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ISGAN Releases Advanced Metering Infrastructure Case Book
The Clean Energy Ministerial’s International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) recently released an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) case book in response to a survey of ISGAN members that revealed AMI was rated one of the most important elements of a smart grid. Spotlight on Advanced Metering Infrastructure: AMI Case Book Version 1.0 includes six case studies that provide lessons learned and best practices as well as potential costs and benefits of AMI. This case book is the first of its kind in terms of sharing international project perspectives on AMI in a document written for practitioners and decision makers in smart grid.

AMI comprises a set of technologies considered by many to be a fundamental part of smart grids because it allows for two-way communication between the energy system operators and the energy consumer. AMI, which may include automatic meter reading, outage and theft detection, and in-home displays, provides energy system operators with real-time data about power consumption and customers with information about their energy usage and time-of-use pricing.

The case book includes studies from Canada, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Sweden, and the United States, covering a broad range of contexts: economic, political, geographical, structural, cultural, and market. Although each study is unique, together the studies are representative of current global experiences and best practices that are emerging across jurisdictions and will contribute to more sophisticated discussions of lessons learned. Several common themes emerged among the key findings, particularly around the customer role in smart grids and the business case based on system functionality. For example, careful and realistic engagement and communications with customers is a critical component for a successful AMI project. Smart meters should deliver more accurate meter readings, but that may not translate into lower bills. The potential for savings and other benefits is also usually dependent on customer behaviors. As the report notes, “while interval readings of customer consumption and dynamic rate plans can signal opportunities for savings, customers must choose to act on those signals.” Proactive customer engagement plans can also address customer concerns before they turn into customer opposition.

The report also notes that investment in AMI can offer an increased value proposition when the functionality is leveraged to utilize other technologies,such as home energy management systems, distributed generation (such as from rooftop solar), electric vehicles, and electricity storage, that allow the consumer to be both a buyer and seller of power.

This case book is the first of what will be a series of case books, with each focusing on key smart grid systems or applications. ISGAN is currently developing a new case book on Active Demand Management. Each case book may be updated periodically with new case studies from ISGAN participants and affiliated organizations.

ISGAN brings together experts and stakeholders from around the world to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electric grids. Effectively deployed, smart grid technologies can improve the reliability and resilience of the grid, enable the dynamic management of electricity demand, and facilitate the large-scale integration of variable renewable energy. For more information, visit the ISGAN website: www.iea-isgan.org.
ISGAN Annex 6 Releases New Discussion Paper on Smarter and Stronger Power Transmission

Task leaders for a major project of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) recently released a new discussion paper, Smarter & Stronger Power Transmission: Review of feasible technologies for enhanced capacity and flexibility. ISGAN is a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative and IEA Implementing Agreement focused on accelerating the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. It has seven major projects, or Annexes, underway focusing on various smart grid topics. 

Prepared by the task leaders of ISGAN Annex 6: Power T&D Systems, the discussion paper looks at the primary power system, information, and communication technologies required to efficiently supervise and operate electric power systems facing increasing amounts of variable renewable energy, both transmission-scale and distributed, and a wider range of applications for electric power, including electric vehicles (EVs).

Some of the key points include the following:

  • A smart and strong electrical infrastructure can make substantial contributions to meeting energy and climate goals.
  • Modern economies depend on the continuous delivery of reliable and efficient electric power.
  • More diversified energy systems, with wider deployment of variable renewable energy sources and more complex electricity applications, like EVs, are making it more challenging to maintain power system reliability. 
  • The new paradigm requires the ability to adjust rapidly to changes and fluctuations throughout the system. 
  • To achieve this flexibility requires a range of advanced, interoperable technologies integrated with a holistic, systems view that cuts across old divides such as transmission versus distribution and traditional power system versus information and communications technologies. 
  • There is no single universal solution but rather a portfolio of flexible tools and technologies that can be applied to meet specific requirements.
  • Most of the individual technologies needed to transform the energy sector are already available, but need to be demonstrated and deployed, especially in integrated systems.
  • New approaches and policy frameworks are needed to stimulate early investments in infrastructure with a systems view.

A number of other ISGAN discussion papers have been released and are available on the ISGAN website and in the Resources section of the Clean Energy Ministerial website. The ISGAN discussion papers are meant as the authors’ inputs to the global discourse about smart grids and cover topics of international interest. They reflect works in progress in the development of smart grids in the different regions of the world and lay the groundwork for further inquiry and discussion.

Joint EVI–ISGAN Workshop Explores Collaboration to Improve EV–Grid Integration
On the sidelines of the 27th Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS-27), held recently in Barcelona, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) held a workshop to discuss the potential for closer collaboration. With a rapidly increasing number of electric vehicles being deployed, the large-scale integration of these EVs into electric grids presents unique challenges and opportunities. This workshop answered a call from ministers, delegates and private sector representatives at CEM4 who called for better coordination among cross-cutting CEM initiatives.

The number of EVs globally is expected to grow significantly over the next decade as technologies improve, prices fall, and demand grows for low-emissions transportation choices. If clustered and unmanaged, EV charging could increase stress on overtaxed power distribution networks and raise the risk of cascading grid failures. The inherent mobility of EVs can also make it difficult to accurately forecast grid loads and ensure proper assignment of charging costs. 

EVs and smart grids also share much in common including a focus on using widespread electronic sensors, controls, and information and communications technologies (ICT) to manage energy demand. At the interface with power systems, large-scale EV integration brings innovative possibilities such as serving as distributed storage resources, demand-response providers, and, when integrated with other distributed energy resources such as solar PV, an integral part of resilient minigrid systems. 

While a number of firms, policy makers, and others have begun to investigate the potential impacts and opportunities of large-scale EV integration in power systems, the incentives and policy supports to encourage such integration are not yet in place.

Through this workshop and closer collaboration, EVI and ISGAN participants are working to identify EV-grid integration topics that require more research or other attention, highlight those to decision makers, and support development of projects or programs that address gaps.  Work is already beginning on case studies highlighting the key concerns and possibilities for EV-grid integration, with delivery anticipated at the fifth CEM meeting in Seoul in May 2013. 
International Awards Competition on Smart Grids Launched, Nominations Period Extended

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), has launched the first ISGAN Award of Excellence competition to recognize excellence in smart grid projects around the world. Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee said, “The ISGAN Award of Excellence competition will showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects. This sets the stage for replication of proven concepts and will improve global understanding of the value that smart grids can offer.” 

“Through the partnership of GSGF and ISGAN, we intend to make this a prestigious annual award to recognize and celebrate exemplars in the global smart grid community. The Award of Excellence logo will mark the quality of the winning projects,” said Paddy Turnbull, Chair of the GSGF Board of Directors.

The theme for this inaugural award is “Consumer Engagement and Empowerment,” a critical element of the smart grid vision. Projects at pilot, demonstration, or deployment levels with a substantial consumer engagement and empowerment component are eligible to apply.  The nominations period runs through 00:00 UTC 27 March 2014, with winners expected to be announced at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Seoul, Korea 12 May. The official rules and other information can be found at www.iea-isgan.org/award2014

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, ISGAN brings together 25 governments and their designated institutions to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electricity grids worldwide through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer review, tool development, and project coordination. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency.
www.iea-isgan.org

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

Established in 2010, GSGF is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems around the world. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF is working to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating the sharing of best practices on resolutions around barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building.
/www.globalsmartgridfederation.org

Side Events Announced for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial

The fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) meeting in Seoul will include several side events that will engage and inform university students about the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), advance efficient off-grid appliances, recognize global award winners, and raise overall awareness about the CEM and its work.

Model CEM

The first-ever Model CEM will take place on Monday, 12 May, concurrent with the ministerial meeting. At this special forum, which is patterned on the Model UN, university students that have been selected to represent each of the CEM member countries will present the current status of clean energy development in their country, discuss possible measures to strengthen international cooperation, and adopt a “Joint Declaration on Creating a Clean Energy Society.” The students will present the Joint Declaration to the full meeting of ministers and delegates at the end of the day. The goal of this new event is to encourage the next generation of clean energy leaders, raise awareness of the CEM, and strengthen global cooperation on clean energy.

Off-Grid PlugFest

A first-of-its-kind off-grid appliance and clean energy system “PlugFest” will be held on Tuesday, 13 May. Organized by the CEM’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative,  the event will bring together low-voltage DC appliance manufacturers, off-grid solar home system (SHS) companies, and other energy access professionals to share best practices and to test appliance-system interoperability—a key challenge facing the off-grid clean energy access market. DC appliance manufacturers, SHS companies, and DC mini- or micro-grid developers are invited to attend. For queries and sponsorship opportunities, contact GlobalLEAP@hq.doe.gov.

