May 29, 2019


ISGAN and Mission Innovation (MI) Innovation Challenge 1 on smart grids (IC1)

are co-organizing the joint 1st CEM ISGAN―MI IC1 forum on “Cooperation to Accelerate Smart Grid Market Uptake,” (see draft agenda), a full-day CEM10/MI-4 side event on May 29, 2019 at the Vancouver convention centre where Ministers from over 25 countries will gather to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future.

This represents an initial tangible outcome of the increased cooperation between the two initiatives as per the letter of intent signed on November 2018 in Rome, as well as the joint fact sheets on energy storage and flexibility options to be released at this event.


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May 23, 2019


Webinar: Outcomes of the ISGAN Knowledge Exchange Project on experimental (regulatory) sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment

Experimental 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), involving more than 20 countries, with the purpose of identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice in regard to the design and implementation of such innovative policy instruments. This webinar will disseminate and discuss the outcomes of this project.

12 Jun 2019 @ 15:00 CEST
(check your local time)
Duration: 1h

This webinar will present:

  • ISGAN knowledge transfer projects approach
  • Regulatory Sandbox definition and application to Smart Grid technologies
  • Reference to relevant case studies, compiled in the ISGAN Casebook on Experimental Sandboxes
  • The main results of a knowledge exchange project on experimental (regulatory) sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment.
  • Key policy messages resulting from this project to be presented in the Clean Energy Ministerial event in Vancouver in May 2019.
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May 15, 2019


Steering our energy future

Making our power system fit for variable renewables - The side event of InnoGrid 2019 will focus on the recent developments and innovations undertaken by network planners and regulatory bodies to increase coordination and control of interconnected systems and markets on the global scale.

(see also: http://www.iea-isgan.org/innogrid2020/)

The large scale influx of variable generation is a challenge for the entire power system, especially in a context where large storage possibilities still remain economically unviable. Securing network stability becomes increasingly difficult because of increased volatility and growing numbers of unscheduled flows and the importance of existing paradigms seem to be fading. The electrification of society on the other hand adds to the socio-economic impact and the political sensitivity of a disruption of power supply. Policy makers and network operators therefore look at global grid solutions to better forecast and steer power flows:

  • Technological options to increase their knowledge about the real-time status of their network (e.g. WAMS) and to manage power flows (e.g. FACTS, PSTs & HVDC)
  • Increased coordination with other network operators, both at the TSO and DSO level.
  • Improved modelling and forecasting tools for all relevant time horizons, as well as discussing alternative safety standards in order to improve system control and network planning
  • Improved market design to attract the necessary system flexibility.

 

We also ask the question where there are limits of conflicts in the amount of interconnections and where there could be more need for local solutions, including small scale energy innovations and local market solutions that lead to the development of smarter local grids. From an international perspective we try to critically access whether these 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.

The International Smart Grids Action Network (ISGAN) has been focusing through Annex 6 (Power Transmission and Distribution Systems) 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. In the interactive workshop  we will disseminate the conclusions of existing ISGAN activities on these topics, have presentations and discussions on innovative developments. This workshop should thus contribute to better focus the ISGAN activities in order for them to have impact on energy policy and ensure to deliver clear and relevant policy messages.


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April 25, 2019


Webinar: Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Energy Services

Along with rapid EV uptake will come significant increase in electricity demand and electric power impact on the grid as public, private, and fast-charging infrastructure is developed. The ability to control and plan for the coming EV revolution will be crucial to ensuring the security of supply of global electric grids while weaning the transportation sector off of fossil fuels.

Additional trends of increasing penetration of distributed energy resources and energy storage acting in bi-directional operation paired with greater communication capabilities (i.e. the “Smart Grid”), will enable more intelligent charge control and greater integration of electric vehicles. The topic of this ISGAN webinar is on the coming Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) paradigm and its impact on the developing smart grid. While PHEVs and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will also play an important role, the focus of this webinar will be on fully battery electric vehicles due to the energy and power capacity requirements of V2X. We will cover three main areas of interest: the grid impacts of EV integration, an explanation of the V2X paradigm, and a review of regulatory issues associated with V2X.

25 Apr 2019 @ 14:00 CEST
(check your local time)
Duration: 1h

V2X is an umbrella term to explain the use of Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries to provide energy services and derive additional value from the battery asset during times of non-use. V2X services aim to generate revenue from the battery asset through dynamic or bi-directional charge control to provide benefits to the electric grid or to reduce/flatten/shift peak energy consumption of buildings and can be classified in the following operating modes:

· Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G): Using an EV battery to interact with/provide value to the electric grid
· Vehicle-to Building (V2B): Operating EV batteries to optimize building energy consumption
· Vehicle-to-Home (V2H): Optimizing home energy consumption or as emergency back-up power
· Vehicle-to-Load (V2L): Any other instance of an EV battery providing energy to a load


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April 2, 2019


The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy

The event will focus on international experiences and lessons learned, with emphasis on the importance of market design in relation to the following key aspects of power systems transformation and smart grid development;

 

Date and time: 2 April 2019, 9:00–16:30
Place: Clarion Sign Hotel, Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm, Sweden

 

  • New market opportunities enabled by digitalization of the power sector
  • Flexibility and power system interaction and optimization leveraged by smart grid solutions
  • Innovative regulatory approaches to advance smart grids deployment with focus on experimental sandboxes

 

For online registration and further information, please follow the link


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April 1, 2019


ISGAN Knowledge Exchange Project on Experimental Sandboxes

ISGAN, in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum is organizing an in-depth knowledge exchange initiative on models for experimental/regulatory sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment.

