Stockholm, Sweden --- (METERING.COM) --- April 19, 2013

Sweden’s government has established a national Smart Grid Council, tasked with developing a national knowledge platform and draft action plan for the development of smart grids in the country.

The knowledge platform will collect and disseminate knowledge of smart grids among stakeholders and society at large in order to raise awareness.

The action plan will include future scenarios for smart grid development in Sweden, including different stakeholder responsibilities, possible business models, new services, and the research needs.

In making the announcement, Sweden’s minister for Information Technology and Energy, Anna-Karin Hatt said that smart grid policy can be said to be at the core of her two areas of responsibility.

“My three main priorities as energy minister relate to smart grids,” said Minister Hatt – these being to achieve the government’s energy policy targets, strengthen consumers on the energy markets, and strengthen the Swedish export of clean tech. “These three priorities are designed to meet a challenge that we all know: that our pattern of energy consumption must change.”

Among the goals for Sweden are 50% renewable generation, 20% more energy efficient than currently and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

Regarding consumers Minister Hatt noted that since October 2012, consumers have been able to request hourly metering from their energy company. A microgeneration net metering policy is currently under development.