Milan, Italy --- (METERING.COM) --- November 28, 2012 - European smart grid projects that are in line with the objectives and working principles of the European Electricity Grids Initiative (EEGI) are now able to obtain an “EEGI Core” label denoting this status.

Projects are evaluated by experts from the EEGI and GRID+ project teams.

To date four projects have been awarded EEGI Core status – Twenties, Grid4EU, InovGrid, and EcoGrid EU.

The Twenties project is investigating the development of wind power and its integration to the grid.

Grid4EU aims to offer a large scale demonstration of advanced smart grid solutions, including renewable energy integration, electric vehicle development, grid automation, energy storage, etc.

InovGrid is EDP Distribuição’s project to introduce a smart grid in Portugal.

EcoGrid EU is introducing a smart grid to 2,000 households on the Danish island of Bornholm, where more than half the power consumption is from renewables.

The EEGI is one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-PLAN) and proposes a 9-year European research, development and demonstration (RD&D) program to accelerate innovation and the development of the electricity networks of the future in Europe.

GRID+ was established as a coordination and support action to provide operational support for the development of the EEGI in its early stages.