There are currently seven projects running which are supported by the European Commission under FP5 dealing with the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Distributed Generation (DG). In order to concentrate efforts and to maximise critical mass, these seven projects have been bundled to create a cluster in January, 2002. The subject of the proposed co-ordination action (CA) is to extend the existing cluster activities in such a way that a real European added value by mobilising research will be obtained as a major contribution to the ERA. This extension will be realized by the inclusion of forthcoming projects supported by FP6, national and regional activities and by implementing the new instruments provided through FP6. The most important elements of the proposed CA will be the following:
1) A systematic exchange of information and good practice by improving links to relevant research, to regulatory bodies and to policies and schemes on the European, the national, the regional and the international level.
2) Setup of strategic actions such as trans-national co-operation, the organization and a co-ordination of common initiatives on standards, testing procedures and the establishment of common education and training.
3) Identification of the highest priority research topics in the field of integration and formation of appropriate realization schemes.