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The Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF) was set up by the European Commission (EC) at the end of 2009 and is made up of stakeholder representatives from industry, regulators, consumer groups and the European Commission (EC). EDSO is an active member of the SGTF”s steering committee.

The task force is composed of four experts groups (EG) focusing on the following topics:


  • Standards for smart grids (EG1)
  • Regulatory recommendations for privacydata protection and cyber-security (EG2)
  • Regulatory recommendations for smart grids deployment (EG3)
  • Smart grid infrastructure deployment (EG4)
  • Implementation of Smart Grid Industrial Policy (EG5)


Outcome so far

A wide consensus among all stakeholders participating in the SGTF has been achieved over recent years on policy and regulatory matters for the deployment of smart grids under the framework of the Third Energy Package. Furthermore, the SGTF has issued key recommendations for standardisation, consumer data privacy and security.

Based on these results, during 2011, the EC


  • Adopted a communication on smart grids (2011)
  • Issued a mandate for smart grids standards to the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN-CENELEC-ETSI) (2011)
  • Created an inventory of smart grid projects and relevant lessons learned in the EU (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014-)
  • Adopted a recommendation for the roll-out of smart metering systems (2012)
  • Issued guidelines for conducting cost benefit analyses of smart grid projects (2012).


Information on the above initiatives can be found throughout the EDSO website.


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