October 18, 2020

Webinar: INTERPRETER – Flexibility needs at system level

Introduction to flexibility solutions, which can be used to increase efficiency in power systems. The solutions considered for the webinar are network level solutions. This introduction is followed by the presentation of FlexPlan and CoordiNet as example of RD&I projects where flexibility solutions are being developed to change the power system landscape.

6th Nov 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

Academy members, from the power systems area and industry players also from power systems including TSOs, DSOs, policy makers, regulators, research centers and associations focused in grid management and grid planning.  


Key messages:

Flexibility plays a key-role in the decarbonisation of power systems (e.g. by promoting the integration of DER or enabling new TSO/DSO coordination strategies) and RD&I projects contribute to the European leadership in the power system industry by developing related solutions. 

INTERPRETER will develop an open-source interoperable grid management solution consisting of a set of 10 software applications for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid, with a special focus on the distribution network. 

FlexPlan aims at establishing a new grid planning methodology considering the opportunity to introduce new storage and flexibility resources in electricity transmission and distribution grids as an alternative to building new grid elements. 

CoordiNet aims to demonstrate how DSOs and TSOs by acting in a coordinated manner can provide favourable cooperation conditions to all actors while removing barriers to participation for customers and small market players connected to distribution networks 


Nuno Amaro                                Gianluigi Migliavacca                                  José Pablo Chaves

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October 5, 2020

IEA ISGAN releases it’s Public Annual Report 2019

The Annual Report 2019 provides an overview of ISGAN’s ongoing research activities and main achievements towards Smart Grid development and deployment to ensure a reliable, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable electricity system as the cornerstone of a modern society.

ISGAN proudly looks back at numerous highlights and achievements in 2019. The activities of ISGAN are organized in Annexes. In contrast to other IEA TCPs, these Annexes are standing working groups that continuously work on Smart Grids-related topics and regularly update their plans and objectives for the upcoming year at the spring meetings of the Executive Committee.

Of particular importance were events and workshops which attracted a very high level of interest both within ISGAN and externally.

  • Activities during CEM 10
    • ISGAN and Mission Innovation (MI) Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids (IC1) co-organized the first joint CEM/ISGAN/MI IC1 forum on Cooperation to Accelerate Smart Grid Market Uptake , a full-day  CEM10/MI-4 side event on 29 May 2019 at the Vancouver convention center. There, ministers from over 25 countries gathered to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future.
    • Award ceremony announcing the winning project of the 2019 ISGAN Award of Excellence.
  • Highly recognized public workshops back-to-back with ExCo meetings
    • Stockholm: Public Workshop in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum: “The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy”, 2 April 2019.
    • Stockholm: Interdisciplinary workshop with IEA DHC TS3 and ISGAN
    • Montreux: Public Workshop “Needs, challenges and opportunities of TSO-DSO coordination”
    • Montreux: Open workshop “EERA Smart Grid/SIRFN workshop”
    • Annex 6: Open workshop “Micro vs MEGA grids – trends influencing the development of the power system
  • Thematic knowledge exchange events (KTP)
    • Experimental Sandboxes for Smart Grids, Stockholm, 2019, in cooperation with the Swedish Smart Grids Forum and ICER International Confederation of Energy Regulators. This event was cooperatively organized by ISGAN Annexes 2, 4, 7 and 8.
    • Focus on upscaling, Montreux, 2019. This project was the third in the series of KTP workshops concerning public funding. It was organized by Annex 2 and 4.
  • Development of a communication strategy and action plan
  • Public Support to Smart Grid RD&I
  • Development of a web-based tool using a combination of CBA and multi-criteria analysis

More details on ISGAN activities in the past year can be read in the full report available online and in print versions.


This report was prepared by the Secretariat of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN). ISGAN is organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids and operates under the framework of Technology Collaboration Programmes created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of any of ISGAN’s participants, any of their sponsoring governments or organizations, the IEA Secretariat, or any of its member countries. No warranty is ex-pressed or implied, no legal liability or responsibility assumed for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, and no representation made that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring.


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ISGAN and PSF reinforce their commitment to collaborate to accelerate smart digital power infrastructure


The first ISGAN-PSF joint workshop “A Holistic Approach to Low Emission Energy Systems through the Sector Integration”, took place as an official pre-event of the CEM11/MI-5 Ministerial meeting on Wednesday 16 September.

This workshop benefited from the participation of key contributors, including Mr. Juan Carlos Jobet (Minister of Energy, Chile), Mr. Gilberto Dialuce (Director-General, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy), Mr. Keisuke Sadamori (Office for Energy Market and Security Director, International Energy Agency), and Mrs. Anne Vadasz Nilsson (Chairman, Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate), who gathered with delegates from governments and industries to express their thoughts, opinions, and perspectives in a collaborative environment for advancing digitalization and new technologies for enhancing power system flexibility.

Mr. Luciano Martini, Chair of ISGAN, and Mr. Enrique Gutierrez, Operating Agent of PSF, announced the strong cooperation of the initiatives they represent, targeting the development of innovation on flexibility, digitalization, regulatory frameworks, and market design of the future smart grids.

The release of the first report as an outcome from the initial activity of the Horizontal Accelerator on EV-power system integration, an initiative actively involving four CEM work streams, was announced during their speech, including its important political messages. A fireside chat involving key speakers from around the world took place, which focused on the role of innovations in market design, regulation, and digitalization in unlocking modern technologies for power system flexibility.

During the event, ISGAN Awards 2020 ceremony was held, celebrating the Global Excellence in Smart Grid Projects with a special focus on “Digitalization Enabling Consumer Empowerment”. Mr. Koyama Masaomi (Director-General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) presented the ISGAN Award to the winning projects.

You can watch the video of the entire event here:



Moreover, a short summary video clip of this event is available here:


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On behalf of the CEM11 pre-event organizers (ISGAN and PSF), we invite you to the ISGAN-PSF joint workshop “A holistic approach to low emission energy systems through the sector integration” on Wednesday 16 September, 14:30 – 16:00 CET (15:30 -17:00 Riyadh).

Clean Energy Ministerial 11 (CEM11) hosted this year by Saudi Arabia, will be entirely virtual and open to all via live webcast.

This workshop will bring together ongoing and upcoming CEM work from various perspectives, looking at power system integration enabled by digitalization and new technologies for power system flexibility – such as electric mobility and distributed storage. The focus of the discussion will be on key policy support, including market design, multi-stakeholder coordination, cross-sectoral approaches. From CEM, this includes the Power System Flexibility Campaign, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the work of the Horizontal Accelerator for EV Integration. Also, during the event, the winning projects of the Sixth ISGAN Award of Excellence will be announced. (Please find more details in the attached PDF file.)

* How to join the event:

Please visit the CEM11-MI5 event website and register www.cem-mi-saudi2020.sa. You will be sent an access code the platform which will let you log in to the virtual conference, select your avatar to wander around the virtual venue, go to the chat room to network, and go to your side event room.

The session will be broadcast live through this link also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS6IyRgUutY&feature=youtu.be 


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September 8, 2020

Online workshop “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols”

IEA-ISGAN invites you to the online seminar on "Testing Methods and Certification Protocols", which will take place on October 15th, 2020. The “Smart Grid International Research Facility Network - SIRFN” is a sub-programme of the “International Smart Grid Action Network - ISGAN” and will present its advanced work on testing and validation of Smart Grid systems. The online seminar will include automated testing of distributed generators, holistic validation considerations of energy systems, validations procedures of Microgrid functions and modern laboratory testing technologies.

Online workshop “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols”

Will take place on 15 October 2020.

SIRFN will present its advanced work on testing and validation of smart grid systems. The following topics will be covered:

  • automated testing of distributed generators
  • holistic validation considerations of energy systems
  • validations procedures of microgrid functions
  • modern laboratory testing technologies.

Further information about the event will be distributed to the registered persons shortly before the event.
For all enquiries regarding the event, please contact sirfn[at]der-lab.net.

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September 8, 2020

Webinar: FlexPlan project

Storage and flexible exercise of big industrial and tertiary loads can be an alternative to plan the build-up of new lines. However, a new methodology is necessary in order to assess the best grid planning strategy, in term of an analysis of techno-economic optimum in the system perspective. There are strong regulatory signals prompting European system operators to consider flexible resources as a new important active subject in the grid expansion planning process for the system operators. Despite considerable efforts from ENTSO-E to develop common methodologic principles, there are still several missing elements in the puzzle. On some issues there is a clear disagreement between TSOs and DSOs, like for example costs allocation principles. Regarding the evolution of roles and responsibilities, in a 10-20 years' timeframe it is likely that TSOs will remain responsible for system balancing and congestion management in their respective networks, while DSOs will be allowed to deal with congestion in their own distribution network. Meanwhile the European Commission has started the formalisation process of several new business actors, including so-called Citizens Energy Communities. The introduction of these new actors could change the landscape and roles/procedures applied both in the planning and in the operation phases.

When: 9 Sep 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

Targeted audience: Policy makers, grid operators (TSO, DSO), junior engineers and students, senior engineers.


