The Electricity Working Group (EWG) deals with issues related to European electricity grids and the EU electricity market. In 2013, the EWG will focus on the following areas of work:
Quality of supply - this has been a constant theme for regulatory exchange of good practices and knowledge since the start of European cooperation, and resulted in the 5th quality benchmarking report. In 2013, quality of supply benchmarking activity will continue with a "lighter" mid-term update to our previous full reports.
Smart grids - for several years this issue has been a top priority for the electricity sector. It is a cross-cutting issue for infrastructure development, the fight against climate change and network regulation which deserves European energy regulators' continued attention. In 2013, the EWG will review the various approaches to the regulation of smart technologies in different European countries.
Sustainable development - in the form of energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions trading this area has an effect on electricity markets and networks, and consequently, has continuously been at the centre of European energy regulators’ work. In 2013, this line of work will be continued through investigation into Demand Side Management and assessing the best ways to maximise the energy efficiency and wider services potential.
Security of supply - relates to a number of issues where CEER has had a high commitment. 2013 will see the continuation of the previous efforts to address the challenges of security of supply, focusing on the flexibility of electricity markets and a review of blackout prevention and restoration planning.
The EWG has three task forces:
Electricity Quality of Supply and Smart Grids (EQS) Task Force working on quality issues and the regulatory aspects of "smart grids".
Sustainable Development (SDE) Task Force, which is responsible for issues related to renewables and energy efficiency.
Electricity Security of Supply (ESS) Task Force addressing the challenges of security of supply from the viewpoint of generation adequacy.