November 28, 2018

ISGAN Award 2018 Webinar: Coordinating Power Control_Recorded lecture downloadable

What happens in a local distribution grid when all smart homes start being active, when batteries, EV charging and heat pumps start to react to the system wholesale price?

10 Dec 2018 @ 14:00 CET
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Duration: 1h

This webinar will explain what happens in a local distribution grid when all smart homes start being active, when batteries, EV charging and heat pumps start to react to the system wholesale price. How can a distribution grid owner be able to plan when he has no control over all the aggregators that are active in his grid?

The coordinating power control project is key to find a balance between incentives and regulations and between technology providers, regulatory bodies and the DSO. Should the optimization focus on the end user cost, distribution grid throughput or the overall system function?


The copy of presentation slides and recorded lecture can be found on the following link :



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November 21, 2018

“CEM Days” Grid Integration of Variable Renewables: Challenges and Approaches for Power System Planning

“CEM Days” will take place in 21-23 November in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The topic of the workshop is Grid Integration of Variable Renewables: Challenges and Approaches for Power System Planning. The work of the following CEM work streams will be presented: Power System Flexibility campaign, 21CPP, Distributed Generation campaign, and possibly ISGAN.

The detailed agenda is still under development and additional speakers from CEM member countries could be accommodated. Please contact the CEM Secretariat or Brazil Sherpa  if you would like to participate and also if you would like to make a short presentation at this event on experiences, challenges and opportunities present in your country in this area of work.

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November 8, 2018

Webinar series: Long Term Scenarios for the Energy Transition Campaign

The LTES webinars will present attendees with a fuller picture of how long-term energy scenarios are currently developed and used by leading government and research institutions around the world.

They are an opportunity to engage with leading practitioners around these topics, and future questions around how long-term scenarios can best drive a rapid clean energy transition over the coming decades.  To register for the LTES webinar series, please follow this link:

Webinar schedule

The LTES webinars will be held on a near-weekly basis, beginning on November 8th 2018 at 9:30 CET:
November 8th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Alec Waterhouse – UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
» Reshma Francy – UAE Ministry of Energy

November 15th 2018, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» Jesús Raymundo Duque – Mexico Secretary of Energy (SENER)
» Thiago Barral and Gustavo Naciff – The Energy Research Office (EPE) of Brasil

November 22nd 2018, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» Michael Paunescu – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
» Glasha Obrekht and Li Xue – Environment and Climate Change Canada
» Michael Nadew – National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada

November 29th 2018, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» Uwe Remme – International Energy Agency (IEA)
» Alex Santander – Chile Ministry of Energy

December 6th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Kaare Sandholt – China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC)
» Niels Bisgaard – Danish Energy Agency (DEA)

December 13th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Tiina Koljonen – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
» German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) (TBC)

December 20th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Pieter Boot and Paul Koutstaal – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
» Hiroyuki Ishida – Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

January 17th 2019, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» George Giannakidis and Brian O’Gallachoir – IEA ETSAP

January 24th 2019, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» NREL Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (TBC)
» EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) (TBC)

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October 23, 2018

16th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo16)

A very exciting ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15) and associated side-events (IRED 2018) have been held in Vienna, Austria in the week from 15th – 19th October 2018.

At the end of the meeting, ExCo representatives were very proud to look back on a highly successful meeting in Vienna.


A big thank you goes to the Austrian ExCo representative, as the 16th ExCo was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and took place in the Ministry’s premises.




In addition to administrative decisions, important steps for future cooperation with external partners and organisations were discussed and defined. In order to stimulate active discussions among the ExCo representatives, discussions on strategic issues took place not only in the large group, but also in smaller focus groups. In three breakout-sessions the following topics have been discussed:

  1. Future Cooperation within CEM (21CPP and other CEM workstreams) and other relevant initiatives (ERANet Smart Grids+, etc.).
  2. Interaction with MI IC#1 Smart Grids and detailed discussions on the joint workshop at CEM10 in Canada.
  3. Discussion of further proposals on the budget line “Strategic actions” proposals for FY2019.


