Standards play a key role in the development and deployment of technology. 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.
The European Commission has asked the European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) CENELEC, CEN and ETSI to develop future-proof standards in several areas. There are three standardisation mandates addressing smart meters (M/441), e-mobility (M/468), and smart grids (M/490).
EURELECTRIC’s DSOs work to support the ongoing EU smart grid standardisation process by outlining standardisation priorities. Open and non-proprietary standards are indispensable for the smooth and cost-efficient roll-out of smart electricity grids across Europe. Rapid adoption of such standards is important: DSOs are already facing challenges which require smart grid functionalities and services, for instance the increasing presence of decentralised and typically intermittent renewable generation in the distribution grid.
EURELECTRIC is involved in the ESOs’ Smart Grid Coordination Group steering the standardisation process and is a cooperating partner within CENELEC, the European Committee for Electro-Technical Standardisation. EURELECTRIC’s working structure incorporates many experts who are active in several CENELEC technical committees.