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

Second annual ISGAN Award, inaugural GSGF Award celebrate excellence in smart grids for renewable energy integration

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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

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.

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