Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- March 22, 2012 - The European Union’s Smart Grid Task Force has been reactivated with its main objective to advise the European Commission on smart grids policy in the context of the 3rd energy package.

The Task Force will also identify projects of common interest that may be eligible for EU funding under the new Infrastructure Regulation, which is aimed to establish energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas that will integrate the internal energy market.

Four new expert groups have been established, all chaired by the EC.

Expert Group 1 – Standardization
The objective is to ensure timely adoption of the smart grid-related standardization work under Mandate M/490 to the European standardization organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

Expert Group 2 – Data Protection, Privacy and Security
Two key deliverables for 2012 are a privacy and data protection impact assessment framework for smart grids, and a cybersecurity assessment framework.

Expert Group 3 – Regulation
The key deliverables are to define a reference market model, options for viable business models and suitable instruments for accelerating the rollout of smart meters and fostering the development of smart grids.

Expert Group 4 – Infrastructure
The key deliverable is to define the process of identifying a preliminary list of projects of common interest eligible for EU funding during 2012.