Fortunately, some high-level representatives of GSGF (Global Smart Grids Federation) also took part in an extra breakout session. Next to the goal of identifying what GSGF plans for the coming years, also possibilities for future cooperation and links between ISGAN and GSGF were discussed.


Another very important part of the meeting was the review of progress and strategic plans of all the Annexes.


Many thanks to all who actively participated at 16th ExCo and of course ISGAN would be very happy to welcome you again at 17th ExCo in Stockholm (spring 2019).

… but of course new participants would be also welcome.


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October 16, 2018

IRED 2018

History meets future - The 8th International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources in Vienna, Austria

Today’s power sector worldwide has been observing dramatic changes. The main reasons behind these changes are the growing shares of renewable and distributed energy resources (DER) and their advanced functionalities, the introduction of advanced communication technologies, rising volumes of data and the evolution of electricity markets. Within the 8th International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources – IRED 2018, the future of distributed energy resources and their participation in the power system management and operation will be discussed in the historic ambience of the city of Vienna.

IRED is a global conference gathering experts from industry, government and academia to share information on state-of-the-art technologies, research and know-how and engage in lively discussions related to the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources into the power systems. The conference will focus on the technical, market, and regulatory issues that challenge the integration of these resources into the grid. The goals of this conference are to:

  • Share status and latest results of research projects
  • Better understand and communicate the visions from various stakeholders and players
  • Learn from individual national programs and policies
  • Discuss main issues and barriers and identify other needed research and potential solutions
  • Stimulate international, national, and regional project and program coordination

The conference will include several opportunities for in depth discussion within pre-conference sessions, post-conference breakouts, a poster session, and evening events.

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October 15, 2018

16th Executive Committee Of The International Smart Grid Action Network – Vienna, 15-19 October 2018

It is with great pleasure that the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) invites you to the 16th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place 15-17 October 2018, in Vienna (Austria).

It is with great pleasure that the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) invites the members of the Executive Committee and the Annex-Operating Agents to the 16th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place 15-17 October 2018, in Vienna (Austria).

Following the Executive Committee meeting, you can participate in the International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED 2018), taking place 17-19 October, as well as the new edition of the Knowledge Transfer (KTP) Workshop (October 18, afternoon – October 19, morning), which you are kindly invited to.

All Members of the Executive Committee and Annex-Operating Agents are asked to register for the ExCo meeting and for a reduced registration for IRED2018 in the for below. Please note that you need to create an account first and can then choose for which events to register for.

(Registration option closed)

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September 30, 2018

Submit your Technical Paper Abstract by 30th Sep 2018 : India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2019

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) is pleased to announce India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2019 scheduled from 12 - 16 March 2019 at Manekshaw Center, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, India.

ISUW 2019 will be organised as an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Utilities for Smarter Cities. ISUW 2019 will bring together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Energy Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart energy and smart cities domains. ISUW 2019 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, keynotes, and technical sessions.

We are pleased to extend the Call for Technical Papers Abstracts for ISUW 2019 upon receipt of extension request from several authors to 30th September 2018. 

Themes of the Technical Papers are listed below:

A.Electric Mobility

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for India
  • Vehicle- Grid integration (VGI)
  • Payment Settlement Systems for EV Charging
  • EVs as Virtual Power Plants

B.Smart Grids for Smart Cities

  • Common Automation and IT Layer for Smart City Infrastructure Domains
  • Smart Street Lighting
  • Smart Transport
  • Smart Security
  • Combined billing and customer care systems for all utilities in a smart city
  • Common GIS map for all domains in a smart city
  1. Foundational Blocks for Smart Grids
  • Learnings from Smart Grid Projects
  • Smart Microgrids for Campuses, Railway Stations, Sea Ports, Airports, Industrial Parks,  Military Bases, Hotels, Hospitals, Slums and Commercial Complexes
  • Cyber Physical Security of the Critical Infrastructure
  • Standards and Interoperability of Equipment and Systems
  • Communications Solutions for Smart Grids and Smart Cities

