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National Workshop in Bulgaria


National Workshop on Innovating grid-impacting technologies

enabling a clean, efficient and secure electricity system in Europe


The first Bulgarian GridTech Workshop took place on 27 June 2014 in Sofia, at the Press Centre of the Ministry of Economy and Energy, with the aim:

  • to present to the national energy community the interim results of the project
  • to receive feedback from the national target groups and stakeholders
  • to analyse and incorporate in the study the received opinions in order to fine-tune or modify the analyses when needed
  • to attract attention to the final dissemination and communication activities of the overall GridTech project

The event gathered representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Energy, Sustainable Energy Development Agency, investors in wind and solar energy, environmental organisations, electricity distribution companies, engineering companies, consultants and media.

The following main conclusions drawn up as a result of the discussion deserve to be mentioned:

  • Due to technological reasons, the Bulgarian power system is forced to intermittently restrict generation from renewables and faces difficulties to implement the lowest cost operation mode
  • The national transmission system needs investments in the enhancement of transmission lines capacities and implementation of innovative technologies for control of power flows and for the generation – demand balance
  • Investment in new PSHPP capacity and enhancement of the grid capacity are needed by 2020
  • In order to avoid losses of renewable electricity, improvement measures should be implemented without delay
  • The utilization of wind potential in north-eastern part of the country requires construction of new 400 kV substations and lines by 2030
  • Innovative technologies – DLR, HTLs, Accumulators, Electric vehicles, Demand Response, DSM – will be necessary for the successful efficient integration of RES in 2030

 The Workshop organizers encouraged the participants to share their opinions on the project interim results and to make recommendations for further improvement of the study.


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