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11/02/2015
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Awarding Smart (and Clean) Grids

Awarding Smart (and Clean) Grids

ISGAN – International Smart Grid Action Network to launch second edition of its Award of Excellence in partnership with GSGF - Global Smart Grid Federation. Integration of renewable in power systems takes centre stage in the 2015 edition


ISGAN - International Smart Grid Action Network – is launching the second edition of the ISGAN Award of Excellence  in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation - GSGF. The event will select and bring to attention world-level case histories of excellence in smart-grid related innovation. This edition will give special focus to excellence in smart grids targeting integration of renewables.

The event organizers point out that “Electricity generation from renewable sources has the potential to improve environmental sustainability, dampen climate change and increase energy security; smart grid technologies can foster the integration of renewable sources in the existing grid architecture, thus maximizing the use of all relevant interconnected systems, postponing investments and enhancing utilization of existing assets”. The awardees of the prestigious ISGAN Award of Excellence  recognition will be taken as an example of the potential benefits of the smartest, cleanest grid solutions.

Official regulations and application forms for the ISGAN 2015 contest, including the deadline for project submittal (20th March, 2015),are available on http://www.iea-isgan.org/Award2015/Main  Eligible projects include pilot, demonstrative and implemented projects, but also well-established programs showing an excellent level of use of smart technologies, systems and approaches. The judging panel will select one or more projects based on a set of four key criteria: potential impact, benefits for the system, replicability and level of innovation. The projects awarded with the Award of Excellence  by ISGAN will be announced at the sixth CEM – The Clean Energy Ministerial to be held in Mexico on May 2015, thus being offered a chance to address an audience that includes over 27 developed and emerging economies from five continents.