21 - 22 Jul 2015 Workshop — Beijing, China

IEA-SGCC Dialogue Workshop on Global Energy Interconnection: Smart Grids and Beyond


The workshop explored and discussed the resources, technical, economic and policy issues surrounding the Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) concept proposed by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). The event focused in particular on the following aspects:

  • (i) The concept, development path, efficiency analysis and outlook of the Global Energy Interconnection;
  • (ii) The evaluation, planning and integration of renewable energy;
  • (iii) Technology and policy consideration for large-scale deployment of smart grids particularly in distribution networks.

The event was coordinated by the IEA under the International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, in collaboration with the State Grid Corporation of China. The programme drew on relevant IEA analytical work, particularly the How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks (May 2015), and The Power of Transformation: Wind, Sun and the Economics of Flexible Power Systems (February 2014). The event also sought to capture smart grid considerations for the future analytical work of the IEA, particularly with respect to the 2016 update of the IEA global Technology Roadmap for Smart Grids. 

Session 1 - Setting the Scene– Towards a Sustainable Energy FutureSession 2 - World Energy Transition and Global Energy Interconnection and Integration of Renewables Session 3 - Technology and Policy Considerations for Global Energy Interconnection




List of Participants



(Please note that certain presentations are password protected. You are able to access them by using the following code: Gei-2015)


SESSION 1 - Setting the Scene – Towards a sustainable energy future

Moderator: WANG YiminChief Information Officer, State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)

Opening remarks by WANG YiminChief Information Officer, SGCC and Kevin TUChina Program Manager,International Energy Agency (IEA)


Keynote Speeches:


SESSION 2 - Global Energy Interconnection and Integration of Renewables

Moderator: WANG Yimin, Chief Information Officer, SGCC



SESSION 3 - Technology and policy considerations for Global Energy Interconnection

Moderator  Kevin TU, China Program Manager,IEA



 Please download here the full version of the "How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks."


SESSION 4 - Panel Discussion – Moving Ahead Together

Moderator: Simone LANDOLINAActing Head, International Partnerships and Initiatives Unit, IEA

Open discussion with all the speakers and experts attending the workshop.


Wrap-up and Closing remarks

  • Paolo FRANKL, Head of the Renewable Energy Division, IEA
  • WANG YiminChief Information Officer, SGCC