Other key stakeholders
The major independent stakeholders/organisations with a direct link to smart grids are, above all, the three Swedish standardisation organisations: ITS (Swedish IT Standardisation Organisation), SEK (Swedish Electricity Standardisation Organisation) and SIS (Swedish Standards Institute). These three have been appointed by the Government to establish Swedish standards in their respective areas. All three are non-profit organisations with voluntary participation from Swedish agencies, businesses and organisations. The work is done in technical committees, split into different technical fields. The Swedish Association for Standardisation, formed in 2012, is the cooperative organisation for the Swedish standardisation bodies: SIS, SEK and ITS. Its task is to increase interest in standardisation and in the use of standards for the benefit of the business sector, public administration and society in general. The Association applies for and distributes state funding and constitutes a platform for cooperation in order to make the standardisation processes more efficient.
ITS – Swedish IT Standardisation Organisation
TS is active in the data and telecommunications field and is a member of ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. ETSI has both national members that organise smaller stakeholders, such as ITS. Larger corporate stakeholders, such as Ericsson and Telia, can also be members of the Institute directly. Standards from ETSI for smart grids mainly concern telecommunications and security.
SEK (Swedish Electricity Standardisation Organisation)
SEK (Swedish Electricity Standardisation Organisation) is active throughout the entire electrotechnical field and is the Swedish national committee in the International Electrotechnical Commission and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC). Several technical committees are affected by the development of smart grids but particular significance is attached to the standardisation of the control of power generation systems and their ancillary communication networks, in which issues relating to data models, interfaces, interoperability and data security are important. IEC plays a central role and the standards it develops generally become European standards as well, as a result of the cooperation in CENELEC, and hence Swedish standards. As regards new European standards from CENELEC, 75 percent originate from IEC; the connection to IEC is even closer in areas that are significant for smart grids.
SIS (Swedish Standards Institute)
SIS is active in other areas and is the Swedish member in ISO (International Standardisation Organisation) and in CEN (European Committee for Standardisation). As regards new European standards from CEN, 30 percent originate from ISO. The standards from ISO and CEN that are of significance in this context are mostly in the areas of smart metering, security and administration.
Other independent stakeholders
The independent stakeholders with only a more indirect involvement in smart grids include:
- The Swedish Consumer Energy Markets Bureau and
- Municipal energy advisors
These organisations may play an important role in the long run as regards giving advice and support to consumers about new business offers and new products and services related to smart grids. Municipalities and regional bodies are also important key stakeholders as regards the introduction of smart grids. It is a question of e.g. investments in smart cities and the commitment shown by municipalities in the majority of the major smart grid demonstration projects that are currently being implemented.
Member organisations and industrial associations
There are a number of member organisations and industrial associations directly involved in the development and introduction of smart grids or associated technologies.
- Association of Swedish Engineering Industries – member organisation for technology enterprises
- Swedish Energy – interest organisation for the electric power industry
- Swedish IT and Telecom Industries – member organisation for all enterprises in the IT and telecom sector
- Swedish Homeowners Association – member organisation for homeowners focusing on issues such as energy
- Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies (SABO) – industrial and interest organisation for Sweden’s municipally owned housing companies
- Swedish Wind Energy – industrial organisation for wind energy enterprises