D.Technology Trends

  • Demand Flexibility
  • Digital Utility
  • Customer Engagement Strategies and Social Media for Utilities
  • Grid Interactive Buildings
  • Energy Storage Technologies

E.Disruptive Innovations for Utilities

  • Machine Learning
  • Wearable Devices
  • Blockchain
  • AI, Robotics, Drones
  • Deploying IoT and Augmented Reality Technologies for the Smart Grids
  1. Regulations for Smart Grids and Power Markets
  2. 250 Million Smart Meters in India – Rollout Strategies and Business Models
  3. Towards 100% Renewables
  4. Smart Water – Solutions for Water Production, Transmission and Distribution Networks
  5. Smart City Gas Distribution – Solutions for Gas Transmission and Distribution Networks


  • Experts and Researchers on Smart Grid technologies are eligible to submit technical papers.
  • Abstract of paper: max 250 words to be submitted with this application latest by 30 September 2018 (Date extended). 
  • Papers: Shortlisted paper abstracts will be announced by 30 October 2018
  • Full Paper: Authors of shortlisted papers will be required to submit the full paper in IEEE paper format by 30th December 2018 (max: 6 pages / 1200 words)
  • Papers deemed purely commercial in nature will not be selected
  • To submit the abstract for ISUW 2019, please visit the following link:

For queries email us at

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4 Sep 2018 @ 14:00 CEST
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Duration: 1h

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a well-established technique for Decision-Making (DM) in companies recently applied to Smart Grid projects whose impact can span over the electrical power system borders and cannot be easily monetized. Therefore, CBA lacks in describing the smart grid potential and Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) has been introduced for improving DM. The Webinar covers DM fundamentals focusing on MCA and CBA. Pros, cons and research gaps of each technique are analysed with the aid of real-world examples. Finally, a novel implementation of MCA-CBA is proposed with particular reference to Smart Grid application as proposed by ISGAN Annex 3.

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13 Jun 2018 @ 14:00 CEST

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Duration: 1h
The webinar offers a new approach to least-cost electrification planning, deciding down to each individual customer the best (least-cost) supply model, whether grid connection, distributed off-grid microgrids, or even a DC solar kit or an AC stand-alone solar system. By dealing with distributed electrification technologies, smart grid compatible off-grid technologies, demand management or digital utilities, in the context of developing countries, where 1.2 billion people still lack any electricity supply and around 500 million more suffer from a very low reliability and frequent blackouts, the savings offered by this comprehensive approach contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.


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June 4, 2018

ISGAN side event during CEM9: Intelligent market design – boosting global smart grid deployment

As part of the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copenhagen 24 May 2018, an official Side Event on the importance of market design to smart grid deployment was arranged jointly by ISGAN and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum.

The Swedish Minister for Energy Ibrahim Baylan took part in the event, organized as a high-level panel discussion, bringing together key stakeholders and policy experts from the private sector, IEA and CEM member countries. The influence of market design on smart grid deployment in an international context involving opportunities on both the local/decentralized and the regional/interconnected level was in focus for the discussion.

You will find the agenda for the side event here

The high-level panel discussion was preceded by a full day workshop on Thursday 23. The highly interactive dialogue during the workshop was using a draft policy brief distributed in advance to the participants as a starting point for the discussions on how to accelerate the implementation of smart grid solutions. The outcome and recommendations from the workshop resulted in a concrete list of recommendations which was forwarded to the participants in the side event together with the final version of the policy brief.

