Guido Bartels, the new chairman of the GSGF and chairman of the GridWise Alliance says, “Through the mutual exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge about smart grid deployment in our respective countries and industries, we can help overcome barriers to smart grid deployment. GSGF will facilitate within the international community an unparalleled level of communication and collaboration that will advance the smart grid across the globe – improving efficiency, stimulating economic growth, integrating renewable and reducing CO2 emissions.”
GSGF vice-chairman, and chairman of Korea Smart Grid Association, Ja-Kyun Koo, promises that “GSGF will be dedicated to the development of advanced smart grid solutions around the globe by encouraging each nation’s smart grid related technologies. As the world’s leading organization for the spread of smart grid, we are also fully committed to obtaining participation by other nations that are investing in smart grid.”
In addition to providing solutions to the obstacles in establishing a global smart grid, GSGF intends to work with government policymakers to implement a national smart grid agenda and help bureaucrats better understand the challenges facing smart grids, including consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building.
The idea for GSGF emerged after the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) partners developed a Technical Action Plan (TAP) in December 2009 to promote coordinated smart grid development and deployment.
The GSGF was established in the United States as a 501(c)(3) (non-profit) corporation. The Board of Directors will direct all activities of the GSGF.