Awards Ceremony

At the end of the first day (12 May), from 17:30 to 18:30, an award ceremony will take place to recognize the winners of the ISGAN Award of Excellence, the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for displays, and the Global LEAP Off-Grid TV and Lighting Awards. Members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend this awards ceremony.

ISGAN Award of Excellence: Consumer Engagement & Empowerment
The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) will announce the winners of the inaugural ISGAN Award of Excellence, which recognizes excellence in smart grid projects around the world. This year’s awards will highlight top consumer engagement and empowerment efforts—which are a critical element of smart grid implementation. www.iea-isgan.org/award2014

SEAD Global Efficiency Medals: Display Awards
The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative will recognize the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world’s most energy-efficient computer monitors. The Global Efficiency Medal competition is the first effort to identify the most energy-efficient computer monitors on the market around the world today. http://superefficient.org/displayawards

Global LEAP Awards: Outstanding Off-Grid TV and Lighting Awards
Global LEAP will announce the winners of its competitions for the highest quality, most energy-efficient off-grid televisions and off-grid LED lighting appliances. The Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards support self-sustaining commercial markets for off-grid energy products by identifying and promoting the most energy-efficient, affordable, and highest-quality appliances. http://www.globalleapawards.org/

For more information or queries about any of these events, please refer to the event-specific contact information shown, or contact the CEM Secretariat:

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
 

ISGAN and GSGF Recognize Entergy New Orleans’ “SmartView”  AMI Pilot as 2014 ISGAN Award of Excellence Winner

Today, during the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, Korea, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot project as the winner of the first-ever ISGAN Award of Excellence. The project was singled out from among the more than 40 nominations from 15 countries submitted to the competition, which for this inaugural round focused on consumer engagement and empowerment. 

“The Award of Excellence marks the ‘SmartView’ AMI pilot as a leading example of consumer engagement and empowerment around the world,” said Dr. Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “It demonstrates an approach that other organizations could use to successfully engage with their consumers.”

GSGF Executive Director Ronnie Belmans led a distinguished jury of international experts in making the selection. Dr. Belmans said, “The ‘SmartView’ project exemplifies the successful empowerment of consumers to achieve remarkable societal benefits associated with smart grids.”

The “SmartView” AMI pilot project engaged and empowered 4,700 low-income consumers to use AMI technologies to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills. Consumers were invited to participate in a variety of demand-response programs, including programs that provide rebates for reducing energy use during peak periods and that reduce air conditioning use (through load controls).

Entergy New Orleans’ staff, the New Orleans City Council, and community organizations worked together to introduce AMI technology, educate participants, produce energy savings, and provide a platform for the implementation of future smart grid technologies. Approximately 80%–90% of the program participants believed the program saved them money on their energy bills, and over 90% expressed interest in participating on a permanent basis.

Mr. Charles Rice Jr., President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., stated, “We are proud that ISGAN and GSGF recognized our ‘SmartView’ AMI pilot project with the Award of Excellence, and hope that its strong focus on community engagement can serve as an example for other smart grid projects.”

ISGAN and GSGF also recognized a second project, Østkraft Holding A/S’ Ecogrid: Consumer Engagement in the Future Power System, with the title “Honorable Mention,” as well as eight additional projects as finalists. 

ISGAN and GSGF launched the annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase global leadership and innovation in smart grids. More information on the Award of Excellence competition can be found at www.iea-isgan.org.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” AMI pilot project will be featured during an ISGAN–Clean Energy Solutions Center webinar scheduled for 6 June 2014. 

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments and their stakeholders to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electricity grids worldwide through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency.

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

Established in 2010, the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems globally. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private-sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF works to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating sharing of best practices on solutions for barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building.

The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. www.cleanenergyministerial.org

Contact:

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131

World Energy Leaders Highlight Progress and Announce New Actions on Clean Energy at Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial

Recognizing the growing urgency of the world’s energy and climate challenges, energy leaders from the world’s largest economies and others gathered in Seoul for the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to strategize next steps in their efforts to accelerate the deployment of clean and efficient energy. Hosted by Korea on 12–13 May, CEM5 got underway with opening remarks from Yoon Sang-Jick, Korea’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, who said it was important for those present to “spur a cycle of technology development and market creation.” U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz co-chaired the meeting, and in his opening remarks he called on those present to “aim for nothing less than a worldwide clean energy revolution.”

