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.
In March 2017, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Smart solutions for energy consumers. This TWG has met regularly times during this year to draft an Implementation plan that will contain concrete R&I activities ,and will propose relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The TWG, chaired by the European Commission, is currently working on the preparation of an Implementation plan that is expected to be endorsed by the Steering Group members during the second half of 2018.
In April 2017, interested Member states/Associated countries, stakeholders and the European Commission held the kick off meeting of the SET Plan temporary working group (TWG) on Smart cities and communities. This TWG has met regularly times during this year to draft an Implementation plan that will contain concrete R&I activities ,and will propose relevant funding opportunities for their realization, which are considered essential for achieving the agreed set of targets. The TWG is chaired by national representatives from Austria and co-chaired by 2 different stakeholders, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) and the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP). The work was delivered through 5 different sub-groups and the Implementaion plan was then ensorsed by the SET Plan Steering Group members at the meeting held on 13 June 2018.
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).