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Solutions Center, ISGAN Partner to Provide Expert Policy Assistance on Smart Grid Topics

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Solutions Center, ISGAN Partner to Provide Expert Policy Assistance on Smart Grid Topics

By leveraging the existing network of ISGAN experts, who maintain a wealth of innovative smart grid knowledge, the Ask an Expert service can now provide no-cost assistance with smart grid program design to countries around the world. Photo credit: NREL.

Two Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives—the Clean Energy Solutions Center and the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)—have partnered to provide smart grid policy expertise to a global audience through the Solutions Center’s Ask an Expert service. This collaboration fulfills a need among policy makers, who are keenly interested in smart grid deployment. By leveraging the existing network of ISGAN experts, who maintain a wealth of innovative smart grid knowledge, the Ask an Expert service can now provide no-cost assistance with smart grid program design to countries around the world.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center's Ask an Expert service links those seeking clean energy policy advice and information with a policy expert who can help them achieve their goals. The service matches policy makers with one of more than 35 global experts selected as authoritative leaders on specific clean energy policy topics. These experts come from a wide range of organizations, including the Institute for Industrial Productivity, European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, The Energy and Resources Institute, Enerdata, and many others.

Through the Ask an Expert service, experts have responded to more than 150 requests for expert assistance from more than 75 countries, island nations, and regional organizations, to date. Experts have provided a range of assistance and support, developing strategies, standards, financial incentives, and deployment programs; reviewing draft measures and strategies; conducting research; and sharing best practices.

Ask an Expert requests can be submitted through the Solutions Center website at www.cleanenergysolutions.org/expert.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center provides no-cost policy assistance, training, and tools to help governments, advisors, and analysts create policies and programs that advance the deployment of clean energy technologies. The Solutions Center is co-led and co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through support from the U.S. Department of State and the Australian Department of Industry and Science. For more information, visit www.cleanenergysolutions.org.

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together more than two dozen governments and affiliated institutions across five continents to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. To advance global progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and standards, ISGAN coordinates a range of activities that support dynamic, international exchange of best practice, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge and tool development, and deep technical engagement. For more information, visit www.iea-isgan.org