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Poster RSE 17000230

The INSPIRE-Grid project: stakeholders’ participation in the development of future grid infrastructures


1st International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science, 2-5, Aprile-2017.

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S. Maran (RSE SpA) , T. Schneide (RGI Renewables Grid Initiative)

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The poster summarizes the main achievements of the INSPIRE-Grid project, aimed at promoting stakeholder engagement in the development of the power grid.

The INSPIRE-Grid project is aimed at enhancing stakeholders’ participation in the development of future grid infrastructures. This paper is intended to present the main results and outcomes of the project. In order to accomplish the transition towards a low carbon economy and to achieve the decarbonisation targets, the development of an effective electricity grid is an important aspect and, in fact, the European Council set an interconnection target for each member state of at least 10% by 2020. Notwithstanding their relevance, projects for grid expansion are experiencing severe oppositions in many parts of Europe.

INSPIRE-Grid aims to increase stakeholders’ engagement in grid expansion projects, better manage conflicts, and speed up the permitting process. By way of an interdisciplinary approach, merging competences from social sciences and technical disciplines, methods to facilitate decision-making have been combined with engagement tools and tested with stakeholders from grid development project case studies.

The project activities include:

• the analysis of the needs, concerns, wants and expectations of the stakeholders
• the individuation of the existing best practices for the stakeholders’ engagement
• the customisation of methodologies for assessing and comparing impacts and benefits
• a series of case studies with a double aim: to give elements to the methodological activities and to allow a proper testing
• a synthesis of the project results and a series of recommendations about the stakeholders’ engagement.

The most important and innovative aspect of the project is the collaboration between different disciplines and the involvement of different actors, namely research institutions, industry, and civil society organizations (in the advisory group). The most relevant results are a series of customised tools that can be used to promote stakeholders’ engagement and recommendations to manage the consultation, to engage the stakeholders in the decision making process, and to improve support of development of future grid infrastructures.

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