Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 22, 2010 - A Global Smart Grid Federation has been launched as an “association of associations” bringing together smart grid associations and initiatives from around the world.

The Federation, which was established in April, was announced at the Clean Energy Ministerial, which took place in Washington, DC over the past two days.

The founder members of the Federation are the U.S. GridWise Alliance, the India Smart Grid Forum, the Japan Smart Community Alliance, the Korean Smart Grid Association, Smart Grid Australia, Smart Grid Canada, and Smart Grid Ireland.

These member organizations are represented in the Federation by their respective chairmen, presidents, or equivalent officers.

The Federation was formed to:

  • Facilitate the collaboration of national and international smart grid non-governmental organizations and governmental organizations from around the world to conduct and foster research in the application of smart grid technologies
  • Support the rapid implementation of smart grid technologies by establishing itself as the global center for competency on smart grid technologies and policy issues
  • Foster the international exchange of ideas and best practices on energy issues, including reliability, efficiency, security, and climate change
  • Create avenues for dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors in countries around the world on issues relating to the deployment of smart grid technologies.

The Federation also works with national and international government policymakers to address the broad challenges of deploying smarter grids. In addition the Federation will work with the newly established International Smart Grid Action Network on joint public-private projects that will capitalize on the strengths of each sector (see International Smart Grid Action Network launched).