The theme of the workshop was understanding the challenge of Smart Grid standardization, which ETSI considers “a key example of where Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be applied to other industry sectors, enabling new solutions and leading to more efficient delivery of services. Developing and deploying the Smart Grid requires close collaboration between the power industry and the ICT industry, using the best experience from both.”
The foundation of the Smart Grid is blend of legacy and new technologies integrated into a common architecture, which fosters new services and applications such as integration of renewable energy sources, widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and better energy consumption management. As a result, many of the challenges Smart Grid operators face in deploying, managing, and evolving Smart Grids are familiar to ETSI’s members.
The European Commission, in recognition of the importance Smart Grid development will have on Europe’s economic future, established a Smart Grids Task Force and issued a mandate to the three European Standards Organizations (ETSI, CEN and CENELEC) to develop standards for the technology. The three standards bodies are responding by working in partnership to co-ordinate their activities and to consider all industry needs.
ETSi also says partnership at a global level is required to develop Smart Grid technologies. “This was clearly demonstrated by the strong international presence at this workshop, with representation from standards bodies, research institutes and industry from China, Japan, Korea and North America…It considered proposals for architectures, communication technologies, data and information management, privacy and security, integration of the Smart Grid into homes, and collected feedback from a number of pilot projects.”
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