WS-9: “ENERGISE workshop: COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE – Strategies for Smart Grid Applications”

 ENERGISE: ICT-based ENERgy Grid Implementation – Smart and Efficient []

Context & Objectives:

The European ENERGISE study is conducting an analysis of various options for establishing ICT infrastructures for smart grids. It focuses on the core question of whether the modern en-ergy systems of the future should be based on own or third-party communication infrastruc-tures.T
his question is viable for an extensive deployment of smart grids and smart infrastructures in general. Especially considering the context of the European directive to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks, the need for joint infrastructure usage and deployment is of rising importance.

Within the 3rd ENERGISE workshop, stakeholders from the telecommunication and energy industry from all over Europe will come together to discuss the future cooperation modes of ICT infrastructure for smart grids among all involved sectors. The workshop will offer a unique opportunity for exchange between the energy and telecommunications sectors, which so far have remained mostly separate and developed their respective positions and strategies on smart grids in parallel. The ENERGISE project was assigned by the European Commission to bridge this apparent gap. The workshop:

 Assessed ways in which both sectors may co-operate in future communications infrastruc-ture deployment for smart grids

 Described possible scenarios for joint future communications infrastructure deployment

 Mapped the processes & needs to overcome the barriers that hinder joint usage of existing infrastructure


Strategic aspects of cooperation between telecommunication and the energy sector – perspectives from an energy company Co-operation in critical operation status?

The European societies are becoming extremely dependent on electricity. Within those systems of increased complexity, the question arises, whether co-operation in general or jointly used infrastructures lead to an increased ro-bustness or an increased vulnerability in the power and communications sec-tor?

Is the implementation of the cost saving directive fostering cross-sectoral co-operation?

The implementation of the “cost saving directive” aims to foster deployment of NGA networks with a substantial decrease in costs. Does this directive and its national im-plementations really help to foster cross-sectoral co-operation or are the economical-ly viable potentials of co-operation used anyway?

ENERGISE: Efficient smart grid energy technologies for tomorrow

Context / Background-

One of the major challenges Europe will face in the coming decades is to make its energy system clean, secure and efficient, while ensuring EU industrial leadership in low-carbon energy technologies. Achieving such ambitious objectives requires affordable, cost-effective and resource-efficient technology solutions to decarbonise the energy system in a sustainable way, to secure energy supply and to develop the energy internal market in line with the objectives of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the related energy legislation (notably the Renewable Energy and CCS Directives) – the energy policies designed to deliver the 2020 targets and to shape energy market frameworks for 2030 and 2050.

The backbone of the future energy system—Solutions that will be developed and rolled out to the market in the next years will form the backbone of the energy system for many years ahead. Scale and ambition of this challenge require enhanced co-operation between all stake-holders, including the European Commission, Member State administrations at national, re-gional and local level, the industry, the research community and society at large. It is essential that energy market stakeholders from both the public and private sectors understand, accept and implement market up-take measures and procedures cost-effectively at national, regional and local levels. It is also important for the society to understand existing challenges and the implications of their possible solutions, so as to build confidence amongst investors and to en-sure sustained public acceptance.

Modernising the European electricity grid— The fast growing share of variable and decentral-ised renewable generation requires a fast adaptation of the grid, both on a European and local level. The new grid needs to be more flexible, increase capacity, include demand response and active user involvement (managing the complex interactions among millions of active con-sumers and micro-generation) whilst minimizing environmental impacts.

Development of new business models- The new integrated energy market will be achieved through the integration of balancing opportunities offered by generation, demand response and storage at different levels and scales. New business models will be needed to develop new market architectures and rules and provide the information, services, and privacy guaran-tees. They should support open markets for energy products and services and activate the participation of consumers and new market actors, e.g. aggregators, while ensuring a fair sharing of the newly generated benefits, including to the citizens. SET-Plan priorities together with the derived technology roadmap from the European Industrial Grid Initiative and the fore-seen Integrated Roadmap provide further guidance for the development of the potential of grid technologies and their integration.