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November 15, 2018

2019 ISGAN Award of Excellence – Now Accepting Applications

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: 15 November 2018.
For more detailed information, please visit at www.iea-isgan.org/awards/2019

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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
(check your local time)
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

(check your local time)
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

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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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