The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) is an international partnership that was created to be a mechanism for multilateral, government-to-government collaboration to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid technologies, practices, and systems. ISGAN activities are focused on those aspects of a smart grid where governments have regulatory authority, expertise, convening power, or other leverage, with a focus on six principal areas: policy, standards and regulation, finance and business models, technology and systems development, user and consumer engagement, and workforce skills and knowledge. Currently, nineteen countries and the European Commission participate in ISGAN.
In April 2011, ISGAN was formally established as an Implementing Agreement under the International Energy Agency’s Framework for International Technology Co-Operation. The ISGAN Implementing Agreement provides a proven model for cooperation among ISGAN participants and with other relevant smart grid-related initiatives.