1st Grid Conference

Three Building Blocks for Public Acceptance: Transparency, Participation, Benefit Sharing

Transformation of the energy system is changing the geographic and time horizons for planning and implementing new infrastructure. To fully integrate renewable electricity from centralised and decentralised sources, the grid’s architecture needs to be adapted and expanded to allow transmission over long distances, across national borders, from generation to consumption and storage sites.

Thousands of kilometres of new lines need to be built today and in coming decades. However, public opposition is growing. To secure public support, new alliances across society are needed. It is necessary to bring more transparency to the grid business, to further develop participatory consultations and a toolbox for benefit sharing and compensation. Timely expansion of the grid will only be possible by including concerned citizens in the decision making process, and by addressing their legitimate concerns. How will the new legislation on permitting address these issues and stimulate understanding and support for grid expansion? What action beyond the new legislation is needed?

Hosted by Renewables-Grid-Inititative (RGI) and Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) the European Grid Conference “Beyond Public Opposition” rraises public acceptance-related issues in discussions with decision makers, corporate stakeholders and representatives of the NGO community.

Christoph Bals, Political Director Germanwatch
Antonella Battaglini, Executive Director RGI
Rebecca Harms, MEP
Harry Huyton, Head of Climate Change Policy and Campaigns RSPB
Carlo Jaeger, Head of Research Domain Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy
Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP
Boris Schucht, CEO 50Hertz Transmission
Catharina Sikow-Magny, Internal Market I: Networks & Regional Initiatives, DG Energy, European Commission
Stephan Singer, Global Energy Policy Director WWF
Konstantin Staschus, Secretary General ENTSO-E
Kristina Steenbock, Executive Director SEFEP
Ben Voorhorst, COO, TenneT
Angelika Werthmann, MEP

Impressions of the Day


Presentations of the European Grid Conference

Find and download below the presentations made at the European Grid Conference „BEYOND PUBLIC OPPOSITION – Three Building Blocks for Public Acceptance: Transparency, Participation, Benefit Sharing“ on 10 November 2011 in Brussels, Belgium:

Grid Infrastructure: Super, Smart or SuperSmart?
(Konstantin Staschus, ENTSO-E)

Political Leadership: Accelerating Permit Granting Procedures and Increasing Public Acceptance
(Catharina Sikow-Magny, European Commission)

Operators Reality: Facing Public Opposition
(Boris Schucht, 50Hertz Transmission)

Three Building Blocks for Public Acceptance: Transparency, Participation, Benefit-Sharing
(Christoph Bals, Germanwatch)

Understanding the Future
(Carlo Jaeger, European Research Network)


Keynote by Günther H. Oettinger [PDF]
Three Building Blocks for Public Acceptance:
Transparency, Participation, Benefit Sharing

European Grid Declaration [PDF]
European Grid Declaration on Electricity Network Development and Nature Conservation in Europe

Press Release [PDF]
Grid operators and environmental organisations team up to promote
sustainable modernisation of electricity grids

EC’s Regulation [PDF]
OF THE COUNCIL on guidelines for trans-European energy inf
rastructure and repealing