Standards play a key role in the development and deployment of technology in society. They provide an indispensable basis for widespread market uptake of products and services. They also ensure customer convenience. In addition, agreed standards tend to encourage innovation, boost productivity and enhance economic efficiency by reducing or eliminating technical barriers that can create market distortions.
EURELECTRIC is a cooperating partner of CENELEC, the European Committee for Electro-Technical Standardisation. Our working structure incorporates many experts who are active in several of CENELEC's technical committees. Their work touches on topics ranging from power quality, electromagnetic compatibility, distributed generation and network equipment to emerging technologies such as smart meters, smart grids and e-mobility.
The European Commission has asked CENELEC, CEN and ETSI to develop standards in several areas related to the electricity system. Its three so-called standardisation mandates address smart meters (M/441), e-mobility (M/468) and smart grids (M/498). EURELECTRIC is involved in the respective coordination committees that steer the standardisation process in those different areas.
Standardisation of smart grids is not 'business as usual'. The huge number of stakeholders, the necessary speed due to the rapid spread of decentralised electricity generation, the many international activities and the still evolving technology improvements make it a challenging task. Therefore an open, dynamic and generic approach to structure the process of smart grid standardisation is being set up in Europe.