Smart Grids Task Force

Smart Grids Task Force

The Smart Grids Task Force was set up by the European Commission in 2009 to advise on issues related to smart grid deployment and development. It consists of five Expert Groups who focus on specific areas. Their work helps shape EU smart grid policies.

The Task Force also welcomes any new stakeholder currently not represented to contact DG Energy should they be interested in participating.

Mission and Work Programme

Steering committee meetings

The minutes, presentations, and agendas of the Task Force's steering committee meetings.

Steering Committee members

Expert Group 1 – Smart grid standards

Expert Group 1 was set up in 2009 to explore smart grid services and operation, and how best to deliver smart grids for the benefit of the energy system and its users.

Successful smart grid deployment hinges on the technical standards and provisions designed to allow the interoperability of systems and technologies within a smart grid environment. This is the focus of attention for this expert group.

The group provides guidance on how to ensure interoperability, connectivity and ultimately functionality of components and processes for the provision of smart energy grid services.

Furthermore, an ad hoc group on “My Energy Data” was launched on 22 April 2016, with the aim to get an overview of some of the existing initiatives on data access and data management in the field of energy distribution, to identify possible obstacles for controlled data access and data management, and to explore at EU level the potential for and scope of a possible industrial initiative on a common format for energy data interchange. The ad hoc group produced My Energy Data report in November 2016 and further work is planned for 2017.

The first Expert group has published two reports:

Interoperability of interfaces for the large scale roll out of smart metering systems in EU Member States

Interoperability, standards and functionalities applied in the large scale roll out of smart metering

Survey results

Individual country responses

Based on earlier work of this expert group, the European Commission has issued mandates to European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) - CEN, CENELEC and ETSI - to develop and update technical standards:

To work on mandate M/490, the Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) was set-up in July 2011. In 2012 the SG-CG produced the following reports: Sustainable Processes , First Set of Consistent Standards , Reference Architecture , information security and data privacy and the Framework Document .

In 2014 the Smart Grid Coordination Group produced the following reports and successfully completed the requirements of the M/490 mandate: Extended Set of Standards support Smart Grids deployment ; Overview Methodology , General Market Market Model Development , Smart Grid Architecture Model User Manual and Flexibility Management ; Smart Grid Interoperability and its tool; Smart Grid Information Security.

Expert Group 2 – Regulatory recommendations for privacy, data protection and cyber-security in the smart grid environment

In October 2014 the Smart-Grid Task Force launched an initiative aiming to mitigate the risks on personal data and security of smart metering systems.

The Commission, in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders, has conducted a two year assessment process and delivered a full package of recommendations at the end of November 2016 to ensure privacy and cyber-security in smart-metering systems per the 10 minimum functional requirements set out in the Commission Recommendation and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) .  

Previous deliverables

Expert Group 3 – Regulatory recommendations for smart grid deployment

Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF), Workshop on experiences and conditions for successful implementation of storage, incl. cross-sectorial solutions, Brussels 1st July 2016
Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF), Workshop on Implementation of incentives for innovation, Brussels 1st June 2016
Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF), Workshop on Smart homes and buildings, Brussels 26 April 2016
EG3 Workshop on Demand Response and Self Consumption, Brussels 2 March 2016



Expert Group 4 – Smart grid infrastructure deployment

Energy Infrastructure

Information request for smart grid projects that aimed to be included in the EU's projects of common interest (PCI) under the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure:

Telecommunications Infrastructure

Telecommunications issues covered by Expert Group 4

Expert Group 5 – Implementation of smart grid industrial policy

Earlier work

Expert Group work for 2010/2011

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