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The “Smart-Grid-Ready” local authorities now has its own guide

Co-drafted by the Smart Energy French Clusters 1 and the Think Smartgrids, association, with financial support from ADEME,

the “Recommendations for Smart-Grid-Ready local authorities” guide offers a collection of best practices intended for towns, to accelerate the deployment of smart grid solutions on a large-scale. Beyond strong involvement from regions, this entails having better knowledge of the solutions and their implementation on an organisational, legal, technical and economic level.

The Guide for Accelerating the Energy Transition and Digital Transformation in local authorities

  • Presents the challenges of smart grids on the regional scale
  • Supports the commitment of local authorities to these types of efforts
  • Shares best practices and key factors of successful smart grid projects
  • Simplifies cooperation and the replication of initiatives
  • Launches a French Smart Grid sector based on regional competencies.


local authorities: Why engage in Smart Grid projects?

Shedding light on the legislative impact of the Energy Transition and Digital Transformation on local authorities, this guide demonstrates how Smart Grids are tools for optimising and steering a region’s energy policy.

Optimised energy systems are first and foremost solutions for managing energy demand and costs, able to integrate the production of renewable energies, and to anticipate and influence behaviour. They enable towns to develop new uses such as intelligent public lighting systems, self-consumption or electric vehicles.

The Smart Grid approach: complementarity of energies and stakeholders

The guide describes, in a pragmatic way, the conditions and steps for deploying smart grids based on experience feedback from flagship projects. It provides elected officials with perspective on the role of public stakeholders, the methodology, and the legislative and financial obstacles to overcome. It encourages cooperation and initiative spin-offs, which will contribute to the emergence of a French smart grid sector.

The guide supports local authorities that wish to begin implementing programmes where the various energy networks – electricity, gas and heating – are complementary, so that they can make good use of their respective advantages.

Arising from a series of workshops in which all types of towns shared their experiences, the approach to Smart Grids proposed in this guide is intended just as much for small cities as for metropolitan areas.

In this way, the Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region is supporting Flexgrid, the programme coordinated by Capenergies for deploying the new optimised energy systems. It symbolises high potential for exporting the region’s know-how on this topic abroad, and is also an opportunity for specialised companies to increase their market share. A similar project has been deployed in the Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions of France, with which Capenergies maintains close ties to enhance synergies and increase feedback.


1 The 10 cluster members dedicated to the Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency, Digital and Mobility sectors: Capenergies, Derbi, Fibres Energivie, Fibres-Energivie, Images & Réseaux, Minalogic, S2E2, Systematic Paris-Region, Tenerrdis, Moveo.