The European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition


The ETIP SNET positions itself together with the smart grid at the center of an energy system which is under transition towards a low carbon energy, in line with the EU 2020, 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation objectives, in which the share of electricity in the overall energy mix is expected to grow. The electricity grid is challenged on the production side by an increasing share of renewables, in particular variables and on the consumption side by evolving consumption profiles. The expected growing electrification of transport and of heating and cooling are additional elements which should be integrated. In order to cast flexibility in the system, many options can be envisaged such as demand response, storage with or without re-electrification and variable generation. Technologies such as power to heat, power to gas, power to fuel offer solutions to inject renewable energy in sectors which rely mostly on hydrocarbon fuels. The management of such a complex system will obviously rely extensively on ICT technologies. This leads naturally to the proposed ETIP title: Smart Networks for Energy Transition.


The ETIP SNET Mission is to

  • Set-out a vision for research and innovation for Smart Networks for Energy Transition and engage stakeholders in this vision
  • Prepare and update the Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas
  • Report on the implementation of RD&I activities at European, national/regional and industrial levels
  • Provide input to the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan)
  • Identify innovation barriers, notably related to regulation and financing
  • Develop enhanced knowledge-sharing mechanisms that help bring RD&I results to deployment
  • Prepare consolidated stakeholder views on Research and Innovation to European Energy Policy initiatives

Who can join ETIP SNET?

The ETIP gathers a wide range of stakeholders which are to contribute to the Energy Transition.

  • Transmission System Operators (TSOs)
  • Distribution and System Operators (DSOs) 
  • National representatives
  • Research & Academia 
  • Storage (technology and services providers)
  • Consumers (aggregated and not aggregated)
  • Thermal Generation (flexible)
  • Information and Communication Technology & Network providers
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  • Renewable Energy Sources Generation
  • Interface to Other Energy Carriers (Heat, Transport, Gas, …)
  • Regulators*

* Participation on an ad-hoc basis

Working Fields

ETIP SNET is a platform focusing on distribution, transmission, generation and storage of energy. 


The outstanding members of the ETIP SNET are ENTSO-E, EDSO, CEDEC, EUELECTRIC, GEODE, EERA, EUROBAT, HEA, SEDC, EPPSA, COGEN&EUGINE, EUTurbines, COGEN&ETN, ESMIG, EUTC, Europacable, Orgalime, T&D Europe, Deep Geothermal TP -EGEC, ETIP Photovoltaics, ETIP RES Heating and Cooling, ETIP Wind, Euro Heat&Power and Eruopean Hydrogen Association.

Turkish Members of ETIP SNET

Turkish Electricity Distribution Services Association is one of the members of the EDSO and Turkish Electricity Transmission Company is a member of ENTSO-E. 

How can be a member of ETIP SNET

Membership conditions of the related Association should be checked. For example, DSOs would check membership conditions of EDSO.

ETIP SNET Roadmap Elements

It has 6 different working groups (WG).

  • WG1: Reliable, economic and efficient smart grid system
  • WG2: Storage technologies and sector interfaces
  • WG3: Flexible Generation
  • WG4: Digitisation of the electricity system and Customer participation
  • WG5:Innovation implementation in the business environment
  • WG6: National Stakeholders Coordination Group

Detailed Information

With the publication of the new Integrated Roadmap of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) in September 2015, a new advisory environment for Research and Innovation is needed.

In the first implementation of the SET-Plan, initiated in 2007, six European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) were established, including the EEGI (European Electricity Grid Initiative), which brought together industry, the research community, Member States and the European Commission. These initiatives aimed at the rapid development of key energy technologies at European level, for which the barriers, scale of investment and risk can be better tackled collectively. In parallel, the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) has been working since 2008 to align the R&D activities of individual research organisation with SET-Plan priorities and to determine a joint programming framework at EU level. Implementation of the SET-Plan was also supported by a series of industry-led European Technology Platforms (ETPs). These help define research and technological development objectives and lay down concrete goals for achieving them.

Today, the European Commission is calling for the creation of a European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) which can address issues in the fields of smart grids, storage and energy systems integration.

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