December 21, 2020

Call for tender for Executive Committee Operating Agent and Secretariat of the International Smart Grids Action Network

The Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN – International Smart Grids Action Network) launches a call for tender to serve as ISGAN Executive Committee Operating Agent and Secretariat (ISGAN OA/Secretariat). The document contains an introduction to the ISGAN activities, the proposed content, the eligibility and selection criteria, the terms and conditions, and the terms of reference for the position.

The tender is set up as a competitive fixed price process, in which all off bids will be assessed against the selection criteria, while the total price for the two-year term should not exceed €380.000 incl. VAT.

The ISGAN Executive Committee therefore invites all suitably qualified organizations to submit a bid to serve as its Operating Agent and Executive Committee secretariat. Interested parties can file their application to Mr. Josef Ayoub, lead of the ISGAN OA/Secretariat Evaluation Team (josef.ayoub[at] by 22 January 2021, 14:00 hours local time CET.

Bids that are not compliant with the eligibility criteria contained in Section 3, such as exceeding the fixed price, must clearly identify areas of non-compliance and may be rejected.

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December 18, 2020

Smart5Grid kickoff meeting

The project will investigate the implementation of 5G connectivity in Energy sector, by developing 4 demonstrators in Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Greece, for testing different applications in energy industry and Smart Grids. Besides that, the project will also develop a framework to facilitate the development of NetAPPs, fostering the access to new markets for SMEs.

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December 16, 2020

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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December 10, 2020

Lessons learned from international projects on TSO-DSO interaction

Annex 6 presents the lessons learned from international projects on TSO-DSO interaction.

This discussion paper identifies and consolidates the lessons learned from international projects, use cases, and best practices on TSO-DSO interaction. The results have been obtained from projects that are still in their early phases based on their preliminary findings as well as those that have reached their dissemination stages. Furthermore, this work aims to present a global view of developments of TSO-DSO interaction based on collaboration from stakeholders within the ISGAN community, as well as additional collaboration partners (TSOs, DSOs, project leaders, etc).

The main target audience is focused toward stakeholders who are familiar with the topic and will provide them with an overview and reference towards projects such that the lessons learned can be considered within future projects. The video provides a high-level overview which encapsulates the main findings, while this report forms a supplementary consolidation of the results in order to provide additional information in more detail.

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November 23, 2020

Webinar- Extracting value from data sharing for RES forecasting: Privacy aspects & data monetization

17 Dec 2020 @ 14:00 CET Duration: 1h Recent works in renewable energy sources (RES) forecasting, have shown the interest of using spatially distributed time series and assumed that data could be gathered centrally and used, either at the RES power plant level, or at the level of a system operator. However, data is distributed in terms of ownership, limitation in data transfer capabilities and with agents being reluctant to share their data anyway. The goal of this presentation is to rethink those learning problems by reformulating them as distributed learning problems and exploring two paradigms: privacy-preserving analytics and data markets. It will start by presenting the paradigm of collaborative RES forecasting and the challenges to implement a privacy layer for data from multiple owners. Then, the different algorithmic solutions for that data markets are discussed together with its applicability to RES forecasting. In this context, agents will be incentivized to collaborate, either through monetization of data or a privacy protocol for data exchange. This Webinar is proposed by the European H2020 Smart4RES project (

Intended audience

  • Decision-makers from the energy sector and the power system industry (operators of power systems, energy producers, market regulators, energy traders, etc.)
  • Senior engineers with experience in renewable energy or statistics / data science
  • Data providers, data science companies, grid operators
  • RES traders
  • Academia, Regulation bodies

Liyang Han                               Ricardo Bessa

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November 20, 2020

Webinar cancellation: Demonstrating the technical and economical viability of grid-forming converters: first lessons learnt from Osmose demonstrators

The planned webinar on OSMOSE grid-forming demonstrator on 14th December is postponed. Unfortunately this event has to be rescheduled in the next months. Do not hesitate to follow the OSMOSE linked-in page to keep you informed:

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November 5, 2020

Workshop on enforced international and national knowledge exchange

Based on the experiences from various projects and work within ISGAN annexes, a workshop was organised by the ISGAN KTP Team at the virtual ExCo 20 week in October 2020. The challenge addressed in this workshop was the barriers for knowledge flow and engagement between stakeholders at national level with the international level, and vice versa.

The rationale for the workshop was based on the assumption that the knowledge and experience from developments nationally – both at policy level and in practice – could be captured in a more systematic way to inform and influence dialogue at the international level, whilst at the same time opening up for involvement from a greater number and a more diverse set of stakeholders to create a more holistic picture of challenges and solutions.

Figure. Illustration of the potential for increased interaction and flow of knowledge.

The workshop was arranged to discuss and co-create ideas on how this could be achieved in practice in various areas of work within the ISGAN community.
Among the recommendations from the workshop is a new role as connector between the international and national level in each country. In addition, make use of national mirror groups in connection to ISGAN projects. It was also emphasized that web meetings including the services of the ISGAN Academy are important tools for stronger connection between the international and national levels.

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November 5, 2020

ExCo20 ISGAN Annex 6 side event, 29 October 2020

During the 20th meeting of the ISGAN Excecutive Committee , ISGAN Annex 6 Power Transmission & Distribution Systems hosted a side event that showcased the recent work done within the Annex.

At the 20th meeting of the ISGAN Executive Committee, Annex 6 ‘Power Transmission & Distribution Systems’ hosted a side event that showcased its recent work.

Firstly, the key messages of Annex 6 were presented, giving an overview of its four main focus areas and summarising the collaboration of its network of international experts.

Each of the focus areas is assigned to a focus area leader in charge of facilitating and consolidating the Annex’ work in accordance with its the objectives. Key messages of the Annex’ work were elaborated, based on three main perspectives:

  1. Drivers for change according to generation, grid, and demand
  2. Resulting consequences caused by increased challenges of maintaining secure operation and reliable long-term planning of the Power Transmission and Distribution System
  3. Needs to ensure sustainability and security of supply, highlighting future requirements and adaptations with respect to technology, market innovations and policy

Secondly, the outcome of the Annex’ work on the topic ‘MEGA vs micro grids’ and related trends influencing the development of the power system was also presented.

In this regard, an overview of the respective grids and their topology was discussed. From the perspective of investment, it was shown that flexibility needs to consider energy in both time and space, due to the integration of a significant amount of RES. In both cases, MEGA and micro grids are able to integrate RES based on the maximization of local RES and optimization of system-wide energy resources respectively.

Furthermore, the activity contributed toward the policy brief distributed to the virtual CEM meeting. For further information please see:

Lastly, the outcome of the activity ‘Lessons learned from international projects on TSO-DSO interaction’ was presented. A video clip provided a high-level overview of the topic, in line with four key questions, consolidating the challenges, successes, lessons learned, and recommendations based on the experience of various projects on TSO-DSO interaction.

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November 5, 2020

20th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo20)

Between 27th and 29th of October, ISGAN community marked it’s 20th Executive Committee Meeting. The successful meeting was held online overcoming the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic evolving around ISGAN’s strategy and work programme for 2020 and beyond.

ISGAN’s strategy and work programme for 2020 and beyond were a centerpiece of discussions, in addition the proposal of a new Annex. Annex 9 will focus on Flexibility Markets, their development and implementation, and will be headed by Operating Agent Iliana Cardenes, of the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

ISGAN is also proud to announce Brazil as its newest Contracting Party, and would like to thank Cyro Vicente Boccuzzi, President of the Latin American Smart Grid Forum for his support throughout this process.

Moreover, Israel is highly interested in joining our ranks and was represented by Yael Harman, Head of Technology and Renewable Energy of the Israeli Ministry of Energy, who took part as an observer.

To further ISGAN’s international cooperation, representatives from other TCPs were invited to the meeting: Stefan Nowak, Chair of the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) and Paul Lucchese, Chair of the IEA Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program (HTCP),  who shared insights into the work of their TPCs and possible areas of cooperation with ISGAN. Furthermore, the meeting was complemented by presentations from the IEA and CEM Secretariat.

On Day 3 of the ExCo meeting, ISGAN Annex 6: Power Transmission & Distribution Systems hosted a side event showcasing the recent work done within the Annex. More details here.

Another side event was organized by the ISGAN KTP Team and focused on experiences from various projects and work within ISGAN’s Annexes. The challenge addressed in this workshop were the barriers for knowledge flow and engagement between stakeholders at national level with the international level, and vice versa. More details here.


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Electric Vehicle and Power System Integration: Key insights and policy messages from four CEM initiatives

This report summarises the opportunities to couple the road transport and power system sectors. It articulates policy messages based on current experience, with a particular focus on the role of critical stakeholders in a transformation that crosses multiple sectors.

It’s an outcome of the CEM Horizontal Accelerator project. The Horizontal Accelerator (HA) is an innovative collaboration in the CEM, focusing on exploring ways in which the transport and power systems can work in the most efficient, sustainable, secure, and resilient way. It brings the work of four CEM workstreams – International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI)Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign, and 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), generating best practices and integrated policy messages. Thanks to the support from the lead and participating governments of these CEM workstreams and strong analytical input from the workstreams coordinators, the project continued gathering momentum even during the lock-down provoked by covid-19. The collaboration brought together stakeholders from the business industry, analytical institutions, national and local governments for an interactive workshop on 19-20 April, and generated a number of key insights.

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October 24, 2020

Webinar: Local flexibility solutions leveraged by RD&I projects as system stability solutions

The presentation will shortly provide an introduction to flexibility solutions, focused on DSO and demand side innovative service enabling solutions This introduction is followed by the presentation of ATTEST and INTERRFACE as example of RD&I projects where these flexibility solutions are being developed at an European level.

10th Nov 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

The intended audience from in this webinar includes: academy members from the power systems area and industry players also from power systems including TSOs, DSOs, policy makers, regulators, research centers and associations focused in grid management and grid planning.

Key messages:

Flexibility plays a key-role in the decarbonisation of power systems and in increasing the involvement of end-users through the creation of innovative demand-side services.

INTERPRETER will develop an open-source interoperable grid management solution consisting of a set of 10 software applications for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid, with a special focus on the distribution network.

ATTEST aims to develop a secure ICT platform that integrates a set of optimization tools for operating, planning and managing assets of power systems.

INTERRFACE aims to create a common architecture that connects market platforms to establish a seamless pan-European electricity exchange linking wholesale and retail markets and allows all electricity market players to trade and procure energy services in a transparent, non-discriminatory way.

André Guimarães                                                George Boultadakis             Hans Bludszuweit

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October 18, 2020

Webinar: INTERPRETER – Flexibility needs at system level

Introduction to flexibility solutions, which can be used to increase efficiency in power systems. The solutions considered for the webinar are network level solutions. This introduction is followed by the presentation of FlexPlan and CoordiNet as example of RD&I projects where flexibility solutions are being developed to change the power system landscape.

6th Nov 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

Academy members, from the power systems area and industry players also from power systems including TSOs, DSOs, policy makers, regulators, research centers and associations focused in grid management and grid planning.  


Key messages:

Flexibility plays a key-role in the decarbonisation of power systems (e.g. by promoting the integration of DER or enabling new TSO/DSO coordination strategies) and RD&I projects contribute to the European leadership in the power system industry by developing related solutions. 

INTERPRETER will develop an open-source interoperable grid management solution consisting of a set of 10 software applications for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid, with a special focus on the distribution network. 

FlexPlan aims at establishing a new grid planning methodology considering the opportunity to introduce new storage and flexibility resources in electricity transmission and distribution grids as an alternative to building new grid elements. 

CoordiNet aims to demonstrate how DSOs and TSOs by acting in a coordinated manner can provide favourable cooperation conditions to all actors while removing barriers to participation for customers and small market players connected to distribution networks 


Nuno Amaro                                Gianluigi Migliavacca                                  José Pablo Chaves

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October 5, 2020

IEA ISGAN releases it’s Public Annual Report 2019

The Annual Report 2019 provides an overview of ISGAN’s ongoing research activities and main achievements towards Smart Grid development and deployment to ensure a reliable, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable electricity system as the cornerstone of a modern society.

ISGAN proudly looks back at numerous highlights and achievements in 2019. The activities of ISGAN are organized in Annexes. In contrast to other IEA TCPs, these Annexes are standing working groups that continuously work on Smart Grids-related topics and regularly update their plans and objectives for the upcoming year at the spring meetings of the Executive Committee.

Of particular importance were events and workshops which attracted a very high level of interest both within ISGAN and externally.

  • Activities during CEM 10
    • ISGAN and Mission Innovation (MI) Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids (IC1) co-organized the first joint CEM/ISGAN/MI IC1 forum on Cooperation to Accelerate Smart Grid Market Uptake , a full-day  CEM10/MI-4 side event on 29 May 2019 at the Vancouver convention center. There, ministers from over 25 countries gathered to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future.
    • Award ceremony announcing the winning project of the 2019 ISGAN Award of Excellence.
  • Highly recognized public workshops back-to-back with ExCo meetings
    • Stockholm: Public Workshop in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum: “The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy”, 2 April 2019.
    • Stockholm: Interdisciplinary workshop with IEA DHC TS3 and ISGAN
    • Montreux: Public Workshop “Needs, challenges and opportunities of TSO-DSO coordination”
    • Montreux: Open workshop “EERA Smart Grid/SIRFN workshop”
    • Annex 6: Open workshop “Micro vs MEGA grids – trends influencing the development of the power system
  • Thematic knowledge exchange events (KTP)
    • Experimental Sandboxes for Smart Grids, Stockholm, 2019, in cooperation with the Swedish Smart Grids Forum and ICER International Confederation of Energy Regulators. This event was cooperatively organized by ISGAN Annexes 2, 4, 7 and 8.
    • Focus on upscaling, Montreux, 2019. This project was the third in the series of KTP workshops concerning public funding. It was organized by Annex 2 and 4.
  • Development of a communication strategy and action plan
  • Public Support to Smart Grid RD&I
  • Development of a web-based tool using a combination of CBA and multi-criteria analysis

More details on ISGAN activities in the past year can be read in the full report available online and in print versions.


This report was prepared by the Secretariat of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN). ISGAN is organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids and operates under the framework of Technology Collaboration Programmes created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of any of ISGAN’s participants, any of their sponsoring governments or organizations, the IEA Secretariat, or any of its member countries. No warranty is ex-pressed or implied, no legal liability or responsibility assumed for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, and no representation made that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring.


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ISGAN and PSF reinforce their commitment to collaborate to accelerate smart digital power infrastructure


The first ISGAN-PSF joint workshop “A Holistic Approach to Low Emission Energy Systems through the Sector Integration”, took place as an official pre-event of the CEM11/MI-5 Ministerial meeting on Wednesday 16 September.

This workshop benefited from the participation of key contributors, including Mr. Juan Carlos Jobet (Minister of Energy, Chile), Mr. Gilberto Dialuce (Director-General, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy), Mr. Keisuke Sadamori (Office for Energy Market and Security Director, International Energy Agency), and Mrs. Anne Vadasz Nilsson (Chairman, Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate), who gathered with delegates from governments and industries to express their thoughts, opinions, and perspectives in a collaborative environment for advancing digitalization and new technologies for enhancing power system flexibility.

Mr. Luciano Martini, Chair of ISGAN, and Mr. Enrique Gutierrez, Operating Agent of PSF, announced the strong cooperation of the initiatives they represent, targeting the development of innovation on flexibility, digitalization, regulatory frameworks, and market design of the future smart grids.

The release of the first report as an outcome from the initial activity of the Horizontal Accelerator on EV-power system integration, an initiative actively involving four CEM work streams, was announced during their speech, including its important political messages. A fireside chat involving key speakers from around the world took place, which focused on the role of innovations in market design, regulation, and digitalization in unlocking modern technologies for power system flexibility.

During the event, ISGAN Awards 2020 ceremony was held, celebrating the Global Excellence in Smart Grid Projects with a special focus on “Digitalization Enabling Consumer Empowerment”. Mr. Koyama Masaomi (Director-General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan) presented the ISGAN Award to the winning projects.

You can watch the video of the entire event here:


Moreover, a short summary video clip of this event is available here:


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On behalf of the CEM11 pre-event organizers (ISGAN and PSF), we invite you to the ISGAN-PSF joint workshop “A holistic approach to low emission energy systems through the sector integration” on Wednesday 16 September, 14:30 – 16:00 CET (15:30 -17:00 Riyadh).

Clean Energy Ministerial 11 (CEM11) hosted this year by Saudi Arabia, will be entirely virtual and open to all via live webcast.

This workshop will bring together ongoing and upcoming CEM work from various perspectives, looking at power system integration enabled by digitalization and new technologies for power system flexibility – such as electric mobility and distributed storage. The focus of the discussion will be on key policy support, including market design, multi-stakeholder coordination, cross-sectoral approaches. From CEM, this includes the Power System Flexibility Campaign, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the work of the Horizontal Accelerator for EV Integration. Also, during the event, the winning projects of the Sixth ISGAN Award of Excellence will be announced. (Please find more details in the attached PDF file.)

* How to join the event:

Please visit the CEM11-MI5 event website and register You will be sent an access code the platform which will let you log in to the virtual conference, select your avatar to wander around the virtual venue, go to the chat room to network, and go to your side event room.

The session will be broadcast live through this link also: 


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September 8, 2020

Online workshop “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols”

IEA-ISGAN invites you to the online seminar on "Testing Methods and Certification Protocols", which will take place on October 15th, 2020. The “Smart Grid International Research Facility Network - SIRFN” is a sub-programme of the “International Smart Grid Action Network - ISGAN” and will present its advanced work on testing and validation of Smart Grid systems. The online seminar will include automated testing of distributed generators, holistic validation considerations of energy systems, validations procedures of Microgrid functions and modern laboratory testing technologies.

Online workshop “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols”

Will take place on 15 October 2020.

SIRFN will present its advanced work on testing and validation of smart grid systems. The following topics will be covered:

  • automated testing of distributed generators
  • holistic validation considerations of energy systems
  • validations procedures of microgrid functions
  • modern laboratory testing technologies.

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

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September 8, 2020

Webinar: FlexPlan project

Storage and flexible exercise of big industrial and tertiary loads can be an alternative to plan the build-up of new lines. However, a new methodology is necessary in order to assess the best grid planning strategy, in term of an analysis of techno-economic optimum in the system perspective. There are strong regulatory signals prompting European system operators to consider flexible resources as a new important active subject in the grid expansion planning process for the system operators. Despite considerable efforts from ENTSO-E to develop common methodologic principles, there are still several missing elements in the puzzle. On some issues there is a clear disagreement between TSOs and DSOs, like for example costs allocation principles. Regarding the evolution of roles and responsibilities, in a 10-20 years' timeframe it is likely that TSOs will remain responsible for system balancing and congestion management in their respective networks, while DSOs will be allowed to deal with congestion in their own distribution network. Meanwhile the European Commission has started the formalisation process of several new business actors, including so-called Citizens Energy Communities. The introduction of these new actors could change the landscape and roles/procedures applied both in the planning and in the operation phases.

When: 9 Sep 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

Targeted audience: Policy makers, grid operators (TSO, DSO), junior engineers and students, senior engineers.


Gianluigi Migliavacca (RSE)                             Andrei Morch (SINTEF)

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August 10, 2020

A guide to the implementation of Integrid smart grid functions in future networks

The replication roadmap, developed within the InteGrid project, is based on the outcomes of the collaboration between system operators, service providers, regulators and customers has ensured that all stakeholders, along with each of their respective objectives, are accounted for, such that a holistic approach is achieved. The roadmap incorporates a set of guidelines and bests practices which are based on the outcomes of the lessons learned in order to ensure that potential risks are mitigated and that a successful endeavour is achieved. These recommendations ensure that all stakeholders are able to achieve a common objective in a fast, efficient and ‘easy to follow’ approach. More specifically, this roadmap will facilitate various stakeholders such as network owners, aggregators and flexibility owners with respect to the process required to select, plan and implement the smart grid functions and tools that have been developed within InteGrid.

Download the Roadmap Brochure here.

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July 15, 2020

ISGAN and ETIP SNET join forces to promote the energy transition

ISGAN and ETIP SNET sign an MoU to cooperate on common fields of research and innovation areas related to smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world On 7th July, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to raise awareness of the innovation needs of the energy system and help foster collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst their stakeholders

Specifically, the partnership seeks to: 

  • exchange in a structured way the respective knowledge-base, in order to grasp greater awareness of the needs of energy system’s final users and society at large, from diverse geographic perspectives;
  • promote more efficient efforts in technical-scientific R&D, targeting both short- and long-term solutions for power system stakeholders and customers;
  • facilitate insights of present energy transition and forthcoming global trends, for shaping the future of energy systems effectively integrating new technologies, processes and services;
  • to support the respective Working Groups with experts’ contributions, through sharing state-of-the-art advancements in policy approaches, technologies and processes;
  • elaborate joint deliverables on topics of common interest, with the aim to enrich the Smart Grid progress.

With ETIP SNET’s pan-European footprint, a wide stakeholder representation including industry associations (grid operators, utilities and storage, manufacturers, ICT providers) and a technical-scientific orientation to R&D planning and monitoring in the wide area of energy systems and ISGAN’s international footprint spanning all continents and a mainly public membership base (governmental energy agencies, Research Centers and Universities) it is foreseen that a fruitful cooperation can be achieved in several areas including: Flexibility and resilience in power systems, High variable RES and DER integration, Integration among power system and other energy sectors, Holistic grids architectures, grid developments and system planning, Smart grids operations and economics, Digitalization and interoperability of smart grids components and processes, TSO-DSO coordination in operation and planning and Data exchange architecture, protocols, and cybersecurity.

For more information on ETIP SNET please visit:

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June 12, 2020

19th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo19)

A highly successful meeting of the ISGAN Executive Committee took place from 19-20 May 2020, premiering as an online meeting due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A special thank you goes to German ExCo representative, Ralf Eickhoff, for his efforts in organizing a physical meeting in Berlin. Unfortunately, ISGAN was forced to cancel the physical 19th ExCo meeting planned for March 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe.

However, ISGAN succeeded in finding a quick solution and hosted a first web meeting on 24 March, where the most urgent matters were discussed. The 19th ExCo meeting itself took place in the form of a two-day online meeting on 19-20 May 2020.

ISGAN welcomed to the meeting the new Head of Secretariat for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Dan Dorner, and wishes him success in his new position.

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

  • Annex2: 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

Regarding ISGAN’s strategy and work programme for 2020 and beyond, Iliana Cardenes, leader of the Incubator Team, and Andrew Stokes presented the results of their work. The main finding is that there is high interest for a new activity within ISGAN, focussed on joint markets and flexibility.

The main achievements of the ExCo19 meeting are:

  • The Executive Committee agreed to the extension of the primary ISGAN theme of flexibility and the supporting themes of digitalization, resilience and interoperability through FY 2020.
  • Several activities are planned in order to update ISGAN’s strategy and structure for the Request for Extension (RfE) process:
    • Creation of a dedicated RfE team
    • Self-assessment of the existing Annexes and in-depth discussions in workshops
    • Continuation of the Incubator team exploring the interest and necessity for having a new Annex on flexibility markets within ISGAN

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May 15, 2020

micro vs MEGA trends

micro vs MEGA: trends influencing the development of the power system

micro and MEGA represent two trends which largely influence the decisions and the evolutionary process of power grids.

The trends are both aimed at enabling very high penetration of renewable energy sources
in the electric power system, from two perspectives:

  • micro focuses on local solutions, while
  • MEGA focuses on system or even intra-system wide solutions

ISGAN Annex 6 has dedicated an activity to study the micro and the MEGA trends, with the objective to present a critical assessment of these trends, based on the questions:

  • Does one trend outcompete the other?
  • Does increased investments from one perspective increase the need for investments
    from the other perspective?
  • To what extent can one perspective benefit from the other perspective?

The intention is not to proclaim one solution being superior to another, rather to provide well
informed insights to the needs of considering both perspectives during the planning
and decision-making process for the sustainable development of the wider energy

The outcome of this activity are communicated through publications, presentations and workshops, with contributions from a large number of parties:



  • Workshop and meeting in Montreux
    A highly successful event, gathering a total of 30 participants, with presentations (available here) from Italy, India, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
    The participants at these two meeting days have shown a high level of engagement and it has been highly valuable to learn from each other. In short, we can conclude that these meetings were very productive and successful in gathering a large amount of knowledge.

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May 14, 2020

Webinar – InteGrid Scalability and Replicability results & Replication Roadmap – 2nd of June, 2020

The results of the SRA from the InteGrid project are now available and in order to assist with the dissemination process, a stakeholder meeting will be conducted through a webinar on the 2nd of June, 2020. This meeting aims to share the outcomes of the SRA among international participants such that the results, lessons learned and replication roadmap from the project can be shared among a wide range of stakeholders.

Due to the increased penetration of renewable energy sources (RES), numerous DSOs are experiencing challenges such as network violations, reverse power flow and increased network instability. Various smart grid tools and functions have been developed in order to support the integration of these flexibilities for the planning and operations of electrical networks. The change in the energy paradigm also paves the way to the emergence of new actors (such as aggregators) and new behaviors (such as the active participation of prosumers or industrial customers), offering DSO plausible alternatives to costly network reinforcements when combined with proper operational tools. The pooling of the flexibility of loads or generators located in the distribution network through Virtual Power Plants (VPP) can also contribute significantly to the provision of new balancing services for Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Balancing Responsible Parties (BRP) which create a necessity for the DSO to validate and coordinate such operations. This enables the DSOs to become market facilitators. Advanced forecasting algorithms, such as predictive maintenance, traffic light systems (TLS) and load/RES forecasts, are receiving increased attention such that they can be integrated in real conditions by network operators. The smart grid functions developed and demonstrated in the InteGrid project falls within the scope of the two main use cases: Operational planning of medium-voltage (MV) distribution networks and Distributed monitoring and control of low-voltage (LV) networks.


Based on the implementation of these smart grid functions within the pilot projects located at three demo sites in Slovenia, Portugal and Sweden, the following key questions remains:


  • How will these functions perform during network conditions when there is an increase in RES within the network or when applied to different networks?
  • What will happen if in the future the quantity of RES is scaled-up significantly or if the solution is deployed in another network area with a high penetration of RES?
  • Is the performance of the smart tool affected by large scale-up implementation?
  • Is the telecommunication network infrastructure able to support the increase of renewables and still performs correctly?
  • What are the associated costs and their impact in future scenarios in such solutions?
  • Is the current regulation mature enough to enable new concepts and attract new business models, or does the regulation need to change drastically?


To answer these questions, it is fundamental for network operators and technology providers to assess the functional behavior of the tools before they are deployed at large scale within their networks. Therefore, it is necessary to perform a scalability and replicability analysis (SRA) which aims to analyse the impact of future scenarios applied to current networks by identifying potential drivers, barriers and constraints of such deployment. Therefore, the SRA aims to bridge the gap between the demonstration of a technical or business use case in a pilot project and a prior large-scale roll-out by network operators, independent aggregators or retailers, to ensure a correct performance.


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May 11, 2020

Webinar: Smart4RES – Data science for renewable energy prediction

The prediction of Renewable Energy Source (RES) production is a worldwide challenge for Smart Grids. In this webinar, you will learn next-generation solutions proposed by the European Project Smart4RES: • Future power system applications based on RES forecasting, • Innovative weather and RES forecasting products to increase performance by 10-20%.

5 jun 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

  • decision-makers from the energy sector and and the power system industry (operators of power systems, energy producers, market regulators, energy traders, etc.)
  • senior engineers with experience in renewable energy or statistics / data science.

Key messages of webinar:

  • Collaborative forecasts enable the distributed optimization of energy transactions by multiple actors of power systems, yielding value through data markets while preserving data privacy.
  • High-resolution forecasts give tailored information on the uncertainty of RES production sites, thanks to advanced weather predictions and cutting-edge data science.
  • Artificial Intelligence teams up with human expertise to exploit the big data available on RES production and power systems to optimize decision-making for market applications and grid management.
  • Synergies between RES and storage systems are optimized and validated in practice on various contexts, from a large RES power plant to an entire isolated power system.

George Kariniotakis                 Pierre Pinson

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April 29, 2020

Ground-breaking new collaboration involving four CEM work streams

The Clean Energy Ministerial Horizontal Accelerator for Power System Integration of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure is an innovative new mechanism strengthening the collaboration and capitalising on the synergies between four CEM workstreams involving the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) & the Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign. The CEM Horizontal Accelerator is a step towards developing a cross-sectoral and holistic approach to power system integration.

On 21-22 April 2020, the accelerator gathered some 70 international experts from 17 countries across four continents for a two-day interactive workshop on the theme Electric Vehicle and Power Systems Nexus: How to support large-scale adoption and effective integration? The COVID-19 called for arranging a virtual workshop. To enable interaction and knowledge exchange between experts ahead of, during and after the workshop as well as transparent project documentation of results, a digital open innovation platform was set up for use by all participants.

The Horizontal Accelerator represents a concerted effort to unify existing CEM workstreams to produce coherent analysis, conclusions and advice that leverage the singular expertise and outreach of each initiative and campaign. This focused and multi-disciplinary approach to EVs offers new insights into power system integration and sector coupling, guiding the development of a modern and integrated energy system of the future.

Project participants consist of a transdisciplinary group of international experts and sector stakeholders from different levels of government, research and industry with complementary knowledge and insights into the EV – power system nexus.

The insights from the workshop and complementary project activities are now being analysed by experts from the collaborating CEM work streams. The results from this first phase of the Horizontal Accelerator will be presented at the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting and will also inform the IEA-coordinated Global EV Outlook Report and the Status of Power System Transformation Report.

Clean Energy Ministerial, 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) , Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI),  Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign.

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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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March 21, 2020

Webinar. Assessment of smart grid initiatives: the ISGAN smartgrideval toolkit

Smart grid initiatives have grown the complexity of planning activities, the related wide-range impacts require broad approaches for being properly accounted. The webinar analyses current practices and use cases of the assessment approaches. The advantages of combining Cost-Benefit and Multi-Criteria analyses are presented. A tutorial on the smartgrideval software developed as a part of ISGAN activities is provided.

Apr 23, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

Smart grid initiatives generate wide range impacts which are not captured by the traditional monetary analysis.

Broader and more general assessment tools are required for estimating the actual smart grid potential.

The use of an approach which combines the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the monetary impacts and the Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) for non-monetary impacts is promising to increase the accuracy of the assessment of smart grid initiatives.

As a part of ISGAN activities, the smartgrideval software is proposed a as decision support tool in the context of smart grid assessment.

photo of Fabrizio Pilo photo of Matteo Troncia

Fabrizio Pilo                 Matteo Troncia

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March 11, 2020

POSTPONED => ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo19) in 2020 / Berlin

In reference to the latest developments of the Coronavirus risk assessment and outbreaks across the world ISGAN Presidium would like to inform on the situation regarding the ExCo19 meeting in Berlin.

Unfortunately ISGAN had to cancel the 19th ExCo meeting in March on very short-notice due to the tense situation caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. However, ISGAN was able to find a solution and a web meeting on March 24th for urgent matters will be organised. The 19th ExCo meeting itself will be postponed to May. ISGAN Presidium and Secretariat hope that this new date will suit as many delegates as possible.

ISGAN invites to the 19th ISGAN Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network online on 19 – 20 May 2020.

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February 6, 2020

Webinar: The need to model coupled energy networks to transition to a decarbonized future

The coordination between planners and operators of coupled energy systems will allow the further integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity network by storing energy in fuel form over long periods of time using power-to-gas, the recovery and more efficient use of heat, and the decarbonization of industrial processes and transportation modes that can’t be electrified. Energy networks, such as electricity grids and natural gas pipeline networks, have traditionally been planned and operated independently. In order to enhance the integration and coordination of different energy networks, they must be planned and operated in coupled ways. Different energy networks have historically been and are still modelled by different tools.

27 Feb 2020 @ 14:00 CET

Duration: 1h

In this webinar it will discuss the need to model coupled energy systems in a single framework and we will introduce encoord’s Scenario Analysis Interface for Energy Systems (SAInt), a software application to model, plan, and operate coupled energy networks.


Dr. Carlo Brancucci                Dr. Kwabena Pambour

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