Citizen Power for Grids (2021)

Citizen Power for Grids Report

Renewable electricity, specifically wind power and solar photovoltaic (PV), has become the most economical sources of electricity in many parts of the world. Growing shares of variable generation in an increasing number of countries place a renewed focus on power grid planning and operations to realise the transition to cost-effective and reliable energy systems based on renewable energy.

The report called Citizen Power for Grids: Case studies on collaborative infrastructure planning processes for the energy transition provides an overview of how civil society can play an influential and necessary role in these grid planning processes.


Further Reading

On 3 November 2020, REN21 hosted two nearly identical workshops with speakers who discussed case studies of citizen engagement in grid planning processes. The recordings of these sessions and the speakers’ presentations are now online. Also, on the event page you can find a 4-page explainer document that can be used in outreach to civil society organisations and with decision makers.   Learn more and download these resources on our workshop page.

Read more about this topic in our background article.


What is the PAC Project?

The PAC project – “Paris Agreement Compatible Scenarios for Energy Infrastructure”– has been established to develop a future energy scenario for Europe which is compatible with the Paris Agreement. The scenario, under development by civil society organisations, shall guide European energy infrastructure planning and help to ensure that we are planning and building the infrastructure necessary for a future low carbon, renewables-based energy system.