Gianluigi Migliavacca (RSE)                             Andrei Morch (SINTEF)

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August 10, 2020

A guide to the implementation of Integrid smart grid functions in future networks

The replication roadmap, developed within the InteGrid project, is based on the outcomes of the collaboration between system operators, service providers, regulators and customers has ensured that all stakeholders, along with each of their respective objectives, are accounted for, such that a holistic approach is achieved. The roadmap incorporates a set of guidelines and bests practices which are based on the outcomes of the lessons learned in order to ensure that potential risks are mitigated and that a successful endeavour is achieved. These recommendations ensure that all stakeholders are able to achieve a common objective in a fast, efficient and ‘easy to follow’ approach. More specifically, this roadmap will facilitate various stakeholders such as network owners, aggregators and flexibility owners with respect to the process required to select, plan and implement the smart grid functions and tools that have been developed within InteGrid.

Download the Roadmap Brochure here.

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July 15, 2020

ISGAN and ETIP SNET join forces to promote the energy transition

ISGAN and ETIP SNET sign an MoU to cooperate on common fields of research and innovation areas related to smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world On 7th July, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to raise awareness of the innovation needs of the energy system and help foster collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst their stakeholders

Specifically, the partnership seeks to: 

  • exchange in a structured way the respective knowledge-base, in order to grasp greater awareness of the needs of energy system’s final users and society at large, from diverse geographic perspectives;
  • promote more efficient efforts in technical-scientific R&D, targeting both short- and long-term solutions for power system stakeholders and customers;
  • facilitate insights of present energy transition and forthcoming global trends, for shaping the future of energy systems effectively integrating new technologies, processes and services;
  • to support the respective Working Groups with experts’ contributions, through sharing state-of-the-art advancements in policy approaches, technologies and processes;
  • elaborate joint deliverables on topics of common interest, with the aim to enrich the Smart Grid progress.

With ETIP SNET’s pan-European footprint, a wide stakeholder representation including industry associations (grid operators, utilities and storage, manufacturers, ICT providers) and a technical-scientific orientation to R&D planning and monitoring in the wide area of energy systems and ISGAN’s international footprint spanning all continents and a mainly public membership base (governmental energy agencies, Research Centers and Universities) it is foreseen that a fruitful cooperation can be achieved in several areas including: Flexibility and resilience in power systems, High variable RES and DER integration, Integration among power system and other energy sectors, Holistic grids architectures, grid developments and system planning, Smart grids operations and economics, Digitalization and interoperability of smart grids components and processes, TSO-DSO coordination in operation and planning and Data exchange architecture, protocols, and cybersecurity.

For more information on ETIP SNET please visit: https://www.etip-snet.eu/

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June 12, 2020

19th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo19)

A highly successful meeting of the ISGAN Executive Committee took place from 19-20 May 2020, premiering as an online meeting due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A special thank you goes to German ExCo representative, Ralf Eickhoff, for his efforts in organizing a physical meeting in Berlin. Unfortunately, ISGAN was forced to cancel the physical 19th ExCo meeting planned for March 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe.

However, ISGAN succeeded in finding a quick solution and hosted a first web meeting on 24 March, where the most urgent matters were discussed. The 19th ExCo meeting itself took place in the form of a two-day online meeting on 19-20 May 2020.

ISGAN welcomed to the meeting the new Head of Secretariat for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Dan Dorner, and wishes him success in his new position.

The Operating Agents of the active Annexes reported to the ISGAN Executive Committee on the progress of ongoing work and planned activities.

  • Annex2: Case Books dedicated to outstanding smart grid applications
  • Annex 3: Tools for the assessment of present smartness of electricity networks
  • Annex 4: Organization of knowledge, key issues, insightful analysis for decision makers
  • Annex 5: SIRFN . Smart grid research and testing facilities, test beds and protocols
  • Annex 6: Improve understanding of smart grid technologies
  • Annex 7: Governance and socio-technical issues associated with smart grids deployment
  • Annex 8: ISGAN Academy – Continuous training on technical skills and updates in the field of smart grids

Regarding ISGAN’s strategy and work programme for 2020 and beyond, Iliana Cardenes, leader of the Incubator Team, and Andrew Stokes presented the results of their work. The main finding is that there is high interest for a new activity within ISGAN, focussed on joint markets and flexibility.

The main achievements of the ExCo19 meeting are:

  • The Executive Committee agreed to the extension of the primary ISGAN theme of flexibility and the supporting themes of digitalization, resilience and interoperability through FY 2020.
  • Several activities are planned in order to update ISGAN’s strategy and structure for the Request for Extension (RfE) process:
    • Creation of a dedicated RfE team
    • Self-assessment of the existing Annexes and in-depth discussions in workshops
    • Continuation of the Incubator team exploring the interest and necessity for having a new Annex on flexibility markets within ISGAN

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May 15, 2020

micro vs MEGA trends

micro vs MEGA: trends influencing the development of the power system

micro and MEGA represent two trends which largely influence the decisions and the evolutionary process of power grids.

The trends are both aimed at enabling very high penetration of renewable energy sources
in the electric power system, from two perspectives:

  • micro focuses on local solutions, while
  • MEGA focuses on system or even intra-system wide solutions

ISGAN Annex 6 has dedicated an activity to study the micro and the MEGA trends, with the objective to present a critical assessment of these trends, based on the questions:

  • Does one trend outcompete the other?
  • Does increased investments from one perspective increase the need for investments
    from the other perspective?
  • To what extent can one perspective benefit from the other perspective?

The intention is not to proclaim one solution being superior to another, rather to provide well
informed insights to the needs of considering both perspectives during the planning
and decision-making process for the sustainable development of the wider energy

The outcome of this activity are communicated through publications, presentations and workshops, with contributions from a large number of parties:



  • Workshop and meeting in Montreux
    A highly successful event, gathering a total of 30 participants, with presentations (available here) from Italy, India, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
    The participants at these two meeting days have shown a high level of engagement and it has been highly valuable to learn from each other. In short, we can conclude that these meetings were very productive and successful in gathering a large amount of knowledge.

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May 14, 2020

Webinar – InteGrid Scalability and Replicability results & Replication Roadmap – 2nd of June, 2020

The results of the SRA from the InteGrid project are now available and in order to assist with the dissemination process, a stakeholder meeting will be conducted through a webinar on the 2nd of June, 2020. This meeting aims to share the outcomes of the SRA among international participants such that the results, lessons learned and replication roadmap from the project can be shared among a wide range of stakeholders.

Due to the increased penetration of renewable energy sources (RES), numerous DSOs are experiencing challenges such as network violations, reverse power flow and increased network instability. Various smart grid tools and functions have been developed in order to support the integration of these flexibilities for the planning and operations of electrical networks. The change in the energy paradigm also paves the way to the emergence of new actors (such as aggregators) and new behaviors (such as the active participation of prosumers or industrial customers), offering DSO plausible alternatives to costly network reinforcements when combined with proper operational tools. The pooling of the flexibility of loads or generators located in the distribution network through Virtual Power Plants (VPP) can also contribute significantly to the provision of new balancing services for Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Balancing Responsible Parties (BRP) which create a necessity for the DSO to validate and coordinate such operations. This enables the DSOs to become market facilitators. Advanced forecasting algorithms, such as predictive maintenance, traffic light systems (TLS) and load/RES forecasts, are receiving increased attention such that they can be integrated in real conditions by network operators. The smart grid functions developed and demonstrated in the InteGrid project falls within the scope of the two main use cases: Operational planning of medium-voltage (MV) distribution networks and Distributed monitoring and control of low-voltage (LV) networks.


Based on the implementation of these smart grid functions within the pilot projects located at three demo sites in Slovenia, Portugal and Sweden, the following key questions remains:


  • How will these functions perform during network conditions when there is an increase in RES within the network or when applied to different networks?
  • What will happen if in the future the quantity of RES is scaled-up significantly or if the solution is deployed in another network area with a high penetration of RES?
  • Is the performance of the smart tool affected by large scale-up implementation?
  • Is the telecommunication network infrastructure able to support the increase of renewables and still performs correctly?
  • What are the associated costs and their impact in future scenarios in such solutions?
  • Is the current regulation mature enough to enable new concepts and attract new business models, or does the regulation need to change drastically?


To answer these questions, it is fundamental for network operators and technology providers to assess the functional behavior of the tools before they are deployed at large scale within their networks. Therefore, it is necessary to perform a scalability and replicability analysis (SRA) which aims to analyse the impact of future scenarios applied to current networks by identifying potential drivers, barriers and constraints of such deployment. Therefore, the SRA aims to bridge the gap between the demonstration of a technical or business use case in a pilot project and a prior large-scale roll-out by network operators, independent aggregators or retailers, to ensure a correct performance.


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More info on INTEGRID project here.

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May 11, 2020

Webinar: Smart4RES – Data science for renewable energy prediction

The prediction of Renewable Energy Source (RES) production is a worldwide challenge for Smart Grids. In this webinar, you will learn next-generation solutions proposed by the European Project Smart4RES: • Future power system applications based on RES forecasting, • Innovative weather and RES forecasting products to increase performance by 10-20%.

5 jun 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

  • decision-makers from the energy sector and and the power system industry (operators of power systems, energy producers, market regulators, energy traders, etc.)
  • senior engineers with experience in renewable energy or statistics / data science.

