Search Results for: "Annex 4"

December 16, 2017

Our Work

ISGAN emphasizes the importance of strong, reliable, resilient, flexible, and affordable power grids, supported by the digitalization of the electricity system for achievement of goals on the “grid edge” (e.g., integration of EVs, RE, energy storage, and demand side management)

Our Work

platea lacus fringilla cubilia erat ut sagittis eleifend, ornare accumsan ante laoreet erat venenatis ultricies. tempus torquent laoreet conubia sodales tellus vulputate cubilia, hendrerit tortor quam magna condimentum aliquam venenatis pharetra, quisque nisl metus aliquet ipsum senectus.

Ad mattis est tristique hac torquent fames habitasse massa, tempus diam tempus porttitor velit massa viverra netus, ultricies fringilla libero convallis accumsan adipiscing venenatis. sed quisque lacus vivamus orci eros fermentum dapibus torquent non tellus integer ad accumsan est habitasse, platea torquent feugiat interdum neque fames lacinia morbi nostra tellus class luctus sit lobortis.

Metus inceptos sed cursus et bibendum congue leo mattis risus fames, egestas risus lectus orci per eu varius scelerisque vulputate, cursus augue lacus eleifend semper ullamcorper quam eleifend netus.

Annex 1
Annex 2
Annex 3
Annex 4
Annex 5
Annex 6
Annex 7
Annex 8

read more

February 16, 2015

Cost & Benefit Analysis and Toolkits

Introduction and Executive Summary The objective of ISGAN’s Annex 3 is to develop a global framework and related analyses that can identify, define, and quantify in a standardized way the...

Introduction and Executive Summary

To meet the required objective of this Annex, a program of work is designed and it includes the following three tasks:

  • Task 1: Assess Current Network Maturity Model and Update data
  • Subtask 1.1: Trial application of two network maturity analysis tools and results discussion
  • Subtask 1.2: Development of the questionnaire for the assessment of the level of smartness of transmission and distribution networks
  • Task 2: Analyze Current Benefit-Cost Analytical Methodologies and Tools
    • Subtask 2.1: Analyzing benchmark benefit-cost frameworks and tools
    • Subtask 2.2: Model research to overcome limit of current BCA frameworks and tools
  • Task 3: Develop Toolkits to Evaluate Benefit-Costs
    • Subtask 3.1: Development of Simplified cost-benefits analysis tool
    • Subtask 3.2: Technical Analysis of current BCA took-kit and Modification of Simplified tool-kit

For Task I, the report goes through several maturity frameworks available, especially those of Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL). The SEI has developed a management tool that can be used to measure the current state of a smart grid project, aiming to help utilities to identify the target and build proper strategies to reach it. The tool, Smart Grid Maturity
Model (SGMM), utilizes a set of surveys called Smart Grid Compass. The drawback of this tool is the undocumented scoring method of the surveys once a result is obtained. Full assistance of an SGMM Navigator is required for the utility to understand and analyze the SGMM output. Meanwhile, the KUL introduce the characteristics, categories and key performance indicators of a smart electricity grid. The previous report also includes own survey methods developed by Annex III, although there has not much of progress after that.

For Task II, an extensive update of the BCA survey has been provided in the previous report. It started with various frameworks related to BCA, which include Frontier Economics and the Smart Grid Forum (SGF) in UK, Smart Grid Investment Model (SGIM) of SGRC, I
MPLAN Model, McKinsey Tool, and general overviews of EPRI’s methodology to BCA and its subsequent developments by DOE and JRC. After that, several BCA applications to country-specific or states cases are summarized. Some of the surveyed countries are Czech Republic, Netherland, Lithuania, Denmark, and USA states. For the comparison purpose, the summary for each case is carried out following some key points: background of the smart grid project, the methodology or toolkits used, the scope of the project (location, period, technologies), the list and definition of benefits and costs, and deliverables (results, recommendations, policy andregulations). The 1st year’s work of Task II can be compared with the previous year’s work in the sense that how EPRI guideline has any impact on the work development of JRC and DOE frameworks, especially for the Smart Grid Computational Tool (SGCT), a BCA toolkit that is developed by US DOE. This report summarizes the findings from the previous works with the focus of selecting the benchmark smart grid tool kit for the development of own ISGAN tool kit for member countries.

