The PAC Consortium is collecting international experiences on collaborative infrastructure planning. These approaches should be transparent, multi-stakeholder with an ambition to reach low-carbon targets relevant to the region. The methods used by the project to engage civil society in this process are a work in progress.
The PAC Consortium is looking to engage with global experts to exchange ideas on how to make energy scenario development and infrastructure planning accessible to a broader group of stakeholders. The overarching goal is growing and fostering renewables-based energy systems that are compatible with the Paris agreement.
Civil society could play an inﬂuential and necessary role in these grid planning processes, however there are currently few examples of effective and comprehensive citizen engagement.
In most cases, governments and large energy companies exclusively manage the process and stakeholder engagement of civil society in power grid planning is either limited or does not exist. Involvement of civil society in the development of grid planning is crucial, as these actors ensure that climate, environmental and societal constraints and interests are represented in different parts of the planning process.
This report, Citizen Power for Grids, seeks to shed light on the organisation of various grid planning processes in selected countries. The five case studies offer diverse examples in Australia, Chile, Europe, Japan and Vietnam from which lessons can be drawn.
Click here to read the report Citizen Power for Grids.
Read about the event: Engaging Civil Society in the Energy Transition - the Role of Grids.
Are you based outside the EU? How does energy infrastructure planning work in your country?
Is there a multi-stakeholder aspect?
How could the experiences from the PAC project be useful in your own context?
How could the PAC Consortium support the development of similar activities in your context?
Comment below to let us know!
Dr. El Mostafa Jamea04. March 2020
Engagement of other stakeholders such as private sector, civil society and other stakeholders is not done in a systemic way and meaningfully.
It would be good to develop best practices and guidelines for planning energy infrastructure.
Yose Ardhani Farasi30. March 2020
Indonesia is the largest country in the ASEAN in terms of energy consumption. Across the country’s more than 17,000 islands, energy demand is growing rapidly. The country aims to achieve 23% renewable energy use by 2025. For more attractive to investors, there 5 points of change ESDM through ESDM Regulation No. 4/2020.
1. The purchase process by conditional direct appointment
2. The cooperation scheme can be adjusted to BOO (Build, Own, Operate)
3. Hydropower/ irrigation arrangements established by Ministry of PUPR
4. Waste to Energy Plants Assignments
5. Assignment of the purchase of electricity to PT PLN (Persero) for Renewable Energy Power Plant which is funded from Grant.
Policymakers and all stakeholders in the power sector of the policy effectiveness and the improvements needed to help accelerate the clean energy development in the country. By doing this, hopefully Indonesia can ensure the energy security, economic competitiveness, and transition toward a sustainable energy system soon.
Recent studies from Carbon Tracker (UK) show that making Utility-Scale Solar Power Plant is now cheaper than the coal power plant. In 2025, the electricity costs of the solar power plant are lower than the electricity costs of PLTUs that are already operating. There is a risk of stranding assets from the power plant owned by PT PLN (Persero) and IPP from the 35 thousand MW project that will COD 2021-2025. The power plant "approves the road" even though the electricity costs are more expensive than large-scale solar power plants, PLN will arrange to prioritize the distribution of electricity from expensive plants.
We believe that all the related stakeholders could see and gain benefit from acceleration in renewable deployment by designing a balance and supportive policy towards renewable.
Ayodele Oluwasijibomi06. April 2020
It's no news the energy infrastructure in Nigeria is dilapidated, which prompts the current trend in Nigerian Government to declare open market seeking more players for both off-grid and on-grid energy generation. This entails the readiness of Government to partner with potential investors who are willingly to tap into the vast available resources Nigeria poses to generate electricity, while also providing an enabling environment for sustainable business developments as in this case(WASTE TO ENERGY). This happens to be one best solution to the currently low power generation capacity compared to the growing demand of electricity in Nigeria.
These challenges and concerns led our development of idea and strategy that has been pitched to selected respected Nigerian State Governments and is currently yielding results and growing popular. Our project initiative, which currently facilitates to bring together Government (In Landfills and enabling business environment), United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO (In technical support and assistance, access to impact investments to achieve best available scientific knowledge, best in universe waste to energy plants noting carbon emissions credit, social and environmental goals and financial performance)
As a result, experience from PAC project is very useful emphasizing on the following:
(i) country to country partnership and differentiated responsibility
(ii) recognizing need for effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change, proper collection, segregation and treatment of generated Municipal Solid Waste, while stopping the growing dangers and threat to Air, Land and Marine life. (This prompted we pitch our ideas and implement operations first with the coastal States in Nigeria)
(iv) taking full consideration of sustainable developments, a just transition of the workforce and creation of decent work and quality jobs.
(d) acknowledging actions to address climate change, respect, promote and consider respective obligations on human rights and health.
Finally, the PAC consortium can support the development of similar activities by endorsing our project initiative. This opportunity will be adequately used to expand our voice and further strengthen our capacity to reach a global audience by introducing same initiative to the coastal arears of Africa so as to replicate similar development across the Africa Market contributing strategically to a circular development in large and long-term Economic benefits for all inclusive.
Barry McMullin30. June 2020