Over the two-day meeting, energy ministers and other high-level delegates highlighted progress made through the Ministerial’s collaborative initiatives and announced new and expanded actions that will enhance clean energy supply, improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy access around the world.

In an ambitious effort to reduce energy use on a global scale, the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative opened a competition to recognize the most energy-efficient lighting around the world. Grid-based lighting accounts for almost 20% of world electricity consumption. By recognizing and promoting the world’s most energy-efficient lighting, the SEAD competition will spur greater innovation among manufacturers and help buyers make informed purchasing decisions that can lower energy bills.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center and the International Renewable Energy Agency signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Renewable Energy Policy Advice Network (REPAN). The jointly led network will leverage both organizations’ resources by coordinating a global network of experts and practitioners that helps countries design and implement renewable energy policies and programs.

The Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group announced the release of a new report, econValue - The Socio-Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy, which highlights approaches for measuring the economic value, such as jobs and tax revenues, created from the deployment of solar and wind technologies.

The United Kingdom announced a new project under the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group to produce a guide for countries wishing to implement carbon dioxide (CO2) storage assessment methodologies. This project will be jointly funded by the UK and Korea. The Action Group also delivered a key messages report to ministers and announced that it would transition its work to the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, which will also take on the role of delivering CCUS key messages to ministers during future meetings.

The 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) announced major new support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to help Mexico transform its power sector. CIFF will provide up to $3.9 million for power sector technical support that will help Mexico achieve secure, reliable and clean electricity as part of its energy reform agenda.

Mexico also announced a new voluntary industry standard for cool roofs that was developed through support from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) initiative. The standard provides a technical definition of a cool roof and procedures for testing and rating cool roof materials, providing an important early step in the development of a cool roof market in Mexico.

Additional announcements were made regarding engagement in CEM initiatives: Canada joined the Electric Vehicles Initiative; Japan joined the C3E Women in Clean Energy initiative; South Africa joined the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership initiative, and Denmark joined the International Smart Grid Action Network. 

Ministers also announced that the CEM would explore three additional work streams: the market accessibility of clean energy products, clean energy finance, and the energy-water nexus.  

A unique feature of CEM5 was the Model CEM program. University students were selected to represent CEM member governments and took part in a parallel session to discuss measures to strengthen international cooperation.

CEM5 also featured an awards ceremony where winners of the three award programs active under CEM initiatives were recognized. Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot took top honors in the inaugural ISGAN Award of Excellence for its consumer engagement and empowerment efforts. Samsung and LG were recognized as winners of the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world’s most energy-efficient computer monitors. The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) announced winners of the inaugural Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Awards.

Global LEAP also organized a first-of-its-kind off-grid appliance and clean energy system “PlugFest” during CEM5. The event brought together low-voltage direct current (DC) appliance manufacturers, off-grid solar home system (SHS) companies and other energy access professionals to share best practices and to test appliance-system interoperability—a key challenge facing the off-grid clean energy access market.

Looking ahead, the Government of Mexico will host the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial in 2015.

For additional information, please see the following attachments:

Information on the Clean Energy Ministerial is also available at www.cleanenergyministerial.org.

For additional information, email CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov.

Contact

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat
CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov
+1 202-586-4131
Nominations Open for 2nd Annual Smart Grid Award of Excellence

On January 26, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched its second annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. This year’s competition theme is “Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration,” highlighting the critical role that smart grids can play in accelerating the deployment and use of clean, renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee, said, “We are excited to launch the 2015 Award of Excellence competition. Last year’s competition was a great success, with over 40 high-quality projects nominated from more than a dozen countries. We believe that this year’s competition will raise awareness, globally, of the tremendous value smart grids offer for uptake of renewable energy.”

“We are proud to join with ISGAN again in recognizing exemplars of the global smart grid community with this prestigious Award,” stated Paddy Turnbull, Chair of the GSGF Board of Directors. “The Award of Excellence logo marks the quality of winning projects and sets the stage for their proven, innovative ideas to be duplicated in other markets.” 

