But Not on My Doorstep, Please! – The Energy Transition and its Social Acceptance

The smarter E Podcast Episode 167 | February 22, 2024 | Language: English

Cheap electricity? 100% renewable? Reliable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? That's what almost everyone wants. But not everyone is prepared to accept the necessary consequences, such as a new high-voltage power line on the outskirts of town or wind turbines in the neighbourhood. Citizen protests and objections from conservation groups to infrastructure expansion often slow down the energy transition, and precious time is lost on the road to climate neutrality. But why do we need new transmission grids? Are there no alternatives? And how can social acceptance of grid expansion be increased?

We talk about this in the latest episode with Antonella Battaglini, the CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative-RGI.


  • 02:00 About The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI). What is the focus of it`s activities?
  • 09:22 How can acceptance of new power lines be promoted among citizens and local authorities?
  • 15:39 What role does the cross-border exchange of electricity in Europe play in a successful energy transition? What advantages does it offer?
  • 18:01 Where do we currently stand in terms of expanding and connecting the transmission grids?

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About Antonella Battaglini und Renewables Grid Initiative

Antonella Battaglini, CEO, Renewables Grid Initiative

Antonella Battaglini is the CEO of the Renewables Grid Initiative-RGI, which she founded in 2009. In addition, Antonella has been an expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Electrification and of the European Commission Interconnection Target Group. For many years, Antonella has also held the position of senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) is a collaboration of NGOs and TSOs from across Europe engaging in an ‘energy transition ecosystem-of-actors’. It promotes fair, transparent, sustainable grid development to enable the growth of renewables to achieve full decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement.

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