September 2, 2021

Flexibility and stakeholder interaction questionnaire

ISGAN invites you to take part in our survey on flexibility in the power system until 30th of September.

Solutions providing advances in flexibility are of utmost importance for the future power system.
However, flexibility is not a unified term and is lacking a commonly accepted definition. The flexibility term is used as an umbrella covering various needs and aspects in the power system which complicates the discussion on flexibility and craves for differentiation to enhance clarity.

The goal of this questionnaire is to provide an increased understanding of the topic of flexibility in operation and planning of the  power system.

The purpose of this survey is to collect information and stakeholder perspectives on:

  1. How flexibility is understood and deployed within various countries/regions, and to collect additional sources of information relevant to international experiences related to flexibility.
  2. How system/network operators and other stakeholders perceive the impact of flexibility and their interaction.
  3. Research projects related to flexibility in the power system

The results of the survey will be used for:

  • Consolidation of the ISGAN discussion paper titled: “Flexibility harvesting and its impact on stakeholder interaction”
  • Assessment of flexibility markets and flexibility stakeholders.

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April 24, 2020

Webinar: New business models for distribution grid stakeholders under high penetration of DER

In a context with high penetration of distributed energy resources, the smartening and digitalization of distribution grids enable unlocking the potential of distributed flexibilities. However, new business models are necessary to make this a reality. This webinar will explore some of these new business models, with a focus on four main agents, namely DSOs, aggregators, end-users, and data service providers. The challenges and opportunities for these stakeholders are discussed, with an emphasis on perspective of the DSO as neutral market facilitator and distribution system optimizer. The work presented in this webinar is part of the European H2020 project Integrid (

May 19, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

The webinar mainly targets DSOs, and potential flexibility providers (VPPs, aggregators, flexible consumers), but it is also relevant to all other stakeholders with an interest in the topics of smart distribution grids, local flexibility services and aggregation. These includes, but is not limited to: regulators, academics and researchers on these topics, retailers, or software and data service providers.

Key messages:
• New business models and solutions are necessary to unlock the full potential of distributed flexibilities and metering data.
• These business models open both new challenges and opportunities for several stakeholders such as DSOs, end-users, aggregators or data service providers.
• The DSO in particular will have a central role as market facilititator and system optimizer.


Ricardo Prata                             Rafael Cossent                          Ricardo Bessa

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January 21, 2020

Common Information Model 2020

The 1st annual Common Information Model conference takes place 21-23 January 2020 in Amsterdam and draws together 100+ leading CIM implementers for 3 intensive days of case-study reviews.

This end-user driven, implementation focused conference will include 14+ utility case-studies and will scrutinise the most timely and critical issues facing utilities as they begin and, in some cases, continue to implement CIM. Discussions will focus on applying each protocol within the CIM standard, implementation, the CIM Working Group, configuration and interoperability, new tools and technologies, testing, and the progression of CIM as a standard.

Alongside the case-study programme, there is a utility strategy panel session, a technology innovation panel discussion, intimate end-user round table debates, a live demo lab of the latest systems and solutions, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.


For more information and to register:

Call: +44 (0)20 3691 1700



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January 20, 2020

World Utility Summit 3rd Edition

World Utility Summit 2020 across the globe will bring thought leaders to deliberate the preparedness of utilities to deal with the transformational changes in electricity ecosystem

World Utility Summit is coming back in 2020 with theme Utility Next for electricity utilities. The electricity ecosystem is undergoing an unprecedented transformation with the proliferation of renewables, distributed generation of resources and electric vehicles on one side and consumer activism and regulatory pressures on other. These developments can help utilities to embrace the complexities of the network and to prepare to drive decisions based on probabilities and real-time data.


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September 9, 2019

12th Smart Grid Forum Latin America

The distribution networks digitalisation and its impacts on companies, tariffs and consumers

With a business-oriented perspective, Smart Grid Forum Latin America aims to implement technologies in a sustainable manner, taking into account the technical, economic, environmental, political, legal and social aspects, focusing on the next necessary steps, rather than just reporting achievements already achieved. Our Conferences always end up providing guidance to governments, regulators, energy companies and other stakeholders on the next steps necessary for the modernization of energy services in the region.

In this edition, in particular, we hope to count on outstanding professionals and companies’ presence and sponsorship so that it is possible to gather the largest number of professionals and companies interested in advancing the agenda proposed by the Forum, focusing especially on those related to the energy serviceleveraging thesmart cities.

