The two main implementation mechanisms of the SET Plan are the European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), which together with the SET Plan Steering Group shape the core actors of the SET Plan core community.
The SET Plan Steering Group
The Steering Group is the SET Plan decision-making body. It gathers representatives from the European Commission and representatives from the 27 EU Member States and four associated countries –Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Its main responsibility is to ensure an increased alignment between their respective R&I programmes (i.e. at EU and national level) and the SET Plan priorities, as well as an increased cooperation between national programmes, in order to avoid duplication wherever appropriate, and thus to increase the impact of public investment.
Acting in partnership with stakeholders (industry and research sectors) the Steering Group has been instrumental to deliver all SET Plan achievements in the last three years: (1) the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap in 2014; (2) the R&I core and additional priorities of the Energy Union strategy and the 10 key related actions of the SET Plan in 2015; (3) and ambitious targets to accelerate the energy system transformation and place Europe at the forefront of the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies in 2016. The portfolio ownership of the SET Plan countries has been demonstrated by their active participation, in 2016, to the establishment of the targets as well as leading the implementation phase where specific R&I activities will be identified to reach the agreed targets. This process benefits from the increased number of coordination activities among the SET Plan countries.
Streamlining industry-led stakehorders' structures - ETIPs
The industrial platforms of the initial SET Plan governance structure were simplified in 2016. The 6 European Industrial Initiatives have been merged with the 8 European Technology Platforms to form 9 distinct entities called the European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs). These ETIPs are recognised as key industry-led communities for the implementation of SET Plan priorities along the innovation chain. They have been directly involved in the 2016 target setting process.
European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs)
- ETIP Bioenergy: http://biofuelstp.eu/
- ETIP Wind: https://etipwind.eu/
- ETIP Deep Geothermal: http://www.geoelec.eu/etip-dg/
- ETIP Ocean energy: http://www.oceanenergy-europe.eu/
- ETIP PV: http://www.etip-pv.eu/homepage.html
- ETIP Renewable Heating and Cooling: http://www.rhc-platform.org/home/
- ETIP Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET): http://etip-snet.eu
- ETIP Sustainable Nuclear Energy (SNETP): http://www.snetp.eu/
- ETIP Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power (ZEP): http://www.zeroemissionsplatform.eu/
A strategic partnership with the research community – EERA
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) brings together more than 175 research organisations from 27 SET Plan countries that are involved in 17 joint programmes. It plays an important role in promoting coordination among energy researchers along the SET Plan objectives and in the technology transfer to the industry. In addition, it has been directly involved in the 2016 SET Plan target-setting process. It delivered a new strategy plan for the Alliance up to 2020, where its contribution to the SET Plan is clarified and where cross-actions between the 17 joint programmes will be fostered, in an attempt to better address the challenges of an integrated energy system.
EERA Joint Programme Technology Portfolio – European research coordination & shared priority setting
 New structures that were established after merging the former ETP (European Technology Platforms) and EIIs (European Industrial Initiatives)