RGI News May 2013
RGI News May 2013 April showers bring May flowers – spring 2013 has brought a variety of new activities to the Renewables-Grid-Initiative. In a new format, the so-called ‘Learning Groups’ RGI will bring together stakeholders from different backgrounds to discuss topics on a more intense level. In 2013, RGI will initiate groups on three themes: Grid Expansion in Marine Environments, Dimensions of the Grid and Underground Cables. In May 2012, the RGI Secretariat was busy writing a proposal for EU funding under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. Almost one year later, in April 2013, the project BESTGRID was started with eight partners from NGOs, TSOs and academia. RGI is delighted to lead this exciting project during the next 2.5 years. We hope you will enjoy reading our RGI news including information about: 1. RGI activities • Workshop in Norway: preliminary agenda online • Learning Groups: Grid Expansion in Marine Environments, Dimensions of the Grid, Underground Cables • BESTGRID project funded by IEE • RGI on Twitter • Retrospect: RGI at the CeBIT • Publications: RGI articles in RELP and Paneuro • New faces at the RGI Secretariat 2. Discussing the electricity grid • European Guidelines on Energy Infrastructure came into force on May 15th • Commission develops Guidance on Streamlining Environmental Assessments • Gridspectives and GRID EXPO at Stiftung Mercator 3. Event announcements • Local Renewables 2013 • European Power Grid and Storage Development Conference
1. RGI activities Workshop in Norway: preliminary agenda online Grids to connect offshore wind farms and interconnectors to link national energy markets with one other are currently being planned or implemented in a variety of European countries. Nonetheless experience of project planners, authorities, governments and NGOs is low in comparison to onshore planning procedures. Questions and uncertainties about the what, when and how of the offshore grid infrastructure still need to be answered. The upcoming RGI Offshore Workshop "Stakeholders' perspectives on offshore grids and the marine environment" on June 27th and 28th in Bergen, Norway will therefore address the following topics: • The question of need: What do we need by when? How are decisions being made given what is required? • Current planning status: Where do we stand? What is being built or planned? • Marine environment: What are the impacts of construction and operation? How can they be assessed and mitigated? How can cumulative impacts be considered?