European grid R&D plan gives valuable glimpse into the future


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: Utilities all over the world may want to study the just-released Research and Innovation Roadmap 2013-2022, produced by the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI).


The European perspective is valuable not just because they've got a lot of smart people assigned to the task and not just because they've set aside a hefty US$3 billion for R&D. But also because of their underlying goal, which is to reduce carbon intensity. Because of that goal, they are looking for ways to safely integrate renewables at massive scale. - By Jesse Berst

You can zip over to for their quick summary. Or use this link to read the full report. In addition to an emphasis on renewables, here are a few other items to note:

  • A "system of systems" approach - federating many different subsystems into a smoothly operating whole
  • Strong interest in better network design and operation
  • Strong interest in exploring new business models and market designs
  • Asset management as an area of significant investment


I continue to think that U.S. utilities are throwing away billions by failing to upgrade to state-of-the-art asset management systems. (Though several Canadian utilities are underway.) Perhaps this report will give them a nudge in the right direction.


Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.


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