Capturing Flexibility in Local Energy Systems Workshop

Canada, with ISGAN Annex 6, is hosting a public workshop titled “Capturing flexibility from local energy systems,” inviting participants to explore the role distributed energy resources (loads, storage devices, and small generation) will have in a deeply decarbonised, next generation smart grid.

As a participant in the full workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn from the latest findings on activities related to demonstrations taking place internationally. Through discussions and collaborative sessions, you will also have the change to contribute to a whitepaper highlighting concepts presented and encouraging future study implementation to provide support for effective policy development.


This workshop will be hosted in the following segments:

  1. December 2020: Pre-recorded presentations are available on the ISGAN YouTube Channel for you to view online before attending the next workshop segments
  2. January 13, 2021 from 14:00 – 16:30 CET / 8:00 – 10:30 EST / 18:30 – 21:00 IST: Join a live 2-hour online discussion amongst speakers and participants for a) Q&A session with the speaker and b) open group discussion for drafting the outline of a whitepaper that highlights the potential and encourages future study and implementation.
  3. 2021/2022: Join an in-person (as circumstances allow) meeting with international ISGAN and annex 6 members as well as Canadian experts from the smart grids community, attached to another event in Canada will focus on finalizing and launching the whitepaper.


The online workshop is free of charge but we strongly encourage interested participants to register to receive reminders and updates as this workshop and its related deliverables progress.

List of Presentations:


  • Introduction to ISGAN Annex 6: Transmission and Distribution Systems – Joni Rossi, RISE / ISGAN Annex 6 Operating Agent (Sweden)

Theme A: Potential of Flexibility Resources

  • Flexibility Potential in Local Energy Systems – Anjali Wadhera, Natural Resources Canada (Canada)
  • Local Power Balancing for Advancing Power System Flexibility – Narayana Prasad Padhy, India Institute of Technology Roorkee (India)

Theme B: Bringing Flexibility Together

  • IESO York Region Non Wires Alternatives Demonstration Project – Pat Lo,  Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (Canada)
  • Transactive Electric Distribution System – Bala Venkatesh, Ryerson University (Canada)
  • “Enabling flexibilities for future power systems: Synergies from EU and Canadian collaborative activities” by Magnus Andersson – IMCG Sweden, Anh Tuan Le – Chalmers University of Technology and Kankar Bhattacharya – University of Waterloo.
  • Green Button and London Hydro Pilots – Syed Mir, London Hydro (Canada)

Theme C: Market Policies and Planning Approaches

  • The Role of DSOs in a Decentralised Future – Randolf Brazier, Energy Networks Association (United Kingdom)
  • Local Market Designs for Maximizing Social Benefits (Survey Results) – Orlando Valarezo, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Spain)
  • Why getting flexibility from distribution grids? Possible solutions and regulatory issues – Gianluigi Migliavacca, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (Italy)


Further information about the event will be distributed to the registered persons shortly before the event. For all enquiries regarding the event, please contact steven.wong[at] or joni.rossi[at]

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