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Smart grid: control the energy transition with the 4C GROUP

The need for transformation

Due to the inevitable advance of climate change, Germany is on the threshold of a significant transformation: the energy transition. The aim is to significantly increase the proportion of renewable energies and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, while at the same time ensuring a nationwide and reliable energy supply. The electricity grid operators play an elementary key role as intermediaries between producers and consumers and are an indispensable link for a successful energy transition.


Smart grid: the key to the energy transition

The importance of the smart grid for the energy transition

The intelligent electricity grid or smart grid describes the telecommunication connection of all participants from generation, transportation, storage to consumption to the energy supply grid. Driven by volatile electricity generation from renewable energies, it forms the backbone and enables flexible control of supply and demand, promotes sustainable grid stability and increases energy efficiency.

The relevance of a smart grid is undisputed and is crucial for:

  • decentralized energy supply, which enables a nationwide supply of renewable energies. 
  • the ability of grid operators to automatically coordinate generation, grid load and consumption.

The smart grid is of central importance for energy suppliers, grid operators, industrial companies and ultimately for all consumers who depend on a secure, efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply.

A smart grid addresses a variety of challenges:

  • It supports the integration of decentralized energy generation and contributes to the stabilization of the power grid
  • Forms the basis for the automation and digitalization of energy flows, which is particularly important for consumers with their own energy generation, such as photovoltaic systems.


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The future of the smart grid is not shaped by technology alone, but by the wisdom with which we interconnect strategy, technology, and humanity.

Christopher Kaetz | 4C GROUP

Our Services

Strategic Excellence

Strategic Excellence

  • Business Model Innovation: Identification and further development of sustainable business models
  • Business Capabilities & Sourcing Strategy: Evaluation of core business capabilities & optimization of vertical integration
  • Utility Architecture: Strategic development plan for technical communication services
  • Organization of the future: Structural and cultural changes to promote innovation & transformation readiness
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Extending corporate strategy to include the CSR concept
  • Post-merger integration: Sustainable harmonization and merger-followed integration
Future Transformation

Future Transformation:

  • Project portfolio management: Identification and prioritization of business-critical initiatives
  • New Technologies Enablement: Initiation & management of innovation projects (e.g. 450 MHz) incl. orchestration of all internal and external stakeholders
  • Maturity analysis of technical resources: Evaluation of technical components according to future viability and sustainability
  • Process optimization: Increased efficiency through streamlining and digitization
  • Transformation success management: Structured and targeted management of strategically relevant projects
Critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure:

  • Enterprise resilience map: Analysis of cyber-resilience of critical business areas and processes
  • Strategic network topology: Visibility of the network infrastructure at the perimeter interface from IT to OT
  • Data threat evaluation: Assessing the individual risk of distributed data in critical business processes
  • Intelligent automation: Exploiting potential for optimizing process depth in the infrastructure area
  • Cybersecurity localization: Determining the maturity level of the cybersecurity organization

Success Factors

Success factors for implementation

  • Integrative strategy and technology selection: For a smart grid to be effective, a comprehensive strategy is required that not only takes into account the technological infrastructure, but also reliably ensures the integration of all stakeholders. The selection of an optimally tailored technology mix is a key success factor here. The ongoing convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is also creating new challenges and opportunities that require careful consideration and decision-making.
  • Strengthen expert knowledge and internal competencies: The inevitable advance of digitalization in the energy sector requires in-depth expertise in the areas of IT and OT. Electricity grid operators must build up, consolidate and continuously expand the necessary expert knowledge internally in order to be able to meet future requirements. This also includes the ability to standardize and digitalize existing processes in order to increase efficiency and reliability.
  • Targeted transformation and project management:
    A future-proof smart grid requires a clear vision and efficient project and implementation management. With far-reaching organizational, operational and technological changes, companies must be able to react quickly and purposefully to the dynamic requirements of the market. Professional project management, including adequate project organization, board reporting and moderation of decision-making bodies, is crucial.

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Preview: 4C Study Roadmap for System Stability

In December 2023, the German Bundestag passed the Roadmap for System Stability. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) emphasizes that this roadmap is a crucial component in restructuring the power system as part of the energy transition. Given the more than 50 defined projects, some of which are running concurrently and are interdependent, this presents significant challenges for all parties involved. Specifically, for distribution network operators, it entails process responsibility for more than 15 projects and partial process responsibility in over 23 projects, all within a tight timeframe until 2030.

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4C Study: "Implementation of cybersecurity strategies in the energy sector"

The energy industry is currently facing unprecedented challenges triggered by the war in Ukraine. Energy companies not only have to counter supply bottlenecks, but are also facing targeted cyberattacks on critical infrastructures in particular.

As part of our study "Implementation of cybersecurity strategies in the energy sector", we therefore conducted qualitative interviews with a total of 12 experts from the 30 largest electricity network operators in the telecommunications infrastructure sector and discussed the implementation of cybersecurity strategies. The questions dealt with the number and intensity of cyber attacks, responsibilities, control mechanisms, information procurement, top management awareness, risks in the supply chain and future technologies and concepts.

You can find an initial overview of the study and the most important findings in our document. If you have any further questions, please contact our expert Martin Stephany.


Our Approach

Development of strategy

We work with you to develop a customized smart grid strategy and a strategic development plan.

Technology selection

We support you in selecting the optimum technology mix to ensure a reliable connection of all participants to the energy supply grid.

Skills development

We enable you to build up the right skills in IT and OT and secure the necessary expert knowledge in the long term.

Project management

Through professional project management, we ensure efficient and targeted implementation of your smart grid strategy.







We give your portfolio direction!

Management Consulting Since 1997

Why 4C?

As a management consultancy with many years of experience in the energy sector and specific technology expertise, we are your ideal partner for the development and implementation of your smart grid strategy. In our focus area "Smart Grid", we support technology decision-makers, thought leaders and in particular CTOs of electricity grid operators in the areas of strategic excellence, future transformation and operational efficiency. Together we will successfully realize your smart grid project. Get in touch with us to lay the foundation for the energy transition.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can support you on your journey to a smart grid.

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E-world energy & partner

The leading trade fair of the energy industry

E-world energy & water in February 2025, serves as the focal point for the European energy sector. As an information platform for the energy industry, E-world annually gathers international decision-makers in Essen. Exhibitors from various sectors of the energy industry showcase their offerings at E-world: approximately half of the exhibitors come from the energy services sector, followed by information technology, energy trading, and energy generation or supply. Other areas of focus include mobility, energy efficiency, marketing and sales, transportation and networks, as well as storage.

Our expert Martin Stephany is personally present on-site and available for individual discussions. To receive detailed consultation and a tailored solution for your needs, we warmly invite you to connect directly with him.

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