ISGAN and GSGF also announced that Ronnie Belmans, GSGF Executive Director, returns to head the international jury of smart grid experts that will select the winning projects.  

The nominations period runs from now to March 20. Winners are expected to be recognized publicly at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in late May in Mexico. Official rules, nomination forms, and other information on the Award of Excellence competition can be found at http://www.iea-isgan.org/Award2015/Main.

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial, ISGAN brings together more than two dozen governments and affiliated institutions across five continents to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. To advance global progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and standards, ISGAN coordinates a range of activities that support dynamic, international exchange of best practice, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge and tool development, and deep technical engagement. ISGAN is formally organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) and is a member of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Network.

More info: http://www.iea-isgan.org

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is a global stakeholder organization committed to creating smarter, cleaner electrical systems around the world. GSGF is composed of national smart grid organizations from 15 countries and the European Union. GSGF brings together the intellectual capital of smart grid stakeholder organizations from around the world to:

  • facilitate the collaboration of national and international Smart Grid nongovernmental organizations and governmental organizations from around the world to conduct and foster research in the application of Smart Grid technologies;
  • support rapid implementation of Smart Grid technologies by establishing itself as the global center for competency on Smart Grid technologies and policy issues;
  • foster the international exchange of ideas and best practices on energy issues, including reliability, efficiency, security, and climate change; and
  • create avenues for dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors in countries around the world on issues relating to the deployment of Smart Grid technologies.

These and other activities help member organizations initiate changes to their countries' electric systems to enhance security, increase flexibility, reduce emissions, and maintain affordability, reliability, and accessibility.

More info: http://www.globalsmartgridfederation.org/

ISGAN Report Assesses System Operators’ Interaction in Evolving Grid Operations Sector

The Clean Energy Ministerial’s International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) has released a new discussion paper that explores the increasingly close interaction between transmission system operators (TSOs)—transporting energy at a national or regional level—and distribution system operators (DSOs)—delivering energy to final users. The paper, TSO-DSO interaction: An Overview of current interaction between transmission and distribution system operators and an assessment of their cooperation in Smart Grids, provides a look at current and future TSO-DSO interaction in the rapidly changing grid operations sector and presents potential methods of increasing future cooperation. 

The relationship between TSOs and DSOs is changing for numerous reasons, such as the adoption of smart grid technologies and principles and the increase in distributed generation. The paper investigates six specific grid operation challenges, or cases, for which closer collaboration between TSOs and DSOs is necessary or helpful.

Experts from Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States provided input for the cases and helped identify gaps to full smart grid interaction for their respective countries.

The paper finds that the technical solutions required for a closer interaction between TSOs and DSOs are very similar for most of the identified cases. New technical requirements for the DSO include a two-way communication to both its flexible customers and to the TSO, and the ability to perform (quasi) real-time network simulations with input from grid measurements. These technical requirements can be met using available technology, but the complexity and skills required for implementation and operation should not be underestimated.

The paper also identifies several non-technical issues that must be considered, including maintaining a balance between infrastructure investments and use of flexibility, the role of markets, setting a level playing field for flexibility, and the role of regulation. It notes that a clear policy framework will encourage investments in smart grid solutions to address these issues. 

“Network operators around the world can learn from the different approaches to handle these challenges,” said Antony Zegers of Austria, a lead author of the paper. The paper can inform decision-making in restructured electricity markets, where a clear distinction exists between TSOs and DSOs, and may also be useful to decision makers considering the redesign of vertically integrated utilities. 

About ISGAN

An initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, ISGAN seeks to accelerate progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and related standards through voluntary participation by governments in specific projects and programs. For more information on ISGAN and its activities, visit the ISGAN website: http://www.iea-isgan.org/

Solutions Center, ISGAN Partner to Provide Expert Policy Assistance on Smart Grid Topics

Two Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives—the Clean Energy Solutions Center and the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)—have partnered to provide smart grid policy expertise to a global audience through the Solutions Center’s Ask an Expert service. This collaboration fulfills a need among policy makers, who are keenly interested in smart grid deployment. By leveraging the existing network of ISGAN experts, who maintain a wealth of innovative smart grid knowledge, the Ask an Expert service can now provide no-cost assistance with smart grid program design to countries around the world.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center's Ask an Expert service links those seeking clean energy policy advice and information with a policy expert who can help them achieve their goals. The service matches policy makers with one of more than 35 global experts selected as authoritative leaders on specific clean energy policy topics. These experts come from a wide range of organizations, including the Institute for Industrial Productivity, European Solar Thermal Electricity Association, The Energy and Resources Institute, Enerdata, and many others.

