Expert workshop on electricity grids
The British Embassy in Berlin hosted an expert workshop on electricity grids on 10 September, in co-operation with the Renewables-Grid-Initiative. The event was co-chaired by Andrew Smith from the Embassy's Environment & Energy Team and Antonella Battaglini of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Thirty experts from the energy sector, from government and non-government organisations took part in a discussion entitled: "How to stimulate the investment in the European electricity grid necessary for a low carbon future - learning from the UK and German experience."
Topics covered included regulatory framework, investments and support mechanisms as well as ways to win political and public support. The experts agreed that further investment in the electricity network is essential for both energy security and for transporting an increasing share of renewable energy sources to the consumer. The workshop created a common understanding of the challenges ahead which are very similar in UK and Germany. It also revealed approaches how the challenges could be tackled as well as opportunities for mutual learning. The organiser of the event, Elisabeth Dubbers (Environment & Energy Team) said: "This is part of a programme of Embassy activity in the run up to Copenhagen, which focuses on UK/German partnership in raising global awareness and engagement for a low-carbon economy.
Read the Workshop programme [PDF, 45.6 KB, new window]
Overview of UK grid policy [Power point presentation by John Overton, Dept. for Energy and Climate Change, 1.76 MB, new window]
Statements: Workshop Electricity Grids - Europäische Stromnetze
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