IEA Action Network "Intelligent Energy Systems": International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN TCP)

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) creates a strategic platform to support high-level government attention and action for the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world.

Short Description

ISGAN's vision is to accelerate progress on key aspects of smart grid policy, technology, and investment through voluntary participation by governments and their designees in specific projects and programs. Its activities center foremost on those aspects of the smart grid where governments have regulatory authority, expertise, convening power, or other leverage, focusing on five principal areas:

  • Policy standards and regulation
  • Finance and business models
  • Technology system development
  • Workforce skills and knowledge
  • Users and consumers engagement.

ISGAN facilitates dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance, peer review and, where appropriate, project coordination among government participants.

ISGAN recognizes that robust, reliable, and smart electric grids play a key role in enabling greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions through the:

  • Management of electricity demand
  • Integration of growing supplies of both utility-scale and distributed small-scale renewable energy systems
  • Accommodation of an increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Improvement of operational efficiency
  • Application of energy-efficient technologies at their full potential.

In coordination with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and others, ISGAN seeks to improve the potential for smart grid technologies at country, regional, and global levels.

As a Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) initiative, ISGAN delivers policy support and briefs at various events, as the CEM meetings. Further collaboration includes coordination within other CEM initiatives and external communication.

The ISGAN work is structured in following activities (Annexes):

  • Case Studies: Annex 2 - provides smart grid case studies and in-depth knowledge sharing of national drivers for smart grids and best practices for implementation
  • Cost-Benefits: Annex 3 - develops a global framework and related analyses to identify, define and quantify the benefits which can be realized from smart grids
  • Policy Insights: Annex 4 - prepares synthesis and insights for decision makers. Organization of knowledge, key issues, important themes, insightful analysis for the benefit of decision makers
  • Testing Labs: Annex 5 - gives participating countries the ability to evaluate pre-competitive technologies and systems approaches in a wide range of smart grid implementation use cases and geographies using common testing procedures
  • Power Systems: Annex 6 - focuses on power system-related challenges, with emphasis on the technologies, market solutions, and policies that contribute to the development of system solutions.
  • Transitions: Annex 7 - prepares a prototype of a smart grids foresight process to help policy makers to orchestrate a sustainable transition
  • ISGAN Academy: Annex 8 - offers the ISGAN community a possibility to share knowledge and engage with experts in the field of Smart Grids through an e-learning platform, where it presents webinars on topics ranging from power system fundamentals to specialized courses on breakthrough smart grids solutions.

Ongoing Annexes

Completed Annexes


Publications can be viewed on the page in German.


Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, The European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America

Contact Address

ExCo Representative

Ing. Michael Hübner
Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
Department of Energy and Environmental Technologies
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1030 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 71162 / 65 2922
Fax: +43 (1) 71162 / 2013

ExCo Vice-Representative

DI Helfried Brunner, MSc
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Center for Energy
Giefinggasse 2
A-1210 Wien
Tel.: +43 (505) 50 6382

Operating Agent & Co-Secretariat

DI Dr. Werner Friedl
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Center for Energy
Giefinggasse 6
A-1210 Wien
Tel.: +43 (505) 50 6037