For Task III, a simplified cost-benefit analysis tool is being developed taking SGCT of DOE as a benchmark tool kit, based on the previous year report on the development plan of ISGAN member countries’ toolkit. A standalone program based on Object Oriented Programming (OOP) is now being developed replicating, revising and upgrading the currently available excel-based SGCT. As will be discussed, this tool kit has various advantages over other tools: First, this tool is open to public and anyone can take a look inside of the model deep enough to examine the visual basic application modules. JRCEU, McKinsey models were once discussed in Annex III before for any potential utilization for ISGAN member countries’ tool kit. However, members acknowledge the fact that JRC works on excel based format and there seems to be not much difference between JRC’s work and DOE. The difference lies in the fact that JRC never opened up the details of the functionalities and sample calculation of BC in their whole work process. McKinsey software was discussed but it is not open to public. Rather it is a commercial package with no specific advantage over to SGCT of DOE. Detailed engine is not fully explained and the scope of the analysis the tool kit provides does not seem to be very useful (Nigris 2012, Kim 2013). The new tool kit being developed is named for the time being as ‘Replicated Tool Kit’ for convenience. Through the replication process, a lot of details have been identified, which, otherwise, would not have been known to us. Many of the parameters utilized in the process of benefitcalculation may be required to be collected from outside, reflecting the region specific characteristics. Some of the default values provided by SGCT, although they are from USA case (refer to Appendix), may also be useful until those detailed information becomes available for ISGAN member countries even when they don’t have them.

In addition, there a at least 12 smart grid projects currently being conducted in USA (refer to III.2.24), and those projects are starting to produce some detailed information which might be potentially utilized by current SGCT. Not only those advantages, there are many interesting researches being conducted around the world and the work results could be very useful sources of updating this replication effort in the future, once this replication process allows us to identify the pros and cons of the current model. The last chapter of the Expansion of Smart Grid Computational Tool is the wild idea of what could be accomplished in this whole process of simplified own ISGAN tool kit for member countries. Some of the ideas for the tool kit development become clearer as the process of the replication progresses. By the time of the completion of this year’s work, we hope to have a very concrete idea on how to proceed to further develop this current work in the future for the benefit of every member country in ISGAN.

read more

December 21, 2017


Smart Grid Transitions Preparation of a prototype of a smart grids foresight process to help policy makers to orchestrate a sustainable transition. Evaluation of processes of market forming, actor involvement and integration

Smart Grid Transitions

The main objective of this Annex is to investigate institutional change associated with Smart Grid deployment. Using the framework of transition management, this Annex shall aim at sparking off an international, coordinated trans-disciplinary research activity in the social sciences supporting and complementing technology oriented Smart Grid activities. This Annex also shall intend to collect information and knowledge from innovation studies, political sciences, institutional economics, sociology and energy law, and make it palpable for policymakers and other stakeholders. This Annex, in particular, shall aim at supporting policymakers in the field of Smart Grids by focusing on the direction, efficacy and efficiency of the energy system transition. In order to complement other ISGAN Annexes, non-technical aspects and framework conditions conducive to Smart Grid deployment are at its focus, by addressing societal needs, political governance, policies, regulatory aspects and human behavior taking into account the diversity of institutional structures and governance traditions of ISGAN countries.

Published documents from Annex 7 are found here:

Operating Agent


Klaus Kubeczko

AIT - Austrian Insitute of Technology

[Lead] Austria France

read more

December 20, 2017

Policy Insights

Annex 4: Synthesis of Insights for Decision Makers Organization of knowledge, key issues, important themes, insightful analysis for the benefit of decision makers....

Synthesis for Decision Makers


Given the wide variety of definitions and conceptual models for smart grid technologies and systems, quickly increasing body of literature and analysis, and rapid rate of change in the smart grid space, senior decision makers and their staff would likely benefit from a common basis or language for discussion. To this end, this Annex integrates the knowledge and lessons learned through the other ISGAN Annexes. This material may be delivered through a variety of media, such as reports, web sites, or videos, as appropriate for the specific information and targeted audience. It may be structured for specific geographies or grid ecosystems. Ultimately, information packages that explain clearly and concisely smart grid benefits and costs (and offer an intuitive, pleasing user experience) will help capture the attention of these decision makers and provide them the information needed to advance more effective smart grid-enabling policies and programs.



