Policy recommendations: Towards socially robust smart grids

Jeroen van der Sluijs, Kjetil Rommetveit, Ingrid Foss-Ballo, Roger Strand, Zora Kovacic, Mario Giampietro, Louis Lemkow, Marina Di Masso, Ângela Guimarães Pereira , Lucia Vesnic-Alujevic, Niels Van Dijk, Dariusz Kloza, Mireille Hildebrandt, Martina Smits, Diane Wildschut, L. Cohlen, Kate O'Riordan, Aristea Fotopoulou

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This report presents the policy recommendations that follow from the EPINET projects investigations into assessments of ethical, legal and societal aspects of smart electricity grids in the European Union. Its main objective has been to evaluate the state-of-the-art in assessments in this domain, especially focusing on the ways in which these may interact with or become integrated into main research and innovation networks, including the making of research and policy agendas. These recommendations are aimed at, and relevant to, different groups and networks involved in smart electricity and governance at European and national levels. At one level of policy action there are the many advisory and expert groups involved in the design and development of smart grids. These include the EU Commission Task Force for Smart Grid. National initiatives such as the Dutch Smart Energy Collective form another target audience. Also relevant are the expert groups participating in the shaping of Horizon 2020 ICT programme (Societal Challenges and LEIT) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, national research councils and their advisory bodies. Our recommendations are especially relevant to so-called cross-cutting actions in Horizon 2020, especially relating to Responsible Research and Innovation and Social and Humanistic Sciences. Next, our recommendations are also directed to national and EU legislators and regulators charged with adapting to and accommodating the actions of policy makers and the smart grid and smart cities communities. Finally, our recommendations are directed to the technology assessment community, including those dedicated to Responsible Research and Innovation, integrated ELSA and impact assessments.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUtrecht
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • smart grids
  • energy
  • technology assessment
  • impact assessment
  • vision assessment


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