The Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF) was set up by the European Commission (EC) at the end of 2009. The SGTF reached a consensus over the last two years on policy and regulatory directions for the deployment of Smart Grids. The SGTF has also issued key recommendations for standardisation, consumer data privacy and security.
Based on these results, during 2011 the EC has adopted a Communication on Smart Grids, issued a Mandate for Smart Grids standards to the European Standardisation Organisation and created an Inventory of Smart Grid projects and lessons learned in the EU. The EC has also adopted a Recommendation for the roll-out of Smart Metering Systems and issued Guidelines for conducting Cost Benefit Analysis of Smart Grids projects in 2012.
The Smart Grids Task Force welcomes any new stakeholder currently not represented in the group, and who could be potentially be interested.
Convinced that the above achievements represent crucial but just first steps in the process and tasks allocated to the SGTF, the EC updated the Mission and the Framework Programme for the SGTF and decided to extend its activities for two more years. Specific Annual Work Programmes should be adopted and executed during this period. The Work Programme for 2012 is attached in Annex I.
Minutes, presentations and agenda of the meetings
Expert Group 1 –Smart Grid Standards
Expert Group 2 – Regulatory Recommendations for Privacy, Data Protection and cyber-security in the Smart Grid Environment
DPIA Template and Commission Recommendation 2014/724/EU
The Data Protection Impact Assessment Template for smart grid and smart metering systems (DPIA Template) serves as an evaluation and decision-making tool for entities planning or executing investments in the smart grids sector. It helps them identify and anticipate risks to data protection, privacy and security. It then describes the most suitable safeguards in proportion to these risks. The DPIA Template will help ensure progress towards adequate and harmonised protection of personal data and enhanced security in smart grids and smart metering across the EU. It will provide benefits for consumers, Data Protection Authorities and industry.
The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation on the DPIA Template which provides guidance to Member States on how to support its implementation by data controllers. Specifically, the Recommendation promotes a two-year test phase, as requested by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Group (WP29) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). In the test phase, data controllers are encouraged to apply the Template to real-life cases with the guidance and support of Data Protection Authorities. Throughout this process, results will be disseminated and discussed in the Smart Grid Task Force (SGTF) amongst testers, industry, Data Protection Authorities, energy regulators, and representatives of civil society. Based on the feedback, the Template will be fine-tuned to enhance its efficiency and user-friendliness as required by WP29 and EDPS.
The Commission's Recommendation on preparations for smart-metering roll-out (2012/148/EU) first called for the creation of a DPIA Template and its submission for opinion to WP29. Steered by DG Energy and DG Joint Research Centre, the Template was drafted by representatives of the smart grid sector working together in Expert Group 2 (EG2) of the SGTF, taking into account the opinions issued by WP29.
Data controllers are strongly encouraged to follow the following Commission Recommendations and WP29 opinions in their implementation of the Template:
Expert Group 3 – Regulatory Recommendations for Smart Grids Deployment
Expert Group 4 – Smart Grid Infrastructure Deployment
Request for information about smart grid projects for identification as potential Projects of Common Interest (PCI) under the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure
Expert Group 5 – Implementation of Smart Grid Industrial Policy