Stakeholder Dialogues in the 50Hertz Grid Neighbourhood
In 2017, we invited more than 80 government and association representatives, environmental experts, infrastructure planners, approval experts and legal experts to the specialist conference, “Vogelschutz an Höchstspannungsfreileitungen – Methoden, Spielräume und Realisierbarkeit” (Protection of birds on high voltage overhead lines – Methods, scope and feasibility). The aim was to exchange views on how we can meet the requirements for the protection of birds, without jeopardising our energy transition projects.
In addition, in 2017 at over 70 events we informed national and international stakeholders from politics, business, education and associations as well as from the energy sector of how we are approaching the challenges of the energy transition and securely integrating over 50 percent renewable energy into the electrical system. In particular, international groups from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Canada, Kuwait, Madagascar, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Singapore, Taiwan and the US gained insights into the successful integration of renewable energies.
With 180 industry experts and representatives from science, politics and administration, at our 10th System Security Conference we discussed, among other things, the challenges of the European Winter Package (Clean Energy for all Europeans Package), conditions for accessing the grid for the European power exchange, handling critical grid situations and, last but not least, the details of the data exchange.
With the regular “Ländertreff Netze Nordost” event series, two to three times a year, 50Hertz provides and perpetuates contacts to and between the representatives of the executive branch of the federal states. The meeting calls for a regular, joint exchange on energy policy issues. At the federal level, in 2017 50Hertz established the “Energy Lunch” in its new headquarters. In this discussion format, experts from 50Hertz meet experts and representatives of the Parliament, the Government, associations and NGOs several times a year to discuss current challenges in the integration of renewable energies, grid expansion and system management.
In 2017, about 40 experts from 20 different banks and financial institutions came to Berlin for what was already the sixth time for the 50Hertz “Banker’s Day”. It was about sustainable financing options – for example for offshore projects.
The dialogue with our suppliers and third party contractors who are working with us to shape the energy transition is getting more and more important. At the 50Hertz Suppliers’ Day in autumn 2017, we sensitised our business partners to our demanding quality targets in realising our projects on time and within budget, and on maintaining our high occupational safety and health protection standards. This is an important aspect for us in order to minimise the risks in our business activities.