International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)
The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) is an international partnership. ISGAN was created to be a mechanism for multilateral, government-to-government collaboration to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices, and systems. ISGAN is a treaty under the International Energy Agency (IEA). The ISGAN Implementing Agreement provides a proven model for cooperation among ISGAN participants and with other relevant smart grid-related initiatives. ISGAN participants report periodically on progress and projects to the Ministers of the Clean Energy Ministerial, in addition to satisfying all IEA Implementing Agreement reporting requirements. Membership in ISGAN is voluntary. ISGAN is open to governments of IEA Member as well as non-Member countries, upon invitation of the ISGAN Executive Committee
ISGAN focus on six principal areas:
- Technology and systems development,
- Standards and regulation,
- Finance and business models,
- User &consumer engagement,
- Workforce skills and knowledge.
- Collaboration to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices, and systems
- Consistent with the IEA Framework for International Energy Technology Co-Operation
- Though the ISGAN primary focus is on government-to-government cooperation, ISGAN is also open to entities designated by participating governments, and select private sector and industry associations and international organizations.
- ISGAN facilitates dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance, and project coordination, where appropriate.
ISGAN and India
- India is one of the founding Member of ISGAN and Joint Secretary (Distribution), Ministry of Power, is the member representative of India.
- The Ministry of Power, Government of India hosted the 13th Executive Committee (ExCo) Meeting of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) at POWERGRID Corporate Centre, Gurugram. This is the first ever Executive Committee Meeting of ISGAN being held in India.
Importance of Smart Grid
- Smart Grid assists in the management of electricity demand, integration of growing supplies and distribution, small-scale renewable energy systems, accommodation of an increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, improvement of operational efficiency, and application of energy-efficient technologies to their full potential.
- Smart electric grids help in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions
- In coordination with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others, ISGAN seeks to improve understanding of the potential for Smart Grid technologies to enable reductions in GHG emissions and energy use at country, regional, and global levels. It also helps in fighting climate change where greenhouse gas emission is a concern and global warming risk to human survival.
- Smart Grids also enable better utilization of existing electricity generation assets, thereby creating opportunities to forgo the addition of new long-lived, high emissions fossil fuel plants
- It focuses on high-level government attention on the promise of the Smart Grid to achieve such reductions as well as the challenges to accelerate their deployment.