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ISGAN
Overview

ISGAN, the International Smart Grid Action Network, is a Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The co-operative programme was formally established in 2011 and is also an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

ISGAN is an IEA Technology Collaboration Programme, and as such seeks to support governments and industry with insight and recommendations to high-level decision-makers. In addition, ISGAN closely co-operates with Mission Innovation, a global initiative that promotes the acceleration of the clean energy transition.

ISGAN is an international platform for the development and exchange of knowledge and expertise on smarter, cleaner, and more flexible and resilient electricity grids (“Smart Grids”). ISGAN provides an important channel for the communication of experience, trends, lessons learned, and visions in support of global, national and regional clean energy objectives as well as new flexible and resilient solutions for Smart Grids.

Key Accomplishments

ISGAN is a trusted partner and center of expertise for a growing number of smart grid-related activities and events such as India Smart Grid Week and European Utility Week. Also ISGAN has signed a cooperation agreement with Mission Innovation (MI) Challenge 1 on Smart Grids, championed by the Italian ISGAN Chair.

Other important ISGAN outreach tools are webinars organized by the ISGAN Academy, highly recognized public, Knowledge Transfer workshops, and thematic knowledge exchange events. The latter bring together leading participants from public, private, and academic sectors to engage in discussions and sharing best practices on specific aspects of Smart Grid development, e.g. integration of distributed renewable energy sources and microgrids.

Since 2014, Furthermore, ISGAN has recognized and showcased the leadership and innovation of more than 40 distinguished Smart Grid projects through an annual ISGAN Award of Excellence competitions, each with a new theme in the area of Smart Grid

Goals

ISGANs objective is to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner and more flexible electricity grids around the world. Smart grids enable increased demand response and energy efficiency. 

ISGAN leverages high-level government leadership and industry technology innovation to support greater national ambition in developing and deploying smart grids in ISGAN member country markets and regions.

Key Activities

Activities and deliverables in 2019

 

To achieve the objectives, participating member states and the Operating Agent of this Initiative have utilized the following means

   1)      Analytical reports

  • Casebook on Spotlight on AMI, DSM, Consumer Engagement & Empowerment, Energy Storage Systems and Regulatory Sandboxes (Annex 2)

  • Discussion Paper on Social costs and benefits of Smart Grid technologies (Annex 3)

  • SIRFN Draft Test Protocols for Advanced Battery Energy Storage System Interoperability Functions (Annex 5)

  • Discussion Paper on Flexibility Needs in the Future Power Systems (Annex 6)

  • Discussion Paper on ICT Aspects of TSO-DSO Interaction (Annex 6)

  • Why We Do Not Know Much about the Social Dimension of Smart Grids Transition? (Annex 7)

 

   2)      Policy recommendations     

  • Smart Power Market Designs are Needed for Smart Grid Development and a Clean Energy Future (ISGAN)

  • Opportunities to Accelerate Smart Grid Deployment through Innovative Market Design (ISGAN)

  • Policy messages on Innovative Regulatory Approaches with Focus on Experimental Sandboxes to Enable Smart Grid Deployment (Annex 2)

  • Synthesis of Insights for Clean Energy Ministerial meeting (Annex 4)

  • The Smart Grid Discourse Arena A global social network analysis (Annex 7)

    3)     Technical workshops, dialogues

  • SIRFN Workshop on Digitalization, Research and Testing of Energy Systems for Energy Markets decision support (Annex 5)

  • Workshop on Micro vs MEGA grids – Trends Influencing the Development of the Power System (Annex 6)

  • Joint workshop with Mission Innovation/IC 1 during the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial. Fact Sheet on the ‘Grid Evolved – Power System Flexibility’, with collaboration with MI, was published

    4)     Work on the ground in specific regions or countries

  • ISGAN Knowledge Exchange Workshop (KTP) on Unleashing Smart Grids in Mexico (2016)

  • ISGAN Knowledge Exchange Workshop (KTP) on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering in India (2017)

    5)     Communication tools

  • The ISGAN Academy(Annex 8) offers the ISGAN community a possibility to share knowledge and engage with experts in the field of Smart Grids through an e-learning platform, where it presents webinars on topics ranging from power system fundamentals to more specialized seminars on breakthrough Smart Grids solutions. The information presented includes, among others, recent developments, best practices, interesting methodologies, Smart Grids theory, applications and deployment. The ISGAN Academy is therefore proposed as a set of e-learning modules dealing with different aspects of Smart Grids, where fundamentals and further reading material are considered as appendices out of the critical learning path.

    6)     ISGAN Awards of Excellence

  • ISGAN launched its annual Award of Excellence Competition in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. More than 40 projects were recognized their excellence in innovation, integration and transformation of smart grid systems from the previous 5 competitions and the sixth’s competition is in progress.

Progress

Upcoming Activities

  • ISGAN is actively engaged in the Horizontal Accelerator. It has started preparations for the April 2020 workshop in Sweden that will focus on sector coupling of EV and power systems and will be organized in collaboration with 21CPP, EVI and PSF.
  • In terms of improving its policy-level engagement, ISGAN plans to prepare a couple of reports (policy recommendations, technical & analytical reports) at CEM11. Furthermore, two joint factsheets in cooperation of ISGAN and MI/IC1 will be published.
  • The winner of the ISGAN’s sixth Award of Excellence with a theme of “Smart Grids for Digitalization Enabling Consumer Empowerment” will be announced in an official ceremony as a side event at CEM11
Policy opportunities

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) recognizes that smarter, cleaner electric grids are vital for maintaining a reliable, resilient, and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet future demand growth, respond to a growing range of customer power needs, and integrate increasingly diverse energy sources. Through its activities and cooperative ties with other grid modernization efforts, ISGAN engages governments and key stakeholders to achieve that potential. By working together, governments can identify common interests and opportunities for cooperation despite the diversity of power sector policy and technology ecosystems globally and persistent differences in national smart grid definitions and approaches. ISGAN’s efforts provide stakeholders with access to valuable lessons learned and best practices from around the world.

 

Countries
Australia
Australia
Austria
Austria
Belgium
Belgium
Canada
Canada
China
China
Denmark
Denmark
European Commission
European Commission
Finland
Finland
France
France
Germany
Germany
India
India
Ireland
Ireland
Italy
Italy
Japan
Japan
Korea
Korea
Mexico
Mexico
Netherlands
Netherlands
Norway
Norway
Russia
Russia
Singapore
Singapore
South Africa
South Africa
Spain
Spain
Sweden
Sweden
Switzerland
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United States
United States
Operating Agent

Austrian Institute of Technology

Austrian Institute of Technology

Korea Smart Grid Institute

Korea Smart Grid Institute
Partners

21st Century Power Partnership (CEM Initiative)

Clean Energy Solutions Center (CEM Initiative)

International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER)