Green Grids Initiative (GGI) Secretariat

The Green Grids Initiative (GGI) aims to accelerate the development of grid infrastructure globally. The GGI brings together an ecosystem of actors from across government, finance, regulators, operators, industry, academia and civil society to address key challenges and provide a conduit for investment and assistance to deliver the clean energy transition. The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) is providing a grant to increase the capacity of the GGI through funding an externally hosted GGI Secretariat, which will allow the programme to expand on the current demand-driven approach and provide additional support to GGI's leading partners and programmes.

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Summary

Electricity networks are a critical enabler of the clean energy transition. At COP28 over 130 countries committed to work together to achieve the goal of tripling renewable energy capacity globally by 2030, which will depend on a massive expansion of grids. But we are not building them fast enough and grid connections are already creating bottlenecks for new clean energy projects.

The Green Grids Initiative (GGI) aims to accelerate the development of grid infrastructure globally. The GGI brings together an ecosystem of actors from across government, finance, regulators, operators, industry, academia and civil society to address key challenges and provide a conduit for investment and assistance to deliver the clean energy transition.

Since its launch at COP26, the GGI has mobilised this ecosystem through partner-led regional and thematic working groups, which work to identify and overcome key barriers. Through this approach the GGI has successfully developed several active programmes and activities, including knowledge sharing, capacity building, and project-level support.

To further support delivery of these goals, the GGI needs to grow in scope and scale, building on existing activities to address new regions and challenges. The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) is therefore providing a grant to increase the capacity of the GGI through funding an externally hosted GGI Secretariat, which will allow the programme to expand on the current demand-driven approach and provide additional support to GGI's leading partners and programmes.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) (the “Authority”) is offering grant funding to a Grant Recipient to contribute to expenditures incurred in undertaking the delivery of a secretariat function and activities for the Green Grids Initiative (GGI) (“the Funded Activities”).

Grant funding will be offered to a Grant Recipient delivering the Funded Activities on a not-for-profit basis commencing as soon as possible in 2024 (following the competition timelines) to continue until the end of the Financial Year 2024/2025, with the potential to extend in 12 monthly (or smaller) increments until June 2027, subject to performance of the Grant Recipient and available funding from the Authority.

Eligibility

Please see competition documentation available at the Authoirty's e-sourcing portal.

Objectives

During the Funding Period, the Grant Recipient will be expected to achieve the following key outcomes:

Delivery

High-quality provision of core secretariat activities, including meeting facilitation and external communications management, working closely with the Chair and other key roles.Increased accountability and oversight across the GGI as a whole, by designing and implementing a monitoring process for programme delivery and financial management.High-quality preparation and delivery of GGI events (e.g. working group meetings, workshops, dialogues, roundtables), either directly or through effective procurement and management of third-party suppliers.Effective management of and, where relevant, high-quality delivery of key GGI programmes – including, but not limited to, the Electricity Transition Playbook.

Partnerships

Increased scale, inclusivity, and transparency of the GGI ‘ecosystem’ of participants/partners, that is better able to address demand and coordinate across the international landscape to address key challenges.Greater ‘ownership’/’buy-in’ from participants in GGI working groups and across the whole of GGI, by developing and agreeing a new ecosystem partnership model.Increased number of (regional and thematic) working groups to address and/or support priority challenges, programmes, or projects.

Capability

Increased provision of specialist technical assistance – including through, but not necessarily limited to, the Playbook– including at sub-national, national, and international levels, as appropriate, supported by the development of participant-led transition plans and case studies.Increased cross-pollination and sharing of technical knowledge/experience on effective development and implementation of relevant grid projects (such as regulatory reform, market development, infrastructure development) including at sub-national, national, and international levels, as appropriate.Increased capability at the multilateral/regional level on relevant challenges, including (but not necessarily limited to) cross-border energy system development, supply chains, and energy trade.Advanced approaches/tools to support increased access to international climate finance for electricity grid projects, as well as greater investment from private sector sources.

Coordination

Effective coordination with the Authority and other relevant teams within HMG to maximise impact of GGI activities and build effective working relationships/partnerships with complementary initiatives.Effective coordination across the wider GGI ecosystem to respond to demand, leverage synergies between complementary initiatives and partners, and amplify communication.Effective and strategic collaboration with relevant international and multilateral partners and organisations, in concert with the Authority, to advance common objectives, build capability, and develop a coherent global narrative on global just clean energy transition and the role of grids.

Dates

Please see competition documents for details on relevant dates.

How to apply

Please find all details on how to apply for the Grant which are available on the Authoirty's e-sourcing portal: https://beisgroup.ukp.app.jaggaer.com/esop/guest/go/opportunity/detail?opportunityId=57949

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