ALPGRIDS - Increase the uptake of RES in the Alps through microgrid solutions
Creating a transnational enabling environment to foster microgrid solutions
The ALPGRIDS project aims to create an enabling environment for the uptake of renewable energies and the creation of low-carbon energy communities in Alpine territories through the deployment of microgrids.
AURA-EE as the leader
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energie-Environnement (AURA-EE) is the lead partner of the ALPGRIDS project and collaborates with the National Community of Rhône (CNR), the other French project partner. Ten other European organisations are involved, from 4 other countries in the Alpine region (Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia).
The project will focus on creating a transnational enabling environment to foster microgrid solutions, supporting in particular the creation of local energy communities.
More specifically, ALPGRIDS will focus on:
- Developing a common understanding of microgrids and their benefits
- Creating an enabling policy environment for microgrids
- Replicating the microgrid model in the Alpine Space and beyond
Improve the resilience of mountain territories
ALGRIDS aims to improve the resilience of mountain territories (potentially subject to frequent power cuts) and the control of energy expenditure through local energy supply.
To achieve its goals, the project will build on 7 existing pilot sites in 5 countries and take them to the next steps in order to develop 3 key outputs listed below. Transnational exchanges will be implemented, involving local energy stakeholders and policy makers.
The project will develop the following outputs:
- an Alpine microgrid model for energy communities and project developers
- a policy package for national, regional and local policy makers for instance to improve their energy and climate plans
- a replication programme involving organisations outside the consortium in relation with EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) Action Group 9 on energy.
Transnational activities are planned among which transnational workshops, site visits, summer school, bi-lateral exchanges, etc.
ALPGRIDS targets especially local authorities and energy communities, whose legislative framework has recently been introduced into European law. Energy operators, national and regional public authorities are also aimed.
[Updated : February 2020]