The Smart Grids Task Force (SGTF) was established by the European Commission (EC) at the end of 2009. The SGTF reached a consensus over the last two years on policy and regulatory directions for the deployment of Smart Grids. The SGTF has also issued key recommendations for standardization, consumer data privacy and security.
Based on these results, during 2011 the EC has adopted a Communication on Smart Grids, issued a Mandate for Smart Grids standards to the European Standardisation Organisation and created an Inventory of Smart Grid Projects and lessons learned in the EU. The EC has also adopted a Recommendation for the Roll-out of Smart Metering Systems and issued Guidelines for Conducting Cost Benefit Analysis of Smart Grids Projects in 2012.