The project offers Europe a fast track evolution towards Smart Grids dissemination and deployment in the distributed electricity grid.
The future energy system will have an increased amount of renewable energy sources and demand response, and at the same time beeing robust and reliable. ICT-technology will in a larger scale monitor, control and automate the grid.
Smart Regions - Promoting best practices of innovative smart metering services to European regions
Smart metering technology has a great potential to achieve cost-efficient energy savings, and its effective use is crucial in achieving the 2016 and 2020 energy efficiency targets in Europe. Moreover, smart meters play an important role in smart grids and reaching the EU 20% renewable energy source target by 2020. However, smart meters themselves are only enabling technologies, which need to be coupled with innovative end-user services to achieve better energy management through the means of rewards, automation and information.