The concept of Smart Grids was developed in 2006 by the European Technology Platform for Smart Grids, and concerns an electricity network that can intelligently integrate the actions of all users connected to it - generators, consumers and those that do both - in order to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure electricity supplies.
The SmartGrids mission is to encourage and facilitate the efficient transformation of Europe’s electricity networks to that they meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, as well as drive the electricity sector of European business to a global leadership position.
The ETP SmartGrids brings together key stakeholders from electricity networks sector, the network operators, generation, technology suppliers, research community, and regulators, among others. It links a wide range of actors supported by Working Groups and a Secretariat team.
EARPA is involved in the ETP SmartGrids.