The Conference and Exhibition will address the following main themes:

  • Digitalization (Metering, Automation, Innovative new Digital Platforms on Prosumer´s side);
  • Intelligence (Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications in energy, Analitics and Big Data, Blockchain and new options of payment);
  • Connectivity (IoT, Platforms and uses of multiple networks, Cybersecurity);
  • Flexibility (Renewables and Distributed GenerationI ntegration, Smart Tariffs, demand response, new services to customers, Energy Storage and other real-time load management tools).

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April 25, 2019

ICSG Istanbul 2019

The International Smart Grids and Cities Congress and Fair (on April 25-26, 2019), which assembled the stakeholders of the energy industry, to which nearly 350 global corporations will attend as booth exhibitors, was attended by over 10 thousand industry representatives, experts and academicians from more than 50 countries.

Turkey is experiencing a transitional stage to use Smart Grid application like the whole world. During this critical period, parties fully utilizing, producing and distributing energy search for solutions to use energy effectively, rationally and without any loss. Thanks to advanced technology solutions such as information and communication technologies and smart grid, problems about consuming and producing energy are proposed to vanish in time. Therefore current grid systems shall inevitably be subjected to some amendments in order to integrate into this system.

Currently, many electricity distribution company have been involved in this transformation in Turkey having 35 millions of water subscribers, 35 millions of electricity subscribers and 10 millions of natural gas subscribers with a population of 80 millions of people.

Consequently, this congress to be held within the transitional stage of Turkey will provide an international platform in order to throw the participants together with all the shareholders, find answers to many questions, teach the latest innovations about smart grids, show sample applications and define investment strategies.


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March 15, 2019

Power Forward Challenge

Natural resources Canada (NRCan) and The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK launched the Power Forward Challenge

Canadian and UK companies are challenged to design better power grids, connecting the two nations to clean, user-friendly grids and helping to prevent power outages. For more info:

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October 28, 2018

Applied Superconductivity Conference

October 28 – November 2, Seattle, USA. Session “High Temperature Superconductor-based Technologies as Enabler for Efficient and Resilient Energy Systems”

Superconducting digital circuits have been actively pursued and developed for many decades due to their outstanding properties with high speed and energy efficiency. Competing for technology space with CMOS circuits, superconducting digital circuits technology has exhibited considerable progress and offers advantages on a number of metrics. The first generation superconducting digital circuits started from latching circuits, progressed to rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) circuits, and more recently are realized as energy efficient single flux quantum (SFQ) circuits, which include ERSFQ, eSFQ, LVSFQ, RQL, and AQFP. The recent rapid progress of the energy efficient SFQ circuit technology enables the realization of even larger digital circuits, such as digital processors, operating with previously envisioned low power consumption.

This session is dedicated to Fernand “Doc” Bedard, retired NSA Fellow and one of the first directors of the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, who passed away on June 21st, 2018 in Silver Springs, Maryland. Doc received his B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics magna cum laude from Fordham University and his Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University. During his career, he taught physics at the University of Cincinnati, American University, and the University of Maryland.

He spent most of his career at the National Security Agency, working in a wide variety of technologies and technology applications in Research and Engineering. His association with superconducting electronics stretched back to early research into Dudley Buck’s cryotron in the early 60’s. He was one of the leading advocates and investigators of application of superconducting electronics to high performance computing and networking systems, including central roles in the IBM Josephson Computer Technology project in the early 70’s, the Crossbar Switch demonstration in the mid-90’s and the Hybrid Technology Multi-Threaded (HTMT) petaflops project in the late 90’s. The legacy of his vision can be seen in the current IARPA Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) program.

Doc was not just a visionary sponsor of superconducting research, he was an accomplished and creative inventor and technologist. Doc was the inventor on 6 patents and the architect and first circuit designer of the 128×128 crossbar switch. In addition, he used his deep insight into electromagnetism to pioneer novel sensors across a variety of bandwidths.

During his career, Doc mentored many scientists and engineers. He was always willing to provide his insight into computing, circuits, cryogenics, materials, physics, and a broad panoply of technologies. He was active in the organization of many of the flagship conferences including the earliest Applied Superconductivity Conference, the establishment of the International Superconductive Electronics Conference. He was a founding organizer of the Workshop for Superconductive Devices, Circuits, and Systems (the JJ Workshop) and was still a member of the board at his passing.

