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Article RSE 16082741

Stakeholder involvement in the expansion of the transmission grid: the European project INSPIRE-Grid


Quotidiano Energia, 23, vol. 12 N. 232, pp. 8, Dicembre-2016.

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S. Beretta (RSE SpA) , S. Maran (RSE SpA)

INSPIRE-Grid - Improved and eNhanced Stakeholders

The article describes the INSPIRE-Grid project, the activity carried out and the main results obtained, including the participatory Web GIS prototype developed by RSE.

We all rely on the power transmission and distribution system in our daily lives; the European Commission, recognizing its importance, has inserted the Energy Union in the top ten priorities for Europe. One of the essential pillars of the European strategy is in fact the development of an efficient electricity grid and the European Commission has set a target of 10% electricity interconnection by 2020 for each European country.

Notwithstanding its importance, work to develop and enhance the underlying infrastructure often arouses strong opposition in the affected communities. In response to this issue, the INSPIRE-Grid project was launched in 2013 by RSE with the aim to increase stakeholder engagement in grid expansion projects, better manage conflicts, and speed up the permitting process.

Among the support tools for the participatory process, RSE focused on the development of a participatory Web GIS (web interface for browsing geographical data) prototype, with features specifically dedicated to better and greater stakeholder involvement in the process. expansion of new electricity infrastructures.

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