Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with Energise , is organizing an Expert Group Meeting for Telecom and Energy stakeholders on Collaborating to Power the Smart Grids for Digital Growth within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on Development of broadband access and adoption of broadband adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14). The meeting will take place in ITU Headquarters, Geneva on 28 February 2017.
Smart grid, the vision of modernized and efficient electricity distribution enabled by the latest information and communication technologies (ICT), has been identified by governments and policy makers around the world as a way of addressing global warming, energy independence within the context of smart societies. Collaboration of telecommunications and energy providers can play a crucial role in making the roll-out of smart grid more efficient and successful. While the potential for cost reduction, for example by sharing infrastructure, is obvious, in practice there are only few examples of actual collaboration visible.
The aim of the expert group meeting will be to discuss future smart grid roll-outs and share experience about past and current implementation efforts. The Energise Toolkit will be presented and discussed in view of identifying drivers and barriers for cooperation between energy and telecommunications providers in the roll-out of smart infrastructures
The meeting result would be an agreed set of elements for energy and telecom stakeholders to further engage, share experiences, and examine mechanisms to strengthen collaboration at the various levels (business, policy, regulatory, infrastructure and technical).