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Expert Group 5 on Industrial Policy for Smart Grids (EG5) was set up at the end of 2012 within the existing Task Force for Smart Grids that is managed by the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER). EG5 holds meetings once every 4-8 weeks with its steering committee comprising Commission representatives also from Directorates-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR), Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) and a number of other Directorates-General with an interest in smart grids as well as the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and stakeholders from the engineering and power generation sectors.


Following a number of meetings with industry stakeholders during 2013, a set of actions were identified as requiring attention from an industrial policy perspective:

  1. Framework to stimulate Smart Grid projects that do not fall under TEN-E (Trans-European Networks for Energy) Guidelines.
  2. Addition of "effect on jobs" aspect to cost-benefit analysis methodology.
  3. Study, in collaboration with the JRC, to analyse lighthouse projects and what has already been achieved so far in this area.
  4. Intensive study of all technical and economic barriers for the deployment of Smart Grids.
  5. Study on the consumer acceptability and engagement in Smart Grid pilot projects.
  6. Workshop on "European Industrial Policy and Smart Grid Roll-Out" to take place in 2016.
  7. Recommendations on adequate integration of energy storage and infrastructure.

Way Ahead

The three studies mentioned in points 3, 4 and 5 will be launched at the beginning of 2015 for conclusion by December 2015, December 2016 and December 2017, respectively. The Workshop in point 6 will be organised in the first quarter of 2018 to summarise the results and recommendations from these three studies. In 2014 the work of EG5 will focus on the other actions mentioned in points 1, 2 and 7 which are more legislative in nature and require cooperation with DG ENER and the other expert groups in its Smart Grids Task Force.

Task force leader: Mr Luis Filipe Girão (ENTR F5)

Other contact point: Mr Gordon Buhagiar (ENTR F5)

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