European Standards Organisations drive international cooperation on Smart Grids 

Brussels, 20 June 2012 - The European Standards Organisations – CEN, CENELEC and ETSI – are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with partners around the world, in order to share knowledge and coordinate the development of standards that are needed to accelerate the deployment of the next generation of electricity networks, known as ‘Smart Grids’. The three organisations hosted an international meeting in Brussels on 18 and 19 June, with the participation of high-level delegations from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea and the USA.

The three European Standards Organisations (ESOs) – CEN (European Committee for Standardization), CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) – have set up a Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG), which is working to develop standards for the next generation of electricity networks, known as ‘Smart Grids’.  This work is being carried out in the framework of a mandate issued by the European Commission, and with the active involvement of experts from the energy and ICT industries.

Wishing to share knowledge and coordinate their efforts with those responsible for relevant standards in major markets around the world, the ESOs took the initiative to convene a high-level meeting at the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre in Brussels on 18 and 19 June.  The CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid International Plenary was attended by delegations from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea and the USA, as well as representatives of the European Commission (DG Energy) and international organisations including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Smart Grids Action Network (ISGAN), the International Telecommunication Union Standardization Sector (ITU-T), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  Smart Grid specialists from national standards organisations and representatives of key European industry associations and federations also took part in the two-day meeting.

Speaking in Brussels, Ralph Sporer, Chairman of the Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG), said: “Standards are essential to help Smart Grids achieve their potential. We are confident that collaboration on standardization work in this important and innovative sector will contribute to achieving energy policy targets in Europe and around the world.”

Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC, said: “This has been a very successful event, with the participation of some 100 delegates from across Europe and around the world. As European Standards Organisations, we will continue to work with our international partners and share knowledge regarding Smart Grid technologies, which are essential for enabling the shift towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable economy.”
 
Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI, said: “Smart Grids demonstrate that applying ICT techniques to existing industries can lead to transformational change for the benefit of society. The ESOs are ready to develop the ICT standards that are needed to enable similar changes in other industries."

Smart Grid International Plenary 2012-06-18

PHOTO: Some of the high-level delegates who took part in the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid International Plenary in Brussels on 18 and 19 June 2012, including Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC (sitting, left of centre); Ralph Sporer, Chairman of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group (sitting, right of centre); and Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI (standing, 4th from left). © CEN-CENELEC 2012

For more information on European standardization activities related to Smart Grids, please see the relevant pages on the CEN website, the CENELEC website, and the ETSI website.

Further information on European policies and activities in relation to Smart Grids can be found on the website of the European Commission (DG Energy).

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