The European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future (ETP SmartGrids) has transformed into the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET).
The Platform said in a statement that, with the new SET-Plan presented by the EC in 2015, the ETPs were now evolving towards ETIPs and would integrate in a single advisory environment all the stakeholders that were involved in the EIIs (European Industry Initiatives) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).
In the case of the ETP SmartGrids evolving towards the ETIP SNET, the statement said that this reflected the increasing need to consider smart electricity networks within the wider energy system. As a result, the range of stakeholders would be broadened beyond the traditional ones (distribution and transmission networks, technology vendors and ICT, research and academia) to include storage, consumers and other connected energy carriers (gas, hydrogen, transport, etc.). The ETIP SNET will become a new integrated advisory environment that reflects this evolution.
After a period of consultation with SET-Plan stakeholders, a proposal of a new governing structure was developed jointly with the EC and a call for nominations was launched by the EC at the end of May, after the new structure was presented at the ETP SmartGrids General Assembly. Stakeholders had until 15 June to nominate representatives to the new Governing Board of the ETIP SNET, including representatives from Member States. On Monday 27 June the nominated stakeholders gathered together for the first meeting of the Governing Board of the ETIP SNET. The next steps for the election of a chair and vice chairs and the determination of working groups were discussed at this first meeting.