National Electrical Safety Board
The National Electrical Safety Board is the central agency responsible for technical safety issues, such as electrical safety and electromagnetic compatibility, and issues regulations in these areas for electrical installations and electrical equipment. This also means that the Agency has a responsibility for new products and installations that can be developed in smart grids. It also does standardisation work connected to smart grids.
Further information: http://www.elsakerhetsverket.se/en/About-us/
Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate
The Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate promotes efficient, well-functioning energy markets. It also enforces and develops the rules and regulations on the electricity, district heating and natural gas markets and seeks to empower the customer.
The Inspectorate’s enforcement remit also includes checking to ensure the market players follow energy market law and regulations. One of its most important tasks is to scrutinize electricity and gas tariffs. Starting in 2012, the Inspectorate adopts in advance a four-year revenue framework for all electricity grid companies. It also monitors electricity transmission quality, assesses applications and issues licenses for the electricity and gas grids. The Inspectorate is also tasked with checking whether electricity grid connection charges are reasonable. It also draws up rules and regulations on the national Nordic and European level, working to harmonize existing regulatory frameworks. The Inspectorate also disseminates knowledge to consumers to increase their awareness and activity on the markets.
Further information: http://www.ei.se/en/
Swedish Energy Agency
The Swedish Energy Agency has a broad remit in the energy field. One of its tasks is to compile statistics and facts on energy as a basis for parliamentary and government decision-making as well as to produce long-term forecasts. Almost all state funding for energy research is distributed by the Energy Agency, which funds both basic research at universities and large-scale demonstration projects in cooperation with the industry. The Agency also supports the development from technical solution to commercial product. Furthermore, it promotes energy efficiency and smarter energy use throughout society by running information campaigns, performing technical procurements, conducting business intelligence and by testing and labelling products. The Agency also gives financial support for energy and climate advisory services to Sweden’s municipalities. In partnership with Svenska Kraftnät, the Agency has the task of managing the Swedish electricity certificate system, a market-based instrument for renewable electricity production.
Further information: http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
Svenska Kraftnät is a state-owned public utility tasked with managing Sweden’s national electricity grid. It also has the system responsibility for electricity. The utility also monitors and ensures that there is a constant balance between production and consumption every hour of the day and night. It also constantly evaluates whether new technology can be used to develop the national grid and participates actively in smart grid research and development.
Further information: http://www.svk.se/Start/English/
Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency and is responsible for innovation development, of which cross-industry cooperation projects for sustainable growth are an important feature. Energy transition is a central issue for Vinnova as its remit also covers initiatives directed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the energy sector and testing beds in energy and environmental technology. Initiatives related to smart grids are often implemented in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency.
Further information: http://vinnova.se/en/
Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis
The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis has been tasked by the Government to analyse and evaluate Swedish growth policy. In cooperation with other stakeholders, the Agency conducts global monitoring activities and promotes international exchange. Sustainable development is an area of special interest of which smart grids constitute an essential part.
Further information: http://www.tillvaxtanalys.se/en/home.html
Business Sweden (Swedish Trade & Invest Council)
Business Sweden’s task is to make it easier for Swedish SMEs to market their products and services abroad so that they can expand internationally. Its support takes the form of advisory services, skills development, events and targeted initiatives. And its task also includes encouraging more foreign enterprises to invest in Sweden. Business Sweden is expected to be given an important role in the development of smart grids into a Swedish growth industry.
Further information: http://www.business-sweden.se/en/
Swedish Consumer Agency
The Swedish Consumer Agency works with oversight, product safety and information to give both private individuals and business operators a greater sense of safety and security and increase their knowledge. The agency scrutinises the marketing and contract terms and conditions of businesses to achieve a high level of consumer protection and empowerment on the market. Its oversight activities are general and not targeted at specific sectors or markets but it may in the future cover issues relating to smart grids as consumers begin to use new products and services on the market.
Further information: http://www.konsumentverket.se/otherlanguages/English/
National Board of Housing, Building and Planning
The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning currently has no specific support coupled to smart grids and the built environment. The Board does, however, have the main responsibility for the development of sustainable cities, of which smart grids are an important part.
Further information: http://www.boverket.se/sv/om-boverket/about-boverket/
Data Inspection Board
By means of its oversight activities, the Data Inspection Board is to ensure that the handling of personal data does not lead to unauthorised intrusion into the personal integrity of private individuals. An increased use of smart grids implies a similar increase in the number of readings of the electricity consumption of private individuals. This provides in turn more opportunity to find out about an individual’s personal circumstances. The Data Inspection Board therefore has an important task to fulfil in relation to smart grids.
Further information: http://www.datainspektionen.se/in-english/
National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS)
PTS is the supervisory authority for the electronic communication and postal service sectors in Sweden. The term “electronic communication” covers telecommunications, IT and radio. One of the aims of the Agency’s work in the field of safe communication is to improve the robustness of the electronic communication networks and to increase user safety, security and integrity when communicating electronically. These areas can be of considerable significance as regards the development of new smart grid products and services.
Further information: http://www.pts.se/en-GB/
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
MSB’s task is to develop and support the capacity of society to deal with accidents and crises. An important part of the Agency’s responsibility is to assist society and private citizens in prevent such situations. MSB is also to support and coordinate work on improving the security of information and also issues regulations that other central agencies must follow within this area. The Agency also contributes to knowledge development and supports research within its remit.
Further information: https://www.msb.se/en/
The National Defence Radio Institute (FRA)
FRA is a civilian agency whose tasks include strengthening the security of information in activities that are essential to society. When requested to do so by central agencies and state-owned enterprises with especially sensitive information, FRA performs security audits of their IT systems. FRA also promotes greater security of information in the form of training programmes, advisory services and lectures.
Further information: http://www.fra.se/snabblankar/english.10.html
Other agencies with a responsibility for security of information
A significant contact interface is SAMFI (Cooperation group for Information Security) PTS, MSB, FRA, Swedish Security Services, National Police Board, Defence Materiel Administration/Swedish Certification Body for IT Security and the Swedish Armed Forces/Intelligence and Security Centre (MUST). Through information exchange and cooperation, SAMFI works to protect information assets in key societal organizations against unauthorised intrusion or influence and to ensure continued access. The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) also has important skills related to security and smart grids.
Other key stakeholders
ITS (Swedish IT Standardisation Organisation
Further information: http://www.its.se/
SEK (Swedish Electricity Standardisation Organisation)
Further information: http://www.elstandard.se/om/about.asp
Swedish Standards Institute
Further information: http://www.sis.se/en/
Other independent stakeholders
The Swedish Consumer Energy Markets Bureau
Further information: http://www.konsumenternas.se/
Member organisations and trade associations
Association of Swedish Engineering Industries
Further information: http://www.teknikforetagen.se/home/
Further information: http://www.svenskenergi.se/
Swedish IT and Telecom Industries
Further information: http://www.itotelekomforetagen.se/om-it-telekom/about-us
Villaägarna (Swedish Homeowners Association)
Further information: http://www.villaagarna.se/
Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies (SABO)
Further information: En/http://www.sabo.se/om_sabo/english/Sidor/default.aspx
Swedish Wind Energy
Further information: http://www.vindkraftsbranschen.se/en