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

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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 25, 2019

micro vs MEGA grids

How do these trends in the development of the power systems influence each other?

Annex 6 has started an activity to study these trends which are largely influencing the decisions in the evolution process of the power grids.

In this work the trends are referred to as the micro grid and the mega grid trends, where the micro grid perspective focus on local solutions while the mega grid perspective focus on system or even intra-system wide solutions.

The objective of this work is to present a critical assessment of these trends, based on the questions:

  • Does one trend outcompete the other?
  • Does increased micro grid investments increase the need for mega grid investments, and vice versa?
  • To what extent can micro grids benefit from mega grid solutions, and vice versa?

The intention with this work is not to proclaim one solution being superior to another, instead it is intended to provide insights in the needs of considering both perspectives in the decision-making process for the sustainable development of the power grids.

The work involves parties from: Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Canada, South Africa, and India


Activity plan:

  • 15 May 2019, Workshop Brussels: including presentations from NTNU, CIGRE and ENGIE
  • 2-3 October 2019, Workshop and meeting in Montreux: including presentations from RISE, NTNU, CIGRE, Power Grid Corporation of India,  Universidad Pontificia Comillas, KU Leuven, SuperGrid Institute, OFFIS, and Chalmers University of Technology
  • Autumn 2019: development of activity report


How to contribute:

Contributions to this activity are welcome as:

Workshop participation; Input to dedicated report sections; Review of the activity report

For additional information and interest to participate in this activity, please contact:

Professor Irina Oleinikova,

Emil Hillberg,



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. We believe that the meetings were also successful in reaching their goals to:

  • Support future collaboration in the ISGAN Annex 6 activity on micro vs MEGA grids
  • Prepare messages for the report
  • Understanding of the next steps of the report 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:

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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.

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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

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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.


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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

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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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