International Energy Agency (IEA)

Our Partnership includes the collaboration on Power System related reseach within the IEA interaction with the End Use Working Party (EUWP) and other Technology Collaboration Programs.

Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)

As one of CEM’s initiative, ISGAN delivers policy support and briefs at various events, as the CEM meetings. Further collaboration includes coordination within other CEM initiatives and external communication.

ISGAN and Mission Innovation MI IC#1 Smart Grids

This overview summarizes a preliminary analysis that has been made in order to clarify the differences and synergies in the scope and objectives of the two initiatives and represents work in progress. Further developments are to follow in the near future.

IC#1 aims to accelerate development and demonstration of smart grids technologies in a variety of grid applications, including demonstrating the robust, efficient and reliable operation of regional and distribution grids as well as microgrids in diverse geographic conditions, in order to facilitate the cost-effective uptake of renewable energy. Within MI future innovations are developed. (detailed information about Mission Innovation you will find under

ISGAN acts at a later phase of the development chain and focuses on policy support and deployment of research results and best practices

Mission Innovation


Launched at COP 21, Paris, Nov. 2015 Launched at 1st CEM, Washington, July, 2010Formally established as a IEA TCP, April 2011
22 member countries and the EU 25 member countries plus the European Commission
Dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation – by seeking to double their governments’ clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years, and scale-up public research Advancing smarter and cleaner electricity grids through a global network of experts, addressing gaps in knowledge and tools, improve peer-to-peer exchange, and showcase excellence
MI IC#1 identified innovations gaps for joint collaborations:

  • Improve storage integration at all time scales (in operation for system services but also when performing planning studies as an additional degree of freedom) as a source of flexibility
  • Use of demand response for system services with well-defined interactions between the market players and the network operators (and TSO-DSO exchange of information)
  • Identify and support improvements of suitable flexibility options (RES generation, flexible thermal power generation, load, network, storage, integration with other energy network) to ensure adequacy and security
  • Developing regional electricity highways with both AC and DC technologies
  • Study and demonstrate new grid architectures both at transmission and distribution level as a source of flexibility
  • Novel/advanced power electronics technology for improving efficiency and controllability of smart grids.
Work in ISGAN is divided into eight Annexes


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