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Israel joins international smart grid organization

The Israel Smart Energy Association has joined international smart grid association Global Smart Grid Federation.

Federation chairman Guido Bartels welcomed the Israeli group, expressing the hope that this would broaden the federation's reach and enhance its ability to be an effective advocate for global smart grid deployment.

"The members of [the federation] believe that by directly linking national and regional associations they can facilitate the global sharing of best practices, finding workable solutions around barriers to the deployment of smart grid technologies; increasing consumer engagement; and promoting innovation and capacity building," said Mr. Bartels.

Amos Lasker, chairman of the Israel Smart Energy Association, said smart grid development is an important factor in building a sustainable and secure energy infrastructure in Israel.

"The ability to collaborate on a global scale will result in a clearer understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead," he said.

The Israel Smart Energy Association is the 10th member of the federation which also consists of GridWise Alliance (U.S.), EDSO for Smart Grids (E.U.), India Smart Grid Forum, Japan Smart Community Alliance, Korea Smart Grid Association, Smart Grid Australia, Smart Grid Canada, SmartGrid GB (Great Britain), and SmartGrid Ireland.

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