Xtensible Webinar

March 21, 2017

Utility analytic solutions over the years have addressed a wide variety of demands, the majority of the time solving very specific problems for a given domain. Ask yourself the questions:

  • How do we bring all the solutions under a single enterprise approach for our data?
  • How do we interpret our data?
  • What is our core data platform?
  • How do we integrate our enterprise data with outside service providers?

Smart grid and connected infrastructure challenges have spurred a worldwide demand for understanding of how advanced analytics and “Big Data” technologies can help solve utility business problems and be managed from an enterprise perspective.

With this in mind, Xtensible and Oracle partnered together to develop an advanced analytics and Big Data platform solution that brings data together from different solutions to create an enterprise perspective, the Oracle Utility Data Model (OUDM). This solution was developed using Xtensible Solutions’ MD3i Frameworks and has been proven on Oracle technology, providing a platform today for solving problems of the future.

Join us for the webinar where we will cover:

  • The impact disparate, disorganized or missing data has on utility analytics
  • How to address the problem
  • What you should look for in an enterprise platform

 

Siemens-OMNETRIC Industry Day

March 22, 2017

Please join us for a special Siemens-OMNETRIC Industry Day workshop and technology demonstration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The demonstration will feature the Siemens-OMNETRIC Microgrid Communications and Grid Edge Energy Management system, developed under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) project.

Participants will receive an overview of INTEGRATE, as well as presentations by OMNETRIC, CPS Energy, Duke Energy, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Siemens—and get a tour of NREL’s unique ESIF laboratories. A brainstorming session will be held for feedback and future project development after the technology demonstration.

2017 SunSpec Alliance Annual Member Meeting

March 30, 2017 in San Francisco, California

The 8th Annual SunSpec Alliance Member Meeting is anticipated to attract more than 100 professionals including fleet operators, financiers, O&M providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, utilities and related organizations. Attendees will explore the principle challenges facing the industry today:

  • Grappling with Grid Integration
  • Scaling Up Solar Finance
  • Asset Management 2.0
  • Topics covered

You can complete the pre-meeting market survey to help SunSpec understand . This survey is completely confidential and participants will receive a report of the results.

Contributing Members Get One Free Admission

The attendance fee for this year’s event is $200 per person, and there is no limit as to how many people can attend per company. Contributing Members enrolled at or above the $5,000 level are entitled to one free ticket. If you would like to receive your company’s redemption code, please contact membership@sunspec.org.

One More Important Reason to Join

The SunSpec Annual Member Meeting is held in conjunction with Solarplaza’s Solar Asset Management North America on March 28-29.  SunSpec can provide a 10-percent discount to members who would like to attend the entire week.

 

An Interview with SGIP’s Sharon Allan: Connectivity is key to U.S. energy transition

It’s the first day of DistribuTECH 2017 in San Diego, and SGIP President and CEO Sharon Allan has been running 20 minutes behind schedule practically since 7:30 this morning. It was closer to 7:50 when she arrived at the breakfast where she and Julia Hamm, President and CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announced the two organizations’ intent to merge under the SEPA brand.

Smart Electric Alliance Announces Finalization of Merger with SGIP

SEPA expands mission to encompass activities of SGIP

Media contact:
Mike Kruger
202-631-7439
mkruger@sepapower.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announced today it had completed the process to merge with SGIP. The two organizations will continue under the SEPA brand and organizational umbrella. The merger provides a single source for information and collaboration for utilities and DER providers on the smart transition to clean energy.

As previously announced on January 31, 2017, SEPA and SGIP share the same vision about the future of the energy sector. SEPA’s focus on market research, conferences and events, and advisory services — combined with SGIP’s technical depth — will enable greater cross-fertilization of ideas and initiatives in the industry dealing with business and technical issues, and market and regulatory concerns.

“With the completion of this merger, we are adding nearly 80 new member organizations to our existing base of over 1,000 members of utilities, private sector corporations and government agencies,” said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. “Within SEPA’s mission of facilitating the electric power sector’s smart transition to clean energy future, integrating SGIP’s technical knowledge is another way to serve all of our members.”

“I’m excited to join SEPA as the new Chief Innovation Officer and expect the combined organization will be able to deliver even greater value to our members and the entire electric power industry,” said Sharon Allan, former CEO and President of SGIP.

