Sustainable Grid Development - SusGrid

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SusGrid is an interdisciplinary research project focusing on how knowledge of economic, social and environmental interests can provide good and predictable processes related to formal processing of grid development projects.

The European Union has set ambitious goals for renewable energy. An increase in renewable energy production will help reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen energy security in Europe. Both factors are vital to sustainable development. In order to make use of the increased energy production, an essential prerequisite is the realization of power lines to transport the power to the consumers.

However, grid development projects can be highly controversial. Major projects have been delayed, postponed and ultimately shelved. The causes are multifaceted and can be different from case to case. Nevertheless, claims of negative impacts on biodiversity, tourism, cultural heritage and landscape are often a common denominator for the resistance.

SusGrid study these and other aspects of the ‘Grid Development Regime’ more closely in Norway, Sweden and the UK. The aim of the project is to provide better knowledge that can facilitate improved public acceptance enabling a more consensual realization of local grid projects, partly achieved through:

  • Improved planning tools enabling a better and more effective governance structure
  • New economic mechanisms promoting both ‘smart’ and sustainable grid development
  • New policy instruments enhancing communication and dialogue among stakeholders, citizens and the media

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