On 8 June, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched its fourth Award of Excellence competition to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. With a theme of “Excellence in Smart Grids for Flexibility,” the competition highlights the critical role that modern grid technologies and approaches can play in creating more flexible power systems that are able to respond quickly to fluctuations in electricity supply and demand.
Karin Widegren, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee, said, “The electric power sector is getting more complex, as more renewable and distributed energy resources, electric vehicles, smart devices, and other technologies are added to power systems. As a result, there is a growing need to ensure that our electric grids can react rapidly and cost‐effectively to sudden shifts in power generation and power consumption. Such control is the essence of smart grids and the reason why we are very excited about this year’s Award of Excellence competition.”
Projects nominated for the ISGAN competition are also eligible to win the GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award.
“This year’s competition focuses on a critically important objective for modern power systems,” stated Reji Kumar Pillai, Chairman of the GSGF. “In developed and developing countries alike, more flexible power systems are also more reliable, efficient, affordable and clean. By bringing together advanced communications, sensors and control systems, smart grids are a key tool for enabling that flexibility. The GSGF is proud to join ISGAN in sponsoring this competition.”
ISGAN and GSGF encouraged entities engaged in grid modernization or smart grids to submit their projects by 13 October 2017 for consideration for both awards. Official rules, nominations forms, and other information can be found at http://www.iea‐isgan.org/Award2018. The winning projects will be selected by an international jury of smart grid experts. They will receive 8 June 2017 prestigious recognition during an awards ceremony at the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial, a global gathering of energy ministers and high‐level international organizations scheduled for Europe in May 2018. They will also be showcased in ISGAN and GSGF products and events, affirming their position as global exemplars of excellence.
About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)
Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial, ISGAN brings together more than two dozen governments and affiliated institutions across five continents to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids worldwide. To advance global progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and standards, ISGAN coordinates a range of activities that support dynamic, international exchange of best practice, peer‐to‐peer learning, knowledge and tool development, and deep technical engagement. ISGAN is formally organized as the Implementing Agreement for a Co‐operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) and is a member of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Network.
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