ALPGRIDS

Increasing RES uptake through Microgrids in the Alps

Aims & Activities

ALPGRIDS main objective is to increase the uptake of RES in the Alps through microgrid solutions

Microgrid: In a nutshell a microgrid is a small scale energy system that can operate autonomously (islanded from the main grid) or connected to the main grid and groups on a given territory several RES producers and consumers.

Key benefits of using microgrids for local communities, municipalities and energy stakeholders are mainly two-fold:

  • Increase their energy autonomy: by facilitating local energy transactions: local energy consumer can purchase electricity from local RES producers directly or indirectly at an acceptable price
  • Improve the resilience of electricity networks in the case of emergencies, power outages

 

Additional benefits may include:

  • Reduction of electric losses and infrastructure costs
  • Introduction of new services to the grid

 

Objective : The project will focus on creating a transnational enabling environment to foster microgrid solutions supporting in particular the creation of local energy communities.

In particular, 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 AS and beyond

 

How ? To achieve these goals, the project will build on 6 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.

Outputs : The project will develop :

  • 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 organizations outside the consortium in relation with EUSALP AG9 on energy.

 

The project will run until June 2022. It involves 12 project partners from 5 EU Member States and is led by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency (AURA-EE). Transnational activities are planned among which transnational workshops, site visits, summer school, bi-lateral exchanges, etc.