In a recently posted Smart Grid “Roadmap,” the European Commission – the executive body of the European Union – states that it will consider establishing new smart grid initiatives after first reviewing the findings of a “Smart Grids Task Force.”
EU “Roadmaps” give a first description of a planned Commission initiative and set out the planned impact assessment work, see here. The new Smart Grids “Roadmap,” entitled “Legislative proposal for a regulatory framework on Smart Grids,” can be found on the Commission’s official web page.
The EU’s Smart Grids Task Force, organized last November, is charged with (1) analyzing smart grid functionality and the need for standards; (2) developing proposed regulation on data safety; and (3) preparing the framework for developing intelligent grids. The Task Force’s initial findings are due by June 2010. Pending the conclusions and recommendations, the Impact Assessment for this initiative is scheduled for no later than September 2010, with completion by June 2011.
The Smart Grids “Roadmap” contains four Commission options. First, after reviewing the Task Force’s report, the EU Executive could do nothing. In other words, the EU Executive could leave the specifics of Smart Grid development to the EU’s member states.
Second, the EU executive could issue a communication on the “roles of the actors involved in smart grids deployment” and table recommendations for them. This would also include a monitoring mechanism on deployment at both the national and European level.