November 29, 2021

Consumer Focussed Flexibility Factsheets

Accessing and optimising demand side flexibility involves understanding and engaging with consumers. Working Group 9 has produced 3 factsheets on this space in Sweden, looking at: (i) metering as an enable for flexibility; (ii) the implementation of independent aggregators; and (iii) dynamic electricity pricing.


The first factsheet presents some insights into metering as an enabler for consumer-focused flexibility, and gives a brief overview of the two generations of smart meter roll-outs in Sweden, as well as the national regulation of minimum functional requirements for electricity meters.

In spring 2021, the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate submitted a report to the Government with recommendations on how to facilitate the concept of independent aggregators in Swedish legislation. The second factsheet aims to summarise the main analysis and recommendations of the report.

The third factsheet presents some insights into price signals and consumer flexibility, and gives a brief overview of the characteristics of dynamic electricity pricing, as well as some food for thought going forward.

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November 10, 2021

Webinar – Optimizing the value of storage in power systems and electricity markets – the Smart4RES project

9 December 2021 - 12:00 CET - ISGAN Academy Webinars invites you to discover how optimize the value of storage in power systems and electricity markets - the Smart4RES project

ISGAN Academy invites to to the fifth episode of the Smart4RES webinar series. The webinar will provide an industrial view on the problematic and role of storage and a discussion on utilities needs and expectation through addressing the different Smart4RES use cases. The webinar will also focus on the joint optimization and dispatch of RES power plants and storage topic through different angles.
Finally, a presentation of the work done by ICCS will focus on the dispatch of RES and storage in isolated power systems including storage ancillary services and frequency security.

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Join the webinar: 2021-12-09 at h 12:00 CET (UTC+1)


Maria Inês Marques


Simon Camal


Dimitrios Lagos






Key messages

  1. Electrochemical batteries constraints and what EDP foresees for future (coupling storage and renewables).
  2. Importance of modelling in assets management, maintenance and lifecycle.
  3. Combination of technologies, presenting VPP to the market instead of physical ones.
  4. Multi-objective optimization for RES and storage offer interpretable results to stakeholders who want to participate in multiple electricity markets.
  5. Data-driven trading solutions simplify the modelling chain of trading decisions.
  6. Necessary ancillary services for storage systems in non-interconnected island systems with high RES penetration.
  7. Dispatch of thermal units, RES and storage in non-interconnected island systems considering the frequency security and the ancillary services provided by storage devices.

Intended audience

  • International
  • TSOs/DSOs
  • Storage system industrials
  • RES producers, aggregators, grid operators
  • RES traders
  • Academia, Regulation bodies


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October 21, 2021

Call for pilot projects on digitalisation for flexible and resilient energy systems

Following up on the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition (IMET) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a call for pilot projects on digitalisation for flexible and resilient energy systems.

The initiative aims to step up global climate action and uptake of clean energy models. Pilot projects will provide an opportunity to gain on-the-ground insights, test new approaches and disseminate learnings that will feed into the IEA’s Digital Demand-Driven Electricity Networks (3DEN) Initiative, which focuses on the policy, regulatory, technology and investment context needed to accelerate progress on power system modernisation and effective utilisation of demand-side resources.

25 October webinar: The webinar will be an opportunity for the public and private sector to learn more about the call for proposals. Proposals are expected to showcase innovative business and regulatory models for the uptake of smarter digital power infrastructure. Information shared will include the terms of reference for pilot projects, application process and timeline, and selection criteria.


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October 18, 2021

Webinar – Dynamic Virtual Power Plant to combine flexibilities of dispatchable and non-dispatchable RES – the POSYTYF project

18 November 2021 - 15:00 CET - ISGAN Academy Webinars invites you to discover the Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) concept under development by the POSYTYF project.

This webinar introduces the Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) concept under development by the European Commission funded project POSYTYF, that aims to facilitate Renewable Energy Sources (RES) integration into the electrical network. After an overall project presentation, the webinar will introduce the proposed DVPP concept and detail the first project deliverable: the definition and specification of DVPP scenarios.

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Join the webinar: 2021-11-18 at h 15:00 CET (UTC+1)

Key messages

  1. The new DVPP concept fully integrates the dynamic aspects at all levels: locally (for each RES generator), globally (for grid ancillary services and interaction with other neighbour elements of the grid) and economically (for internal optimal dispatch and participation to electricity markets)
  2. A DVPP is a set of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) along with a set of control and operation procedures. This means methodologies for:
    • choosing the participating RES, optimal and continuous operation as a whole (especially in case of loss of natural resources – e.g., wind, sun – on a part of the DVPP),
    • regulation (in the dynamic sense) to ensure local objectives for each generator,
    • participation to ancillary services of the DVPP as a unit and to diminish negative effects of interaction with neighbour dynamics elements of the power system,
    • integration in both actual power systems scenarios (with mixed classic and power electronics-based generation) and future ones with high degree of RES penetration.

Intended audience

  • Power system engineers, from students to senior experts.



Bogdan Marinescu

Ecole Centrale Nantes

Oriol Gomis Bellmunt

Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya

Carlos Collados Rodriguez

Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya


Speakers Bio

Bogdan Marinescu was born in 1969 in Bucharest, Romania. He received the Engineering degree from the Polytechnical Institute of Bucharest in 1992, the PhD from Université Paris Sud-Orsay, France in 1997 and the “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France in 2010. He is currently a Professor in Ecole Centrale Nantes and LS2N laboratory where he is the Head of the chair “Analysis and control of power grids”  (2014-2024) and the Coordinator of the European project POSYTYF (Research & Innovation Action, 2020-2023). In the first part of his carrier, he was active in R&D divisions of industry (EDF and RTE) and as a part-time professor (especially from 2006 to 2012 in Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan). His main fields of interest are the theory and applications of linear systems, robust control and power systems engineering.

Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt received the degree in industrial engineering from the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2001 and the doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the UPC in 2007. In 1999, he joined Engitrol SL where he worked as Project Engineer in the automation and control industry. Since 2004, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of the UPC where he is Professor and participates in the CITCEA-UPC Research Group. He is involved in a number of research projects in national and international consortiums (medium-long term research oriented) and technology transfer projects with several manufacturers, operators and developers worldwide (short-term research and practical application). His research interests are focused on the understanding of modern power systems, based on power electronics (HVDC, FACTS, energy storage and renewables) and grid integration of renewable energy, especially onshore and offshore wind and solar photovoltaics. Since 2020, he is an ICREA Academia researcher. Since 2021, he is IEEE Fellow.

Carlos Collados-Rodriguez received the Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering and the Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He joined CITCEA-UPC research group in 2013, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include power converters, HVDC systems, grid integration of renewable energy and power system analysis, especially in power-electronics-dominated power systems.


  1. B. Marinescu, O. Gomis-Bellmunt, F. Dörfler, H. Schulte, L. Sigrist, Dynamic Virtual Power Plant: A New Concept for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources,
  1. Deliverable 1.1 when publicly released: Definition and specification of Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) scenarios.

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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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September 1, 2021

22nd ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting – Save the Date

ISGAN annouces its 22nd Executive Committee Meeting which will take place from October 12th-14th, 2021 as an online meeting.

During this meeting it is planned to discuss the future strategy of ISGAN on its way into its third period. Possible restructuring and the new legal framework will be addressed. The latest results of all nine ISGAN Annexes will be presented and discussions on the next steps for cooperation with other organisations are planned.


For any inquiry regarding the ISGAN and the ExCo21 meeting, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at ISGAN[at]

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August 30, 2021

IEA ISGAN Annual Report 2020 released

A particular challenge encountered during 2020 was to ensure that ISGAN continued to work successfully together as a network, despite the many challenges encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst many issues, this made the familiar ways of working simply impossible and new approaches had to be found. The overall success of ISGAN activites in 2020 reflects the network ability to manage and operate despite these great challenges, testifying the strengths and cohesion of this TCP.

Highlights of 2020 include:

  • Two very fruitful online Ex.Co. meetings, where the following topics were in the main focus:

1) Request for Extension and Strategy process(a strategy process for the preparation of the next phase of ISGAN).
2) Cooperation with other organizations, TCPs, and initiatives