The core objectives of Annex 4: Synthesis of Insights for Decision Makers are to organize knowledge, identify key issues, distill important themes, and provide insightful analysis for the benefit of policymakers. It will highlight existing lessons learned and best practices on smart grid and seek to integrate and package knowledge in a form that will be useful and used by the target audience. Moreover, this Annex will consolidate and disseminate the efforts of other ISGAN Annexes, as well as smart grid efforts beyond ISGAN when appropriate, in support of greater reach and impact.


Current Activities

For the 2018-2019 timeframe, we are focusing on the following activities:

  • Deep-dive, peer-to-peer workshops on exchanging best practices on smart grid deployment enabled via policies, regulations, programs, and public-private partnerships
  • Development of and building capacity to implement a corporate ISGAN Communications Strategy
  • Additional work on policy insights and analysis delivered through synthesis papers and webinars
  • Support for intecannex coordination and collaboration


Past Work

Highlights of past work include:

Working Group Lead
Operating Agent


Koeun Jeong

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
Tel: (+82) 61-345-3982


Chloe SeongJi Yoon

Korea Smart Grid Institute (KSGI)
Tel: (+82) 2-2138-1728

Austriathe Netherlands
IndiaUnited Kingdom
ItalyUnited States

read more

May 31, 2018

Power Systems

Power T&D Systems accelerate development and deployment of Smart Grid technologies and promote adoption of related enabling regulatory and government policies

Power Transmission & Distribution Systems

The main objective of this annex is to establish a long term vision for the development of the future sustainable power systems.

Annex 6 on Power Transmission & Distribution Systems focuses on system-related challenges, with emphasis on the technologies, market solutions, and policies which contribute to the development of system solutions.

The work is carried out by a global network of experts and is managed in four Focus Areas:

Focus Area 1: Expansion Planning and Market Analysis

Lead: Gianluigi Migliavacca (RSE)

With the aim of studying the functioning of electricity markets (day-ahead and real time) and to analyse the evolution of the transmission and distribution networks and their planning modalities.

Focus Area 2: Technology Trends and Deployment

Lead: Emil Hillberg (RISE)

Identify the potential and feasibility of new innovative solutions that support the operation and hosting capacity of the transmission and distribution grids, make recommendations and support demonstration, promotion and deployment of new promising technologies worldwide.

Focus Area 3: System Operation and Security

Lead: Kjetil Uhlen (NTNU)

Identification and assessment of new innovative methods and tools for operational monitoring and control, targeting the future challenges in balancing control and security analysis. Make recommendations and support demonstration, promotion and deployment of promising solutions worldwide.

Focus Area 4: Transmission and Distribution System Interaction

Lead: Antony Zegers (AIT)

Studies on how distribution and transmission networks could interact in the future, ensuring stable grid operation under high levels of renewables


Operating Agent
Technical Lead


Joni Rossi

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Emil Hillberg

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Tel: +46725649575

[Lead] SwedenIreland
DenmarkSouth Africa
GermanyUnited States

read more

April 1, 2019

Smart Grids & District Heating and Cooling: Key Integration Aspects

An international cooperation between IEA ISGAN Annex 6 “Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” and IEA DHC Annex TS3 „hybrid energy networks“ will meet for an interactive cooperation event: 1-2 April...

Integrating the different energy domains and thus creating “hybrid energy networks” is considered to be one of the key aspects of the future energy system. The interdisciplinary cooperation between international experts from ISGAN and DHC Annex TS3 is a unique opportunity for developing innovative solutions and successful business models towards a sustainable and flexible energy infrastructure.

  • The IEA International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) supports the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world. IEA ISGAN Annex 6 “Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” focuses on the potential system-related challenges in the development of future smarter grids, including technologies, market aspects, and policies. The Annex’s main goal is to facilitate the application of advanced technologies that enable power grids to maintain and improve the security, reliability and quality of electric power supply.
  • The IEA Technology Cooperation Programme on District Heating and Cooling (DHC) including Combined Heat and Power (CHP), is dedicated to helping to make DHC and CHP powerful tools for energy conservation and the reduction of environmental impacts of supplying heat. The aim of the IEA DHC Annex TS3 „hybrid energy networks“ is to promote the opportunities and to overcome the challenges for DHC networks in an integrated energy system context from a technical and strategical point of view, focussing on the coupling to electricity networks.

During the Stockholm Smart Grid week, hosted by the Swedish Energy Agency, both networks will join forces in an interactive cooperation event. Aim of the event is to create awareness on both sides on system gains from increased flexibility and resilience by coupling energy vectors. The workshop will identify concrete strengths & weaknesses, opportunities & threats of coupling DHC and electricity sectors based on the discussion of real case studies in different IEA countries and will initiate networking between key experts in the different fields. Some first results will be presented and discussed the next day during a panel session on ‘Flexibility and power system interaction and optimization leveraged by smart grid solutions’.

read more

May 28, 2019

Workshop ’Steering our energy future – Global grid solutions to overcome new power system challenges’

The workshop was organized by ISGAN Annex 6 as a side-event of the Innogrid 2020+ conference, to which ISGAN was one of the organizing partners....

Under the framework of both CEM and IEA, ISGAN is an international platform for the development and exchange of knowledge and expertise on smart grids, carried by its member states. This workshop was a good opportunity to strengthen the cooperation between international ISGAN members and speakers and the ENTSO-E and E.DSO participants and moderators. The event offered also a great opportunity to disseminate the results of the ISGAN work to the Belgian smart grid community, get their feed-back on the results and to learn from their experiences.

Maarten Noeninckx, FPS Economy Belgium / ISGAN

Joni Rossi, RISE Sweden / ISGAN Annex 6

The workshop looked from various angels at recent developments and innovations which increase coordination and control of interconnected systems and markets on the global scale. The topical presentations and lively discussions contributed largely to ISGAN’s main objectives, namely to exchange knowledge and expertise and foster international cooperation in the field of smart grids amongst international organizations, national government, regulators, utilities, manufacturers and research institutes, all of which were well presented at the workshop.

Different representatives from European and international networks such as IEA, IRENA, EC DG Energy and Cigre opened the discussion by linking European policies (i.e. Clean Energy Package) to worldwide sustainability goals such as electricity access and clean air, broadening flexibility needs to all sectors of the energy system and stressing the importance of robust international cooperation and a stable CO2 price. A poll in the audience confirmed that one of the major challenges is the need for power sector investments in order to meet long-term goals and to reach high levels of electrification in buildings, transport and industry.

Yasmine Arsalane, IEA

Elaine O’Connell, European Commission

Emanuele Taibi, IRENA

Annex 6, ISGAN’s working group on ‘Power Transmission and Distribution Systems’, focuses on the application of advanced technologies needed for power grids to contribute in the best way to the attainment of clean energy and climate goals. During the interactive workshop, the conclusions of some recent ISGAN activities on power system flexibility, TSO-DSO interaction and a single marketplace for flexibility were disseminated and discussed. Several speakers gave valuable input for the kickoff of a new Annex 6 activity on ‘global versus local power systems’. In an interactive group discussion we tried to critically assess whether different trends (global versus local), that both aim at enable very high penetration of renewable energy sources, are totally independent or whether there are synergies or conflicts of interest between the two.

Antony Zegers, AIT Austria / ISGAN Annex 6

Irina Oleinikova, NTNU Norway / ISGAN Annex 6

The day was concluded by a visit to the control room of the regional security center CORESO, which was also the host of the day. It showed how the increased inter-TSO operational coordination was put in practice.

read more

June 28, 2016

Spotlight on Smart and Strong Electric Power Infrastructure Best practice shared from the ISGAN Annex 6 case book

The introduction in the generation mix of a continuously increasing share of generation from renewable energy sources (RES), the geographical spread of generation when increasing the amount of distributed production, as well as changing patterns of demand from new types of load such as electric vehicles, will create new challenges for the electric power transmission and distribution (T&D) systems.

The case book Spotlight on Smart and Strong Power T&D Infrastructure spotlights a number of projects sharing best practices to meet challenges for the power systems to become stronger and smarter.

Many different approaches are possible to meet these challenges and the regulators have a key role in supporting the development towards clean sustainable solutions.
Different countries have different challenges, will use different solutions to those challenges, and have reached different maturity in the implementation of those solutions. Smart grid solutions are also found across the entire electrical system, from the high voltage transmission grid, through the distribution grid and finally on consumer level. It is therefore no generic solution or size that fits all for the solution towards the smart and strong grid. At the same time there are generic solutions and findings from experiences that can be adapted by other countries to make local implementation faster and more efficient.

