Smart grids task force

The Smart grids task force was set up in 2009 to advise on issues related to smart grid deployment and development. It consists of five expert groups which focus on specific areas. Their work shape EU smart grid policies and the policy framework.

Steering committee meetings

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

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.

During the period 2017-2018, and according to its agreed Terms of Reference, the group worked on procedures for data access and exchange for both electricity and gas, with the task of collecting information and investigating the way towards interoperable practices in the EU. The respective findings and recommendations are summarised in this report. Supporting technical information can be found here.

This investigation builds upon earlier work performed by the ad hoc group on “My Energy Data”, which was launched on 22 April 2016, with the aim of getting 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 an interim report on My Energy Data in November 2016.

The first expert group has published two reports:

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 was set-up in July 2011. In 2012, the group 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 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.

Under this initiative, a working group was launched in 2017 with the task to investigate for the period 2017-2018 energy-specific cybersecurity issues in line with its agreed Terms of Reference.

The first interim report can be found here.
The second interim report can be found here.
The final report can be found here.

The Commission, in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders, 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).  

The group members, assisted by the Commission Services, developed a template for data protection impact assessment for smart grid and smart metering environment.

Data protection Impact assessment template for smart grid and smart metering environment

Previous deliverables

Expert group 3 – Regulatory recommendations for smart grid deployment

Under this initiative, a working group was launched in 2017 with the task, according to its agreed Terms of Reference, of collecting information and investigating, for the period 2017-2018, the necessary further steps for facilitating demand side flexibility in the EU. The respective findings and recommendations are summarised in this report. Supporting description of use cases can be found here.

Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF), Workshop on experiences and conditions for successful implementation of storage, incl. cross-sectorial solutions, Brussels 1 July 2016

Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF), Workshop on Implementation of incentives for innovation, Brussels 1 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