Key messages of webinar:

  • Collaborative forecasts enable the distributed optimization of energy transactions by multiple actors of power systems, yielding value through data markets while preserving data privacy.
  • High-resolution forecasts give tailored information on the uncertainty of RES production sites, thanks to advanced weather predictions and cutting-edge data science.
  • Artificial Intelligence teams up with human expertise to exploit the big data available on RES production and power systems to optimize decision-making for market applications and grid management.
  • Synergies between RES and storage systems are optimized and validated in practice on various contexts, from a large RES power plant to an entire isolated power system.

George Kariniotakis                 Pierre Pinson

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April 29, 2020

Ground-breaking new collaboration involving four CEM work streams

The Clean Energy Ministerial Horizontal Accelerator for Power System Integration of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure is an innovative new mechanism strengthening the collaboration and capitalising on the synergies between four CEM workstreams involving the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) & the Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign. The CEM Horizontal Accelerator is a step towards developing a cross-sectoral and holistic approach to power system integration.

On 21-22 April 2020, the accelerator gathered some 70 international experts from 17 countries across four continents for a two-day interactive workshop on the theme Electric Vehicle and Power Systems Nexus: How to support large-scale adoption and effective integration? The COVID-19 called for arranging a virtual workshop. To enable interaction and knowledge exchange between experts ahead of, during and after the workshop as well as transparent project documentation of results, a digital open innovation platform was set up for use by all participants.

The Horizontal Accelerator represents a concerted effort to unify existing CEM workstreams to produce coherent analysis, conclusions and advice that leverage the singular expertise and outreach of each initiative and campaign. This focused and multi-disciplinary approach to EVs offers new insights into power system integration and sector coupling, guiding the development of a modern and integrated energy system of the future.

Project participants consist of a transdisciplinary group of international experts and sector stakeholders from different levels of government, research and industry with complementary knowledge and insights into the EV – power system nexus.

The insights from the workshop and complementary project activities are now being analysed by experts from the collaborating CEM work streams. The results from this first phase of the Horizontal Accelerator will be presented at the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting and will also inform the IEA-coordinated Global EV Outlook Report and the Status of Power System Transformation Report.

Clean Energy Ministerial, 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) , Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI),  Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign.

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April 24, 2020

Webinar: New business models for distribution grid stakeholders under high penetration of DER

In a context with high penetration of distributed energy resources, the smartening and digitalization of distribution grids enable unlocking the potential of distributed flexibilities. However, new business models are necessary to make this a reality. This webinar will explore some of these new business models, with a focus on four main agents, namely DSOs, aggregators, end-users, and data service providers. The challenges and opportunities for these stakeholders are discussed, with an emphasis on perspective of the DSO as neutral market facilitator and distribution system optimizer. The work presented in this webinar is part of the European H2020 project Integrid (https://integrid-h2020.eu/).

May 19, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

The webinar mainly targets DSOs, and potential flexibility providers (VPPs, aggregators, flexible consumers), but it is also relevant to all other stakeholders with an interest in the topics of smart distribution grids, local flexibility services and aggregation. These includes, but is not limited to: regulators, academics and researchers on these topics, retailers, or software and data service providers.

Key messages:
• New business models and solutions are necessary to unlock the full potential of distributed flexibilities and metering data.
• These business models open both new challenges and opportunities for several stakeholders such as DSOs, end-users, aggregators or data service providers.
• The DSO in particular will have a central role as market facilititator and system optimizer.


Ricardo Prata                             Rafael Cossent                          Ricardo Bessa

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March 21, 2020

Webinar. Assessment of smart grid initiatives: the ISGAN smartgrideval toolkit

Smart grid initiatives have grown the complexity of planning activities, the related wide-range impacts require broad approaches for being properly accounted. The webinar analyses current practices and use cases of the assessment approaches. The advantages of combining Cost-Benefit and Multi-Criteria analyses are presented. A tutorial on the smartgrideval software developed as a part of ISGAN activities is provided.

Apr 23, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

Smart grid initiatives generate wide range impacts which are not captured by the traditional monetary analysis.

Broader and more general assessment tools are required for estimating the actual smart grid potential.

The use of an approach which combines the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the monetary impacts and the Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) for non-monetary impacts is promising to increase the accuracy of the assessment of smart grid initiatives.

As a part of ISGAN activities, the smartgrideval software is proposed a as decision support tool in the context of smart grid assessment.

photo of Fabrizio Pilo photo of Matteo Troncia

Fabrizio Pilo                 Matteo Troncia

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March 11, 2020

POSTPONED => ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo19) in 2020 / Berlin

In reference to the latest developments of the Coronavirus risk assessment and outbreaks across the world ISGAN Presidium would like to inform on the situation regarding the ExCo19 meeting in Berlin.

Unfortunately ISGAN had to cancel the 19th ExCo meeting in March on very short-notice due to the tense situation caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. However, ISGAN was able to find a solution and a web meeting on March 24th for urgent matters will be organised. The 19th ExCo meeting itself will be postponed to May. ISGAN Presidium and Secretariat hope that this new date will suit as many delegates as possible.

ISGAN invites to the 19th ISGAN Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network online on 19 – 20 May 2020.

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February 6, 2020

Webinar: The need to model coupled energy networks to transition to a decarbonized future

The coordination between planners and operators of coupled energy systems will allow the further integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity network by storing energy in fuel form over long periods of time using power-to-gas, the recovery and more efficient use of heat, and the decarbonization of industrial processes and transportation modes that can’t be electrified. Energy networks, such as electricity grids and natural gas pipeline networks, have traditionally been planned and operated independently. In order to enhance the integration and coordination of different energy networks, they must be planned and operated in coupled ways. Different energy networks have historically been and are still modelled by different tools.

27 Feb 2020 @ 14:00 CET

Duration: 1h

In this webinar it will discuss the need to model coupled energy systems in a single framework and we will introduce encoord’s Scenario Analysis Interface for Energy Systems (SAInt), a software application to model, plan, and operate coupled energy networks.


Dr. Carlo Brancucci                Dr. Kwabena Pambour

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December 16, 2019

Policy Messages on Upscaling of Smart Grid Research and Innovation

As part of the umbrella initiative “Public Support to Smart Grid Research and Innovation” (2017-2019), an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders from nine countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, India, Korea, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Sweden) have jointly explored and shared knowledge on different types of barriers to upscaling of smart grid research and innovation. The project, developed within the ISGAN Knowledge Transfer Platform, focused on the role of public sector institutions, in particular funding agencies, and on identifying solutions to overcome identified challenges. The results of the project have been summarized into “Policy Messages on Upscaling of Smart Grid solutions” for decision makers, especially relevant for stakeholders involved in developing policy and strategies related to public funding of smart grid research and innovation. These policy messages were produced in an interactive workshop on 30th of September 2019 in Montreux, Switzerland, in conjunction with the ISGAN ExCo18 Meeting.

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November 15, 2019

Webinar: CoordiNet- Large scale demonstrations for TSO-DSO Cooperation

The webinar presents the CoordiNet project which aims at demonstrating how Distribution System Operators (DSO) and Transmission System Operators (TSO) shall act in a coordinated manner to procure and activate grid services in the most reliable and efficient way through the implementation of three large-scale demonstrations.

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CET


The CoordiNet project aims at demonstrating how Distribution System Operators (DSO) and Transmission System Operators (TSO) shall act in a coordinated manner to procure and activate grid services in the most reliable and efficient way through the implementation of three large-scale demonstrations. The CoordiNet project is centred around three key objectives:

  1. To demonstrate to which extent coordination between TSO/DSO will lead to a more economic, more reliable and more environmentally friendly electricity supply to the consumers through the implementation of three demonstrations at large scale, in cooperation with market participants.
  2. To define and test a set of standardized products and the related key parameters for grid services, including the reservation and activation process for the use of the assets and finally the settlement process.
  3. To specify and develop a TSO-DSO-Consumers cooperation platform starting with the necessary building blocks for the demonstration sites. These components will pave the way for the interoperable development of a pan-European market that will allow all market participants to provide energy services and opens up new revenue streams for consumers providing grid services.


In total, eight demo activities will be carried out in three different countries, namely Greece, Spain, and Sweden.


Gonca Gürses-Tran
Research Associate @E.ON Energy Research Center – RWTH Aachen

Marco Baron
Head of Subsidized Programs unit @Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks

Kris Kessels
Researcher energy markets @VITO

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October 5, 2019

18th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo18)

A highly successful meeting of the Executive Committee of ISGAN took place from 30.9.-4.10.2019 in Montreux, Switzerland. A special thank you goes to the Swiss ExCo representatives Michael Moser and Turhan Demiray and the entire support team of Bundesamt für Energie, for their warm welcome in Montreux and all their efforts and commitment.

During the ExCo meeting, side events of various Annexes took place, which did not only attract great attention within ISGAN but also from external experts.


At this 18th meeting of the Executive Committee of ISGAN, Chairwoman Karin Widegren stepped down from her position and Luciano Martini, former Vice-Chair, was elected as her successor.

The ISGAN community thanked Karin for her tremendous efforts and acknowledged her sage counsel and dedicated leadership, tireless commitment inspiration to colleagues and young professionals, and overall cheer in fulfilling her duties. The Executive Committee presented the ISGAN Achievement Award to her.

The 18th ExCo meeting also focused on strategy issues that ranged from re-organising the Annex structure, boosting ISGAN’s activities in digitalisation and interoperability as well as stepping-up ISGAN’s task-sharing efforts.

