About Smart Grids

A smart grid is an electricity distribution network that can intelligently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users, namely generators and consumers, including those who do both: “prosumers”.

Therefore smart grids are electricity distribution grids which are developed and upgraded thanks to specific IT and hardware solutions in order to:

  1. 1. Integrate large share of distributed and variable renewable energy sources
  2. 2. Allow prosumers to sending their electricity back to the grid
  3. 3. Enable the charging of electric vehicles’ batteries
  4. 4. Use the grid’s flexibility in order to avoid costly network reinforcement

Options to make existing grids smarter are:

  1. 1. advanced network operation and control tools
  2. 2. system observability tools
  3. 3. demand-response programmes & smart appliances
  4. 4. energy efficiency applications
  5. 5. grid automation solutions
  6. 6. installation of smart meters
  7. 7. information and education of consumers
  8. 8. storage facilities
  9. 9. smart charging

About the Initiative

Because smart grids are not a stable and concrete target, but rather a vision for the future which is constantly developing, “Talking Smart Grid workshops” gather exerts to bring flesh to this vision.

Launched in 2012, the initiative consists of a series of practical workshops, each of them focusing on a specific technology.

Each workshop includes sharing the results of concrete smart grid research projects and an open roundtable discussion with all participants.

Speakers and participants share experiences on technological progress and discuss policy needs for further smart grid uptake.

The International Energy Agency is EURELECTRIC “cooperating partner” for these workshops since November 2014. This means that participants to “Talking Smart Grids” workshops have access to highly valuable input from IEA delegates which contribute to building the workshops’ agenda and discussions.

Who should attend and why?

“Talking Smart Grids” workshops are taking place in Brussels and are open to the public (80 participants maximum)

We believe that they are particularly valuable for smart grid project promoters, researchers, DSO experts, manufacturers and European institution representatives who have built up advanced expertise in the field of smart grids.

Together, participants will explore RD&D results of smart grid projects on the ground. They will have the opportunity to discuss lessons learned, to better understand the critical decisions required when implementing certain technologies, and to further deepen their knowledge about latest cutting-edge industry developments.

After each workshop, we produce a short summary report outlining the key findings and formulating recommendations to stakeholders and policymakers.

Other Smart Grids Initiatives

EURELECTRIC, together with the European Commission Joint Research Centre, has launched a smart grid portal which offers to project promoters across Europe the opportunity to communicate on the learnings and benefits of their project.

https://portal.smartgridsprojects.eu/Pages/Map.aspx

The portal makes this information available to a wider public composed of European policymakers, national organizations but also citizens.

The portal’s interactive map showcases in an interactive and intuitive way all the different projects by country. Additionally the portal’s newsletter allows sharing updates about projects but also other related news, both with internal portal users and external stakeholders.

  • 1st Workshop: Smart Integration

    This summary report outlines the discussions of the first workshop on smart integration and puts forward the resulting policy requirements, regulatory recommendations and implications for the regulatory framework. The workshop brought together an exclusive set of 30 experts from industry, research and policy institutions. It was chaired by Erik Landeck, Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s DSO Coordination for Smart Grids Deployment.

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  • 2nd Workshop: Smart Customers

    This summary report outlines the discussions of the second workshop on smart customers and puts forward the resulting policy requirements, regulatory recommendations and implications for the regulatory framework. The workshop brought together an exclusive set of 30 experts from industry, research and policy institutions. It was chaired by Erik Landeck, Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s DSO Coordination for Smart Grids Deployment..

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  • 3rd Workshop: Smart Distribution Management

    This summary report outlines the discussions of the third workshop on smart distribution management and puts forward the resulting policy requirements, regulatory recommendations and implications for the regulatory framework. The workshop brought together an exclusive set of 30 experts from industry, research and policy institutions. It was chaired by Erik Landeck, Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s DSO Coordination for Smart Grids Deployment.

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  • 4th Workshop: Smart Meter Data Management

    This summary report outlines the discussions and conclusions of the fourth workshop of the Smart Grid Projects Academy on smart meter data management. The workshop brought together an exclusive set of 35 experts including smart grid project promoters, researchers, DSO experts, manufacturers and European institution representatives. It was chaired by Erik Landeck, Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s WG DSO Project Deployment.

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  • 5th Workshop: TSO-DSO interface

    This summary report outlines the discussions and conclusions of the fifth workshop of the Smart Grid Projects Academy dedicated to gaining insights on the dynamics between TSO and DSOs with regards to data exchange, demand-response tools and the status of the EU network codes. The workshop brought together an exclusive set of 35 experts including TSO and DSO representatives, regulators, smart grid project promoters and European institution representatives. It was chaired by Erik Landeck, Chairman of EURELECTRIC’s WG DSO Project Deployment.

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  • 6th Workshop International Expertise on Smart Grids

  • 7th Workshop "Smart Charging: steering the charge, driving the change"

  • 8th Workshop “Cybersecurity in Electricity Distribution Grids”

6th Workshop (24 September 2014) - International Expertise on Smart Grids

Speech - David Elzinga, Senior Project Manager for IEA Energy Technology Perspectives report and IEA coordinator for the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Workshops

Ann STRZELCZYK
Assistant, Distribution
Tel.: +32 2 515 10 53
astrzelczyk@eurelectric.org

Other questions

Aida GONZALEZ
Advisor, Network Regulation & Policy
Tel.: +32 2 515 10 73
agonzalez@eurelectric.org