International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

November 2013


World Smart Grid Forum provides

real-life solutions

Hosted by IEC, State Grid Corporation of China and VDE

Janice Blondeau

Hundreds of energy leaders and experts from Asia, Europe and the Americas gathered in Berlin, Germany, on September 24-25, at the World Smart Grid Forum to help shape the path towards strong Smart Grids, Smart Communities and Smart Cities. Immediately after the event, a Results & Recommendations document was issued so that decision-makers, management, experts and Smart Grid communities the world over can benefit from the Forum’s real-world solutions.

Leaders in Smart Grids and Smart Cities

The World Smart Grid Forum 2013 was officially opened by Dr Klaus Wucherer, President of the IEC. In his address, Dr Wucherer said that complex, interconnected and interdependent Smart Grid and Smart City systems need technology innovation and also the ability to analyze and crystallize proven success factors, to enable small-scale projects to evolve into broad-scale reality.


In the first keynote speech, Mr Zhenya Liu, Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China, addressed how to develop strong and smart grids for safe, clean and efficient energy development. The strong and smart grid, Liu said, is a powerful platform for energy conversion, efficient allocation and interactive services. It includes generation, transmission, transformation, distribution, consumption and dispatching.


The second keynote speech, Smart Grid: Horizons–Visions–Challenges–Tasks, was delivered by Mr Joachim Schneider of RWE Deutschland AG, President of VDE. He stated that Smart Grids cannot be built on a significant scale without major changes in the current framework conditions. These necessary changes will be accelerated and best accomplished by intensifying international cooperation in standardization and research efforts.

Real-world solutions

The Forum was held as a business, regulatory and technical executive perspective because of the importance of capturing both the technical challenges and the decision-making aspects of roll-out of Smart Grids. Forum tracks dedicated to Future electricity grid supporting a low-carbon energy supply and Smart Energy – Visions for the Smart Grid evolving towards smart customers and smart markets provided participants with a highly condensed understanding that can serve as a foundation for real-life solutions. Results and recommendations from the World Smart Grid Forum are available here.


The World Smart Grid Forum was organized by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), SGCC (State Grid Corporation of China) and VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technology.


  • Results & Recommendations from the World Smart Grid Forum...
  • ...can help shape the path towards strong Smart Grids, Smart Communities and Smart Cities
  • The IEC Smart Grid Standards Map shows standards in regards to their Smart Grid role


IEC Smart Grid Standards Map

The IEC has developed an online system which can position a given standard in relation to its role within the Smart Grid, IEC Smart Grid Standards Map. The beta version is now available.

Developed by IEC Standardization Management Board SG (Strategic Group) 3 Smart Grid the IEC Smart Grid Standards Map gives fast and automatic identification all the standards that apply to a given domain of the Grid in a matter of seconds.

Using a diagram or a list view, users can drill down to a specific aspect, and then see a list of the standards that relate to it. The tool is free of charge.


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