Grid visions for sustainability

14.09.2016

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) invites representatives from politics, companies and non-profit organisations to participate in its 6th European Grid Conference to be held on 29 September 2016 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels, Belgium. The leading topic of this year’s RGI-event is “Sustainability and the Power Grid”.

The contributors of the 2016 European Grid Conference will focus on different aspects of grid development, like the social dimensions of grid investments or public economical benefits from grid expansion measures. Last but not least, environmental questions are a natural topic of the RGI-conference. Among the prominent speakers of the meeting are Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, and Joseph P. Kennedy II., the founder and president of the American non-profit company “Citizens Energy”. With the participation of Kennedy, RGI expands its prospects once more beyond European borders.

The TSC members TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO), and 50Hertz, one of the other three German TSOs, are supporting the event. The two companies also provide high-profile speakers for the event: 50Hertz’s Chief Financial Officer Marco Nix and TenneT’s Chief Executive Officer J. M. Kroon will contribute to the conference section on innovative business practices. Concluding remarks are to be drawn by Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy within the European Commission, and Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).

> See the RGI conference page (html)

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Appreciated by RGI

24.06.2016

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) presented its “Good Practice of the Year” awards to this year’s laureates in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23 June 2016. The award categories are “Technology & Design”, “Environmental Protection” and “Communication & Participation”. The RGI strives for a climate-friendly and sustainable energy system for which a reliable grid infrastructure is indispensable. With the awards the RGI honours innovative and outstanding approaches in the field of grid development. TSC member Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), is among the honoured companies, associations and projects.

The Danish TSO won in the “Communication & Participation” category for its creative involvement of affected residents in the planning of a grid corridor. Energinet.dk gathered landowners in group discussions and asked them to explore possible grid locations for themselves using a map and a string. Marian Kaagh, head of the licensing department at Energinet.dk, expressed the company’s pride and gratitude in receiving this award and promised that the company “will continue to have a strong focus on the involvement of landowners”.

TSC member Amprion, one of the four German TSOs, also finds special mention. The RGI appreciates Amprion’s “comprehensive communication approach” regarding the routing of the interconnector project “ALEGrO” between Belgium and Germany as commendable business practice.

> See RGI press release (html)
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RGI and ENTSO-E to cooperate closely

09.05.2016

Last week, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum is thought to be the inition of a long-term cooperation for responsible grid development in Europe.

The two organisations commit to undertake joint actions especially concerning practice exchange and promotion as well as regulatory and political aspects of grid infrastructure and its expansion. Both partners are going to benefit from this joint venture: On one hand ENTSO-E from RGI being a proficient interface between transmission system operators (TSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and on the other hand RGI from ENTSO-E’s outstanding status within the TSO community. Because of that, Antonella Battaglini, Chief Executive Officer of RGI, is convinced that the memorandum gives “a great opportunity for the two organisations to challenge each other and thus be even more effective in the future”.

By pointing out that “RGI and ENTSO-E both support legislative reforms that help create a power market and system that efficiently supports the decarbonisation of the economy”, Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, designates the principal common goal of the two signatories clearly. On their conjuncted way to achieving it, both associations express their wish for the grid expansion to have the least possible impact on nature and on the local communities.

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
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Conference and exhibition in Switzerland

28.05.2015

On 18 June, the Energy Science Center of ETH Zürich, the international university for technology and the natural sciences in Zurich, Switzerland, will host a semi-diurnal conference in German language on the “Power Grid of the Future” (“Das Stromnetz der Zukunft”) including a panel discussion. Registration is obligatory (by 8 June). The conference is attended with the GRID EXPO (16-19 June), an exhibition informing on current grid projects. Both the conference and the exhibition are supported by the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) and the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO) Swissgrid. Swissgrid is a member of TSC.

> See Grid Expo website (html)

> Visit ETH event page (html, in German)

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Europe’s ten-percent club

05.03.2015

Today, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) by European TSOs and NGOs informed about European Commission’s communication on “Achieving the 10 % electricity interconnection target”. Every member state is called upon to allow for at least ten percent of their electricity to be transported to neighbouring countries. Currently, twelve countries have not yet met the objective.

> See EC communication “Achieving the 10 % …” (pdf, 823 kb)

 

 

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RGI demands stable mandates

29.09.2014

In an open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect of the European Commission the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI) calls to secure a “sound and clear legislation for nature and climate protection” and to “streamline the procedures to properly develop the electricity grids throughout Europe”. The TSC members 50Hertz, Swissgrid and TenneT are three of the RGI partners.

> See RGI letter (html)

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BESTGRID keeping current

22.02.2014

The EU-funded BESTGRID project pools the forces of five TSOs (50Hertz, Elia, National Grid, TenneT and Terna), two environmental groups (BirdLife Europe and Germanwatch), one research institute (IIASA) and the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI). Launched in April 2013, the project works towards modernising and expanding the European electricity grid for the integration of a growing share of renewable energies. Now the partners have published a newsletter to inform about the project’s progress.

> Go to BESTGRID website

> See BESTGRID project flyer

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