June 6, 2018


Factsheet on ISGAN’s Knowledge Transfer Project

This factsheet briefly describes ISGAN's approach to the knowledge transfer project, a platform for meaningful dialogue and capacity building to facilitate smart grid deployment.

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November 13, 2017


Knowledge Exchange Workshop Bangalore, India

ISGAN Knowledge Exchange on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering Bangalore, India, 13-15 November 2017 Organized by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with National Smart Grid Mission, Ministry of Power, Government of India.

We are pleased to inform you that the executive summary of India KTP workshop is now available for download as attached.

ISGAN KTP India Workshop held on 14th November 2017, at CPRI Bangalore Attachments
Challenges & Opportunities for Ensuring Efficient, Reliable Electricity by Vivek Goel Download
Application of Smart Metering in Sweden by Johan Söderbom Download
Japan-India Cooperation by Takamasa Murakami Download
SG Deployment Project of KEPCO by Gun Bae Park Download
EU Smart Meter Rollouts by John Cronin Download
Jeju Smart Grid Testbed by Jung Hyo Bae Download
Smart Grid Development in Norway by Kjell Sand Download
Microgrid for Mines by Sandip Sinha Download
Active Network Management by Shravana Musunuri Download
Prosumers in India’s Future Grid by Rahul Tongia Download
Lessons on Local Grid & Prosumer Empowerment by Ravi Seethapathy Download

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May 1, 2017


Smart Grid Policy Messages for the Clean Energy Ministerial

The document was disseminated at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial that took place in Beijing, China. It was developed by ISGAN Annex 4: Synthesis Insights for Decision Makers.


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August 17, 2016


Workshop Event Report: Unleashing Smart Grids in Mexico

Executive Summary of Smart Grid Events in Mexico City 17–19 August 2016

The purpose of this report is to give an account of a collaborative International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the 21st Century Power Partnership (21 CPP) project focusing on
Mexico’s path towards smart grids and grid modernization. This report describes the programme of events and gives a summary of conclusions from an interactive knowledge exchange workshop and public conference that took place 17–19 August 2016 in Mexico City.


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June 4, 2015


The Role of Smart Grids in Integrating Renewable Energy

Flexible, strong, and smart grids play a crucial role in the integration of variable renewable energy (RE). As high levels of variable RE penetration become increasingly common across power systems, attention to grid operations and planning becomes more important.

Smart grid technologies offer new options for integrating variable RE, yet technology is not the only important area of focus—innovative policy, regulation, and business models are needed to incentivize and implement next-generation grid architectures.

This discussion paper explores the intersection of smart grid technology, policy, and regulation from a non-technical point of view, focusing on some specific questions relevant for decision makers:

• What are the challenges of integrating variable RE into power grids?
• What types of smart grid solutions are emerging to integrate variable RE?
• What are good examples from around the world of smart grids aiding in the integration of variable RE?
• What types of policy and regulatory approaches are emerging to support smart grid solutions in relation to RE?

Based on emerging case studies from around the world, this discussion paper concludes that smart grids offer solutions to various challenges associated with variable RE, including
providing additional flexibility, unlocking demand side participation, and deferring more costly grid upgrades.


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May 1, 2015


The Role of Smart Grids in Integrating Renewable Energy

This discussion paper explores the intersection of smart grid technology, policy, and regulation from a non-technical point of view, focusing on some specific questions relevant for decision makers.

Questions relevant for decision makers:

  • What are the challenges of integrating variable RE into power grids?
  • What types of smart grid solutions are emerging to integrate variable RE?
  • What are good examples from around the world of smart grids aiding in the integration of variable RE?
  • What types of policy and regulatory approaches are emerging to support smart grid solutions in relation to RE?
  • Based on emerging case studies from around the world, this discussion paper concludes that smart grids offer solutions to various challenges associated with variable RE, including providing additional flexibility, unlocking demand side participation, and deferring more costly grid upgrades.

This report is an update of a 2012 ISGAN Annex 4 report entitled “Smart Grid Contributions to Variable Renewable Resource Integration.”


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April 15, 2013


The Role of Smart Grid Technologies as Enablers of Clean Energy Policies in Islands of Developing and Developed Countries

Addressed at high-level policymakers, this paper summarizes key messages from recent publications on sustainable energy systems in islands and remote territories.

The diversity of islands of developing and developed nations offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate how deploying large amounts of intermittent renewable energy sources (RES) within smart grid architectures tailored to local energy contexts can be a cost-effective complement, and even an alternative, to current fossil-fuel solutions.

This paper, authored by Annex 4: Synthesis Insights for Decision Makers, covers the following topics:

  • The energy supply challenges faced by islands
  • Ways in which renewable energy technologies can improve sustainable electricity supply
  • Ways in which smart grid technologies can help enable the integration of large amounts of intermittent RES
  • Lessons learned from demonstration projects in islands
  • The importance of island systems in the global context of clean energy systems in developing and developed countries.

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April 25, 2012


Managing Consumer Benefits and Costs

In some jurisdictions, the roll out of smart grid technologies has achieved less consumer engagement than would be desirable, and in particular some projects have failed to clearly communicate the benefits and costs of smart grid technologies, resulting in mixed reactions from consumers.

This is a key risk area that must be addressed for successful implementation. In this context, it is worth briefly reviewing conventional methods of cost-benefit analysis and mechanisms for cost recovery with a greater focus on the consumer side of the equation, as the underlying values and processes will inform new cost allocation methods for smart grid investments.

ISGAN brings the experience and perspective of the global Smart Grids community together in this paper in order to increase understanding of the costs and benefits of smart grids from a consumer perspective, so that they may be communicated more widely and more effectively.

This paper, authored by Annex 4: Synthesis Insights for Decision Makers, attempts to address these issues across a range of likely possible smart grid configurations and market structures, while acknowledging that many other technology configurations are possible. In light of the continuing evolution of the smart grid, cost allocation will be an ongoing subject of ISGAN research and analysis, and this white paper aims to provide a framework for this ongoing analysis.


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April 25, 2012


Smart Grid Contribution to Variable Renewable Energy

Globally, modernization of electrical grids is taking place alongside rapid deployment of these variable renewable resources (VRRs), although these two trends are not always coordinated.

The need for new balancing resources and for a “seamless grid” capable of integrating both large-scale and small distributed energy resources (DER) are among the driving forces of smart grid development. Smarter grids are an important enabling tool for achieving higher penetrations of VRR on transmission and distribution networks. Depending upon the relative share and geographic distribution of large-scale and DER resources, various technologies, regulations, and policies are required to support high levels of VRR generation. In this context, policy makers will benefit from an understanding of how smart grid technologies contribute to VRR integration, and all stakeholders will benefit from increased alignment between smart grid development roadmaps and national and regional visions for renewable energy development.

The objective of this report, authored by Annex 4: Synthesis Insights for Decision Makers, is to give insights for decision makers on the various contributions of smart grid systems in achieving VRR integration. A variety oftools and solutions exist for achieving high penetrations of VRR generation, and the smart grid solutions outlined in this report are considered alongside a range of integration best practices.


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April 25, 2012


Smart Grid Cyber Security

Maximizing electric sector innovation while minimizing cyber security risk is a key goal of smart grid policy development.

Significant policy gaps exist in the field of grid cyber security, and ISGAN is well-positioned to convene stakeholders and foster discussion to advance best practices that support innovation while protecting critical infrastructure and consumer data privacy. This report, authored by Annex 4: Synthesis Insights for Decision Makers, identifies key issues in cyber security policy design, and suggests potential collaborations for the ISGAN membership.


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