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International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

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The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) creates a mechanism through which stakeholders from around the world can collaborate to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electric grids. ISGAN promotes a dynamic exchange of knowledge and best practices, tool development, and project coordination. It aims to improve the understanding and adoption of smart grid technologies, practices, and systems as well as related enabling government policies.

A safe, reliable and clean supply of electricity is a key pre-condition for environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Nevertheless, around the world, electricity grids are under increasing stress as the sources and uses of electric power become progressively more varied and complex. To address this trend, countries are working to modernize their electricity grids to dynamically integrate all sources and uses of electricity in real-time.

In particular, countries are considering or have begun integrating into their power sectors a range of advanced information, sensing, communications, control, and energy technologies and systems, collectively known as the “smart grid.” Effectively deployed, smart grid technologies can improve the reliability and resilience of the grid, enable the large-scale integration of variable renewable power and the dynamic management of electricity demand, and potentially contribute to gigatonneā€scale reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation and use.

ISGAN is formally organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-Operative Programme on Smart Grids under an International Energy Agency (IEA) framework.

Key Accomplishment

ISGAN has catalogued more than 100 smart grid projects from 17 countries to share best practices and lessons learned about the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electric power systems.


ISGAN participants work to improve global understanding of the value that smart grids can offer in addressing electricity grid challenges.

Countries bring diverse drivers and approaches to grid modernization, including improving operational efficiency and system reliability; improving electricity market function; reducing losses; differentiating electricity services for consumers; and integrating a range of energy supply and end use technologies, including plug-in electric vehicles and renewable energy, both transmission-scale and distributed.

Through its activities, ISGAN will pursue the following:

  • Develop integrated tool kits for assessing the motivating forces, key systems and institutions, and major projects driving the development of smarter electricity networks
  • Improve international knowledge exchange and develop communities of best practice by leveraging the expertise of governments, research institutions, system operators, power generators, and others
  • Recognize excellence in smart grid projects around the world and support its replication
  • Coordinate joint projects on smart grid-relevant testing and evaluation

For more information about ISGAN, view the ISGAN activities page, read the ISGAN fact sheet, or visit the ISGAN website (