Dec 2014 ENISA issues today a report on Smart grid security certification in Europe targeted at EU Member States (MS), the European Commission , certification bodies and the private sector; with information on several certification approaches across the EU and other MS and EFTA countries. It describes the specific European situation and discusses the advantages and challenges towards a more harmonised certification practice.
The report aims to attract the interest of the smart grid experts and the support of certification authorities on open issues of security certification in smart grid environments. The increasing need for smart grid certification derives from the lack of control over the power supply chain (cables, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.), introduced by smart grid automation.
Thus, the report describes the need for harmonised European smart grid certification practices which cover the complete smart grid supply chain, and are supported by a European platform based on M/490 SGAM1 (Smart Grid Architecture Model) and the concept of smart grid chain of trust.
Find the full report here.
On 13 October 2014 the European Commission published a new Communication “Progress towards Completing the Internal Energy Market” (COM (2014) 634).
The communication highlights the progresses that have been achieved in completing the internal energy market as well as the trends and developments of the EU Energy Markets. In addition to the Communication a series of reports have been published on investments, unbundling and enforcement. Beside this, an assessment of the energy market in the 28 EU member states has been published on this occasion.
In addition to describing what has been achieved so far, it is worth noting that the EC highlights the need to further investment in infrastructure including smart grids. In particular the Communication underlines the central role of the Smart grids deployment to deal with the challenges of tomorrow.
The Commission also insists on the fact that consumers should become more active players in the energy market, for this, smart-meters will play a key role.
Finally the Communication draws the attention on Data privacy related to the deployment of Smart grids.
Read the complete Communication accesing here.
Oct 2014. The Data Protection Impact Assessment Template for smart grids and smart metering systems (DPIA Template) serves as an evaluation and decision-making tool for entities planning or executing investments in the smart grids sector. It helps them identify and anticipate risks to data protection, privacy and security. It then describes the most suitable safeguards in proportion to these risks. The DPIA Template will help ensure progress towards adequate and harmonized protection of personal data and enhanced security in smart grids and smart metering across the EU. It will provide benefits for consumers, Data Protection Authorities and industry.
The European Commission has adopted a recommendation on the DPIA Template which provides guidance to Member States on how to support its implementation by data controllers.
Fore more information go here
August 2014. On this issue of the newsletter you will find information about GRID+ interaction workshops and webinars as well as on its latest launched supporting tool: Grid Innovation on-line, which facilitates knowledge flows and exchanges among new, ongoing or completed R&D&I projects. Do not hesitate to access or submit your articles! September will be a very busy month at GRID+. All tools and methods developed along 3 years to support EEGI stakeholders in the roll-out of the smart grids in Europe will be fine-tuned. Therefore we kindly advice you to do not miss the next and last issue of the EEGI Newsletter, which will be full of details on what is in it for you. Download newsletter. Register to newsletter.
EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA low-carbon energy technology cluster, announced its latest call (CALL 03) for the submission of transnational low-carbon energy related research and development projects. EUROGIA2020 is a bottom-up, industry driven, market oriented programme which addresses all areas of the energy mix, from renewable energy to efficiency, and reduction of carbon footprint of fossil fuels. All innovative project ideas that will reduce the carbon footprint of energy production and use potentially qualify for EUROGIA2020 label. This quality label facilitates the access of project ideas to the national and regional funding, and also to the interested customers. Although the label is very selective, the goal of EUROGIA2020 is to help important collaborative project ideas to become reality. Between the years 2008 -2013, 29 transnational projects were labeled representing close to 200 M€ of project costs.
Successful national funding is helped by the fact that the public authorities from EUREKA Member countries liaise closely with EUROGIA2020 throughout the project evaluation process. The process is one of continuous submission with 4 cut-off dates per year. The next cut-off date is September 22, 2014 by close of business. And the projects submitted in the preliminary project outline (PO) format will be reviewed by the EUROGIA technical committee on October 9, 2014 in Brussels and necessary feedback will be provided to move to the full proposal stage. The technical committee will also review full proposals (FPP) which are ready to seek the EUREKA label and eligible for funding by national funding authorities. The technical committee consists of representatives of European national funding agencies, research universities and industrial organizations.
Autumn Cut-Off Dates:
The aim of the Connecting Europe Facility is to accelerate investment in the field of trans-European networks and to leverage funding from public and private sectors. While the bulk of the investment needed in energy should be delivered by the market and its costs recovered through tariffs, it is however recognised that Union financing may be needed for specific projects with wider regional and European benefits which are unable to attract market-based financing.
The objectives for this call for proposals are defined in the Section 3 of the multiannual work programme adopted in 2014, which aims to enable projects of common interest (PCI) to be prepared and implemented within the framework of the trans-European networks policy in the energy sector. In particular, this call for proposals shall contribute to supporting energy infrastructure projects of common interest that have significant societal benefits and that ensure greater solidarity among Member States, but which do not receive adequate financing from the market. Special focus shall be placed on the efficient use of public investment.
The call has a funding of 750mill euro. The deadline for proposals closes the 19th August 2014.
Feb 2014, Brussels. The call for members of the Working Group Network Operations and Assets of the European Technology Platform for the Electricity Network of the Future (ETP SmartGrids) is already closed.
Thank you to all the applicants for your interest on it! You will receive more information soon.
July 2012, Brussels. After decisions taken in the First National & Regional SmartGrids Technology Platform Workshop that was held the 3rd of July 2012 in Brussels, the ETP SmartGrids, together with Futured, is following-up to enhance cooperation between national and EU level R&D activities in the area of SmartGrids.
The first step towards this goal is to start building a catalog of National/Regional platforms or groups that deal with SmartGrids R&D. If you are interested in being part of this interaction tool, please fill in the template form and send it to the ETP Secretariat.
2012. The EEGI Member States Initiative has specified programming recommendations on national, but in particular on European level. The "families-of-projects concept" introduced in the EC Work Programme 2012 under the Seventh framework programme has proven as appropriate for the electricity system innovation topics. However, the gap analysis also highlights areas where dedicated research on technology is needed depending on the progress of the functional projects. Download the EEGI report "A pathway towards functional projects for distribution grids" here.
On 10 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy 2020 - A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy"
The Communication defines defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to be taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership, and effectively negotiate with our international partners.
On 17 November 2010, the European Commission has adopted the Communication "Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond - A Blueprint for an integrated European energy network"
In the Communication, the Commission defines EU priority corridors for the transport of electricity, gas and oil. A toolbox is also proposed in order to enable a timely implementation of these priority infrastructures.
On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increased Energy Efficiency is proposed by the European Commission to fill the gap and put back the EU on track. This proposal for this new directive brings forward measures to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption.
The Commission proposes simple but ambitious measures:
On 3 March 2011 the two "Gas and Electricity Directives" have to be transposed into national law by Members States and the three Regulations (one on conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks, one on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity and one on the establishment of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) become applicable.
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