In 2002, Doc received the IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity for his contributions within superconducting electronics.

While he had retired from professional activities, those who were in contact with Doc know that he was still working and creating, developing his inventions and ideas for commercial applications of superconducting electronics. Doc’s wisdom, energy, humor, and sharp insights will be sorely missed.

Special & Memorial Sessions

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October 21, 2018

2018 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe (ISGT-Europe)

IEEE PES ISGT EUROPE October 21-25, 2018 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

First IEEE ISGT Europe was hosted by Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since the first ISGT Europe conference, there have been seven successful European conferences. In 2018 year, IEEE ISGT Europe will be organized in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
IEEE ISGT Europe 2018 is the 8th IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). It focuses on industrial and manufacturing theory and applications for the wide use of information and communication technologies and integrated renewable and distributed energy resources on the electric grid. The conference aim is to attract IEEE and IEEE PES members as well as non-members (which we view as potential new PES members) who have an interest in Smart Grids. Also, ISGT Conference should be focused on attracting practicing engineers from manufacturers, utilities and R&D organizations who are involved in designing, building and demonstrating the envisioned Smart Grids. Nonetheless, ISGT conferences also cater for academia and, therefore, tracks for research papers should also be available, but should not be the main, and certainly not only feature of the conference.

IEEE ISGT Europe 2018 will be hosted by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo (B&H) on October 21 – 25, 2018 at Hotel Holiday in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is a charming city reflecting the perfect symbiosis of the past and the modern, a bridge between the East and the West, also referred to as the Jerusalem of Europe.
ISGT Europe 2018 will feature keynotes, plenary sessions, panels, industry exhibits, paper and poster presentation, and also tutorials by experts on smart grid applications and systems integration. The experts, researchers, practitioners and students around the world are kindly invited to submit papers for ISGT Europe 2018.
Authors may submit full papers up to six A4-sized pages in length, including figures, tables and references. Papers must be formatted in accordance with the full paper template for conference papers. All accepted and presented papers at the conference will be indexed by IEEE Xplore.

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October 2, 2018

3rd Africa Smart Grid Forum 2018

Date: 2 - 4 October 2018. Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

The 3rd Africa Smart grid Forum, 2018 is co-organized by the Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Standards Board in collaboration with the African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission (AFSEC) from 2-4 October 2018.

The Forum is composed of high level policy plenary sessions, followed by parallel technical sessions bringing together International and African technical experts. The Forum includes an exhibition for international and continental companies and organizations providing technology solutions and institutional support to enable smart grid implementation. The participants in this Forum will include industry and utilities leaders, experts, international, continental, and regional institutions, investors and development partners.

AFREC will co-locate the 1st AFREC Seminar on African Energy Efficiency: with the Theme: Smart Grid electricity Interconnection from 1-2 October 2018. Other pre-conference event are also being planned, including an ANSI workshop on power system interoperability standards, an IEC workshop on LVDC technology, a Cigre tutorial on telecommunication network infrastructure for
enabling smart grid.

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September 17, 2018

11th Smart Grid Forum Latin America, September 17-18, 2018

The Smart Grid Forum Latin America is pleased to announce and invite all the energy sector stakeholders to participate with us attending to the 11th edition of the SMART GRID FORUM/2018 - Smart Grid Forum Latin America, to be held on September 17th and 18th, 2018, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

This edition will include the International Panel SMART CITY/2018, aiming at congregating articulation associations for the deployment of intelligent networks in the various regions of the world, especially in urban areas. The 2018 Conference theme is “How the smart energy systems and its consumers are shaping the cities of the future”.

The main actors and stakeholders in the region have already participated in previous editions of the Forum, but especially in this edition, we will be working in an integrated way so that we can gather as many international participations as possible, also inviting the respective governments, regulators and local professional communities, aiming to receive the broader stakeholder’s possible matrix.

Themes such as Intelligent Cities, Connectivity, IoT, Blockchain, Public Lighting, Artificial Intelligence, among other technologies will be addressed at the Conference.

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September 12, 2018

IEA workshop on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency: Opportunities for International Cooperation, September 12, 2018

The workshop organized by the IEA will take place 12 September 2018 in Paris on the margins of the annual meeting of the Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies (EWUP).

Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency: Opportunities for International Cooperation – 12 September 2018

G20 economies have agreed that behaviour change is an important part of realising global gains in energy efficiency. Now, they are seeking to determine how international collaboration on behaviour change within the G20, and beyond, could help to enhance national and regional efforts to scale up energy efficiency.

The workshop will:

  • Introduce behaviour change for energy efficiency, covering: i) how behaviour change theory can be used to strengthen traditional energy efficiency policies such as standards and labelling schemes; and ii) new policy interventions to encourage energy efficient behaviour.
  • Explore the particular opportunities and challenges faced in encouraging behaviour change across sectors and in different country contexts; and
  • Identify possible topics for future collaboration as well as potential mechanisms and resources for collaboration, including the Task Groups under the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme

Please register for this workshop here:

For questions concerning the online registration for this workshop please contact Paola Cajamarca (

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September 10, 2018

2018 SmartGrid Canada Conference

September 10 - 12, 2018 - Montreal, Quebec. As an industry association dedicated to advancing smart grid for the benefit of Canadians, we have taken great pride in producing a high quality conference that is focused on great speakers and a relevant program.

We consult with our utility, industry and academic members to understand what is the pressing issue of the year and use our connections within the industry to bring you insight from leaders in Canada, the United States and abroad.

In 2013, we partnered with the conference producer Smart Grid Roadshow to bring together the multiple smart grid related events in Canada. By consolidating our smart grid events into a single premiere event, we can offers delegates and sponsors the best opportunity to connecting with the industry,

As we are a not-for-profit, we put the sponsorship money and attendance fees directly into the event. We select the best venue we can find and use the conference as an opportunity to show the industry our hospitality. Any profits go into doing more for the industry – research, advocacy and information sharing.

Now that smart grid is entering a state of maturity, our conference is looking to provide its audience with real-world learning from smart grid implementations both in Canada and around the world. SmartGrid Canada is hosting multiple inbound trade delegations from Europe, Asia and the Americas giving delegates an opportunity to understand new perspectives.

The conference will also be the platform from which we publish our 6th annual Smart Grid Consumer Research. This research has become the benchmark in the industry for understanding the customer and how we can engage them in the modernization of the electricity system.

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September 7, 2018

IRENA Innovation Week 2018

IRENA Innovation Week 2018: Solutions for a Renewable-Powered Future is an action-focused gathering of around 250 leading companies, innovators and policy makers from across IRENA's diverse global membership, convened to explore how innovations in enabling technologies, business models, system operations and sector coupling can accelerate the renewable power transition. Ministers and senior executives will be attending the high-level segment on late Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning.

Policy makers attending will have an opportunity to learn from their counterparts and leading innovators about the status and opportunities arising from emerging innovations. Innovators and innovative companies attending will have an opportunity to inform the strategies of a diverse range of policy makers, from around the world. Together policy makers and innovators will improve their mutual awareness of the opportunities and challenges created by emerging innovations and explore ways to broaden uptake.

In the two years since Innovation Week 2016, we have seen further remarkable cost reductions in renewable energy to the extent that many commercially available renewable power generation technologies will be competitive with conventional fuels by 2020. In parallel, we are witnessing transformative changes in the way energy systems are operated, driven by trends such as the growing digitalisation of systems, the increased decentralisation of electricity supply, the need for system flexibility, and the electrification of end-use sectors.

While the transformation of the power sector is well underway, the challenge now is to build on the potential of low-cost renewable power and ensure all countries can reliably integrate high shares in their power systems.

Find out more about Innovation Week 2018. Contact to express interest in attending.

Image credits: IRENA

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August 28, 2018

Make Informed Grid Investments

Join this Advanced Grid Research webinar on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern

Insight into how grid technology performs can be tough to get quickly! Result — like cost and energy savings, peak shaving, ramping requirements and fossil fuel usage — depend heavily on the usage, energy mix, geography and consumer behavior. The Grid Project Impact Quantification (GridPIQ) tool from the U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories allows you to quickly analyze and visualize your grid project from multiple perspectives.

GridPIQ allows you to:

  • Quickly screen new grid technologies to identify impacts
  • Understand and quantify project benefits
  • Uncover unintended consequences

Learn how the GridPIQ tool can help you make informed choices about technology investments and policy options.

Register Now

P.S. Look for more webinars on the technologies and tools available to you through the DOE|OE’s Advanced Grid Research group!

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