You will find the agenda for the workshop here

Policy brief “Opportunities to Accelerate Smart Grid Deployment through Innovative Market Design”

Recommendations from the workshop


(please see also the workshop report: Policy Brief and Workshop Summary)

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May 30, 2018

ISGAN booklets for CEM9 are now available online

The 9th Clean Energy Ministerial was held on 24 May in Copenhagen, Denmark and ISGAN, one of CEM initiatives on smart grids, disseminated its deliverables to several CEM side events in order to increase visibility and promote its activities to external stakeholders around the world.

With this, we are pleased to inform you that ISGAN booklet for CEM9 is now available for download as attached. For your information, it consists of a summary of various activities of ISGAN, including Annexes and the results of 2018 Award of excellence competition.

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May 24, 2018

CEM9 Side Event Perspectives on Energy Storage Systems

As part of the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copehagen, an official Side Event on Energy Storage Systems was arranged on 24 May 2018.

The event was organized by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in collaboration with the CEM-initiative 21st Century Power Partnership and Mission Innovation; Smart Grids Innovation Challenge. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy storage is a key clean energy technology, which will play a critical role in the transition to a climate neutral energy system.

The event gathered international experts for a knowledge exchange dialogue to inform a coming Case Book on Energy Storage Systems to be published by ISGAN later this year.

Examples highlighted at the event covered chemical storage (batteries) for power systems frequency response, the use of thermal inertia in buildings and chemical storage for seasonal balancing of power systems (ammonia and hydrogen).

From the discussions it was noted that future, rather than present, needs should be in focus in the coming Case Book. It was also suggested that examples based on regulatory experiments should be given priority, as these are of key importance to create an enabling environment for energy storage technologies.

The meeting was moderated by Ms Helen Clarkson, CEO The Climate Group and keynote speaker was Dr Lawrence Jones from Edison Electric Institute. The full program is attached.

Event contact:

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May 23, 2018

Workshop on Intelligent market design – boosting global smart grid deployment

ISGAN side event at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting on 23 May 2018 in Malmö.

How should energy markets be designed to allow for energy system integration and a greater variety of stakeholders and roles? And what are the key elements in market design that we must focus on to accelerate deployment of smart grid technologies and solutions? These are key questions that will be discussed during a highly interactive international dialogue.

The outcome of the dialogue will provide input to a high-level panel discussion in Copenhagen the next day – in connection to CEM – focusing on concrete policy recommendations pushing the market design agenda forward.

Event type

Malmö Live, Dag Hammarskjölds Torg 4, 211 18 Malmö

Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and Swedish Smartgrid

Contact information

Event website

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May 3, 2018

WEBINAR TRAINING: Utility-Scale Storage: If, When, What Type, How Much, and Where?

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is hosting a no-cost webinar titled, Utility Scale Storage: If, When, What Type, How Much, and Where?


The webinar is part of the technical platform, which provides information and technical assistance to address the challenges related to grid modernization and the integration of variable renewable energy to the power system.

Affordable energy storage is sometimes referred to as the “holy grail” in the context of achieving high penetrations of solar and wind energy in the power system. With the costs of solar, wind and battery-based energy storage technologies declining dramatically in recent years, power sector stakeholders around the world are faced with policy and investment decisions related to the role of energy storage in a high-variable renewable energy system. Yet, the interactions between high variable renewable energy penetration and energy storage are power system-specific and in many cases are not well understood.

The webinar will provide a state-of-the-industry overview of the considerations related to cost-effective deployment of energy storage in power systems pursuing high penetrations of variable renewable energy. The webinar will explore common questions, such as:

  • Under what conditions is storage an attractive option relative to other sources of power system flexibility?
  • What services do storage offer a power system with high variable renewable energy penetrations, and how might the value of these services change in different power system contexts (e.g., moderate versus high variable renewable energy penetrations, large versus small power systems, market and non-market systems)?
  • What tools are available to help decision makers understand which type, what size, and where storage could be beneficial to their power systems?
  • How might the downward trend in battery storage costs change how storage is considered as an integration solution?
  • What lessons can other countries and power markets take away from the U.S. experience with energy storage?

