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The European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) is one of the European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and proposes a nine year European research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programme to accelerate innovation and the development of the electricity networks of the future in Europe.

EIIs are industry-driven strategic technology alliances to address key low-carbon energy technologies.


In a few words, the EEGI’s objectives are to:

  • Increase hosting capacity for renewable and distributed sources of electricity
  • Integrate national networks into a market-based, truly pan-European network
  • Supply high quality electricity to all customers
  • Encourage an active participation of users in markets and energy efficiency
  • Pave the way for new developments such as a progressive electrification of transport
  • Ensure the economically efficient deployment of future networks, for the benefit of grid users
  • Open business opportunities and markets for new players in the smart grids arena.


In order to get a good enough overview of existing smart grid projects in Europe, crucial for the work of the EEGI, EU FP7 funding was allocated to launch and run the GRID+ project.


Roadmaps and Implementation Plans

EEGi roadmap

At the beginning of 2013, EDSO for Smart Grids and ENTSO-E released the EEGI roadmap for 2013-2022. The new document is an updated version of the R&I roadmap which was first approved by the European Commission and member states in June 2010. Shortly afterwards, in April 2013, the EEGI R&I Implementation Plan 2014-2016, laying out the implementation of the roadmap from 2014-2016, was published with new implementation plans to be prepared until the end of the roadmap’s life in 2022.



The roadmaps, initiated in early 2012 by the GRID+ Project, are designed to reflect evolutions in technologies and policies. The document is divided into 4 main sections:

  • Climate change challenges
  • Upgraded system innovation activities
  • Expected outcomes and impacts
  • EEGI R&I budget.

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