IEA ISGAN Annex 7: Smart Grids Transition (Workingperiod 2017-2020)

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) aims at pushing worldwide implementation of Smart Grids. Annex 7 – „Smart Grid Transitions“ deals with institutional and socio-technical questions of a profound system transition of electricity networks.

Short Description

Annex 7 deals with institutional and socio-technical topics in the context of the transition of energy systems worldwide. The project aims at making available international experience and interdisciplinary research on institutional change related to smart grids for dissemination to policymakers and stakeholders. The Austrian contribution is related to the following tasks:

  • Task 1 – Transition processes and pathways (Smart Grids as socio-technical systems)
  • Task 2 – Smart Reflexive Governance (Orchestration of institutional change)
  • Task 3 – Smart Grid Transitions and Institutionalizations (market formations and system users)

Activities include SSH-research on the institutional framework conditions of the transition. The focus lays on governance challenges and the development of participatory processes involving all relevant actor groups in the course of the transition process towards smarter grids.

Information will be provided in form of Annex 7 Policy Briefs aiming at national and international decision makers in the field of energy and innovation policies, as well as through appropriate networking activities and means of dissemination such as the LinkedIn Discussion Group – Smart Grid Transition and Webinars.

The project work encompasses the role of Operating Agent to coordination of the Annex, contributions to the above mentioned Tasks 1-3, as well as the lead of Task 2.

Project Images

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Australien, Belgien, Dänemark, Frankreich, Italien, Österreich, Schweden

Contact Address

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Dr. Klaus Kubeczko
Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Wien