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The build up of new grid lines very often sparks public protests. RGI has been invested in collecting and promoting various approaches that target a more socially and environmentally friendly grid development via its ‘Good Practice of the Year’ award for many years now.
So, what has the award collection taught us? How can we practically increase the acceptability of power lines? One approach can be to offset the negative impacts that lines can have and either respond to that impact directly or create new or additional value to those impacted by the line. The French transmission system operator RTE has tested both these approaches successfully in the form of
an extensive campaign to protect ospreys and a crowd funding approach that closely involved citizens in the decision of how a grid project should be compensated.
|10:00||Welcome by RGI and ENTSO-E Introduction and overview of relevant current challenges in public acceptance and environmental protection related to power lines|
|10:15||Best Practice No. 1: "Empowerment of citizens via crowd funding“ | Closely involving citizens in compensation decisions via a crowd funding initiative|
|10:55||Best Practice No. 2: "One Flew over the Osprey’s Nest“ | Producing live videos of ospreys nesting on top of RTE pylons to conduct ornithological studies and develop a comprehensive osprey protection plan.|
|11:15||Q&A: opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the second practice presented|