In December 2015, the public consultation process was dedicated to the 2nd Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness common priority, for "facilitating the participation of consumers in the energy transition through smart grids, smart home appliances, smart cities, and home automation systems". This time, it focused on Action 3 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317):
- Action 3: "Create technologies and services for smart homes that provide smart solutions to energy consumers"
To initiate this public consultation, and on the basis of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap, the European Commission developed two Issues Papers that addressed the R&I challenges for the energy consumer and for smart cities. The first drafts of these Issues Papers were subsequently sent to SET Plan countries and relevant research and industrial stakeholders requesting them to take position on the proposed targets/priorities, in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document entitled ''the SET Plan actions – Implementation process and expected outcomes'' (see box below).
Relevant stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide their comments for this public consultation round in the form of "input papers" by 8th January 2016. Following those exchanges the European Commission organised a dedicated Steering Group meeting on 20th January 2016, whereby invited stakeholders and SET Plan countries held their first discussion on those Issues Papers. Following several rounds of exchanges within the course of the next months, an agreement on common targets was reached for each of them in the form of Declaration of Intent (DoI). In particular, the two relevant DoIs one for energy consumers and the other one for smart cities and communities were endorsed at the Steering Group meeting of 20th October 2016.
Any SET-Plan country or stakeholder's organisation interested in joining the temporary working groups to deliver implementation plans is kindly invited to inform the SET-Plan Secretariat (SET-PLAN-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu).