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ENARD represents the former IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development. ENARD was established in July 2006 as a forum for information exchange, in-depth research and analysis and collaborative research and development (R&D) in relation to electricity T&D networks. Its vision, from the outset, was to facilitate the uptake of new operating procedures, architectures, methodologies and technologies in electricity T&D networks, such as to enhance their overall performance in relation to the developing challenges of the “3Rs” of electrical power systems development, namely network Renewal, Renewables integration and network Resilience.

The Implementing Agreement developed over its 5½ year life to embrace participants drawn from fourteen member countries and with its work programme embracing five operational Annexes, namely:

  • Annex I: Information Collation & Dissemination
  • Annex II: DG System Integration
  • Annex III: Infrastructure Asset Management
  • Annex IV: Transmission Systems
  • Annex V: International Knowledge Exchange of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects

The development of ISGAN, from mid-2010 on, coincided with the ENARD Executive Committee’s (ExCo’s) considerations in relation to the further development of ENARD, via a second 5 year Term. Equally however, the clear opportunity to align ENARD with ISGAN soon became apparent, with the ENARD ExCo resolving to pursue this latter option, as its preferred alternative.

ENARD therefore ceased operations at the end of its Term, 29th February 2012. In accordance with the Joint Declaration signed between the two Implementing Agreements, ENARD’s knowledge base has been transferred to ISGAN, such as to preserve the value of ENARD’s work and also to provide a firm basis for ISGAN’s future activities, in relation to electricity Transmission and Distribution Networks.

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ISGAN, also known as the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN),
functions within a framework created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Views,
findings and publications of ISGAN do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat,
all of its individual member countries or all of ISGAN's Participants. All Rights Reserved.

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