Countries around the world are facing the same challenges and asking the same questions about making their grids smarter, more resilient, and more dynamic. They recognize that a safe, reliable supply of electricity is a key pre-condition for economic growth. However, electricity networks worldwide are under increasing stress as the sources and uses of electric power become progressively more varied and complex. In most developed countries, the existing electric infrastructure is rapidly aging, while in many developing countries, electricity demand is rapidly rising. To address these trends, countries are considering or have begun integrating into their power sectors a range of advanced information, sensing, communications, control, and energy technologies and systems, collectively known as the “Smart Grid.” Effectively deployed, Smart Grid technologies can improve the reliability and resilience of the grid, enable the large-scale integration of variable renewable power and the dynamic management of electricity demand, and potentially contribute to gigatonne‐scale reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation and use.
The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) creates a mechanism through which stakeholders from around the world can collaborate on accelerating the development and deployment of smarter electric grids. ISGAN promotes a dynamic exchange of knowledge and best practices, tool development, and project coordination. It aims to improve the understanding and adoption of Smart Grid technologies, practices, and systems as well as related enabling government policies.
ISGAN is formally organized under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for a Co-Operative Programme on Smart Grids.
Countries bring diverse drivers and approaches to the Smart Grid, including integrating renewable energy, both transmission-scale and distributed; integrating plug-in electric vehicles; improving operational efficiency and system reliability; improving electricity market function; reducing losses; and differentiating electricity services for consumers.
Through ISGAN’s projects, its participants hope to improve the understanding of these drivers and their implications on smart grid development and deployment.
Furthermore, through its activities, ISGAN will pursue the following:
Develop integrated tool kits for assessing the motivating forces, key systems, and major projects driving the development of smarter electricity networks
Measure the benefits and costs of individual smart grid projects
Monitor progress on deployment
Improve the international exchange of knowledge and best practices
For more information about ISGAN, view the ISGAN activities page, read the ISGAN fact sheet, or visit the ISGAN website (http://iea-isgan.org/).