10 point plan for smart grid rollout

EURELECTRIC, the association of the electricity industry in Europe, has released a ten-year, ten-point roadmap for smart grid deployment across the EU.

EURELECTRIC presented the plan at the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels yesterday (April 14).

The ten steps are aimed at giving guidance on how to design a common European framework for individual countries in Europe.

Smart grid rollout, the association says, needs to be implemented in a planned, step-by step approach, which includes customers, energy suppliers and producers.

EURELECTRIC secretary general, Hans ten Berge, said: "Developing regulatory incentives for smart grid investments and market models, setting standards and ensuring data protection and testing though promising demonstration are the first steps to be made.

"These will also require facilitation at the European level. Smart grids will not be rolled out in a single swoop.

"Our ten steps provide guidance on how to design a common European framework for the national roadmaps."

The steps cover the stages of facilitation, deployment and commercialisation spread over a ten-year period from 2010 to 2020.

The steps are:

1.Providing regulatory incentives for innovative grid investments
2.Developing market models
3.Setting standards and ensuring data protection & privacy
4.Testing through demonstration projects & sharing knowledge
5.Rolling out smart metering
6.Monitoring and controlling the grid and distributed generation
7.Moving to integrated local and central balancing of all generation
8.Aggregating distributed energy sources
9.Integrating large-scale e-mobility, heating, cooling and storage
10.Moving to real customer participation in the power market

You can view the full 10 point plan on EURELECTRIC's website. Alison Brown



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