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)

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

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


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May 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 23, 2019


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

Experimental Sandboxes for Smart Grid Transitions has been the focus for a major ISGAN Inter-Annex knowledge exchange initiative in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), involving more than 20 countries, with the purpose of identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice in regard to the design and implementation of such innovative policy instruments. This webinar will disseminate and discuss the outcomes of this project.

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

This webinar will present:

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


Steering our energy future

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

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

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

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

 

We also ask the question where there are limits of conflicts in the amount of interconnections and where there could be more need for local solutions, including small scale energy innovations and local market solutions that lead to the development of smarter local grids. From an international perspective we try to critically access whether these different trends (global versus local), that both aim at enable very high penetration of renewable energy sources, are totally independent or whether there are synergies or conflicts of interest between the two.

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


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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 is organizing an in-depth knowledge exchange initiative on models for experimental/regulatory sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment.

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

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

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


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April 1, 2019


Smart Grids & District Heating and Cooling: Key Integration Aspects

An international cooperation between IEA ISGAN Annex 6 “Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” and IEA DHC Annex TS3 „hybrid energy networks“ will meet for an interactive cooperation event: 1-2 April 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

Integrating the different energy domains and thus creating “hybrid energy networks” is considered to be one of the key aspects of the future energy system. The interdisciplinary cooperation between international experts from ISGAN and DHC Annex TS3 is a unique opportunity for developing innovative solutions and successful business models towards a sustainable and flexible energy infrastructure.

  • The IEA International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) supports the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world. IEA ISGAN Annex 6 “Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” focuses on the potential system-related challenges in the development of future smarter grids, including technologies, market aspects, and policies. The Annex’s main goal is to facilitate the application of advanced technologies that enable power grids to maintain and improve the security, reliability and quality of electric power supply.
  • The IEA Technology Cooperation Programme on District Heating and Cooling (DHC) including Combined Heat and Power (CHP), is dedicated to helping to make DHC and CHP powerful tools for energy conservation and the reduction of environmental impacts of supplying heat. The aim of the IEA DHC Annex TS3 „hybrid energy networks“ is to promote the opportunities and to overcome the challenges for DHC networks in an integrated energy system context from a technical and strategical point of view, focussing on the coupling to electricity networks.

During the Stockholm Smart Grid week, hosted by the Swedish Energy Agency, both networks will join forces in an interactive cooperation event. Aim of the event is to create awareness on both sides on system gains from increased flexibility and resilience by coupling energy vectors. The workshop will identify concrete strengths & weaknesses, opportunities & threats of coupling DHC and electricity sectors based on the discussion of real case studies in different IEA countries and will initiate networking between key experts in the different fields. Some first results will be presented and discussed the next day during a panel session on ‘Flexibility and power system interaction and optimization leveraged by smart grid solutions’.


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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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