21st ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo21)

Yet another successful ISGAN Executive Committee meeting (ExCo21) took place online between 16th and 18th of March 2021.

ISGAN continues it’s cooperation with several other organizations and initiatives. These include large associations and initiatives, the World Bank, other TCPs; CEM, and other IEA organizations, the Global Smart Energy Federation (GSEF, formerly Global Smart Grids Foundation) and Mission Innovation (Power Mission). To ensure excellent communication with these initiatives, liaison persons from ISGAN were suggested and a dedicated breakout session was organized addressing the ways to enhance ISGAN collaborations and outreach.

Hungary is highly interested in joining our ranks and was represented by Dr. Katalin Véhmann, International Coordinator for Electricity from the EU Market Integration Unit in the Department of International Relations, who provided a presentation reporting on remote metering roll-out in Hungary, which is currently being installed and gave an overview of the progress over the last year by distribution system operator (DSO) companies.

AIT was selected for another term as ISGAN Co-Secretariat. Thanks for the excellent work in the past years as well as appraisal of the high quality of the proposal documents were expressed by the ExCo.

Several activities were presented in order to update ISGAN’s strategy and structure for the Request for Extension (RfE) process including the progress of the RfE team and the results of self-assessment of the existing Annexes.

The Operating Agents of the active Annexes reported to the ISGAN Executive Committee on the progress of ongoing work and planned activities.

  • Annex 2: Case Books dedicated to outstanding smart grid applications
  • Annex 3: Tools for the assessment of present smartness of electricity networks
  • Annex 4: Organization of knowledge, key issues, insightful analysis for decision makers
  • Annex 5: SIRFN . Smart grid research and testing facilities, test beds and protocols
  • Annex 6: Improve understanding of smart grid technologies
  • Annex 7: Governance and socio-technical issues associated with smart grids deployment
  • Annex 8: ISGAN Academy – Continuous training on technical skills and updates in the field of smart grids
  • Annex 9: aspects of market design for power system flexibility

Chloe Yoon, of the KSGI Co-Secretariat gave a status report on the current Awards competition and schedule. She reported on the CEM 11 activities as well as the ISGAN Award of Excellence 2020 and gave an outlook on 2021.

Luciano Martini closed ExCo21, thanking all participants for their active participation and expressing his hope that soon physical meetings will be possible again. The members of the Presidium expressed their pleasure about the very successful meeting and the fact that AIT and KSGI will continue their work as ISGAN Co-Secretariats.

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