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13th Executive Committee Meeting of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) inaugurated
Mar 19, 2017

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The Ministry of Power, Government of India is hosting the 13th Executive Committee (ExCo) Meeting of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) at POWERGRID Corporate Center, Gurugram. This is the first ever Executive Committee Meeting of ISGAN being held in India.

  • Smart Grid implementation in India would get a boost from deliverables obtained through decisions and actions taken in 13th ISGAN ExCo Meeting as ISGAN aims to improve the understanding of smart grid technologies, practices and promote adoption of related enabling government policies.
  • The dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance and project coordination and periodic ISGAN reports on progress and projects being undertaken in the field of Smart Grids across the world would also be helpful in suitable deployment of Smart Grid technologies in India. 

WHAT is the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

  • ISGAN is an agreement under International Energy Agency (IEA) and consists of representatives from 25 countries across the globe. India is one of the founding Member of ISGAN and Joint Secretary (Distribution), Ministry of Power, is the member representative of India. 
  • ISGAN creates a mechanism for multilateral government-to-government collaboration to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices and systems. 
  •  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.
  • ISGAN participants work to improve global understanding of the value that smart grids can offer in addressing electricity grid challenges.
  • 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

What are smart grid:

  • Smart grid” generally refers to a class of technology people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based remote control and automation.
  • These systems are made possible by two-way communication technology and computer processing that has been used for decades in other industries.
  • They are beginning to be used on electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses. 
  • They offer many benefits to utilities and consumers -- mostly seen in big improvements in energy efficiency on the electricity grid and in the energy users’ homes and offices.


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