In order to ensure the continued, orderly functioning of the two organizations, the operational integration will be phased in during the remainder of the year. All of SGIP’s staff have transitioned to positions at SEPA and will continue to focus their work on programs originated at SGIP.

The combined value of the two organizations will be on full display at the upcoming Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting on July 25 – 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

About SEPA

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power sector’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award.

Follow SEPA on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About SGIP

SGIP was an industry consortium representing a cross-section of the energy ecosystem focusing on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of Things through policy, education, and promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a sustainable energy future. The members were utilities, vendors, investment institutions, industry associations, regulators, government entities, national labs, services providers and universities.

Follow SGIP on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

2017 SunSpec Alliance Annual Member Meeting

March 30, 2017 in San Francisco, California

The 8th Annual SunSpec Alliance Member Meeting is anticipated to attract more than 100 professionals including fleet operators, financiers, O&M providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, utilities and related organizations. Attendees will explore the principle challenges facing the industry today:

Grappling with Grid Integration
Scaling Up Solar Finance
Asset Management 2.0
Topics covered
You can complete the pre-meeting market survey to help SunSpec understand . This survey is completely confidential and participants will receive a report of the results.

Contributing Members Get One Free Admission

The attendance fee for this year’s event is $200 per person, and there is no limit as to how many people can attend per company. Contributing Members enrolled at or above the $5,000 level are entitled to one free ticket. If you would like to receive your company’s redemption code, please contact membership@sunspec.org.

One More Important Reason to Join

The SunSpec Annual Member Meeting is held in conjunction with Solarplaza’s Solar Asset Management North America on March 28-29. SunSpec can provide a 10-percent discount to members who would like to attend the entire week.

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New SGIP Case Study Highlights Ways to Implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

The case study shows how some utilities have implemented the CSF

WAKEFIELD, MASS., March 23, 2017 – SGIP announced today a new case study that documents an approach utilities can use to implement the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). While many electric utility IT experts work diligently on how to best handle cyber-attacks to protect their customers and infrastructure, the SGIP NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Case Study is a free resource that illustrates how some utilities have adopted and used the CSF.

The case study, developed by the utility-only Framework Implementation Case Study Task Force in SGIP’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee (SGCC), shows how several utilities have implemented the NIST CSF and effectively use it to help identify, communicate and mitigate cybersecurity risks.

“Cybersecurity risks to grid operations and utility functions continue to grow, and organizations like utilities that provide critical infrastructure services need to have effective tools and processes to manage them,” said Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology at SGIP. “The CSF from NIST is a very useful resource to help organizations evaluate risk, and SGIP’s new case study provides insight into how some utilities have implemented the framework to suit their individual needs.”

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Case Study gives detailed steps and real-world examples for implementing the CSF, enabling utilities to identify and prioritize top security risks and present that information to senior management for cost-benefit analysis exercises and planning. The case study leverages existing guidelines such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, DOE Energy Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance, DOE Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Mode (ES-C2M2), and the DOE Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP).

This case study is not meant to replace these published guidelines, but to provide insight into how some utilities have implemented them.

The case study can be downloaded at no charge from the SGIP website.

More information is available in the recording of SGIP’s NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Case Study Webinar.

About SGIP
SGIP is an industry consortium representing a cross-section of the energy ecosystem focusing on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of Things through policy, education, and promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a sustainable energy future. Our members are utilities, vendors, investment institutions, industry associations, regulators, government entities, national labs, services providers and universities. A nonprofit organization, we drive change through a consensus process. Visit http://www.sgip.org.

Follow SGIP on LinkedIn and Twitter.

GMLC Interoperability Technical Meeting May 10-11 at AEP

Date and Time:

May 10: Security Check In from 8am to 8:45am

May 10: meeting from 9am to 5pm

May 11: meeting from 8am to 12pm

Meeting Description:

The GMLC Interoperability Technical Meeting is being held in partnership with the GMLC Interoperability project and SGIP. There are no fees associated with attending this meeting.

The GMLC Interoperability project works with industry to establish a strategic vision of interoperability for grid modernization.  This second meeting with industry participants, shares progress and solicits feedback on three work products:  a strategic vision for interoperability, a tool to help measure interoperability (i.e., an interoperability maturity model), and a methodology for developing roadmaps to move from today’s situation toward the vision of an interactive grid characterized by easy to integrate devices and systems.  In addition to providing valuable feedback, attendees will be asked to help shape future work directions toward achieving tangible results.