The webinar will be presented and moderated by Paul Denholm and Jaquelin Cochran from NREL.

Paul Denholm, Ph.D., is a member of the Grid Systems Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. Dr. Denholm is a leading researcher in grid applications for energy storage and solar energy. He pioneered a variety of research methods for understanding the technical, economic and environmental benefits and impacts of the large-scale deployment of renewable electricity generation. He has delivered over 100 invited presentations to agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the International Energy Agency. He has co-authored over 100 articles related to renewable energy integration.

Jaquelin Cochran, Ph.D., is the group manager for the Market & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. Dr. Cochran analyzes policies and market designs that create an enabling framework for emerging energy technologies (e.g., renewable energy, demand response, and distributed generation), with a focus on best practices for grid integration of renewable electricity. She recently co-led a renewable energy grid integration study of India. Before joining NREL, Dr. Cochran was an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management with KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years with the Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE) in Krakow. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

16 May 2018
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time | 4:00 p.m. Central European Time

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March 11, 2018

15th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15)

We are pleased to inform you that the next ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15) and associated side-events (smart grid regional conference) will be held in Newcastle, Australia in the week of March 12, 2018.

Monday Workshops

Technical Site Visit

The ISGAN community visited Summerhill Waste Management Facility.

The head of the facility presented it capabilities in terms of waste collection and treatment in the local context. He raised the crucial importance of education in waste management and recycling and the measures currently undertaken in Newcastle.

The two main initiatives currently considered include waste to energy, WTE, and processed engineered fuel, PEF. PEF refers to the processing of waste to produce feedstock for WTE and involves sorting, screening and shredding of waste. The process ensures that the feedstock is suitable for the WTE facility, maximizes its efficiency, reduces waste from the WTE facility and, finally help to transport fuel more efficiently.

Giving an overview of the issues in the industry is facing right now, the head of the facility mentioned fast changing regulation and the attitudes and awareness of the overall population. He pointed out the 70% recycling target established by the authorities, which is, however, currently difficult to achieve and the average recycling rate does not go beyond 45%. By way of an example, in big cities the population is not directly engaged with their environment, thus recycling activities are much more difficult to conduct compared to small communites. This creates an oportunity for a regulatory change from recycling to diversion and recovery (waste to energy).

Reception at Newcastle’s City Mayor

Newcastle welcomed ISGAN Experts at the City Hall

In the afternoon CSIRO and Newcastle City Council organized Workshops and Idea Bombing on Smart City Newcastle.

ExCo Meeting

From Wednesday to Friday the Executive Committee meet to discuss adminstrative issues and pogress as well as work programs within their Annexes. A new Vice Chair was elected to support ISGAN presidium: Mr. A. K. Mishra from India

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March 1, 2018

SIRFN Workshop on Test Protocols, Methods and Microgrid Research

ISGAN Workshop on Monday 12th, March 2018 in in Newcastle, Australia.

Proposed Agenda

Public SIRFN workshop
08:30-08:45 Welcoming remarks,Introduction, Meeting Objectives
08:45-09:45 Test Protocols for Advanced Inverter Functions: current

developments and future opportunities (Jay Johnson, Sandia)

09:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:00 Advanced Laboratory Testing Methods (Roland Bründlinger, AIT)
11:00-12:00 Role of Microgrids Research in Future Power System Research
12:00-13:00 Lunch break

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January 24, 2018

India SMART GRID Week 2018

INDIA SMART GRID WEEK (ISGW 2018) is the fourth edition of the Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and Smart Cities, organized by India Smart Grid Forum scheduled from 05 – 09 March 2018, New Delhi, India.

ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart grid deployments across the country. With 180+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research, ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Energy and Smart Cities.

ISGW 2018 will bring together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Energy Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart energy and smart cities domains. ISGW 2018 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, panels, keynotes, and technical sessions. 

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