  • Reorganisation of Annexes
    • A proposal for the adaptation and reorganization of the Annex structure in ISGAN was developed.
    • ISGAN Annexes will be asked to perform a self-assessment until the next ExCo meeting (taking place in March, 2020 in Berlin, Germany)
  • Establishment of the Incubator Team
    • Focus on new developments concerning digitalization and interoperability
    • Preparation of a knowledge-base for decision-making: Should new topics be included in the work of ISGAN? And if so, how?
  • Increased task-sharing efforts
    • Definition of a path forward to deepen and widen participation in ISGAN’s activities, in order to make its output more relevant to policy makers.
    • Issues concerning the goal of becoming an organization based on task-sharing; how to re-engage inactive members in Annex work; and possible further steps were discussed.
    • Continuous self-assessment of Annexes should also contribute to address these issues.
  • Market definitions: A topic-oriented session focused on the clarification of market definitions in relation to ISGAN engagement. The aim of the session was to review and clarify the differences of the multi-layered definitions for the term “market” in the context of grid modernization, digitalization, and smart grids.

The next meeting of the Executive Committee of ISGAN will take place in March in Berlin, Germany. The mentioned topics will be continued during the next meeting.

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October 3, 2019

Interested in CEM Matters?

Please click on the button below to register for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) newsletter and folllow the link to read up on previous CEM activities.

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October 3, 2019

Summary of Public Workshop: “Needs, challenges and opportunities of TSO-DSO coordination”

The workshop attracted various stakeholders from both the research and industry community and facilitated various presentations and discussions centered around the current and anticipated future interaction between the TSO and DSO.

On the 03-10-2019 the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE and Research Center for Energy Networks – ETH Zürich in cooperation with ISGAN Annex 6 (Power Transmission & Distribution Systems) hosted a public workshop on needs, challenges and opportunities of TSO-DSO coordination in Montreux, Switzerland.

An introduction to the workshop demonstrated how there has been a paradigm shift in the electrical supply industry, where the traditional characteristics of centralized generation, fixed loads, and uni-directional power flow have transformed into systems which are decentralized, controllable and incorporate bi- directional power flow. This shift toward distributed and renewable electricity poses as a challenge to both the TSO and DSO and thus there has been an increasing awareness relating to the needs, challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of the necessary solutions. Successful TSO-DSO coordination requires the consideration of various perspectives of the technical, market and regulatory aspects in order to maximize the potential benefits provided by DERs, this includes congestion relief, reactive power and voltage control and frequency reserves.

An overview of International Activities on TSO-DSO interaction extending from 2014 to 2019 was provided. Since the results of various projects relating to TSO-DSO interaction are starting to become available, investigations are currently being conducted on the ‘Lessons learned on international projects on TSO-DSO interaction’ which will consolidate the outcomes of these projects and will be available in 2020. This deliverable will take the form of an interview style video, in which various stakeholders are invited to participate. A sneak preview of the video was shown at the workshop and received a positive response from the audience.

Additionally, some highlights of the workshops included a summary of TSO-DSO report which focused on the TSO-DSO interaction in congestion management and balancing. The drive for increased in TSO-DSO interaction was also emphasized in countries such as Ireland, where a target for 75% power generation from non-synchronous machines is to be achieved and raises the question as to ‘who’ is responsible for providing the necessary reactive power in order to achieve this goal. Further information into the development of business use cases which enable the TSO-DSO coordination was also presented. An interesting analogy between the power system and the human body showed that, it is necessary to ensure the optimal health of the power system which often requires a systematic behavioral change. In this regard, it has become evident that demand side management plays an important role in terms of market related aspects and that sufficient incentives for optimization should be introduced when it comes to DER flexibility.

The panel discussion incorporated a Q&A session received a constructive response. The presenters from the previous discussion were available for further questions and discussion.

Antony Zegers, AIT-Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Austria, Tony Hearne (ESB Networks), Ireland, Gonca Gürses (RWTH Aachen), Germany, Andreas Beer (Repower AG), Switzerland, Markus Imhof (Swissgrid AG), Switzerland, Alexander Fuchs, ETH Zürich, Switzerland,
Moderator: Dr Turhan Demiray (ETH Zürich) , Switzerland

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September 30, 2019

Digitalization, Research and Testing of Energy Systems for Energy Markets decision support – Workshop

The "Digitalization, Research and Testing of Energy Systems for Energy Markets decision support" Workshop took place today in Montreux, Switzerland.

The workshop, organised by SIRFN (Smart Grid International Research Facility Network), ISGAN, Clean Energy Ministerial, DERlab, EERA – The European Energy Research Alliance JP Smart Grids, Mission Innovation and International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology Network gathered representatives to discuss about the opportunities of Energy System Digitalization.

Within an international group of experts, a joint analysis of the scope of research and future needs was achieved. The requirements for developing and validating the Digitalization of Smart Grids based on data collection, AI and Blockchain methods, research and validation to support market decisions and the importance of Microgrids and Smart Communities were addressed and jointly affirmed to set further accents.

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September 30, 2019

Knowledge Transfer Project on Upscaling of Smart Grid Research and Innovation

Removing barriers to upscaling of smart grid and energy system innovation in focus at international transdisciplinary workshop in Montreux, Switzerland.

In conjunction with the ISGAN Executive Committee nine member countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, India, Korea, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Sweden) participated in an interactive knowledge sharing workshop on the topic of Upscaling of Smart Grid Research and Innovation.

The workshop was an integral part of a longer knowledge transfer process and was preceded by considerable preparation by the participants, including an in-depth questionnaire and a preparatory webinar providing important background context about upscaling barriers and initiatives in different countries. The interactive knowledge sharing and co-creation dialogue focused on how key barriers (economic, legal, technological, social, etc.) to upscaling can be overcome and the role of government actors, such as public funding agencies, in this regard.

The insights from the project have been summarised in the following ISGAN Policy Messages on Upscaling of Smart Grid Research and Innovation.

This knowledge transfer project on upscaling was the third under the umbrella initiative “Public Support to Smart Grid Research and Innovation” (2017-2019) in which countries have come together to share knowledge and experiences on aspects related to public funding and other support mechanisms relevant to smart grid development.

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August 20, 2019

ISGAN Award 2019 Webinar: Excellence of the Local Integrated Energy Systems (Microgrids)

This webinar introduces you to advanced electricity grid concepts through two concrete projects: - Open Micro Grid Project of Korea Electric Power Corporation - RIGRID - Rural Intelligent Grid Project (net zero energy system)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM CEST

(Open Micro Grid Project of Korea Electric Power Corporation) A microgrid is an eco-friendly local energy grid with control capabilities, which means it can be connected to external grids, or operate autonomously. KEPCO has successfully completed a microgrid demonstration project in Gasa Island and Sinan districts that harness renewable energy resources in convergence with ESS.

– (RIGRID – Rural Intelligent Grid Project) The planning of net zero energy system (NZES) requires a holistic view. All energy forms need to be considered simultaneously. A new planning tool for NZES is based on the multi-energy system (MES) concept. It considers three main criteria: energetic, economic and social.



Mr. Kim, HyungSu (Korea Electric Power Corporation) Mr. Bartlomiej Arendarski (Fraunhofer Institute).

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July 25, 2019

Annual Report 2018

ISGAN proudly looks back at numerous highlights and achievements in 2018. Its activities led to valuable interactions with high-ranking officials, fruitful discussions with professional experts and public dissemination activities.

Highlights of 2018 include:

  • ISGAN’s activities during the Nordic Clean Energy Week and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9)
    • Workshop and high-level panel discussion on the Acceleration of Smart Grid deployment through innovative market design
    • Side event concerning Perspectives on Smart Energy Storage Systems
  • Highly recognized public workshops in course of the programme of the ExCo meetings:
    • Public workshop on Smart Energy for Smart Cities, Newcastle, Australia, as part of the Newcastle Smart City Strategy (ExCo15, Newcastle)
    • 8th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources IRED2018 (ExCo16, Vienna)
  • Thematic knowledge exchange projects (KTP): During ExCo16 in Vienna, a KTP workshop on KPIs in Public Support took place. A Summary of the event was published.
  • Award of Excellence:
    • 4th ISGAN Award of Excellence (FY2018) focusing on Flexibility: Award ceremony took place during CEM9
    • 5th ISGAN Award of Excellence (FY2019) focusing on Local Integrated Energy Systems (Smart Microgrids) was launched at CEM9
  • Bimonthly webinars organized by the ISGAN Academy and co-hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center
  • Publication of several discussion papers, event summaries and policy briefs.
  • Collaboration and co-operation with other IEA networks and CEM initiatives.

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July 11, 2019

Dynamic Line Rating: Principles – Applications – Benefits

The next webinar in the ISGAN Academy introduces you to the physics of Dynamic Line Rating (DLR). Learn how DLR data have been integrated into grid operators' processes, and how they can help to increase cross-border trading, reduce grid congestion, and support investment decisions.

Monday, July 29, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CEST

The webinar will introduce the physics of Dynamic Line Rating (DLR), and calculation methods based on CIGRE and IEEE standards. Various approaches are discussed: direct measurement technologies (sensors) as well as (weather) model-based simulations. We describe applications implemented by grid operators for some years already. These illustrate how DLR data have been integrated into grid operators’ tools and processes, in particular how forecasts are used.


