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Electricity transmission and distribution operators from Slovenia and Croatia have signed an agreement to release €40m in EU funding for their Sincro Grid project.The European Commission said that the Sincro Grid project aims to enhance the link between the electricity grids of the two countries as well as boost the use of renewables in the region.

According to SeeNews, the Sincro Grid project will integrate several technologies to ensure that power grids have the capacity to transmit electrcity across the border efficiently, "where virtual cross-border control centre will be set up."

SeeNews adds that the Sincro Grid project will also "ensure that more energy can be generated by smaller, local power sources and will increase energy storage capacity in the region."

The €40m in EU funding is being made available through the EU's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. It supports the development of high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected trans-European networks in the fields of transport, energy and digital services.

The companies involved in the implementation of the project are SODO and ELES from Slovenia, and HOPS and HEP ODS from Croatia.

EDSO’s guidelines for DSO and TSO unity

In 2015, the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO)  issued a guideline to boost cooperation between Distribution Systems Operators (DSO) and Transmission Systems Operators (TSO) within the European Union.

The 'General Guidelines for Improving TSO-DSO Cooperation' analyses Europe’s current transmission and distribution landscapes including the challenges restraining the sector and highlights solutions that operators, national regulatory authorities and regional bodies can implement to enhance the power sector.

EDSO believes by ensuring coordinated access to resources, the operators will effectively manage their systems in a manner that minimizes societal cost and maximises sustainability and security of supply of power systems. Read more...