CROSSBOW Kick Off meeting in Sofia

On 9th of November 2017, the CROSSBOW consortium officially started its activities with a General Assembly hosted by the Ministry of Energy and the national System Operator in Bulgaria (ESO). The opening session counted with the welcome of Minister of Energy Ms. Temenujka Petkova. In total, 77 experts from the 24 entities participating in this international research effort met during two days in different workshops and sessions in order to define the demonstration activities that will be run by the project during the next four years, targeting the wide adoption of clean energies in South Eastern Europe.

During 48 months, CROSSBOW will work to propose the shared use of resources to foster cross-border management of variable renewable energies and storage units, enabling a higher penetration of clean energies whilst reducing network operational costs and improving economic benefits of clean energies and storage units.

These benefits will be achieved by fostering regional cooperation among the system operators in South Eastern Europe. The project will provide 8 different tools to help the Regional Coordination Center in the region to facilitate higher RES penetration, whilst reducing operational costs for individual operators – both at transmission and distribution layers.

The project, funded by the Research and Innovation Programme of the European Commission, Horizon2020, led by Grupo ETRA is composed of 24 partners from 13 European countries participate among which there are 8 national Transmission System Operators.


CROSSBOW Regulatory and Market Workshop

On 29th May in Vienna, CROSSBOW organised a workshop- where members of the User Group participated- with the aim to provide an overview of the status of legislation and regulative framework and possible future developments on regional and national level, with focus on SEE region represented by the countries participating in CROSSBOW.

 This region, encompassing countries that are Member States of the EU and countries that are Contracting Parties of the Energy Community and at the same time, members of the Western Balkans 6 group, serves as an example of extension of frameworks, rules and practices that bring EU closer to the immediate SEE neighbourhood. The SEE region and the Workshop objective is well in line with the extensive work of the Energy Community in this area, including the WB6 initiative. Therefore, the event represented an outstanding opportunity to exchange findings and experiences of representatives of the CROSSBOW Project, Energy Community, national Regulatory Bodies and other relevant stakeholders on existing regulatory frameworks and future developments of the region. It was also the adequate environment for the user group members to provide comments and recommendations to project findings.

 CROSSBOW counts with a user group of more than 15 stakeholders that shall play an important role during the overall Project duration.  The user group includes ENTSO-E, Energy Community, CEN-CENELEC, RESCOOP, Energy Ministries and National Regulatory Bodies from the SEE region. The cooperation with the members of the user group is conducted in various manners, including organization of various events dedicated to project topics. In this context, the Project has held a Regulatory and Market Workshop, aiming to present Project findings and at the same time, validate the findings and ideas by relevant stakeholders.


Parliament and Council adopted key files of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package

The European Union now adopted four of the eight legislative proposals in the 2016 Clean Energy for All Europeans package, which means new rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union. An important step in enabling the European Union and its Member States to embrace the clean energy transition, follow up on the already adopted 2030 climate legislation and meet the Paris Agreement commitments.

This decision “unlock the true potential of Europe's clean energy transition, helping us meet our Paris Agreement goals and translating into more jobs, lower energy bills for consumers and less energy imports. The Energy Union is coming of age, going from strength to strength" explained Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.

The package is a key element of the Juncker Commission's political priority of “a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy", aimed at giving Europeans access to secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy and making the European Union world leader in renewable energy.

The new regulatory framework, in particular via the introduction of the first national energy and climate plans, brings regulatory certainty and enabling conditions for essential investments to take place in this important sector. It empowers European consumers to become fully active players in the energy transition and fixes two new targets for the EU in 2030: a binding renewable energy target of at least 32% and an energy efficiency target of at least 32.5%, which will stimulate Europe's industrial competitiveness, boost growth and jobs, reduce energy bills, help tackle energy poverty and improve air quality. When these policies will be fully implemented, they will lead to steeper emission reductions for the whole EU than anticipated– some 45% by 2030 compared to 1990, instead of 40%. To strive towards a long-term greenhouse gas reduction objective, the framework sets up a robust governance system of the Energy Union.


During the first year of the Project, the final scenarios to be demonstrated have been drafted, analysing in detail the cross-border challenges in South Easter Europe. The different regulatory framework in the region has been studied, as well as the different types of ancillary services available for TSOs. In this context, congestion problem at the countries border due to large use of Renewables Energies has been identified as one of the major barriers to be tackled.

Find out more technical information of CROSSBOW in our public deliverables, download them here.


Blockchain in Energy 2018, 28/2/18  Slovenia

Global Smart Energy Summit, 6/3/18 Dubai

14th South-East European Conference on Energy Efficiency&Renewables, 26/3/18 Sofia

ENTSO-E Internal Workshop on Flexibility & Blockchain, 14/5/18 Mallorca

Romanian Energy Day 2018, 6/6/18 Brussels

23rd Athens Forum Electricity, 7/6/18 Athens

11th IENE SEE Energy Dialogue Conferences, 27/6/18 Thessaloniki

 CIGRE Regional South-East European Conference, 3/10/18 Bucharest

The 8th IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, 17-18/10/18  Vienna

Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), 21/10/18 Sarajevo

MedPower 2018, 12-15/11/18 Dubrovnik

23-24/01/2019: Brussels (Belgium): ACI Energy Storage 2019

12-13/02/2019, Edinburg (UK): Scottish Renewables Conference

26-27/02/2019, London (UK): Energy Storage Summit

26/02-1/03/2019, Madrid (Spain):GENERA Energy & Environment International Trade Fair

26-28/03/2019, Amsterdam (The Netherlands): SGTech Europe 2019, the Smart Grid Innovation Forum 

26-27/03/2019, Dubai (United Arab Emirates): MENA New Energy 2019

28-30/03/2019, Bucharest (Romania): Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering (ATEE)

17-21/06/2019, Brussels (Belgium): EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019 (EUSEW)



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