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With the advent of Smart Grids the development and adoption of standards ensuring interoperability and security become of utmost importance in the field of electricity networks. This situation has led to an ever increasing pace in standardization activities, whose key players are international standardization organizations like IEC and IEEE, but also a wide range of national and European organizations.
The STARGRID project has been initiated by the European Commission in 2012 to provide a clear overview of the current activities, to lay down requirements and evaluation criteria for Smart Grid standards, and to work out recommendations on the future strategy of the Commission regarding Smart Grid standardization. Besides classical Smart Grid topics like interoperability and security, the particular focus of the project is placed on industry requirements. Stakeholders like small and medium enterprises which are normally not involved in the standardization process will benefit from the information made available on the STARGRID website during the course of the project.

STARGRID objectives

  • Obtain a comprehensive picture of Smart Grid (SG) standardization procedures
  • Critically assess the large and complex standardization landscape on Smart Grids at international level including new industry developments and initiatives in this field
  • Provide a mapping on standardization and industry activities in the field of SG and ICT
  • Identify existing obstacles to Smart Grid deployment
  • Formulate recommendations to industry, standardization organizations and policy makers


  • Compile, organize and summarize the current information
  • Analyze the gathered material according to defined criteria and methodology
  • Identify applicable Smart Grid standards and their
    • gaps and contradictions
    • overlaps and boundaries
    • needs for new standardization activities
  • Involve a variety of stakeholders including industry, research and policy makers
Project data

  • Partners: Five partners from four European Countries
  • Duration: October 2012 – January 2015
  • Budget: €1,3 million
  • Programme: FP7: Information and Communication Technologies
  • Programme Type: Coordination and Support Action


Last updated 28 July, 2014.