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Cooperation between H2020 Smart Grids and Storage projects
1st Workshop

21.05.15, Brussels, Belgium
ELSA was represented at the 1st Workshop on Cooperation between Smart Grids and Storage H2020 Projects. The cooperation between these projects is an important part of the integrated approach within the Horizon 2020 Electricity Grid Energy Storage 2014-2015 Calls, managed by EC/ DG ENERGY.
Currently there are 17 H2020 smart grids and energy storage projects. They can be grouped into following thematic settings:
The main topics discussed at the workshop included:
The predicted evolution of penetration of renewables in 2020, which  will challenge our electricity system: we will need to introduce new flexibility mechanisms and a new market design and consider such important elements as:
Further, the retail market and the need to put consumer at the center of the system were considered, especially to give them the possibility to play an active role in the smart grid, the smart management of energy in their home, based on reliable information, using simple and accessible demand-response mechanisms and energy bill savings.  
An overview was given of the key legislation and policy documents relevant to smart grid and the work carried out in the frame of the Smart Grid Task Force on standards and interoperability, data privacy, security and cyber security, regulatory issues and industrial policy and infrastructure was highlighted. Much of the work is highly relevant to the H2020 group of projects ELSA is part of and should be payed attention to and be exploited first.  
The participants got a summary of FP7 projects active in the fields of smart grid and storage including highlights in the field of transmission, distribution, storage, tools for coordination in the electricity system and ICT infrastructure for smart grids. The bulk of projects will be finishing in 2016, with some extending through 2018.  
Another important item on the agenda was the identification of topics and the constitution of the working groups. The projects explored opportunities for close collaboration and identified synergies and domains of common interest. Each project provided examples of bottlenecks that need to be addressed.
For the future joint collaboration work the following four working groups have been established:   
- Data management
- Business models
- Regulations
- Customer engagement  
The 4 working groups will meet regularly.