Office’ we do not only inform, but ‘unlock’ very valuable local knowledge to improve the project outcomes.” Grid extension needs dialogue with all interest groups – for this reason 50Hertz wanted to continue the path the TSO has taken.