SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A group of more than 15 countries has created the International Smart Grid Action Network to drive global cooperation on smart electric grids. The effort was announced after a meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy which will host Thursday an industry workshop on electric vehicles.
The ISGAN will collaborate on smart grid policies and regulations, standards, pre-competitive research, workforce skills and consumer education. It is backed by energy ministers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, the European Commission, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
ISGAN will work with the International Energy Agency to develop a global smart grid road map highlighting technology and policies areas where governments can collaborate. It will create a forum to discuss standards policy for infrastructure needed to charge plug-in electric vehicles, and it will develop a set of case studies of successful projects.
In parallel with setting up ISGAN, ministers announced the creation of an international trade alliance. The Global Smart Grid Federation is an association of associations, linking groups such as the GridWise Alliance in the U.S. with counterparts in Australia, Canada, India, Japan and South Korea.
Separately, the U.S. Department of Energy will host Thursday a day-long workshop on electric vehicles. The meeting brings together 150 government and industry executives to coordinate work on accelerating deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.
The meeting will include discussions with representatives of Ford, GM and Nissan as well as several utilities and public and private organizations planning networks of EV charging stations. The DoE will release in August a summary of lessons learned from the workshop.
The DoE said it is spending $12 billion on advanced vehicle technologies, including eight demonstration projects to deploy 13,000 electric vehicles and 20,000 charging stations. U.S. President Barack Obama has set a goal of one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015.