As a Project of Common Interest (PCI) the Smart Border Initiative (SBI) participated in the PCI Energy Days, organized by the European Commission. The inaugural PCI Energy Days took place on 19 and 20 March 2019 in Brussels and featured a series of political conferences dealing with the most urgent issues of project implementation. Furthermore an exhibition offered the representatives of the SBI the opportunity to showcase the project and exchange experiences with other project promoters, regulators and policy makers on how to build a future-proof and environmentally friendly energy infrastructure.
“The PCI Energy Days were a great opportunity to present the SBI to the European Commission, the energy industry and other project promoters”, says Jan Budke from innogy SE, Activity Coordinator Regulatory Affairs for the SBI. “The exchange with regulatory experts from other DSO smart grid projects was also very helpful to discuss challenges, potential solutions and best practices. It was exciting to see that the SBI sets a new cornerstone in the energy landscape, being the first cross-border smart grid on a distribution level.”
The status of Project of Common Interest is granted to key cross border infrastructure projects that link the energy systems of EU countries. They must have a significant impact on energy markets and market integration in at least two EU countries and boost competition on energy markets. As such they are intended to help the EU achieve its energy policy and climate objectives: affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all citizens, and the long-term decarbonization of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement.