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The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) was launched at the first Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a meeting of government ministers and stakeholders from 23 countries and the European Union which was held in Washington, D.C on July 19th and 20th, 2010. The CEM focused high level attention and commitment to concrete steps—both policies and programs—that accelerate the global transition to clean energy. The Ministerial was an outgrowth of the agreement at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) in L’Aquila, Italy in July 2009, where countries agreed to collaborate on advancing clean energy technologies.
ISGAN implements a high-priority recommendation in the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Global Partnership’s Smart Grids Technology Action Plan and is being developed by the two co-leads on the Plan, Korea and Italy, along with the United States, with broad membership anticipated among major economies and other smart grids innovators.
ISGAN is meant to complement, leverage, and bolster existing or nascent international efforts on smart grid through high-level government-to-government engagement. It will consult often with smart grid stakeholders and institutions and, when needed, will support closer targeted collaboration. In particular, a number of existing or proposed international institutions are working on matters of great relevance to ISGAN. Whenever possible, ISGAN will seek to engage these groups so as to maximize synergies and avoid duplication. A couple examples of these organizations include the IEA, which is coordinating with more than 10 implementing agreements that address different elements of smart grids and Global Smart Grid Federation, which brings together the intellectual capital of private sector smart grid organizations from around the world.