GSGF Newsletter January 2013


Word of the chairman and executive director

Dear members, dear friends,
When we were watching television at the time of the changeover from 2013 to 2014 we realized that when they showed the «trip» of this transition around the globe, the organization that we have the honour to serve as executive director and chairman, is present in almost all time zones, and therefore was during 24 hours continuously celebrating the New Year. However, we don’t think it advisable to toast with all of you at each individual moment, but it does really show our global perspective.
2013 has seen new members entering GSGF, making it stronger than ever. More

Member of the month: Ireland

Although the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are two separate jurisdictions, they share common policies in the areas of energy and smart grids.  There is a single target of 40% of electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2020, one of the highest targets globally. More

GSGF Activities

Do you have a good idea for a new working group? Let us know, we will gather the ideas and discuss the working groups of 2014 in our next telco’s!
In 2013 three working groups joined forces in order to gather and construct a global perspective on interoperability, grid connectivity of distributed generation and the grid user interface. All on schedule, the reports can be expected for comment by February 15th and their ultimate release is planned for March 31st, or earlier.


Did your organization recently publish a valuable report, to be shared with the members? Send it to!

Road Map for Smart Grid Deployment in Israel

The Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA) formally released on December 9th the first comprehensive study and recommendations for a Road Map for Smart Grid Deployment in Israel. The report, carried out by a team of 14 local experts and advisors, from Israel, Europe, and the US, provides an outlook on the technologies, trends, regulations, marketing aspects and a uniquely developed Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) model that enables to dynamically address a sensitivity analysis. More

GRID+: Study on Scalability and Replicability of Smart Grid Projects

Intermediate results of the GRID+ projectIn order to provide operational support for the development of the European Electricity Grids Initiative (EEGI), a coordination and support action was created: GRID+. The EEGI is one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) which proposes a 9-year European research, development, and demonstration program to accelerate innovation and the development of the electricity networks of the future in Europe.
Important objectives within the GRID+ project are to:

  • determine the scalability and replicability of smart grid projects,
  • propose methods and tools for this purpose
  • propose solutions for enhancing the scalability and replicability of on-going and new projects.

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IBM: The Smart Energy Consumer

This paper has been written by one of SGA’s inaugural board members, Jeff Lee. It looks at the transformation that has started in the energy industry – an industry that has been engineer-driven for 100 years, but today is being transformed by the customer, and what we as participants can do to benefit from this change.
Financial analysts are now saying utility stocks are moving to «risk / watch» from «defensive» due to the transformation happening in our industry that exposes earnings. External influences like pollution, cost of energy, climate change, renewable energy, independence from poles and wires etc are motivating and stimulating the customer to be active in energy alternatives. Read more


This list is a selection of all the events GSGF finds interesting for its members. Do you organise or know of an event in your region that’s not in this list? Let us know about it at

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Member news

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Future Grid Forum: change and choice for Australia’s electricity system

In Australia CSIRO convened the Future Grid Forum, an Australian-first, to develop and explore potential scenarios for Australia’s electricity future and support the decision making process around what comes next. More

CES shows 2014 as the year of Machine to Machine communication, but …

Seeing what is on display at CES, the global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow, this January in Las Vegas, it obvious that machine to machine communication (M2) is one of the highlights of the show, and several organisations are including M2M-based smarts in many of their consumer products: smart TVs, smart cars, smart fridges, smart homes appliances, home energy management systems, security products, and so on. More

EDSO: London Forum – focus on the DSO

On 16-17th December 2013, The European Commission’s (EC) DG Energy held in London the 6th European Citizen’s Energy Forum. The Forum was opened by keynote speeches from Neven Mimica, the new Croatian EU Commissioner for Consumer Policy, and Lord Mogg, Chairman of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and of the board of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), and was attended by consumer associations, policy-makers and industry representative. More

EDSO: Council of the EU to discuss DSO matters in March and June

On 20th December 2013, the Council of the European Union released an indicative plan for the next semester’s Council meetings under the Greek Presidency. The draft agenda confirms that topics of interest to DSOs will remain high on the agenda for the next year. More

EDSO: EC lays out climate and energy framework to 2030

On January 22nd 2014, the European Commission (EC) published its much anticipated Climate and Energy Framework to 2030 which is intended to ensure regulatory certainty for investors, a coordinated approach among member states, drive continued progress towards a low-carbon economy, a competitive and secure energy system that ensures affordable energy for consumers while increasing the security of the EU’s energy supply, reducing Europe’s dependence on energy imports and creating new opportunities for growth and jobs by taking into account potential price impacts for the longer-term.  More


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