What are smart grids?
According to the definition of the Smart Grids European Technology Platform, a smart grid concerns an electricity network that can intelligently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to it - generators, consumers and those that do both - in order to ensure a sustainable and economically efficient energy system, with low losses and high levels of quality and security of supply.

Smart grids have a critical role in the transformation process of the functionalities of existing electricity transmission grids and distribution networks, facilitating the fulfilment of the 20-20-20 targets and ensuring a high level of security, quality and economic efficiency of electricity supply. 

Faced with the challenge of maintaining the security of supply in a decarbonised electricity system, Red Eléctrica promotes smart grid initiatives that seek to anticipate solutions in the following areas: new energy storage technologies; dynamic capabilities of the grid, monitoring of grid elements and infrastructure, self-consumption, the electric vehicle and the new consumer options; all of which are already currently shaping the electricity grid of the future