Furthermore, some analytics will be share that demonstrate the benefits of DLR for reducing OPEX and CAPEX. This includes examples on increasing cross-border trading, reducing investment on new line infrastructure and reducing congestions, which helps to make decisions on reinforcement and investment.


Jean-Louis Repetto (Ampacimon)                                  Rena Kuwahata (Ampacimon)

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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 purpose of identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice in regard to the design and implementation of such innovative policy instruments. The project was led by an international team of ISGAN experts and involved about 45 participants from more than 20 countries.

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: magnus.olofsson@energiinstitutet.se

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May 29, 2019

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

co-organized 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 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.

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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 focused 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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May 13, 2019

Keynote at InnoGrid2020+ networking dinner

Dr. Arun Kumar Verma, ISGAN Executive Committee representative from India and Joint Secretary at the Indian Ministry of Power will give a keynote speech at InnoGrid2020+

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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 5, 2019

17th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo17)

The 17th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo17) and associated side events have been held in Sweden in the week from 1st – 5th April 2019. A big thank you goes to the Swedish Energy Agency, the host of ExCo17.


The week started with a full-day Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) workshop on experimental sandboxes to enable Smart Grid deployment as well as a meeting with GSGF (Global Smart Grid Federation) and ISGAN members to strengthen future collaboration.

The international public workshop “The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy” on Tuesday focused on international experiences and lessons learned in relation to several key aspects of power system transformation, market design and smart grid development.

Starting the official ExCo17 with administrative items, the ExCo members elected Maarten Noeninckx as new Vice Chair while re-electing Karin Widegren as Chair for a term of six months, and Russell Conklin as Vice Chair for two years. The Executive Committee was very pleased to welcome a new member, the United Kingdom, to ISGAN.

On the strategic side and continuous development of the ISGAN-TCP the need and opportunity of additional activities were explored. New tasks or even annexes on major emerging topics, for example digitalization, interoperability, energy as a service and sector coupling, might be established in the near future.

Another very important part of the meeting was the review of progress and strategic plans of all the Annexes.

Finally, the future communication strategy have been disuscussed. In particular, how to achieve ISGANs overall organisational objectives but also how to reach and engage with the public and private sector and to ensure that audiences understand the impact of ISGANs work and what ISGAN does.

The next ExCo meeting will take place in Montreux, Switzerland, September 30th – October 4th, 2019.

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April 2, 2019

GSGF (Global Smart Grid Federation) met ISGAN members

„During the ExCo-Meeting in Sweden, GSGF (Global Smart Grid Federation) and ISGAN members met in order to strengthen future collaboration, in particular in Asia-Pacific. Aiming at membership expansion, joint activities like knowledge sharing workshops and Smart Grids events have been identified. The next common event will be the Award Ceremony as part of the CEM10 Mission Innovation - ISGAN side event taking place in Vancouver on May, 29.”

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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 organized 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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March 20, 2019

Flexibility Workshop of IEA EUWP

The IEA EUWP (Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies) is organising a workshop about "Flexibility for a sustainable energy system" and ExCo Chair Karin Widegren will discuss at the Round Table about "Flexibility from the network and storage".


Flexibility is the new keyword when we speak about a decarbonised energy system. It represents one of the most important requirements when we want to integrate variable renewables in the electricity networks without jeopardising its stability, and is a key element fostering the interaction among the different energy vectors (i.e electricity, gas, heat, water, etc.) towards an optimised overall balanced and resilient system. Understanding and implementing flexibility along the entire energy value chain is such a big challenge that international collaboration is vital to coordinate efforts and join forces and resources to accelerate the development and deployment of the adequate technology portfolios in time for the climate changes mitigation. The IEA, through its Energy Technology Network, is a key actor in this framework, leveraging the engagement and competences developed within its Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs).

Back to back to one of the IEA coordination meetings (namely that of the End-Use Working Party, in charge of the supervision of 14 TCPs), this workshop will present the state of the art and the progress of technologies and solutions to address and enhance the flexibility in sustainable energy systems, highlighting national initiatives and programmes and the contribution of Italian research and industrial activities within international collaborations.

(source: IEA EUWP workshop agenda)

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March 13, 2019

India SMART UTILITY Week 2019

ExCo Chair Karin Widegren as speaker at inaugural ceremony of India SMART UTILITY Week 2019 and Roundtable on Women in Energy

Karin Widegren will speak at the INAUGURATION OF ISUW 2019 CONFERENCE about the relevance of Smart Grids and ISGAN.

The core objective of the International Smart Grid Action Network is to attain national, regional and global clean energy and climate goals supported by the integration of advanced technological, operational and analytical capabilities for electric power grids, including the smart management and coordination of the participants in the electricity system.


Karin Widegren will also participate at the Roundtable on Women in Energy and the Workshop on Future Skills 2030.


see also: http://www.isgw.in/



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March 1, 2019

ISGAN as Associated Partner of ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems

Since March 2019 ISGAN is now officially Associated Partner of ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems.

ISGAN will support ERA-Net SES projects and the initiative with:
  • leveraging expertise from governments, national laboratories and research institutions, transmission and distribution system operators, power generators, and other stakeholders from 25 countries from five continents
  • engagement with leading private sector Smart Grid initiatives, the IEA Energy Technology Network, and other Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives to advance systems perspectives on power grids and grid integration
  • implementing a range of activities to support a better global understanding of Smart Grids and the value they offer, address gaps in knowledge and tools, enhance peer-to-peer exchange, and otherwise improve international coordination

see also: https://eranet-smartenergysystems.eu/


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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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November 28, 2018

ISGAN Award 2018 Webinar: Coordinating Power Control_Recorded lecture downloadable

What happens in a local distribution grid when all smart homes start being active, when batteries, EV charging and heat pumps start to react to the system wholesale price?

10 Dec 2018 @ 14:00 CET
(check your local time)
Duration: 1h

This webinar will explain what happens in a local distribution grid when all smart homes start being active, when batteries, EV charging and heat pumps start to react to the system wholesale price. How can a distribution grid owner be able to plan when he has no control over all the aggregators that are active in his grid?

The coordinating power control project is key to find a balance between incentives and regulations and between technology providers, regulatory bodies and the DSO. Should the optimization focus on the end user cost, distribution grid throughput or the overall system function?


The copy of presentation slides and recorded lecture can be found on the following link :




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November 27, 2018

Mission Innovation Challenge 1, the Smart Grids Innovation Challenge

MI IC1 and ISGAN explore opportunities for joint activities on strategic topics of mutual interest in the field of Smart Grids as storage integration and flexibility options

On November 23rd during the Mission Innovation Challange 1 (MI IC1) smart grids public workshop in Rome the three IC1 co-leads from China, India and Italy signed a letter of Intent with ISGAN. This LoI clearly state the willingness of MI IC1 and ISGAN to foster effective collaboration and to further explore opportunities for joint activities on strategic topics of mutual interest in the field of Smart Grids as storage integration and flexibility options.

After the signature from the ISGAN Chair Karin Widegren the LoI was officially signed by Yibo Wang from CAS, NP Padhy from IIT Roorkee and Luciano Martini from RSE in presence of Alicia Mignone in her capacity of Chair of IEA CERT and Josef Ayoub Canadian ExCo member and ISGAN-MI IC1 liaison person.

This LoI paves the way for an effective MI IC1 – ISGAN collaboration and towards the organization of the “1st CEM-MI Joint Workshop on Cooperation to accelerate smart grid market uptake” to be held on May 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

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November 15, 2018

2019 ISGAN Award of Excellence – Submission Deadline Extended!

Nominations are now open for the fifth ISGAN Award of Excellence competition, sponsored by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF).

With the theme of “Local Integrated Energy Systems (Smart Microgrids)”, the award will recognize excellence in innovation, integration, and transformation of smart grid systems.

Submission deadline (New deadline, extended): 26 November 2018
For more detailed information, please visit at www.iea-isgan.org/awards/2019

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October 23, 2018

16th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo16)

A very exciting ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15) and associated side-events (IRED 2018) have been held in Vienna, Austria in the week from 15th – 19th October 2018.

At the end of the meeting, ExCo representatives were very proud to look back on a highly successful meeting in Vienna.


A big thank you goes to the Austrian ExCo representative, as the 16th ExCo was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and took place in the Ministry’s premises.




In addition to administrative decisions, important steps for future cooperation with external partners and organisations were discussed and defined. In order to stimulate active discussions among the ExCo representatives, discussions on strategic issues took place not only in the large group, but also in smaller focus groups. In three breakout-sessions the following topics have been discussed:

  1. Future Cooperation within CEM (21CPP and other CEM workstreams) and other relevant initiatives (ERANet Smart Grids+, etc.).
  2. Interaction with MI IC#1 Smart Grids and detailed discussions on the joint workshop at CEM10 in Canada.
  3. Discussion of further proposals on the budget line “Strategic actions” proposals for FY2019.


Fortunately, some high-level representatives of GSGF (Global Smart Grids Federation) also took part in an extra breakout session. Next to the goal of identifying what GSGF plans for the coming years, also possibilities for future cooperation and links between ISGAN and GSGF were discussed.


Another very important part of the meeting was the review of progress and strategic plans of all the Annexes.


