Regulatory Contexts affecting the AnyPLACE solution

A study was untertaken to identify the regulatory and physical context affecting the development of the AnyPLACE platform. The detailed results of these studies will be posted here, on completion of the project. Below is an executive summary of what the studies uncovered, and the lessons learned during the project implementation.


  • To summarise the regulatory context across European countries
  • To offer regulatory and policy recommendations for EU stakeholders

Key Findings 

A well-planned strategy for participants’ engagement is necessary in demonstration projects involving the public, and a good user experience is essential for increased consumer engagement.

Standards are crucial for a successful integration of a solution like AnyPLACE. The overlapping of different technical areas (telecommunications, metering, smart devices, security and privacy) created a very complex environment.

There is a need for regulation for allowing end users to participate in energy markets, by providing energy services to the network.

A common language for information exchange among different actors is crucial, and there is a need for a harmonised EU regulatory framework.

Open Questions

Due to differences in regulations and communication protocols there are still interoperability issues to be considered. The interoperability of multi-metering systems is still not achieved.


Although technical feasibility and consumers’ willingness to participate exist, there is still the need for policies and regulations to support new services that will facilitate participation in demand response.

The information we learned would be of interest to:

  • EU citizens
  • Future R&D Project Consortia
  • Utilities
  • Grid operators
  • Industry
  • Market actors

Further reading

Project Documents will be posted on as they are published.

AnyPLACE, D1.1 – Regulatory and Physical Context, 2015.

AnyPLACE, D1.2 – Policy and Regulatory Recommendations, 2018.

AnyPLACE, D2.2- Environmental and societal impact assessment, 2018.

AnyPLACE, D8.2 – Field trial, 2018.

European Commission, M/490 – Smart Grid Mandate – Standardization Mandate to European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to support European Smart Grid deployment, 2011

ENISA, Smart Grid Security – Recommendations for Europe and Member States, 2012.