EGI Grid: an international collaboration for the implementation of one of the largest Smart Grid projects

EGI Grid: an international collaboration for the implementation of one of the largest Smart Grid projects

Enea Operator, Stoen Operator, TAURON Dystrybucja, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne, ČEZ Distribuce and E.ON Energidistribution AB form the EGI Grid project in the Smart Grid category. Partners will apply for PCI status, which allows access to EU co-financing. The aim of this cross-border project will be to increase the security of energy networks in the Member States of the European Union.

Stoen Operator and representatives of ČEZ Distribuce, E.ON Energidistribution AB, Enea Operator, TAURON Dystrybucja and Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne have signed a cooperation agreement under the project of common interest (PCI). The project was called the European Green and Intelligent Grid (EGI Grid) and aims to create an intelligent electricity infrastructure. The Smart Grid solutions that will be implemented within its system will be based on modern ICT technologies.

Projects of Common Interest (PCI) are cross-border infrastructures that connect the energy systems of Member States.

The EGI Grid project will significantly increase the efficiency of the network and will allow better integration of the behavior and activities of all users (consumers, prosumers, aggregators) of the electricity grid. It will also create an environment to increase the share and use of electricity generated from distributed renewable energy sources. Involvement in joint ventures of three out of five Polish transmission system operators comprising more than half of Poland, transmission system operators and foreign organizations will enable the achievement of this goal.

The project implemented with activities related to obtaining EU PCI status in the area of ​​Smart Grid will be the first project of this type to be implemented by DSOs in Poland.

European Green and Smart Grid

EGI Grid will contribute to the development and implementation of technological solutions for the intelligent energy grid of the future.

The project will increase the operational security of the electric grid through better digital connectivity, improvement of power quality indicators and increase the operational reliability of the power system. It will also ensure more complete monitoring of HV and MV substations and better flexibility in power system operation.

There are also plans to create a platform for data exchange and the development of flexible services for the distribution network. It will enable aggregators and the research community to stimulate the development of new products in the energy market in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner. In addition, this platform, created by project partners and integrated with similar solutions in the Czech Republic and Sweden, will be the first solution of this kind in Poland.

PCI projects

PCI projects Projects of Common Interest – Projects of Common Interest) are of strategic importance in the implementation of the energy and climate policy of the European Union.

The conditions for including a project on the PCI list are to demonstrate that its implementation will bring significant benefits to at least two EU Member States, will contribute to the integration of the EU internal energy market, improve its competitiveness, and will also increase security. of distribution.

PCI projects can take advantage of legally proven benefits by, among other things, speeding up the process of issuing permits and administrative decisions. In addition, they have the possibility to receive financial support under the Connecting Europe Facility. Connecting Europe Center) in the form of non-reimbursable grants or innovative financial instruments.

The EGI Grid project will be the largest project in the Smart Grid category to be implemented in the distribution area in Poland. After obtaining PCI status, in the next two years, the project partners plan to prepare funding applications under the European Integration Center. All activities under the project will be implemented in the years 2024-2030.