Many thanks to all who actively participated at 16th ExCo and of course ISGAN would be very happy to welcome you again at 17th ExCo in Stockholm (spring 2019).

… but of course new participants would be also welcome.


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October 18, 2018

4th Knowledge Transfer Project on Public Support taking place 18-19 October 2018 in Vienna, Austria

The KTP is primarily caters to government funding agencies working daily on the design and implementation of funding programs to support Smart Grid development at national or regional levels.

In May 2018 the project will start with data gathering and analysis of national approaches, forming a common factual basis, preparing for an interactive KTP workshop taking place in Vienna in conjunction with the ISGAN ExCo meeting.

Building upon the results of the Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) on Public Support to Smart Grid Research, Development and Innovation in 2017, involving six ISGAN countries, a follow-up project is now about to commence that aims to dive deeper into a few of the prioritized topics identified.

It will be the 4th KTP project within ISGAN since the concept was piloted in partnership with the Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) in Mexico 2016. The KTP concept emphasizes needs-based learning and sharing amongst peers and is involves highly interactive workshops as well as analytical preparatory work on part of participants.

The project primarily targets government funding agencies working on a daily basis on the design and implementation of funding programs to support smart grid development at national or regional level.

In May 2018 the project will start with data gathering and analysis of national approaches, forming a common factual basis, preparing for an interactive KTP workshop taking place 18-19 October 2018 in Vienna, Austria, in conjunction with the ISGAN ExCo meeting.

For more information about the project and how to get involved, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at isgan(at)ait.ac.at or Magnus Olofsson, KTP lead, ISGAN Annex 2, at magnus.olofsson(at)energiinstitutet.se .

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September 13, 2018

New ISGAN Brochure

The new ISGAN Brochure give a full picture of ISGAN and its Annexes

The brochure covers on the one side the key accomplishments and the contracting parties of ISGAN but also the objective, value proposition and organizational structure of ISGAN. In particular, the brochure also provides a one-page overview of the objectives and current activities for each individual Annex.


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September 4, 2018

OECD/IEA Forum on Blockchain

ISGAN Chair Karin Widegren will speak at the OECD/IEA Forum on Blockchain in Paris (4-5 September 2018). The OECD Blockchain Policy Forum will explore the impact blockchain is set to have across a wide range of sectors and key policy areas. The discussions will focus on blockchain's potential in addressing current and future policy challenges, its limitations, as well as risks that could arise and ways to mitigate them.

Blockchain has the potential to transform the functioning of a wide range of industries. Its features can increase transparency and traceability, facilitate market access and improve the efficiency of transactions. Fulfilling blockchain’s potential, however, depends on the integrity of the processes and requires adequate policies and measures to unleash this potential while addressing the risks of misuse. Governments and the international community will play a significant role in shaping policy and regulatory frameworks that are aligned with the emerging challenges and foster transparent, fair and stable markets as a basis for the use of blockchain.

The OECD Blockchain Policy Forum is the first major international conference to take stock of blockchain’s impacts across the full range of government activities and public priorities. The Forum will address the benefits and risks of blockchain for our economies and societies, begin to identify good policy and regulatory approaches, and investigate uses in specific policy areas. The OECD will welcome over 400 senior decision-makers from the public and private sectors, experts, academics and other stakeholders for these landmark discussions. Participants will focus on:

  • Blockchain’s potential global economic impact
  • Implications on privacy and cybersecurity
  • Using blockchain to enhance inclusiveness
  • Using blockchain to promote green growth and sustainability
  • Using blockchain to strengthen governance and enforcement practices


For more information: http://www.oecd.org/




(ISGAN Chair Karin Widegren and Claire Henly, Managing Director from the Energy Web Foundation and moderator of the energy session)

The Forum gathered more than 1000 senior decision makers from the privat and public sector, experts academics and other stakeholders persons and an interesting fact presented was that outside the financial sector energy has been the second largest investment sector for blockchain applications with distributed production and peer to peer trading.

(Presentation of Karin Widegren: “Blockchain in the Energy Domain – Regulatory Perspectives”)



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4 Sep 2018 @ 14:00 CEST
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Duration: 1h

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a well-established technique for Decision-Making (DM) in companies recently applied to Smart Grid projects whose impact can span over the electrical power system borders and cannot be easily monetized. Therefore, CBA lacks in describing the smart grid potential and Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) has been introduced for improving DM. The Webinar covers DM fundamentals focusing on MCA and CBA. Pros, cons and research gaps of each technique are analysed with the aid of real-world examples. Finally, a novel implementation of MCA-CBA is proposed with particular reference to Smart Grid application as proposed by ISGAN Annex 3.

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August 29, 2018

Proliferation of power electronics into the transmission network

Join a side event of a European R&D project MIGRATE during CIGRE in Paris, August 29th

The European Union promotes a more reliable, more sustainable and more affordable energy system. By 2050 more than 80% of our energy shall be provided by renewable energy sources (RES).

The already increasing share of power electronics devices from RES interfaces drastically changes the behaviour of the electrical system, making it far more complex with a mixture of fast-acting devices and of automatic operation.

New issues, faced worldwide by TSOs and DSOs, appear or will appear: decrease of inertia, new controller interactions… Large changes will be necessary in the coming years to ensure robustness and stability of the future transmission grid.

Within the MIGRATE project funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020 programme, twelve European TSOs together with twelve academic partners are investigating the challenges to overcome in order to support the green transition in an understandable and cost-effective way.

The MIGRATE Consortium kindly invites its international colleagues to exchange and share knowledge during an open workshop on Wednesday 29th August, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, at Le Méridien Etoile hotel, 81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr, 75017 Paris, France

Please use our Registration form

We are glad to see many of you there!

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13 Jun 2018 @ 14:00 CEST

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Duration: 1h
The webinar offers a new approach to least-cost electrification planning, deciding down to each individual customer the best (least-cost) supply model, whether grid connection, distributed off-grid microgrids, or even a DC solar kit or an AC stand-alone solar system. By dealing with distributed electrification technologies, smart grid compatible off-grid technologies, demand management or digital utilities, in the context of developing countries, where 1.2 billion people still lack any electricity supply and around 500 million more suffer from a very low reliability and frequent blackouts, the savings offered by this comprehensive approach contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.


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June 4, 2018

ISGAN side event during CEM9: Intelligent market design – boosting global smart grid deployment

As part of the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copenhagen 24 May 2018, an official Side Event on the importance of market design to smart grid deployment was arranged jointly by ISGAN and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum.

The Swedish Minister for Energy Ibrahim Baylan took part in the event, organized as a high-level panel discussion, bringing together key stakeholders and policy experts from the private sector, IEA and CEM member countries. The influence of market design on smart grid deployment in an international context involving opportunities on both the local/decentralized and the regional/interconnected level was in focus for the discussion.

You will find the agenda for the side event here

The high-level panel discussion was preceded by a full day workshop on Thursday 23. The highly interactive dialogue during the workshop was using a draft policy brief distributed in advance to the participants as a starting point for the discussions on how to accelerate the implementation of smart grid solutions. The outcome and recommendations from the workshop resulted in a concrete list of recommendations which was forwarded to the participants in the side event together with the final version of the policy brief.

You will find the agenda for the workshop here

Policy brief “Opportunities to Accelerate Smart Grid Deployment through Innovative Market Design”

Recommendations from the workshop


(please see also the workshop report: Policy Brief and Workshop Summary)

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May 30, 2018

ISGAN Awards 2018

ISGAN and GSGF Celebrate Global Excellence in Smart Grid Projects with special focus on ‘Smart Grids for Flexibility’


Global Recognition

On June 24, 2018, ISGAN, in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), announced the winners of the fourth annual ISGAN Award of Excellence, during a special ceremony at the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ibrahim Baylan, the Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, presented the ISGAN Award to the winning projects.

The ISGAN Award of Excellence international competition showcases leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. The 2018 ISGAN Award of Excellence recognizes exemplars in the field of smart grids with a special focus on “flexibility” that will advance smart grids by improving the flexibility of the grid by balancing supply and demand simultaneously, thereby reducing customer losses from power disruptions.

▣ Awards Competition Official Rules

▣ Frequently Asked Questions

▣ Awards Fact Sheet

▣ Awards Brochure


Theme for 2018

Excellence in Smart Grids for Flexibility

Competition at a Glance

For the fourth Annual ISGAN Award of Excellence competition, a wide range of smart grid project nominations were received, representing projects from 10 different countries throughout the world. The winning projects were selected by an independent, international jury of smart grid experts, led by Reji Pillai Kumar, Executive Director of the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF). The jury selected the winning projects based on the following four criteria: potential impact, economic rationale, potential for replication and adaptation, innovation and other benefits.


Competition Result

The 2018 ISGAN Award of Excellence, which focused on “Smart Grids for Flexibility,” was awarded to Sustainable Energy’s Coordinating Power Control, from Sweden.

Six other projects were also honored with the title “Finalists”: Smart Grid Deployment Project, from Korea, and Smart OperatorEfficient control and monitoring of the low voltage grid, from Germany, SysDL 2.0 – Ancillary services from large-area distribution grids, from Germany, Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility, from Sweden, OpenADR4Chile, from Italy, and Instability Detector of the Gaspésie Regional Power System: DIR-Gaspésie (CGART-ALGORES), from Canada.