  • Based on the successful Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) approach developed within ISGAN since 2016, a new process design was developed for the Regulatory Sandbox 2.0 Project
  • Under the lead of the UK, a new Annex 9 on Flexibility Markets Development and Implementation was approved and officially started on January 26th, 2021.
  • The CEM Horizontal Accelerator for “Power System Integration of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infra-structure” is an innovative mechanism strengthening the collaboration and capitalizing on the synergies between four CEM workstreams: the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) & the Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign.
  • ISGAN and the Power System Flexibility Campaign (PSF) organized a joint workshop “A holistic approach to low emission energy systems through the sector integration” This event took place as an official pre-event of the CEM11/MI-5 Ministerial meeting on Wednesday 16 September 2020.
  • The Smart Grid Evaluation Toolkit
  • In collaboration with Annex 2 and 7, Annex 4 supported the publication of policy messages on Innovative Regulatory Approaches with Focus on Experimental Sandboxes to Enable Smart Grid Deployment.
  • Public SIRFN Webinar on “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols of IEA-ISGAN:SIRFN”,  October 15th, 2020
  • SIRFN Fact Sheet  “ISGAN Annex 5 General Brochure”
  • Joint SIRFN and related SIRFN member publications
  • Micro grids vs Mega grids
  • Lessons learned from international projects on TSO-DSO interaction
  • inter-Annex Regulatory Sandboxes 2.0 project
  • The ISGAN Academy webinars
  • The ISGAN Award of Excellence
  • Capturing Flexibility in Local Energy Systems Workshop

For the full activity description feel free to download the latest issue of our Activity Report below.

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July 11, 2021

Modelling storage operation for markets participation and supply of advanced system services (discussion paper).

ISGAN Working Group 6 (Transmission and Distribution Systems) presents you the final deliverable on the activity on 'Modelling storage operation for markets participation and supply of advanced system services', which was prepared under the lead of Italy (RSE).


The growth of power generation from Non-Programmable Renewable Energy Sources (NPRES) is accompanied by a progressive decrease of the operating hours of large synchronous generators. This increases complexity and costs, for Transmission System Operators (TSOs), to keep power system operation reliable and secure, since power flows are affected by more variability and unpredictability and, at the same time, less resources are available for frequency and voltage regulation, system balancing support and congestion management.

Thanks to their fast response, flexible control and easy scalability, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) can be part of the solution mix to face such issues, by contributing to the supply of Ancillary Services (AS), both in a stand-alone configuration and in support of NPRES plants and of conventional plants.

AS include traditional ones, originally tailored to conventional power plants, and novel ones, which are gradually being introduced by TSOs to meet the new needs for prompt intervention against system perturbations.

However, services characterized by comparatively slow response times and small power gradients may require large energy contributions, which may be difficult to achieve with the BESS limited energy content, while fast services, despite requiring smaller energy contributions, are not widespread (they have been introduced mainly into isolated power systems) and still lack consolidated regulatory frameworks and remuneration mechanisms. Besides, BESS investment costs, although exhibiting a decreasing trend, are still rather high.

Therefore, techno-economic analyses are needed to understand with what performance (in meeting power exchange requests and in coping with cycling aging) and with what profitability, for their owner/Balancing Service Provider (BSP), BESS could provide single or multiple services together (to look for revenue stacking in case a single service is not enough to reach investment payback).

“Power” versus “energy” services: e.g., with reference to the Italian nomenclature,

  • primary and fast frequency regulation versus tertiary frequency regulation/balancing and NPRES imbalance reduction;
  • secondary frequency regulation is somewhat in-between.

Remuneration schemes:

  • payment for availability: remuneration for power made available (e.g., Italian pilot projects called Fast Reserve and UVAM – virtual eligible units including different kinds of technology; British Enhanced Frequency Response)
  • payment for activation: remuneration for energy actually exchanged (e.g., standard AS in Italy, pilot projects in Italy)
  • the two forms of payment can be present together (e.g., Italian pilot projects called Fast Reserve and UVAM).

To this purpose, a dynamic response model and a stochastic optimization procedure for BESS sizing and management have been employed in this work. According to the results obtained in the simulations (mainly based on the current Italian market rules and Grid Code specifications),

  • “power” services remunerated for activation may not be profitable enough for a BESS, due to the rather small energy exchanges involved (this happens, e.g., for the Italian standard primary frequency regulation). In that case, the presence of a remuneration for the power made available could be fundamental to determine the economic attractiveness of such services.
  • For “energy” services, payment for activation can be profitable, due to the rather large energy exchanges involved. The actual profitability is anyway also determined by the energy prices.
    • In the Italian Ancillary Service Market (ASM), e.g., upward/downward prices for secondary and for tertiary frequency regulation (and balancing) seem to be sufficiently high/low respectively, although further analyses of historical market results are needed, to understand the impact of bid acceptance uncertainty on BESS economic results and to inquire whether suitable bidding strategies could be put in place by BESS to become competitive on the ASM.
    • In other European countries, these services can benefit of remuneration both for availability and for activation: e.g., in Germany and in Switzerland, all the services except Frequency Containment Reserve (FCR, which has only an availability payment). In the presence of a double remuneration, higher revenues could of course be expected; however, the specific remuneration prices should be analysed, to understand whether acceptable return on investment could be obtained.

