Seven Countries Unite On Smart Grid

While smart grid inches its way into the consumer consciousness, a lot is going on behind the scenes to accelerate deployment of the technologies that could transform how we produce, move, store and use energy. Sensing a need for a united, international approach to the effort, seven national smart-grid organizations announced they’re joining forces to form the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF).

Founding GSGF members include the GridWise Alliance in the United States; India Smart Grid Forum; Japan Smart Community Alliance; Korean Smart Grid Association; Smart Grid Australia; SmartGridIreland; and SmartGrid Canada.

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In a press release, the new organization said that “in addition to working to provide solutions to the most challenging obstacles to global smart grid implementation, GSGF will work with government policymakers to execute a national agenda on smart grid, helping governments understand these challenges.” Translated, that’s lobbying. And the GSGF appears to understand what it takes to get things done, in Washington, at least: Its press release was put out by the Podesta Group, reportedly one of the capital’s best-connected inside players.

The GSGF said it grew directly out of a plan drawn up last year by the 17 partners of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. Guido Bartels, head of GridWise Alliance, will chair the GSGF and direct its activities.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.