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International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

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Key Activities

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) promotes a dynamic exchange of knowledge and best practices, tool development, and project coordination to improve the understanding and adoption of smart grid solutions as well as related enabling government policies. Current information on ISGAN activities can be found at the ISGAN website, http://iea-isgan.org/.

ISGAN continues to implement a wide range of projects. For instance, participants in ISGAN’s Smart Grid International Research Facility Network continue to evaluate protocols for testing advanced photovoltaic inverter grid functionalities.

Progress

  • On a biannual basis, ISGAN assesses each participating government’s motivating drivers and related technology priorities for smart grids. This analysis forms a rational basis for the selection of topics for further attention.
  • An online database captures information on key smart grid projects around the world.
  • When advanced metering infrastructure was identified as the number one smart grid technology priority for ISGAN participants in its initial assessments, ISGAN commissioned and published a book of case studies on the technology. It has also published a case book on advanced demand management.
  • Recognizing the importance of private-sector engagement, ISGAN forged an agreement for formal cooperation with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), a private-sector counterpart to ISGAN composed of more than a dozen national and regional smart grid stakeholder organizations.
  • In 2014, ISGAN gave out its first annual Award of Excellence recognizing an exemplary project in the area of consumer engagement and empowerment.
  • A number of international workshops have been hosted or co-hosted, covering topics such as knowledge sharing among demonstration projects, coordinated assessment of key smart grid functionalities among test bed facilities, future transmission and distribution needs, and best practices for consumer engagement.
  • Working with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, ISGAN co-hosted several well-attended webinars on smart grid topics, such as methods to assess the level of smartness in the grid and experiences in organizing crosscutting institutions to support smart grid innovation. It regularly co-hosts webinar with the Clean Energy Solutions Center on best practices identified in specific smart grid projects.
  • ISGAN collaborates regularly with the International Energy Agency (IEA). For example, it contributed to the development of a “how-to-guide” for national-level roadmapping of smart grids in distribution networks and the creation of a smart grid chapter that was added for the first time to the IEA's annual Tracking Clean Energy Progress report in 2013.
  • ISGAN launched the new ISGAN website (www.iea-isgan.org) to serve as the central platform for sharing ISGAN’s program and results, as well as a beta version of its online Smart Grid Glossary, which is meant to help build a common international vocabulary for understanding Smart Grid concepts.

Upcoming Activities

  • ISGAN plans to focus renewed attention on tools to assess the benefits and costs of smart grid deployment, recognizing the tremendous need for such tools internationally and the commensurate challenge in developing tools that can be applied across jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Working with the GSGF and other partners, ISGAN also plans to look at the persistent need for a well-trained smart grid workforce as well as further opportunities to recognize and replicate best-in-class smart grid projects or programs.
  • ISGAN is exploring the development of projects that help countries address issues on grid losses and revenue management, often viewed as precursors to fuller clean energy integration.