December 20, 2017

Case Studies

Smart Grid Case Studies and In-Depth Knowledge Sharing National Drivers for Smart Grids and best practices for implementation.

Smart Grid Case Studies

Currently, Annex 2 has two priority workstreams, the first of which is an assessment of current case studies on smart grid deployments. This includes creation of a common methodological framework for future case studies based on this assessment, and development of in-depth case studies using this framework. Capturing and communicating the lessons learned from real-life demonstration or deployment projects will help stakeholders understand the true promise and challenges of deploying smarter electricity grids. Such case studies will provide another layer of depth to the information available in the Global Smart Grid Inventory and provide data and metrics to inform development of benefit-cost analyses and decision-making tools under that Annex. Published case books are as follows. (click to see)



A second key work stream is enabling in-depth peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. More information on the Knowledge Transfer Project can be found here.

Published documents from Annex 2 are found here:

Operating Agent
Working Group Lead


Aram An

Korea Smart Grid Institute (KSGI)
Tel: (+82)2-2138-1736

Junghyo Bae

Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute

[Lead] Republic of KoreaIreland
CanadaThe Netherlands
European CommissionSpain
GermanyUnited Kingdom
IndiaUnited States

read more

May 16, 2017

Why We Do Not Know Much about the Social Dimension of Smart Grids Transition?

Dealing with smart grids transitions, three years of activity of Annex 7 make it evident that policy makers are having many important questions about the dynamics of institutional change which...

However, rather than being able to provide ready-made answers about the institutional and social dimensions of smart grids, much more can be said about what-we-don’t-know. We identified two main reasons why we do not know enough about smart grid transition.

  1. The structural challenge is that energy research is mainly focusing on technologies for the physical grid with little knowledge on institutional change and the social dimension of energy transition.
    In an article in Nature, B.K. Sovacool (Vol 511, 2014) examined the scope of more than 4400 articles in leading energy technology and energy policy journals over 15 years. He identified four trends which he evaluates as worrisome if not tackled by public and private organizations and the scientific community:
    a. An underevaluation of influence of social dimensions on energy use,
    b. A bias towards science, engineering and economics over other social sciences and humanities,
    c. A lack of interdisciplinary collaboration and
    d. The underrepresentation of female authors or those of minority groups
    This corresponds to the challenges identified in developing a strategic research agenda for Smart Grids Transitions of Annex 7. The European Commission in its Horizon 2020 research and innovation program tries to address this issue by encouraging SSH research to be taken up in energy research projects. An interim evaluation2 shows the low level of SSH research with the main part going to economic research. Other disciplines are hardly visible and there is a significant geographical divide between countries in taking up the possibility to integrate SSH research.
    There is the need to insert the social and environmental dimensions in the projects of smart grid deployment as well as in the decision making processes needed to select the most appropriate solutions. It is not enough that projects be perfect from the technical and economics point of view, they should be based on a sound social analysis and include specific actions to take into consideration the concerns, needs, and expectations of citizens and consumers.
  2. Although the political will to further increase the public energy-R&D investment in the CEM countries substantially exists, statistical evidence shows a stagnation of energy related social-science-humanities R&D investment at a very low level.
    R&D statistics (OECD/IEA, EU – Horizon 2020) indicate that increases in public R&D spending over the last years did not lead to a more balanced resource-attribution for all research disciplines. Particularly, research resources for social sciences and humanities (SSH) have not yet received the attention it would require to learn more about embedding technological development in the economic and societal environment (e.g. on energy use, or on how future markets will look like).3
    Although the obstacles of data accuracy exacerbate the analysis, still two statements can be made:
    a. The share of R&D from SSH in the area of energy4 in OECD countries has been fluctuating significantly over the last years. When adding up all reported country figures between 0.1% and 9% during the period of 1974 and 20155.
    b. If at all, SSH-research capacities and funding in absolute terms is growing with much less speed than in engineering and natural sciences.
    Given the high uncertainties, how global energy transition should take place and the lack of orientation where technological development should lead to, SSH research will be needed even more urgently than in times of relative stability of the energy system.
    The intention of Mission Innovation, to double public clean-energy R&D investment over five years, is an encouraging signal for R&D actors and will likely lead to structural changes in the research and innovation-eco-system. However it remains to be seen, if this could also lead to a substantial rise in the knowledge about the social dimension of smart grids, without a political will to provide significant resources for SSH research as well as the appropriate R&D instruments.
    The following conclusion and recommendations can be drawn from this analysis:
  • Significantly more inter- and transdisciplinary research activities in social sciences and humanities are needed.
  • More attention has to be laid on generating know-how on social dimensions of technological and institutional transformation of energy systems and markets.
  • Financial resources for SSH research need to be raised at least as much as for technological development and the respective R&D capacities and infrastructures need to be built up sustainably. Collaboration and strategic research agendas should be coordinated amongst CEM-countries.
  • There is an urgent need for more accurate statistical data on SSH in energy research.

read more

December 20, 2017


Cost - Benefit Analyses and Toolkit The objective is to develop a global framework and related analyses that can identify, define, and quantify in a standardized way the benefits which can be realized from the demonstration and deployment of smart grids technologies and related practices in electricity systems.

Cost-benefit and socio-economic analyses of smart grids and related regulatory policies

In cooperation with the IEA Secretariat and building on metrics and data identified in the Global Smart Grid Inventory and Smart Grid Case Studies Annexes, this work will analyze the benefits and costs of smart grid technologies, practices, and systems, from both top-down and bottom-up perspectives. From these analyses, toolkits will be developed to inform smart grid policy at global, regional, national, and/or sub-national levels and deployment priorities at project- and utility-scales.

Results could be used to develop specific business cases, taking into account specific regulatory and market structures, as well as current system status, available generation assets and resources and demand profiles. Regulators, utilities and other electricity system stakeholders could use these toolkits to define and decide on system needs and priorities for smart grid system investment and regulatory changes. This work will include the assessment and modification of existing benefit-cost analytical tools as well as the development of new tools. The approach will likely be based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and will consider also methodologies and rules to transpose the experience gained in a particular smart grids development context to other boundary conditions.

Work structure

  • Task 1: Assess Current Network Maturity Model and Update data
    • Subtask 1.1: Trial application of two network maturity analysis tools and results discussion
    • Subtask 1.2: Development of the questionnaire for the assessment of the level of smartness of
      transmission and distribution networks
  • Task 2: Analyze Current Benefit-Cost Analytical Methodologies and Tools
    • Subtask 2.1: Analyzing benchmark benefit-cost frameworks and tools
    • Subtask 2.2: Model research to overcome limit of current BCA frameworks and tools
  • Task 3: Develop Toolkits to Evaluate Benefit-Costs
    • Subtask 3.1: Development of Simplified cost-benefits analysis tool
    • Subtask 3.2: Technical Analysis of current BCA took-kit and Modification of Simplified tool-kit

Published documents from Annex 3 are found here:

Operating Agent


Fabrizio Pilo

University of Cagliari (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

[Lead] ItalyRussia
AustriaSouth Africa
European CommissionSpain
Republic of KoreaUnited States

read more

December 20, 2017

Testing Labs

SIRFN - Smart Grid International Research Facility Network SIRFN evaluates pre-competitive technologies and systems approaches in a wide range of Smart Grids implementation use cases and geographies using common testing procedures.  Data from these tests will be made publicly available to the Smart Grids community to accelerate the development of Smart Grids technologies and systems, and enabling policies.

Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN)

SIRFN will give participating countries the ability to evaluate pre-competitive technologies and systems approaches in a wide range of smart grid implementation use cases and geographies using common testing procedures. Research test-bed facilities will be selected based on their complementary capabilities to conduct specialized, controlled laboratory evaluations of integrated smart grid technologies including cyber security, plug-in hybrid integration, load management, automated metering infrastructure, protection, network sensing, energy management, renewable energy integration and similar applications. In this way, research within each individual member country will derive the value of the unique capabilities and environments of the other partner nations. Data from these tests will be made available to all SIRFN participants to accelerate the development of smart grid technologies and systems, and enabling policies.

Published documents from Annex 5 are found here:

Operating Agent


Philipp Strauss


Diana Strauss-Mincu


[Lead] United StatesIndia
DenmarkRepublic of Korea
European CommissionSpain
FranceThe Netherlands

read more

October 8, 2018

ISGAN Annual Report 2017

Implementing Agreement for a Co-Operative Programme on Smart Grids. Annual Report 2017 for the period from March 1st 2017 to February 28th, 2018

Key Achievements in 2017

• Being a CEM initiative and IEA TCP, ISGAN continues to be a trusted partner and a center of expertise for
a growing number of Smart Grid-related activities and events, such as India Smart Grid Week and the
European Utility Week.
• A workshop on “Smart Grids Transitions – System Solutions and Consumer Behavior” and corresponding
conference and dialogue sessions on socio-economic framework conditions for the replication of Smart
Grid solutions were organized at the 8th International Sustainability Transition Conference Gothenburg,
Sweden, in June 2017.
• ISGAN has co-hosted several webinars with the Clean Energy Solutions Center and co-organized highly
recognized public workshops, such as “Building the Flexible Power Systems” in Genk, Belgium in September
2017, co-hosted by Belgium’s FPS Economy, SME, Self-Employed and Energy and EnergyVille, and
supported by the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF).
• ISGAN’s Annex 2 conducted a successful knowledge transfer project (KTP) workshop during the 14th
meeting of the Executive Committee in Genk, Belgium, in September 2017. The hands-on workshop
caused a great interest among the ISGAN community and secured plans for future workshop editions (see
Highlight on page 15).
• In partnership with India’s Ministry of Power, Powergrid Corporation of India, Ltd, and Central Power Research
Institute, two ISGAN working groups organized a knowledge exchange event in Bangalore, India
in November 2017. The event brought together leading Indian and international participants from public
and private sectors as well as from academia. The experts exchanged best practices on catalyzing Smart
Grid developments in the area of local grids, especially focusing on the integration of distributed renewable
energy sources and deployment of microgrids.
• ISGAN’s working group on power transmission and distribution systems (Annex 6) supported knowledge
sharing on opportunities for more flexible electricity grids through its discussion papers on system efficiency
and a single marketplace for flexibility.
• ISGAN’s working group on cost-benefit analyses and toolkits (Annex 3) completed its assessment of cost
benefit analysis (CBA) applied to large-scale Smart Grids projects. It defined new metrics to properly
consider asymmetrically shared impacts and benefits and developed a new tool based on a combination of
multi-criteria analysis (MCA) and CBA.
• The ISGAN Academy (Annex8) has been launching new webinars on Smart Grids topics presented by leading
experts in the field every few months.

read more

October 15, 2018

16th Executive Committee Of The International Smart Grid Action Network – Vienna, 15-19 October 2018

It is with great pleasure that the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) invites you to the 16th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place 15-17 October 2018, in Vienna (Austria).

It is with great pleasure that the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) invites the members of the Executive Committee and the Annex-Operating Agents to the 16th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place 15-17 October 2018, in Vienna (Austria).

Following the Executive Committee meeting, you can participate in the International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED 2018), taking place 17-19 October, as well as the new edition of the Knowledge Transfer (KTP) Workshop (October 18, afternoon – October 19, morning), which you are kindly invited to.

All Members of the Executive Committee and Annex-Operating Agents are asked to register for the ExCo meeting and for a reduced registration for IRED2018 in the for below. Please note that you need to create an account first and can then choose for which events to register for.

(Registration option closed)

read more

May 30, 2019

Knowledge Exchange on Experimental (Regulatory) Sandboxes to Enable Smart Grid Deployment

Experimental (Regulatory) Sandboxes for Smart Grid Transitions has been the focus for a major ISGAN inter-Annex knowledge exchange initiative in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), with...

The project was part of a broader scope of activities ISGAN is undertaking along with partner organizations to advance international dialogue around good practices and new approaches for innovative market and power system design needed to catalyze smart grid investments.

The ISGAN Sandbox initiative included a number of mutually supporting activities, all designed to support capacity building, share international experiences and co-create ideas in regard to this relatively new but key topic for the future energy systems and smart grid community. The initiative built on the successful ISGAN Knowledge Transfer Project approach and involved a major interactive knowledge sharing workshop, held during the Stockholm Smart Grid week, in conjunction with the 17th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting.

An ISGAN Academy Webinar is arranged on June 12th, 15.00 (CEST) to share and discuss the results of the project further.

Key project results include (see downloads below):

  • ISGAN Policy Messages on Sandboxes to the Clean Energy Ministerial
  • ISGAN Casebook including examples from seven countries: “Innovative Regulatory Approaches with Focus on Experimental Sandboxes”

For more information, please contact Magnus Olofsson, ISGAN Annex 2:

read more

May 30, 2019

Casebook on Innovative Regulatory Approaches with Focus on Experimental Sandboxes

...– Boosting Global Smart Grid Deployment (23 May 2018) and the following Annex and inter-annex meetings. In these discussions, market regulation was repeatedly identified as a key topic for further...

This casebook provides detailed information on planned or implemented Sandbox Programs for Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. An overview of the previously well documented program in the UK is provided as well.

Hawaii is included as an example of another form of regulatory experimentation. In this case, one US state is experimenting with a performance-based method for tariffs which, if successful, can be rolled out as a regulatory innovation to other US states or other countries. The main focus of the casebook however is laid on experimenting to achieve the above mentioned innovation goals by means of sandbox projects.

read more

March 22, 2019

Flexibility In Future Power Systems

Power system flexibility: the ability to manage change

Solutions providing advances in flexibility are of utmost importance for the future power system.
However, flexibility is not a unified term and is lacking a commonly accepted definition. The flexibility term is used as an umbrella covering various needs and aspects in the power system which complicates the discussion on flexibility and craves for differentiation to enhance clarity.

ISGAN Annex 6 has dedicated an activity on flexibility with the intention to support an increased understanding of the flexibility concept, proposing categorisation of flexibility needs in the power system.


  • In the discussion paper (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.22580.71047), the full report is provided from this activity, including description of the flexibility categories: Flexibility for Power, Flexibility for Energy, Flexibility for Transfer Capacity, and Flexibility for Voltage.



  • A poster including intermediate results were presented at the 8th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED) in Vienna in October 2018.

read more

May 28, 2015

Spotlight on Smart and Strong Electric Power Infrastructure – Summary

This paper summarize a number of smart-grid cases from the case book within ISGAN Annex 6: Power T&D Systems....

The case book Spotlight on Smart and Strong Power T&D Infrastructure spotlights a number of projects sharing best practice in how to meet the challenge to develop the electricity network to become stronger and smarter using different approaches.

For example how:

  • Existing and new AC power transmission lines can carry more power by the use of smart technologies such as WAMS and Synchrophasors.
  • HVDC lines with Voltage Source Converters can be used for interconnectors that also support the existing grid e.g. by avoiding voltage collapse.
  •  The use of smart voltage control concepts can increase the hosting capacity for distributed energy resources

read more

December 20, 2017


Global Smart Grid Inventory Identify gaps, opportunities, synergies among smart grid activities and programmes. Catalogue the wide range of smart grid activities underway, mapping the actual activities against the drivers and interests.

Global Smart Grid Inventory (Completed)

Many participating ISGAN countries are already developing, demonstrating, testing, and deploying smart grid technologies and systems, drafting policies and implementing regulations to advance smart grids, assessing current and projected transmission and delivery infrastructure needs, evaluating demand-side practices, and measuring other aspects of smart grids. In addition, many bilateral and regional cooperative efforts have been launched featuring smart grid as a significant or principal focus. The objective of this activity is to identify countries’ specific motivating drivers for pursuing smart grids, catalogue the wide range of smart grid activities underway, and collect and organize the wealth of experience being generated into a resource available first to ISGAN Participants and then a global audience. The ENARD Implementing Agreement has already started similar inventory work, through its Annex V, recently launched. Thus, close coordination will be sought with that and other relevant inventory efforts. It is expected that all signatories will contribute data and information to this Annex.

Operating Agent


Paul Wang


[Lead] United StatesItaly
BelgiumRepublic of Korea
CanadaThe Netherlands
European CommissionSingapore

read more

February 27, 2017

Spotlight on Smart and Strong Power T&D Infrastructure

This case book, prepared by ISGAN Annex 6 (Power T&D System), is a result of a comprehensive process of surveying, analysing and discussing important achievements in the application of smart...

The case book Spotlight on Smart and Strong Power T&D Infrastructure highlights experiences of countries in different parts of the world, as they performed transmission and distribution projects on their electrical systems. The projects illustrate a wide range of applications, solutions, and technologies that were used to meet the challenges that various countries were facing. Many of the projects focused on the need to manage the integration of large amounts of renewable and often intermittent energy sources.

Additional projects will be added progressively in future editions of the case book.

The first edition of the case book was published in 2015. It includes eight cases, based on information collected during 2014 and 2015.

The second edition was published in 2016 and contains an aditional five cases. Case book summaries in Spanish and English are provided for the second edition .


read more