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Summer 2015 European Energy Innovation


European Standards – supporting
innovation in the energy sector

By Elena Santiago Cid, Director General of CEN and CENELEC (pictured)

Since the start of the 20th key role to play. These include: Standards support the expansion
century, standardization ensuring the most efficient use of of renewable energy, which is vital
has played a vital role energy, enabling the integration for achieving Europe’s objectives
in supporting the of the European electricity in terms of de-carbonizing
development of the energy market, facilitating the acceptance the economy and reducing
sector – from the design and of new technologies, developing CO2 emissions. CEN develops
construction of power stations Smart Grids and promoting the standards in relation to thermal
to distribution networks for growth of renewables, as well solar systems as well as bio-fuels
electricity and gas, as well as all as supporting the spread of and bio-mass, while CENELEC
kinds of appliances and machines electromobility and alternative produces standards in relation
that use energy. Now, in the 21st fuels. to solar photovoltaic energy
century, with rapidly-changing systems and wind turbines. Our
technologies, an emphasis on CEN and CENELEC are collaboration with ISO and IEC is
efficiency and increasing reliance supporting standardization especially intense in these areas.
on renewable energy, we can say activities in all of the above-
that the role of standardization is mentioned areas, working in close CEN and CENELEC have also
more important than ever before. cooperation with key players been collaborating with ETSI (the
in the energy industry and also European Telecommunications
Whether one is looking at the with the European Commission. Standards Institute) and with a
generation and distribution of Thousands of experts from across range of key players in the energy
electricity, the oil and gas sector, Europe are participating in the sector on the development
the nuclear power industry, or Technical Bodies of CEN and of standards for Smart Grids.
renewable energy sources such CENELEC, in order to develop We have already produced a
as solar and wind, standardization standards that are adopted common reference architecture
is essential. Having suitable and published by our National and a set of consistent standards
standards that are widely Members in 33 countries. All of to support the implementation of
accepted and applied brings these standards are reviewed Smart Grids in Europe (following
benefits in terms of performance, and revised on a regular basis, a request from the European
reliability, compatibility and in order to incorporate the latest Commission). Currently we are
interoperability. Standards technological advances and working with ETSI and the IEC to
contribute to protecting the take account of feedback from fill the remaining gaps as swiftly
environment and ensuring high industry and other stakeholders. as possible, and also to develop
levels of safety, and they also standards for smart metering
facilitate the market acceptance For many years, CEN and systems for both electricity and
of new technologies and CENELEC have been developing gas.
innovations. standards to enable the
integration of the European As well as producing standards
With the European Commission’s electricity and gas markets. for the energy sector, CEN and
commitment to creating an We cooperate closely with CENELEC also develop standards
‘Energy Union’, it seems that the European Networks of for a wide range of products that
energy has never been higher on Transmission System Operators use energy, from computers to
the EU’s policy agenda. Moreover, for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and Gas washing machines. In particular,
when we look more closely at the (ENTSO-G), in order to ensure we produce standards that
Commission’s proposals, we can that European Standards are support the implementation of
see that there are several areas fully compatible with the relevant the EU Directives on Ecodesign
in which standardization has a Network Codes. (2009/125/EC) and Energy
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