Looking at Europe, the European Commission “Study on energy storage – Contribution to the security of the electricity supply in Europe, Final Report”, March 2020, plus a questionnaire shared among the ISGAN partners show that BESS are undergoing a fast development process, especially in Continental Europe (CE) and in Great Britain (GB). In CE, this process is mainly fostered by the high level of interconnection and by the cooperation among countries for balancing service procurement: such cooperation has already led to an integration of the platforms for energy exchange and balancing service exchange. In GB, electricity markets are very mature and exhibit a high segmentation of AS, aiming at better adapting to power system’s needs, on the one hand, and at creating business opportunities for market operators, on the other hand.

BESS are already present in many European countries, both as large stationary devices and as small distributed ones (and also as electric vehicles). They are often allowed to participate in wholesale energy exchange (on day-ahead/intraday markets) and/or in AS supply (via trading in ASMs in particular). BESS usually provide FCR and automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (aFRR), sometimes manual Frequency Restoration Reserve (mFRR) and Replacement Reserve (RR); at present, BESS installed power devoted to AS ranges from few MW to some tens of MW to some hundreds of MW; such BESS are managed by few operators, mainly BSPs.

In several European countries, rules for BESS participation in electricity markets are the same as the ones for conventional power plants. Besides, in some countries this participation is allowed only via pilot projects, although BESS can already be aggregated together and also with loads and distributed generators. Work is still needed to overcome barriers to BESS full deployment, e.g. in terms of service technical specifications and performance requirements, market eligibility requirements, remuneration schemes.

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June 25, 2021

Policy Messages from the ISGAN Regulatory Sandbox 2.0 Project

ISGAN is leading an international collaboration project to capture recent developments and support countries in their development of regulatory experimenting such as sandboxes, which are key to enable up-scaling and deployment of smart grid and wider energy system innovation.

Building upon the successes of the first ISGAN initiative on the topic in 2019, the project has resulted in four key Policy Messages to the Clean Energy Ministerial and the wider international energy community. The project was selected to share these results as an official On Demand Side Event of the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, hosted by Chile.

The Policy Messages have been co-created by experts and practitioners from ministries, regulatory bodies and research institutions in 15 countries on 3 continents through a unique knowledge sharing process combining international knowledge exchange workshops with stakeholder dialogue at national level.

The focus questions that guided the international dialogue included: how sandbox programmes can be integrated into longer term energy transition strategies; the legal preconditions and exemption laws to enable sandbox programmes; how to coordinate between different stakeholders in programme implementation, and how to design evaluation processes for policy learning.

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June 8, 2021

Get Free Access to Leading European Smart Grid and Energy Systems Labs and Services

21 of Europe’s leading smart grid and energy systems laboratories open their doors for engineers working in the domain of smart energy.

APPLY UNTIL 31 AUGUST FOR FREE-OF-CHARGE ACCESS to Europe’s best smart energy testing facilities for your own research: For your research stay or remote access you can choose the laboratories of the following research centers: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, SINTEF Energy Research, DTU – Technical University of Denmark, Ormazabal, University of Strathclyde, PNDC, ΔΕΔΔΗΕ Α.Ε. HEDNO S.A., ICCS – NTUA , Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE SpA, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Fraunhofer IEE, KEMA Labs, RWTH Aachen University, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), Technische Universiteit Delft, JRC of the European Commission, PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, and VTT. Remote access to the labs is possible depending on the conditions at the lab and your research requirements.

Upon successful application, the user will be granted free access to the facility of their choice, including the support of the lab staff and the reimbursement of travel expenses. Supported are proposals for testing and validation in the fields of power system components characterisation and evaluation, smart grid ICT / automation validation, co-simulation, real-time simulation and Power/Controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), and others.

Remote access can be negotiated depending on the conditions at the laboratory and the applicant’s requirements. Please use the contact form on the page of your chosen laboratory to confirm this possibility in your case.

You can find all information about the application process and the overview of the laboratories on the Lab Access page.



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June 7, 2021

ISGAN Annex 6 & ETIP SNET WG1 Task Force on Flexibility for Resilience workshop June 1st 2021

The ongoing collaboration between ISGAN Annex 6 & ETIP SNET WG1 on the topic of Flexibility for Resilience is gaining momentum with a dual workshop held on June 1st.

