Scheveningen, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- November 25, 2011 - The Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD) initiative is to be merged into the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), the respective executive committees have agreed.

ENARD was established as an IEA Implementing Agreement in July 2006 to serve as an authoritative source of information and advice to governments and other stakeholders on current and future developments in electricity T&D networks. Under a joint declaration this knowledge and experience base will be transferred into ISGAN, with ISGAN continuing thereafter with responsibility for smart grid and associated electricity system activities, within the family of IEA Implementing Agreements.

ISGAN has also reported that its four “foundational projects” are moving ahead. These are on a global smart grid inventory, smart grid project case studies, benefit-cost analyses and tool kit development, and a synthesis of insights from ISGAN and related projects for delivery to high level policy makers. In addition, several additional projects are being developed that will address transmission and distribution networks, renewable energy integration, grid governance during the transition to a smart grid, and the establishment of an international research facility network.

ISGAN is one of the initiatives under the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.