Through the Ask an Expert service, experts have responded to more than 150 requests for expert assistance from more than 75 countries, island nations, and regional organizations, to date. Experts have provided a range of assistance and support, developing strategies, standards, financial incentives, and deployment programs; reviewing draft measures and strategies; conducting research; and sharing best practices.

Ask an Expert requests can be submitted through the Solutions Center website at www.cleanenergysolutions.org/expert.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center provides no-cost policy assistance, training, and tools to help governments, advisors, and analysts create policies and programs that advance the deployment of clean energy technologies. The Solutions Center is co-led and co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through support from the U.S. Department of State and the Australian Department of Industry and Science. For more information, visit www.cleanenergysolutions.org.

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together more than two dozen governments and affiliated institutions across five continents to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. To advance global progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and standards, ISGAN coordinates a range of activities that support dynamic, international exchange of best practice, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge and tool development, and deep technical engagement. For more information, visit www.iea-isgan.org

The Clean Energy Ministerial Recognizes Energy-Efficient Motors, Innovative Smart Grid Initiatives, and Clean Energy Ambassadors

Today, during the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) in Mérida, Mexico, a Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Awards ceremony honored several global clean energy innovators working to advance appliance energy efficiency, smart grid technology, and clean energy education and empowerment. Energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 22 countries and the European Commission recognized recipients’ outstanding clean energy policy and technology achievements.

The CEM Awards provide critical recognition and visibility for key issues and achievements in clean energy. They are a crucial way for the CEM to encourage clean energy innovation, catalyze markets toward highly effective and efficient clean energy solutions, and build and recognize clean energy leadership.

During today’s ceremony, Minister Wan Gang of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology presented CEM Awards showcasing highly energy-efficient electric motors. A 4-kilowatt and an 11-kilowatt electric motor from Nanyang Explosion Protection Group Company Limited from Henan Province, P.R. China, each won an international Global Efficiency Medal (awarded by the CEM’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative). Because motor-driven systems account for 40 percent of global electricity consumption, greater efficiency can provide significant opportunities for reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, and reliance on fossil fuels.

Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan of Sweden’s Ministry of Environment and Energy presented CEM Awards for smart grid innovation (awarded as the ISGAN Award of Excellence) to the “GRID4EU Large-scale Demonstration of European Smart Distributions Networks” project. Exemplifying the 2015 theme of “Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration,” GRID4EU used demand management and grid automation to improve the integration of renewables on medium- and low-voltage electricity networks and identify best practice solutions for the rest of Europe. Six major European smart grid demonstration projects pooled their experience and expertise through GRID4EU to achieve the common ambition of a “smarter and greener grid.” During the CEM Awards ceremony, two additional smart grid projects were recognized with honorable mentions: The “DS3 – Delivering a Secure, Sustainable Electricity System” project submitted by Eirgrid Plc (Ireland) and the “Smart Grid Station of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)” project, submitted by KEPCO.

Finally, Engineer Fatima Al Foora, the Assistant Undersecretary for Electricity, Clean Energy, and Desalinated Water Affairs from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy, highlighted the CEM’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. The C3E initiative aims to advance gender equality in the clean energy sector.

For more information about these Clean Energy Ministerial awards programs, please visit http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/CEMAwards

ISGAN Award of Excellence, GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award Winners Recognized at CEM6

Today, during an awards ceremony at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6), the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced the winners of the second-annual ISGAN Award of Excellence and the first-ever GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award. The winning projects receiving these prestigious awards serve as global exemplars of the value that smarter, cleaner electric grids can offer.

ISGAN recognized the “GRID4EU Large-scale Demonstration of European Smart Distributions Networks” project as the winner of its second annual ISGAN Award of Excellence. Exemplifying the 2015 competition theme of “Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration,” GRID4EU used demand management and grid automation to improve the integration of renewables on medium- and low-voltage electricity networks of Europe.

“GRID4EU pools the expertise and experience of six major European smart grid demonstration projects to achieve the common vision of a smarter and greener grid,” said Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “Its structure and approach for using smart grids to integrate renewable energy represent a best practice example for the rest of the world.”