EON’s Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility was also honored with the GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award, which recognized its excellence of replication.


Winning Projects

Coordinating power control

Sustainable Energy (Sweden)

Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Korea Electric Power Corporation (Korea)

Smart Operator Efficient control and monitoring of the low voltage grid

Innogy SE (Germany)

SysDL 2.0 – Ancillary services from large-area distribution grids

DREWAG NETZ GmbH (Germany)

Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility 

EON Energidistribution AB (Sweden)


Enel SpA (Italy)

 Instability Detector of the Gaspésie Regional Power System: DIR-Gaspésie (CGART-ALGORES)

Hydro-Quebec Research Institute (IREQ) (Canada)

Recognizing the excellence of replication

Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility

EON Energidistribution AB (Sweden)

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May 30, 2018

ISGAN booklets for CEM9 are now available online

The 9th Clean Energy Ministerial was held on 24 May in Copenhagen, Denmark and ISGAN, one of CEM initiatives on smart grids, disseminated its deliverables to several CEM side events in order to increase visibility and promote its activities to external stakeholders around the world.

With this, we are pleased to inform you that ISGAN booklet for CEM9 is now available for download as attached. For your information, it consists of a summary of various activities of ISGAN, including Annexes and the results of 2018 Award of excellence competition.

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May 24, 2018

CEM9 Side Event Perspectives on Energy Storage Systems

As part of the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copehagen, an official Side Event on Energy Storage Systems was arranged on 24 May 2018.

The event was organized by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in collaboration with the CEM-initiative 21st Century Power Partnership and Mission Innovation; Smart Grids Innovation Challenge. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy storage is a key clean energy technology, which will play a critical role in the transition to a climate neutral energy system.

The event gathered international experts for a knowledge exchange dialogue to inform a coming Case Book on Energy Storage Systems to be published by ISGAN later this year.

Examples highlighted at the event covered chemical storage (batteries) for power systems frequency response, the use of thermal inertia in buildings and chemical storage for seasonal balancing of power systems (ammonia and hydrogen).

From the discussions it was noted that future, rather than present, needs should be in focus in the coming Case Book. It was also suggested that examples based on regulatory experiments should be given priority, as these are of key importance to create an enabling environment for energy storage technologies.

The meeting was moderated by Ms Helen Clarkson, CEO The Climate Group and keynote speaker was Dr Lawrence Jones from Edison Electric Institute. The full program is attached.

Event contact:

Magnus Olofsson

Swedish Energy Institute
Email: magnus.olofsson@energiinstitutet.se

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May 23, 2018

Workshop on Intelligent market design – boosting global smart grid deployment

ISGAN side event at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting on 23 May 2018 in Malmö.

How should energy markets be designed to allow for energy system integration and a greater variety of stakeholders and roles? And what are the key elements in market design that we must focus on to accelerate deployment of smart grid technologies and solutions? These are key questions that will be discussed during a highly interactive international dialogue.

The outcome of the dialogue will provide input to a high-level panel discussion in Copenhagen the next day – in connection to CEM – focusing on concrete policy recommendations pushing the market design agenda forward.

Event type

Malmö Live, Dag Hammarskjölds Torg 4, 211 18 Malmö

Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and Swedish Smartgrid

Contact information

Event website

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13 Jun 2018 @ 14:00 CEST

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Duration: 1h
The webinar offers a new approach to least-cost electrification planning, deciding down to each individual customer the best (least-cost) supply model, whether grid connection, distributed off-grid microgrids, or even a DC solar kit or an AC stand-alone solar system. By dealing with distributed electrification technologies, smart grid compatible off-grid technologies, demand management or digital utilities, in the context of developing countries, where 1.2 billion people still lack any electricity supply and around 500 million more suffer from a very low reliability and frequent blackouts, the savings offered by this comprehensive approach contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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May 3, 2018

WEBINAR TRAINING: Utility-Scale Storage: If, When, What Type, How Much, and Where?

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is hosting a no-cost webinar titled, Utility Scale Storage: If, When, What Type, How Much, and Where?


The webinar is part of the GreeningTheGrid.org technical platform, which provides information and technical assistance to address the challenges related to grid modernization and the integration of variable renewable energy to the power system.

Affordable energy storage is sometimes referred to as the “holy grail” in the context of achieving high penetrations of solar and wind energy in the power system. With the costs of solar, wind and battery-based energy storage technologies declining dramatically in recent years, power sector stakeholders around the world are faced with policy and investment decisions related to the role of energy storage in a high-variable renewable energy system. Yet, the interactions between high variable renewable energy penetration and energy storage are power system-specific and in many cases are not well understood.

The webinar will provide a state-of-the-industry overview of the considerations related to cost-effective deployment of energy storage in power systems pursuing high penetrations of variable renewable energy. The webinar will explore common questions, such as:

  • Under what conditions is storage an attractive option relative to other sources of power system flexibility?
  • What services do storage offer a power system with high variable renewable energy penetrations, and how might the value of these services change in different power system contexts (e.g., moderate versus high variable renewable energy penetrations, large versus small power systems, market and non-market systems)?
  • What tools are available to help decision makers understand which type, what size, and where storage could be beneficial to their power systems?
  • How might the downward trend in battery storage costs change how storage is considered as an integration solution?
  • What lessons can other countries and power markets take away from the U.S. experience with energy storage?

The webinar will be presented and moderated by Paul Denholm and Jaquelin Cochran from NREL.

Paul Denholm, Ph.D., is a member of the Grid Systems Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. Dr. Denholm is a leading researcher in grid applications for energy storage and solar energy. He pioneered a variety of research methods for understanding the technical, economic and environmental benefits and impacts of the large-scale deployment of renewable electricity generation. He has delivered over 100 invited presentations to agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the International Energy Agency. He has co-authored over 100 articles related to renewable energy integration.

Jaquelin Cochran, Ph.D., is the group manager for the Market & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. Dr. Cochran analyzes policies and market designs that create an enabling framework for emerging energy technologies (e.g., renewable energy, demand response, and distributed generation), with a focus on best practices for grid integration of renewable electricity. She recently co-led a renewable energy grid integration study of India. Before joining NREL, Dr. Cochran was an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management with KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years with the Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE) in Krakow. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

16 May 2018
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time | 4:00 p.m. Central European Time

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March 16, 2018

New ISGAN Vice Chair appointed

Mr. A. K. Mishra from India has been appointed as a new Vice Chair to support ISGAN presidium

Mr. A. K. Mishra is General Manager and Director National Smart Grid Mission Project Management unit, responsible for operationalizing National Effort in preparing the utility and industry, under National Smart Grid Mission, for the transformation towards Smart Grid. He is working in close coordination with National Mission Innovation Team for project selection and utility perspective integration into research.

Mr. A. K. Mishra was previously involved as deputy and Addional General Manager, ICT sectoral lead and team leads for engineering for POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited. He had responsibilities for initiating national efforts on smart grid and transmission sector utility preparation for renewable integration.

ISGAN Presidium

At the ISGAN ExCo 15, Newcastle, Australia 2018

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March 15, 2018

Workshop on Mission Innovation Challenge 1

Synergies and interactions with MI IC#1 with ISGAN have been discussed within the ISGAN community at CSIRO, Newcastle.

The public workshop started with an overview what Mission Innovation (MI) is, how it developed and what the six mayor R&D topics they work on are.

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation. As part of the initiative, participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies. These additional resources will dramatically accelerate the availability of the advanced technologies that will define a future global energy mix that is clean, affordable, and reliable. MI developed seven challenges and the topic MI IC#1 is Smart Grids

MI IC#1 was founded in autumn 2016. It is is co-led by Italy (Luciano Martini), India (Sanjay Bajpai) and China (Yibo Wang).

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March 13, 2018

Workshop on Smart City Strategy of Newcastle

Newcastle City Council representatives, local entrepreneurs and ISGAN Experts came together to work and brainstorm on innovative idea for Smart City Newcastle.

Brief history of energy in Newcastle

Where we came from Smart City; concept of the Living Lab introduced by the City Council representatives. In the past Newcastlewas reknowned for its steel-making and the largest coal exporting port in the world.

In 1997 steel production was closing. Pathways to sustainability conference laid the future vision of Newcastle, under which the city aims to establishe itself as a world leader of in the area of Sustainable Energy Industry. Another positive development involved the CISRO chosing Newcastle as its main location. Australia’s 1st Green Power Scheme was elaborated shortly after that. In 2000 the first energy meeting took place with the contribution and from 900 community members.

Currently a 5MW Solar park is realized on a closed land fill with the plan to use the concept of virtual net metering for the council’s electricity demand.

Idea Bombing

Ideas around a living energy lab for Newcastle’s sportsground number 2 have been discussed.

Themes included:

  • How people move
  • How goods move
  • Open or real time data
  • Energy near futures – what is coming on the horizon?

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March 11, 2018

15th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15)

We are pleased to inform you that the next ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15) and associated side-events (smart grid regional conference) will be held in Newcastle, Australia in the week of March 12, 2018.

Monday Workshops

Technical Site Visit

The ISGAN community visited Summerhill Waste Management Facility.

The head of the facility presented it capabilities in terms of waste collection and treatment in the local context. He raised the crucial importance of education in waste management and recycling and the measures currently undertaken in Newcastle.

