The STRIDE project was approved by the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg Danube Transnational Program on May 18 th 2020. Goal of the STRIDE project is, to develop and integrate Smart Grid strategies and action plans at a regional/local level with a joint collaboration of participating Danube regions.
The STRIDE project, standing for Improved energy planning through the Integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region, is led by the Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP) together with seven project partners and eight associated partners from Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Smart grids will make an important contribution to the development of the power grid in the future. Smart Grid concepts cover all areas – from the planning, operation, maintenance of the grid on one side and on the other side from production, transmission, distribution and end-use. Because of that Smart Grids have established a position very high on the European Union’s agenda.
Although prepared from a technological standpoint to implement Smart Grids, the Danube region is still in the early stages of the actual deployment of smart distribution systems, as regions and local communities across the Danube area lack knowledge and capacities for the integration of Smart Grid concepts into regional and local policies. Through knowledge transfer and the development of planning tools, the STRIDE project aims to provide a comprehensive support for regional/local policy makers for the improvement of energy planning.