ISGAN recognized two additional projects with an honorable mention, including the “DS3 – Delivering a Secure, Sustainable Electricity System” project submitted by Eirgrid Plc (Ireland) and the “Smart Grid Station of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)” project, submitted by KEPCO (Republic of Korea). During the CEM Awards ceremony, Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan of Sweden’s Ministry of Environment and Energy presented each of the ISGAN honorees with a certificate noting their achievement.

GSGF announced that the “Smart Grid Station” project would also receive its inaugural Best Smartgrid Project Award, which will be formally presented to KEPCO as part of a GSGF event taking place at the Smart Communities Summit in Tokyo, Japan, in June 2015.

GSGF Chair Paddy Turnbull said, “The Smart Grid Station integrates both building systems and renewable energy generation using an impressive assortment of smart grid technologies. The project has tremendous potential for replication, which is a key reason why we will celebrate it with our inaugural GSGF award.”

A distinguished international jury of smart grid experts led by Dr. Ronnie Belmans, GSGF Executive Director, selected the winning projects for both the ISGAN and GSGF awards, drawing from a pool of 14 nominees across 12 countries.

ISGAN and GSGF launched these annual awards competitions to showcase global leadership and innovation in smart grids. Honored projects will be promoted by ISGAN and GSGF to an audience spanning more than 27 major developed and emerging economies across five continents. More information on the Award of Excellence can be found at www.iea-isgan.org.

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments, national experts, and other stakeholders to advance smart grids globally through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency. www.iea-isgan.org

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

Established in 2010, the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems globally. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private-sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF works to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating sharing of best practices on solutions for barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building. www.globalsmartgridfederation.org

Smart Grid Award Competition Open for Nominations

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) is sponsoring its third annual Award of Excellence competition, with a focus this year on excellence in smart grids for reliable electricity. Projects nominated for the ISGAN competition are also eligible to win the second annual Best Smartgrid Project Award, presented by ISGAN’s private sector partner, the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF). These prestigious international awards will showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world.

“We are very excited about this year’s Award of Excellence competition,” stated Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “History has shown that reliable, resilient electricity service plays a critical role for economic growth and prosperity. As a result, ISGAN is especially interested in projects that show a strong economic rationale, such as a compelling business model, reduction in economic losses from grid outages, or other significant benefit.”

Paddy Turnbull, Chair of the GSGF Board of Directors, said, “We are happy to be partnering again with ISGAN to recognize global leaders in smart grids. For our Best Smartgrid Project Award, the GSGF plans to honor projects that improve electricity reliability through use of information and communications technologies, which are an essential component of smart grids.”

Entities engaged in grid modernization or smart grids are encouraged to submit their projects by 13 March 2016 for consideration for both the ISGAN and GSGF awards. Official rules, nomination forms, and other information on the awards competition can be found on the ISGAN website. The winning projects will be selected by an international jury of smart grid experts and then recognized publicly in June 2016 during a ceremony at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, USA. At CEM7, energy ministers from 23 of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries and the European Commission, as well as representatives from leading private sector organizations, will gather to drive progress on innovative clean energy policy, programs, and technologies.

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial, ISGAN brings together more than two dozen governments and affiliated institutions across five continents to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. To advance global progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and standards, ISGAN coordinates a range of activities that support dynamic, international exchange of best practices, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge and tool development, and deep technical engagement. ISGAN is formally organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) and is a member of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Network.

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)

The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is a global stakeholder organization committed to creating smarter, cleaner electrical systems around the world. GSGF is composed of national smart grid organizations from 15 countries and the European Union. GSGF brings together the intellectual capital of smart grid stakeholder organizations from around the world to:

  • facilitate the collaboration of national and international smart grid nongovernmental organizations and governmental organizations from around the world to conduct and foster research in the application of smart grid technologies;
  • support rapid implementation of smart grid technologies by establishing itself as the global center for competency on smart grid technologies and policy issues;
  • foster the international exchange of ideas and best practices on energy issues, including reliability, efficiency, security, and climate change; and
  • create avenues for dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors in countries around the world on issues relating to the deployment of smart grid technologies.

These and other activities help member organizations initiate changes to their countries' electric systems to enhance security, increase flexibility, reduce emissions, and maintain affordability, reliability, and accessibility.