The workshops, divided in two parts, involved a large amount of interaction and engagement, gathering a total of 40 participants from ETIPS NET and ISGAN.

Presentations at the workshops provided multifaceted views, from the international work of CIGRE, the over-all System Operation and TSO perspectives, to the DSO and Local energy community perspectives. A large number of relevant projects and solutions were presented, including: OneNet, iFlex, Platone, Coordinent, FlexPlan, CINELDI, OSMOSE, Flextranstore, BD4NRG, X-FLEX, LINK Holistic perspective & Inertia monitoring for system state observability.

A conclusion from the workshops is that many of the ongoing projects are providing highly relevant knowledge to the question of How flexibility can support power grid resilience. Some of the mentioned solutions include:

  • system protection schemes (e.g. islanding, congestion mitigation)
  • situational awareness / system state observability
  • cybersecurity highlighted by common platforms/data sharing with AI/ML solutions

Furthermore, standardisation of solutions (architecture, tools, platforms) is an important step to be taken to increase reliability & acceptance in order for large scale deployment.

We would like to thank all participants, with a special thanks to the presenters:

  • Rajiv Porwal, POSOCO
  • Zivorad Serafimoski, Mepso
  • Emre Zengin, Gebze Organize Sanayi Bölgesi
  • Steven Wong, NRCan
  • Antonio Iliceto, Terna
  • Ewa Mataczyńska, IPE
  • Albana Ilo, Tu Wien
  • Jan-Hendrik Ernst, Reactive-Technologies
  • Poria Divshali, Enerim
  • José Pablo Chaves Ávila, Comillas
  • Ilaria Losa, RSE
  • Santiago Gallego, Iberdrola
  • David Martin, Iberdrola
  • Gianluigi Migliavacca, RSE
  • Hanne Sæle, SINTEF
  • Nuno Souza e Silva, R&D Nester
  • Lola Alacreu García, ETRA


ISGAN Annex 6
Professor Irina Oleinikova

Emil Hillberg

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June 1, 2021

(CEM12) The 7th ISGAN Awards Ceremony

Open invitation to join the 7th ISGAN Award of Excellence Ceremony

Since 2014, ISGAN has recognised and showcased the leadership and innovation of more than 40 distinguished smart grid projects through an annual ISGAN Award of Excellence competitions each with a special focus.

The 7th ISGAN Award of Excellence recognizes exemplars in the field of smart grids with a special focus on “Future-Proofing the Grid Operation via Advanced Digitalisation and IoT”.

The ceremony of its award competition will take place at the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial on 2 June 2021.

Auditorium, 19:25-19:55 CEST, Wednesday 2 June 2021

*After being broadcast in the Auditorium, the recorded ceremony will be accessible through the On-Demand section. 



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May 25, 2021

Webinar – Regulatory Sandboxes for Smart Energy Systems – What innovators and researchers should know about it?

10 June 2021 14:00 CEST - The webinar will provide information about what Smart Energy Systems innovators and researchers should know about Regulatory Sandboxes and other Regulatory Experimenting as measures for accelerating the transition to a global clean energy economy.

Participants will get first hand information about

  • related activities in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Finland, and
  • policy messages to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

In the second part experts and practitioners will discuss

  • how new projects on Smart Energy Systems can learn from this and
  • how the insights can help to upscale their projects in regulatory sandboxes; and
  • which insights are there and what do they mean to all the (new) actors in the SES world?

Building on the first initiative on Experimental Sandboxes (in 2019), ISGAN has organized a series of interactive knowledge transfer workshops and accompanying activities on maximizing learning from and by Regulatory Sandboxes and other Regulatory Experimenting programs for Smart Energy Systems.
This is based the policy messages sent to the Clean Energy Ministerial conference taking place in Chile from 31 May to 6 June 2021.

CEM being the high-level global forum of energy ministers of 28 countries (plus European Union) to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.


Join the webinar: 2021-06-10 at h 14:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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May 18, 2021

Webinar – Optimising participation of renewables generation in multiple electricity markets: Smart4RES vision, opportunities and role of forecasting

09 June 2021 13:00 CEST - In electricity markets, errors associated to RES production forecasting lead to imbalance penalties when actual delivered production deviates from bids. Optimisation strategies, requiring multiple predictions, have been proposed to minimize these penalties. However, having so many predictions represents a cost for operators and can be source of inefficiency by cumulating forecasting errors. In this context, Smart4RES proposes optimisation methods for trading tools, considering multiple market opportunities, high resolution forecast and prescriptive analytics.

Intended audience

  • International decision-makers from the energy sector and the power system industry
  • RES producers, aggregators, grid operators, and traders
  • Academia
  • Regulatory bodies


Join the webinar: 2021-06-09 at h 13:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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May 12, 2021

Webinar: Electricity market designs for flexibility: from zonal to nodal architectures, findings from first market simulations

27 May 2021 14:00 CEST - Which are the most suitable market designs to capture the value of flexibility in power systems? The European project OSMOSE has developed different models from nodal to zonal market architectures to assess the economic value of different flexibility mixes (load, generation and power flows) in future power system scenarios. The webinar will introduce the zonal and nodal market designs modelled in OSMOSE, present the first simulation results, and discuss the preliminary findings of this ongoing work.

Intended audience

Senior Engineers and researchers in power systems

Energy economics & regulation experts


Join the webinar: 2021-05-27 at h 14:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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April 13, 2021

Webinar – IEC61850 standard: what for, which benefits, what pending challenges? How is the Osmose project contributing?

3 May 2021 15:00 CEST - This webinar introduces the IEC61850 standard on communication protocols for intelligent electronic devices at electrical substations, and its benefits. The interoperability needs and issues are presented, as well as the IEC61850 scope and structure, its applications fields, and complementarity with other standards. It concludes on the ongoing developments within the OSMOSE project for the standard’s implementation (subject of a second webinar).

Intended audience

Non experts but potential users of the standard, from TSO, DSO, DER project developers, to components manufacturers.


Key messages

  • The IEC61850 is an international standard defining rules and guidelines for substation protection and automation system communication, configuration and testing, supported by a data model and a configuration language.
  • The IEC61850 standard provides an engineering process to allow efficient device configuration.
  • Osmose provides and demonstrates the required extensions for engineering process extensions to support an efficient top-down end-to-end engineering process from concept and specification to configuration.
  • Osmose provides recommendations for IEC61850 WG10 in order to integrate the projects developments into a future release of the standard.


  • Have you ever heard of the IEC61850 standard?
  • Are you applying it in your substations?
  • How do you go from specification to IED configuration? Do you consider this as an efficient process?
  • Where do you believe improvements on engineering processes can be made?
  • Where do you believe improvements on the IEC61850 standard can be made?

Join the webinar: 2021-05-03 at h 15:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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April 13, 2021

Webinar – Advanced weather forecasting for RES applications: multi-source observations to improve solar forecasting within the Smart4RES project

29 Apr. 2021 13:00 CEST - ISGAN and Smart4RES invite you to the 2nd part of its webinar series on Advanced Weather Forecasting. This webinar will present solar irradiance forecasting methods based on a network of ground-based sky cameras, radiometers and ceilometers as well as satellite data. Furthermore, new designs to data assimilation are presented that combine the best of the observations with the best of numerical weather prediction models to produce optimized weather forecast for RES applications.

Intended audience

Academy members from the power systems and meteorological areas, forecasting services providers, renewable plant operators and market traders, and widely TSOs, DSOs and regulators.


Key messages

  • A huge amount of observations (radiometers, ceilometers, sky images, satellites as well as solar plants) are used to derive solar nowcasts as well as the initial state of the atmosphere used by improved numerical weather models. The evolution of which is then predicted by NWP and LES.
  • For solar power prediction, both observations from the ground and from satellite are used, mostly to identify clouds and predict the displacement over time and space as well as their impact on solar radiation.
  • Smart4RES develops complementary methods to blend information from multiple source of data and to propose novel approaches towards a seamless view of RES forecasting at various temporal and spatial granularity levels.
  • As an example, Smart4RES new approach to data assimilation combines the best of the observations with the best of the physical models to produce optimized temporal and spatial irradiance maps and forecasts. Such detail can be useful for the optimized operation of solar power plants and grids with significant solar power penetration.

Join the webinar: 2021-04-29 at h 13:00 CEST (UTC+2)


Bijan Nouri Annette Hammer



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Yet another successful ISGAN Executive Committee meeting (ExCo21) took place online between 16th and 18th of March 2021.

ISGAN continues it’s cooperation with several other organizations and initiatives. These include large associations and initiatives, the World Bank, other TCPs; CEM, and other IEA organizations, the Global Smart Energy Federation (GSEF, formerly Global Smart Grids Foundation) and Mission Innovation (Power Mission). To ensure excellent communication with these initiatives, liaison persons from ISGAN were suggested and a dedicated breakout session was organized addressing the ways to enhance ISGAN collaborations and outreach.

Hungary is highly interested in joining our ranks and was represented by Dr. Katalin Véhmann, International Coordinator for Electricity from the EU Market Integration Unit in the Department of International Relations, who provided a presentation reporting on remote metering roll-out in Hungary, which is currently being installed and gave an overview of the progress over the last year by distribution system operator (DSO) companies.

AIT was selected for another term as ISGAN Co-Secretariat. Thanks for the excellent work in the past years as well as appraisal of the high quality of the proposal documents were expressed by the ExCo.

Several activities were presented in order to update ISGAN’s strategy and structure for the Request for Extension (RfE) process including the progress of the RfE team and the results of self-assessment of the existing Annexes.

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

  • Annex 2: 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
  • Annex 9: aspects of market design for power system flexibility

Chloe Yoon, of the KSGI Co-Secretariat gave a status report on the current Awards competition and schedule. She reported on the CEM 11 activities as well as the ISGAN Award of Excellence 2020 and gave an outlook on 2021.

Luciano Martini closed ExCo21, thanking all participants for their active participation and expressing his hope that soon physical meetings will be possible again. The members of the Presidium expressed their pleasure about the very successful meeting and the fact that AIT and KSGI will continue their work as ISGAN Co-Secretariats.

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Building on the successful ISGAN Knowledge Exchange in 2019, a follow-up project is now underway to capture recent developments and support countries in their development of regulatory sandboxes and related experimental instruments, which are key to enable up-scaling and deployment of smart grid and wider energy system innovation.

The focus of this project, involving 16 countries on four continents, is to share experiences and ideas between countries on how to maximise different aspects of learning from sandbox programmes. The process combines international knowledge exchange workshops with stakeholder dialogue at national level to customise the learning to specific contexts and preconditions in the participating countries. Focus questions include how sandbox programmes can be integrated into longer term energy transition strategies, the legal preconditions and exemption laws to enable sandbox programmes, how to coordinate between different stakeholders in programme implementation, and how to design evaluation processes for policy learning.

The second international workshop of the ISGAN Regulatory Sandbox 2.0 project was held on 15 March 2021, involving 30 experts from ministries, regulatory bodies, energy agencies and the research community in a highly interactive dialogue on country-specific as well as shared challenges and experiences.

Apart from concrete learning for the participating countries, the project will deliver concrete policy messages to the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting later this spring. The project results will also be disseminated widely through a public workshop arranged by the ISGAN Academy and a new ISGAN Casebook on Regulatory Sandboxes.


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February 21, 2021

Webinar- Advanced weather forecasting for RES applications: Smart4RES developments towards high-resolution and Numerical Weather Prediction solutions to improve RES forecasting models

23 Mar. 2021 12:30 CET This 3rd Smart4RES webinar will address technological and market challenges in RES prediction and will introduce the Smart4RES strategy to improve weather forecasting models with high resolution. Through wind and solar applications, Innovative Numerical Weather Prediction and Large-Eddy Simulation approaches will be presented.

Intended audience

Academy members from the power systems and meteorological areas, forecasting services providers, renewable plant operators and market traders, and widely TSOs, DSOs and regulators.


Key messages

  • RES are sensitive to high-frequency and very localized variations of the atmospheric flow (wind guts, cloud shadows, fog occcurrence etc.)
  • Refining parameterizations used in NWP models is the first step to improve RES prediction
  • Getting rid of these parameterizations, for instance using Large-Eddy Simulations (LES), is a promising venue because it allows to resolve most of these small-scale fluctuations
  • The spectacular growth in computing power using GPUs now enable LES based weather prediction below 100m resolution. This is fine enough to resolve the effects of wind turbines, low clouds and turbulence.
  • Using ensemble simulations translates atmospheric state inherent unpredictability into a probabilistic view
  • The spectacular growth in computing power using GPUs now enable LES based weather prediction below 100m resolution. This is fine enough to resolve the effects of wind turbines, low clouds and turbulence.
  • A fourth webinar scheduled in April will complete this webinar on Advanced weather forecasting for RES applications and present how observations data can be used, together with measurements from RES plants, as input to dedicated RES forecasting models to predict the power output of these plants.

Matthias Lange                              Remco Verzijlbergh         Quentin Libois

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February 20, 2021

Webinar- Innovative solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation in the transmission grid: the FARCROSS project

1 Mar. 2021 12:30 CET- The webinar will provide insight into the FARCROSS Horizon 2020 EU research project. Driven by recent development in EU internal market for electricity regulation, increased cooperation is key element for improving the interconnectors’ utilization and market harmonization. FARCROSS project looks into these challenges and promotes integrated hardware and software solutions in 5 pilot demonstrators across 8 European countries.

Intended audience:

  • Transmission System Operators (TSOs)  
  • Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) 
  • Market operators  
  • Energy producers, traders and energy market actors 
  • Policy makers and regulation bodies 
  • Transmission and Distribution (T&D) equipment and services industry 
  • Academia and engineering communities 

Anastasis Tzoumpas                Katerina Drivakou                    Thanasis Bachoumis

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February 11, 2021

ISGAN launches a new ANNEX: Flexibility Markets- development and implementation

After the last ISGAN Ex.Co. it was decided to start a new annex: “Annex 9: Flexibility Markets- development and implementation” dedicated to all aspects of market design for power system flexibility.

International collaboration is a powerful tool in understanding issues around flexibility market design. Understanding the implications of design decisions is greatly enhanced by access to insights from the widest possible range of existing markets and the ability to capture the whole spectrum of different market contexts, which will help generate a body of evidence that is rich and diverse in scope. It is foreseen that this body of evidence will in turn be useful to all partner countries in evaluating different architectures for their own systems.

The scope of this Annex is all aspects of market design for power system flexibility. This includes:

  • the whole range of market timescales, from long term investment signals to second-to-second balancing and response;
  • the whole physical system from large centralized generation to behind the meter sources of flexibility within domestic settings and interfaces with other vectors;
  • all sources of value that flexibility conceivably could capture, going beyond MWh to include characteristics like voltage control, repeatability, inertia, locational constraint alleviation;
  • and aspects of the market that go beyond the trading rules such as consumer support, or how obligations (such as with respect to grid stability) are understood and checked

The new operating agent will be Dr. Iliana Cardenes from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Beneficiaries of this Annex will be all ISGAN participants, the IEA and the Clean Energy Ministerial, colleagues working in related campaigns such as the Power Systems Flexibility Campaign and Mission Innovation, and any stakeholders involved in the design and operation of energy markets. These comprise government departments at supranational, national and sub-national level (including cities), as well as regulatory authorities, and potential market participants who are currently experiencing difficulties in getting flexibility to market.

Results will be made available in the form of webinars, workshops, publications (Policy briefs, white papers, etc.), scientific publications, presentations at conferences, and social-media facilitated peer-to-peer discussion groups.

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January 27, 2021

New initiative to advance policy development on regulatory sandboxes

The objective of the project is to facilitate a structured and learning-focused knowledge exchange on sandbox programs and similar measures of regulatory experimenting in different countries.


Building on the successful ISGAN Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) in 2019, involving more than 20 countries, and subsequent work on regulatory sandboxes in collaboration with ETIP-SNET, ISGAN is now starting a new initiative to deepen the learning and international exchange on this key topic for the energy transition.

Regulatory sandboxes and similar instruments are key to enable and accelerate upscaling and deployment of smart grid and energy system innovation. The project starts with an introductory webinar on 28 January 2021 and will conclude with the delivery of fresh insights and policy messages on regulatory sandboxes for advancement of smart grid solutions to the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in May 2021.

Please contact Helena Lindquist (helena[at], Magnus Olofsson (magnus.olofsson[at] or Klaus Kubeczko (Klaus.Kubeczko[at] in the ISGAN Regulatory Sandboxes Project Team for more information.

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January 26, 2021

The 21st Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

The 21st Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) will take place March 16th-18th, 2021 as a virtual meeting.

As ISGAN enters its second decade, this meeting represents an important milestone for this Clean Energy Ministerial initiative and IEA Technology Collaboration Programme. The ExCo will consider ISGAN’s updated strategic plan as its prepares to submit the formal request for a third term (2022-2027).  The FY2021 Programmes of Work of all eight active ISGAN Annexes will be presented.  The results from the tendering process for a new Secretariat will be presented and the corresponding selection taken.  Breakout sessions will allow for more detailed discussions on core ISGAN themes and their definitions and on the next steps for cooperation with outside organisations. Lastly, the ExCo will discuss known and potential deliverables to the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM12, June 2021) and other major events.

For any inquiry regarding the ISGAN and the ExCo21 meeting, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at


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Save the Date! The twelfth Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by the Government of Chile will be held in the week commencing 31 May 2021.

It will be a virtual event and will provide opportunities for the global CEM community to organize insightful, impactful clean energy events throughout the week.

Further details to follow in 2021.


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