The two main initiatives currently considered include waste to energy, WTE, and processed engineered fuel, PEF. PEF refers to the processing of waste to produce feedstock for WTE and involves sorting, screening and shredding of waste. The process ensures that the feedstock is suitable for the WTE facility, maximizes its efficiency, reduces waste from the WTE facility and, finally help to transport fuel more efficiently.

Giving an overview of the issues in the industry is facing right now, the head of the facility mentioned fast changing regulation and the attitudes and awareness of the overall population. He pointed out the 70% recycling target established by the authorities, which is, however, currently difficult to achieve and the average recycling rate does not go beyond 45%. By way of an example, in big cities the population is not directly engaged with their environment, thus recycling activities are much more difficult to conduct compared to small communites. This creates an oportunity for a regulatory change from recycling to diversion and recovery (waste to energy).

Reception at Newcastle’s City Mayor

Newcastle welcomed ISGAN Experts at the City Hall

In the afternoon CSIRO and Newcastle City Council organized Workshops and Idea Bombing on Smart City Newcastle.

ExCo Meeting

From Wednesday to Friday the Executive Committee meet to discuss adminstrative issues and pogress as well as work programs within their Annexes. A new Vice Chair was elected to support ISGAN presidium: Mr. A. K. Mishra from India

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March 1, 2018

SIRFN Workshop on Test Protocols, Methods and Microgrid Research

ISGAN Workshop on Monday 12th, March 2018 in in Newcastle, Australia.

Proposed Agenda

Public SIRFN workshop
08:30-08:45 Welcoming remarks,Introduction, Meeting Objectives
08:45-09:45 Test Protocols for Advanced Inverter Functions: current

developments and future opportunities (Jay Johnson, Sandia)

09:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:00 Advanced Laboratory Testing Methods (Roland Bründlinger, AIT)
11:00-12:00 Role of Microgrids Research in Future Power System Research
12:00-13:00 Lunch break

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February 13, 2018

Webinar “Planning of Distribution Systems in the Era of Smart Grids”

Webinar of the ISGAN Academy “Planning of Distribution Systems in the Era of Smart Grids”, which will took place on February 14th, 2018.

The webinar deals with distribution planning in the era of smart grids. It is based on the CIGRE WG C6.19 activity. The main topics of the webinar are:

  • Role and objectives of distribution planning
  • Shortcomings of traditional planning in the current context
  • Distribution planning in the era of Smart Grids
    • Load and generation representation, flexibility
    • Probabilistic models for distribution planning
    • Multi objective optimization
    • Smart Grid in distribution planning
  • Multi-energy systems
  • Cyber-physical simulation
  • Example of application and case studies

Watch the webinar or find out more at Leonardo Energy.

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February 2, 2018

Workshop of IEA Building Coordination Group

The IEA Buildings, IEA EUWP (End Use Working Party) and IEA TCPs came together to discuss priority R&D topics and how TPC are dealing with building related research questions

2018 Buildings Co-ordination Group Meeting in Vienna

With participation of several TCPs, IEA secretariat (John Dulac), IEA EUWP Vice Chair for Buildings (Sabine Mitter) and IEA EUWP chair (Gudrun Maass) discussed building related priority research topics.

Photo: Hannes Warmuth, Sabine Mitter, Teun Boekhoven, Gudrun Maass, Adriana Diaz, Monixa Axcell, Even Bjornstad, Robin Wiltshire, Matthias Stifter, Ralf-Roman Schmidt, Ricardo Enriquez, Takao Sawachi (from left to right) (photo: Sabine Mitter)

The following TCPs have been represented:

  • Demand Side Management (DSM)
  • Heat Pumping Technologies (HPT)
  • Energy Efficient End Use Equipment (4E)
  • Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES)
  • District Heating and Cooling (DHC)
  • Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC)
  • Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)
  • International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)


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January 24, 2018

India SMART GRID Week 2018

INDIA SMART GRID WEEK (ISGW 2018) is the fourth edition of the Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and Smart Cities, organized by India Smart Grid Forum scheduled from 05 – 09 March 2018, New Delhi, India.

ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart grid deployments across the country. With 180+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research, ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Energy and Smart Cities.

ISGW 2018 will bring together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Energy Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart energy and smart cities domains. ISGW 2018 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, panels, keynotes, and technical sessions. 

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December 20, 2017

Webinar “Augmented reality applications for Smart Grids”

Upcoming webminar of the ISGAN Academy “Augmented reality applications for Smart Grids”, will take place on December 13th, 2017.

Annex 8 of the International Smart Grids Action Network would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming webminar of the ISGAN Academy Augmented reality applications for Smart Grids, which will take place on December 13th, 2017.

To find out more about the webinar and to register please see the link as below.

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July 28, 2015

Why the TSO-DSO Relationship Needs to Evolve

A number of emerging trends indicate that the interaction between transmission system operators (TSO) and distribution network operators (DSO) will evolve in the coming years.

Examples of these trends are the electrification of energy consumption and the increasing volume of distributed generation being connected to the distribution grid.

The relationship between transmission system operators (TSO) and distribution network operators (DSO) is changing. Examples of these trends are the electrification of energy consumption and the increasing volume of distributed generation being connected to the distribution grid. In Europe this subject is highly relevant as pointed out by ENSTO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity) in their paper, Towards smarter grids: Developing TSO and DSO roles and interactions for the benefit of consumers published in March 2015, and ACER (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) in their conclusions paper, Energy Regulation: A Bridge to 2025 published in September 2014. ENTSO-E is an association which represents 41 European TSOs and has an objective to promote closer cooperation across Europe’s TSOs to support the implementation of EU energy policy objectives of affordability, sustainability and security of supply. ACER is an agency of the European Union with the overall mission to complement and coordinate the work of national energy regulators at EU level, and to work towards the completion of the single EU energy market for electricity and natural gas. The expected increased interaction between TSOs and DSOs will result in both technical and non-technical challenges.

IEA ISGAN Annex 6 has published a discussion paper in which the current and future cooperation between TSOs and DSOs has been investigated. Six critical grid operation challenges have been identified:
1. Congestion of the transmission-distribution interface
2. Congestion of transmission lines and distribution lines
3. Voltage support (TSO↔DSO)
4. Balancing challenge
5. (Anti-)Islanding, re-synchronization, and black-start
6. Coordinated protection

For each case, country experts provided first-hand information about the status and expected development of TSO-DSO interaction in their respective countries. This resulted in an overview, by country, of the interaction between grid operators and provided input for the discussion about how this interaction could evolve in years to come. Technical aspects, as well as policy aspects, have been taken into account.
The technical solutions required for a closer interaction between TSOs and DSOs are very similar for most of the identified cases, except for the case of islanding & black-start. From a high level viewpoint, grid monitoring has to be implemented, communication between TSO and DSO has to be established and means of communication between the DSO and its flexible customers have to be available. DSOs should also be able to perform (quasi) real time network simulations with input from measurements on the grid.
Such technical requirements should not be underestimated regarding implementation and operational cost, complexity and skills required. These could be a challenge, especially for smaller distribution network operators. Nonetheless, only the distribution grid operator has information about the actual grid configuration and grid loading. This means that even when other entities take up certain roles, for example the role of aggregator, the distribution network operator will always be responsible for monitoring the grid and will need to implement communication solutions to one entity or another.
With the current status of technology, technical requirements for an evolved interaction between TSOs and DSOs can be met. However, several non-technical issues, or points of discussion, have been identified which are closely related to the regulated environment grid operators are working in.

• Maintaining a balance between infrastructure investments and use of flexibility

Flexible demand and generation can be used to support grid operation and avoid infrastructure investments. A minimum use of flexibility will be necessary to avoid over investing, but the impact on the processes and business cases of flexible customers has to be limited. The flexibility available by curtailing renewable energy sources needs to be limited to avoid a high loss of renewable energy.

• The role of markets
Which grid operation challenges should be met by introducing markets and which should be managed only by technical means and appropriate bilateral contracts? It is proposed to use market mechanisms only for the balancing challenge, which is applied today in various countries. Coping with local grid operation challenges such as critical transformer loading, line loading and voltages, is proposed to be managed by the network operators, optimally interacting with each other and using flexible customers when necessary. Because of the local nature of the mentioned grid operation challenges, markets would not work efficiently. Instead, a regulatory framework is required for bilateral contracts between flexible customers and network operators, facilitating the use of flexible generation and demand for grid operation purposes.


• Setting a level playing field for flexibility
When the combined flexibility of customers on the distribution and transmission grid is used, favoring one set of customers at the cost of the other should be avoided. For example, when facing critical line loading on the transmission grid, the use of flexibility of only distribution connected customers would be undesirable. Some mechanism, probably in discussion with the regulator, should be implemented to cope with this.

• The role of regulation
Closely related to the previous statement is the discussion point on how grid operation should evolve:
more regulated, with clearer and stricter roles, or more open, with guaranteed interaction between grid operators and new market players? There is no one size fits all solution but in any case, a clear definition of the roles and responsibilities of all participants in future grid operation will be necessary and will serve as a good start.
A clear policy framework will, in every case, push forward investments in Smart Grid solutions to deal with the discussed challenges that grid operators are facing.
The article is based on a discussion paper published by IEA ISGAN Annex 6.

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