ISGAN and GSGF Announce Winners of Annual Smart Grids Competitions

Today, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced that the CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid had won the ISGAN Award of Excellence and the GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award for 2016. 

Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee said, “The CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid exemplifies this year’s competition theme of ‘Excellence in Smart Grids for Reliable Electricity Service,’ through its application of multiple technologies and approaches to reduce outages, increase performance, and save consumers money in a region known for its many severe weather events.” 

“We are honored to receive the ISGAN Award of Excellence and GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award,” said CenterPoint Energy Senior Vice President Kenny Mercado. “Through our smart grid, we have reduced outages by over 134 million minutes, enabled restoration of over 1.5 million outage cases without a customer phone call, and saved tens of millions of dollars for our over 2 million metered customers in Southeast Texas.” 

Ronnie Belmans, GSGF Executive Director, led a distinguished international jury of smart grid experts that selected the winning project for both the ISGAN and GSGF Awards. He said, “The CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid shows the tremendous value offered by smart grid systems that efficiently integrate advanced meters, intelligent switches, information and communications technologies, data analytics, grid management systems, and more to improve the flexibility, reliability, and resilience of electricity service. It was the clear choice to win this year’s awards.” 

ISGAN announced that two other projects received “Honorable Mentions,” including “ESS for Frequency Regulation of KEPCO,” submitted by the Korea Electric Power Corporation, and “Automated Impedance Fault Map Prediction for Smart Grid Systems,” submitted by NextEra Energy – Florida Power & Light Company. “Unlocking Reliable Demand-Side Capacity in Colombia Without Adding Generation,” a joint project of Innovari and Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI), one of the largest distribution companies in Colombia, was cited for “Special Recognition for Potential for Replication.”

On June 2, 2016, all of the projects will be formally honored during an awards ceremony at the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco, California, a major gathering of governments, industry, and other key stakeholders from the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries on clean energy. ISGAN and GSGF will also promote the major concepts and lessons learned in the projects to their growing stakeholder communities, which now span more than 27 major developed and emerging economies across five continents. 

This is the third year of the ISGAN Award of Excellence competition and the second year for the GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award. With these annual awards competitions, ISGAN and GSGF aim to showcase global leadership and innovation in smart grids. 

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) 

Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments and their stakeholders to advance smart grids around the world through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination among a global network of experts. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency. More information on ISGAN and its Award of Excellence can be found at www.iea-isgan.org

About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) 

Established in 2010, the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems globally. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private-sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF works to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating sharing of best practices on solutions for barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building. More information on GSGF is available at www.globalsmartgridfederation.org.

International Smart Grid Action Network Publishes T&D Casebook Version 2.0

The Clean Energy Ministerial’s International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) has released a new casebook, Spotlight on Smart and Strong Power T&D Infrastructure Version 2.0. The casebook, available in both English and Spanish, is the first step in providing insight and knowledge on smart grid approaches to managing increasingly complex power systems.

Rapidly increasing generation from renewable energy sources along with changing demand patterns from electric vehicles and more efficient technologies and appliances are just two factors that can challenge transmission and distribution (T&D) systems and jeopardize quality and availability of power. The casebook, prepared by ISGAN’s Annex 6 (Power T&D System), represents the outcomes of surveying, analyzing, and discussing important achievements in the application of smart grid approaches.

The casebook shares real applications of smart grid approaches and technologies for the transmission and distribution domains in twelve countries: Ireland, Sweden, China, Germany, the United States, Italy, South Africa, France, Austria, Belgium, Canada, and Denmark. Although conditions vary among countries, there is significant common ground for sharing experiences. These case studies serve to illustrate lessons learned and highlight a wide range of applications related to power T&D systems or smart grids. These studies help demonstrate the value smart grid solutions offer for integrating renewable energy, improving markets, engaging customers, and increasing the security of the generation supply.

The casebook also describes and discusses lessons learned from the application of high-voltage direct current technologies, wide-area monitoring, and smart substations. In the distribution field, the casebook addresses measures to maximize the hosting capacity of variable renewables and to integrate the response of users toward the application of flexible tariffs.

Additional projects will be added progressively in future editions of the casebook to continue to encourage knowledge exchange for smart grids.

Read the Casebook: English | Spanish.

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