The objective of the project is to take concrete steps forward in regard to identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice related to the design and implementation of regulatory sandboxes. With this knowledge countries are better placed to create conditions favourable to smart grid investment and deployment. This project is part of a broader scope of activities ISGAN is undertaking along with partner organizations to advance the international dialogue around good practices and new approaches for innovative market and power system design needed to catalyze smart grid investments.

As part of this initiative, ISGAN is gathering smart grid experts from the regulatory, policy making and research communities to participate in a deep-dive international dialogue taking place in conjunction with the ISGAN 17th Executive Committee meeting, during the Stockholm Smart Grid week, 1-5 April 2019.

To learn more, please contact Dr. Magnus Olofsson at magnus.olofsson@energiinstitutet.se.


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April 1, 2019


17th Executive Committee Of the International Smart Grid Action Network – Stockholm, April 1-5, 2019

It is with great pleasure that the Swedish Energy Agency invites you to the 17th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place April 3-5, 2019, in Stockholm and Älvkarleby (Sweden).

 

Prior to the Executive Committee meeting, April 2nd, 2019, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Smartgrid Forum would like to invite you to the international public workshop “The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy”, which will focus on international experiences and lessons learned in relation to several key aspects of power systems transformation, market design and smart grid development. Please find more information in the brochure attached.

 

On April 1st, 2019,  you are further cordially invited to attend a full-day Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) eventon on experimental sandboxes to enable Smart Grid deployment as well as a preparatory workshop for Mission Innovation IC#1 and ISGAN event at CEM10.

 

To assist you in the planning of your travel, please find attached a first draft of the information package. The agendas of the events and more information on how to register will follow soon.

 

For any enquiry regarding the ISGAN ExCo meeting, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at ISGAN@ait.ac.at.

 

We urge participants that need a visa to enter the Schengen zone to start the application process as soon as possible. If you need a formal letter of invitation, please contact the Swedish Energy Agency, Senja Nordström senja.nordstrom@energimyndigheten.se

 


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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 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

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’.


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India Smart Grid Forum has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) since 2015. The 4 edition of ISGW was held from 05 to 09 March 2018. From the overwhelming feedbacks we received, ISGW 2018 was an astounding success, attended by over 2200+ delegates and 245 speakers from 38 countries.

With the appreciation and motivation received from our stakeholders we are expanding the horizons of ISGW. With the inclusion of Gas Distribution and Water Distribution Utilities which are equally relevant in the Smart City domain, we are transforming the India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) to India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) in 2019. We are happy to announce that we have finalised 12 – 16 March 2019 as the dates for ISUW 2019.

ISUW 2019 will be organised as an International Conference and Exhibition that will cover key components of Smart Cities including Smart Grids,Smart Water and Smart City Gas Distribution. ISUW 2019 will bring together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Policy Makers, regulators, Investors and world’s top notch experts and researchers on above domains to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart utilities and smart cities domains. ISUW 2019 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, keynotes, and technical sessions.

For more details visit www.isuw.in


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February 20, 2019


Webinar: How to Replicate solutions for the flexibility challenge? ReFlex Guidebook presentation

This webinar provides guidance on characteristics and specificities of replication of Flexibility Use-Cases aimed at end-user’s services, supply side services, infrastructure modifications and direct energy storage. It highlights insights from the forthcoming ReFlex Replicability-Guidebook, drawing on the learning experience form ReFlex partners’ 8 demo sites in 4 countries (AT, CH, DE and SE) and a comprehensive socio-technical replicability concept, including the levels of technical functionality, market institutions and regulation, social and political practices, social networks and micro- and macro-economy.

20 Feb 2019 @ 14:00 CET
(check your local time)
Duration: 1h

The webinar highlights insights from the forthcoming ReFlex Replicability-Guidebook, drawing on the learning experience form ReFlex partners’ 8 demo sites in 4 countries (AT, CH, DE and SE) and a comprehensive socio-technical replicability concept, including the levels of technical functionality, market institutions and regulation, social and political practices, social networks and micro- and macro-economy.

The ReFlex-Guidebook include 4 Use-Cases. We will outline which socio-technical context factors are to be looked at before prospective replication projects are planned and implemented. The webinar will provide a checklist and information on some tools to support demo regions and the wider group of stakeholders in smart grid and smart energy system in co-creating and advancing their smart grid initiatives and replication projects.

Dr. Enrique Kremers
Dr. Klaus Kubeczko                                                    Dr. Enrique Kremers

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