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Grid4EU brings together a consortium of six organizations covering more than 50 percent of the electricity supply in Europe.
Grid4EU is the largest smart grid project co-funded by the European Union.
From the outset, it was clear that Grid4EU’s success would depend on effective collaborative research and the seamless sharing of large amounts of diverse information across a complex matrix of initiatives and stakeholders. Understanding that a venture of this complexity would need active operations management, Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), which is coordinating the project, turned to Accenture. The choice was based largely on our experience in driving interaction and the Accenture Smart Grid Leadership Network of 50 members in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Delivering measurable improvements in organizational performance through innovative approaches to teamwork put Accenture at the heart of European smart grid evolution with a client solution that made collaboration within the project easy, practical and effective. Coordinating, reporting and validating European Commission deliverables, Accenture leveraged its Change Management practice and worked closely with ERDF to deliver a global communication strategy for sharing Grid4EU’s results.
By drawing on its extensive industry network to set up an external board of advisors for the initiative, Accenture reinforced its status as the partner of choice for utilities in transition to a smarter grid.
Stakeholders will judge Grid4EU on the delivery of innovative technologies, standards, scalability and cost-benefits. While project outcomes were clear from the outset, the means of steering them through the Europe-wide maze of demonstrators, partners, locations and regulatory frameworks was not.
Divided into 11 work groups, involving five general work packages and six demonstrations, Grid4EU comprises resources from multiple companies, locations and countries. Research collaboration and information sharing among participating distributors was the goal. How to achieve this in a way that made the initiative’s whole greater than the sum of its complex parts was the practical challenge.
A shared journey of this scope would require active, experienced and agile navigation. ERDF selected Accenture based on its practical experience, vision, skills and assets.
Working with the consortium to facilitate the quick, easy and safe exchange of information and ideas, Accenture developed and implemented a Grid4EU team hub to drive high performance. A scalable, largely off-the-shelf, cloud-enabled Microsoft SharePoint infrastructure was the platform of choice to facilitate effective coordination, sharing and communication between the consortium and its partners.
Thirty years’ of utilities industry experience, extensive knowledge of driving effective organizational relationships and unparalleled technical expertise allowed Accenture to deliver an innovative and practical Grid4EU communication hub. Managing a wide range of shared business processes, such as document review or approval, the hub would support critical formal validation processes, such as amending the Grid4EU grant agreement, involving all the initiative partners.
Accenture conducted a stakeholder analysis, identified critical audiences and designed and executed an ongoing communication plan to get these key influencers on board—and keep them there. We drew on our extensive industry network to help set up the advisory board for the initiative and supported quarterly and yearly reporting and annual validation of European Commission deliverables. We also partnered with ERDF to ensure Grid4EU was a notable presence at major industry events, such as Metering Europe and International Smart Grid Action Network workshops.
With approximately 150 active users and an average of 15 to 20 people connecting daily and browsing through 100 to 150 pages, the Grid4EU SharePoint hub has facilitated the ability to share more than 500 documents safely, securely and efficiently. Critical to the project’s success, this information includes more than 20 deliverables successfully approved and reported to the European Commission within the first year.
“Accenture worked with us to design and implement a collaboration strategy that is credited throughout the consortium for bringing our people, ideas and data together in an effective, efficient and user-friendly way,” says Rémy Garaude Verdier, Grid4EU project coordinator. “We selected Accenture because of its broad professional services experience, deep industry expertise and proven ability to deliver measurable organizational improvements. It was the right decision. Accenture continues to help Grid4EU drive high performance and accelerate smart grid evolution in Europe.”
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