Smart Grids Smart Grids

The Partnership Monitoring Report, covering the period from July to December 2018, and prepared by the lLead Regions is available here.

A smart grid opens the door to new applications with far-reaching social and economic impact. By providing the capacity to safely integrate more renewable energy sources, electric vehicles and distributed generators into the network and by delivering power more efficiently and reliably through demand response and comprehensive control and monitoring capabilities, the smart grids enable consumers to have greater control over their electricity consumption hence fostering their participation in the electricity market.

Making the smart electricity system work requires the cooperation and integration of multidisciplinary players with different business interests, and the adoption of new compatible business models and regulations. To make this possible, among other key initiatives, in 2016 the smart specialisation platform on energy has supported the creation of an interregional partnership on smart grids. The SGs partnership is led by the Basque (ES) and by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (FR) regions and includes other 10 European regions.

The aim of such a partnership is to highlight the most promising smart grid areas for regional development, to identify replicability/scalability investment priorities and to allocate funding resources more effectively. A special attention is given to the potential for interregional collaboration, building on existing and future synergies at institutional and industrial level. By identifying existing similarities and differences and by facilitating the effective exchange of experiences, best practices and lessons learned, regional authorities will become naturally more capable of devising more solid energy strategies. On their turn, better formulated strategies can contribute to a faster development and implementation of smart grid solutions at European level.

Regions involved

Leading regions
Participating regions
Interested regions

Lead regions: Basque Country (ES) and South Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) (FR)

Participating regions:  CY: Cyprus; FI: Ostrobothnia; FR: Brittany; IT: Apulia; PL: Pomorskie, PT: Algarve; SE: East Central Sweden, SI: Slovenia.

Other interested regions: EL: Western Macedonia, ES: Valencian Community, HR: North-West Croatia; SE: Dalarna, Västmanland; UK: Scotland.

Information on partner regions: December 2018, according to the Monitoring Report provided by the lead regions.


1. Contact details of the leading regions

2. Contact details of JRC

Marcello BARBONI, Directorate C, Energy, Transport and Climate. Energy Security, Distribution and Markets Unit

Fernando MÉRIDA MARTÍN, Directorate B, Growth and Innovation. Unit 3, Territorial Development.
Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

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For more information on Smart Grids, please visit also the JRC website on Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability!

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