Stakeholder process of the initiative "Reference architecture for secure Smart Grids in Austria"

The project works out the development of a smart grids reference architecture for Austria under involvement of all actors. Based on technological-scientific elements a process which meets the requirements of stakeholders like operators of infrastructure, industry and also public agencies will be worked out to achieve nationally accepted and internationally orientated reference architecture.

Short Description




Starting point / motivation

Electrical Networks are radically changing. In the course of the intensive efforts to raise the share of renewable energy, new innovative smart grids solutions were developed in the last years to integrate decentralized volatile generation into the system.

Contents and goals

With the invention of smart grids technologies, an interconnection with communication technologies with the, so far isolated assets and equipment especially in the distribution grid, took place. This leads to challenges in the system design in terms of interoperability of a functional overall system and security in terms of security of supply.

Hence, the objective of the RASSA (Reference architecture for secure Smart Grids in Austria)-Initiative is the development of reference architecture for smart grids in Austria and the reconciliation of all relevant stakeholders. For the reference architecture the consideration of aspects like operation safety (Safety), cyber security (Security) and personal and system protection (Protection) are necessary. Aspects of personal privacy (Privacy) should also be included into the design of the architecture.

Only systematic involvement of all relevant stakeholders like network operators, energy suppliers, the regulator, and public agencies enables the development of the reference architecture. Due to the high politico-economic relevance of the energy supply system, the number of involved actors is high.

The objective target of the project is, next to the methodical preparation of the development of the reference architecture, the systematic assembly of the especially for Austria present structure of stakeholders.


The stakeholder process profits of the existing good contacts of the Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria, because its members are a part of the relevant stakeholders for smart grids development. Furthermore the platform has developed a good basis for discussion with actors outside the platform like ministries, public agencies and international actors.

For the first time the project involves the stakeholders outside the energy sector in the discussion to ensure a comprehensive concept for the duly involvement of stakeholders.

Expected results

The designed stakeholder concept has to accompany the whole development process of smart grids in Austria. The concept will have to persist longer than the duration of the project RASSA Process.

Project Partners

Project management

Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria

Project or cooperation partners

Contact Address

Dr. Angela Berger
Mariahilferstraße 37-39
A-1060 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 588 39 58