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
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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
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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) or Magnus Olofsson, KTP lead, ISGAN Annex 2, at magnus.olofsson(at) .

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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:




(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

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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 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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