Topics to be explored include:

  • Defining criteria and measuring interoperability
  • Application of roadmap methodology and tools in specific grid-related ecosystems
  • Trial candidates for roadmap methodology
  • Approaches to encourage interoperability advancement including model language for procurement specifications, cost/benefits of interoperability, and demonstrations of advanced interoperability capabilities

Location:

AEP Ohio Headquarters

AEP Ohio is an AEP (American Electric Power) company

Address:

700 Morrison Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

Directions:

The John Glenn Columbus International Airport is 2.7 miles away from AEP Ohio Headquarters facility, approximately an 8 minute drive by car. Click here for directions to the AEP Ohio Headquarters facility.

Hotel Accommodations:

Security Check In:

Click here for a list of hotels and lodging near the AEP Ohio Headquarters facility. Make hotel reservations early to secure a per diem rate.

To be approved for AEP building access, please register for the GMLC Interoperability Technical Review Meeting by May 3, 2017. A government issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport) will be required for AEP building access.

Security Check In and issue of temporary AEP facility access badge will be held from 8am to 8:45am at the main 1st floor entrance on the west side of the AEP Ohio Headquarters facility. You will receive an Authorized Visitor/Guest AEP badge here and will be directed to the meeting rooms.

Register for this event

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Important Actions:

  • Make sure to register by May 3, 2017 to be approved for AEP building access and to receive your Authorized Visitor/Guest AEP badge at Security Check In.
  • If you are driving to the AEP Ohio Headquarters facility and require vehicle parking, please check the appropriate field on the registration form.
  • Limited Wi-Fi access is possible at the AEP Ohio Headquarters facility. If you require Wi-Fi access beyond your personal cellular access, you must request AEP provided Wi-Fi access in advance in order for approved credentials to be prepared. Please check the appropriate field on the registration form.
  • The AEP Dolan Technology Center is a secured facility, so if you want to participate in the tour, you must register in advance by May 3, 2017 and check yes on the registration form.

AEP Dolan Technology Center Tour:

For those meeting participants with late afternoon/early evening return travel schedules, AEP is offering to conduct tour(s) of its AEP Dolan Technology Center lab May 11th after the meeting adjourns (tours planned between 1pm and 4pm).

The AEP Dolan Technology Center is a secured facility, so if you want to participate in the tour, you must register in advance by May 3, 2017 and check yes on the registration form.

  • Travel time to the AEP Dolan Technology Center is approximately 15 to 20 minutes (dependent on traffic)
  • Transportation to AEP Dolan Technology Center is being planned. Participant transportation is welcomed.

GMLC Project Website:

Information concerning DOE’s GMLC Interoperability project can be found here:

https://gridmod.labworks.org/projects/1.2.2

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Gabrielle Puccio at gpuccio@sgip.org.

CATALOG OF STANDARDS ENTRIES APPROVED BY SGIP STAKEHOLDERS

The newly added standards help advance Smart Grid interoperability 

Wakefield, Mass., Mar. 20, 2017 – With a ballot period ending on March 1, 2017, SGIP members voted five candidates into the SGIP Catalog of Standards (CoS). As utilities, manufacturers, regulators, consumers, and others modernize the electric grid, the CoS serves as a compendium to support their efforts.

Including each standard in the catalog represents many months of teamwork in SGIP technical working groups and committees.

Each standard in the CoS goes through a rigorous review by industry experts.  The standards are then presented to the SGIP Board of Directors, which moves them forward to a member vote for final approval.

“SGIP produces the Catalog of Standards as a reference to the Smart Grid community to serve as a useful resource for utilities, manufacturers, regulators, consumers, and other Smart Grid stakeholders,” said Aaron Smallwood, VP Technology at SGIP. “We appreciate the significant time spent by SGIP stakeholders and staff during the review and approval process of these standards.”

Below are the five new standards.

ANSI/CTA-2045 Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management
This standard provides a modular communications interface (MCI) enabling any product to connect to any type of demand response system and home or building network. This enables communications with residential devices for applications like energy management.

ITU-T G.9903, Narrowband Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Power Line Communication Transceivers for G3-PLC Networks
This standard specifies the physical layer (PHY) and data link layer (DLL) for the G3-PLC narrowband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) power line communication transceivers. It addresses communications via alternating current and direct current electric power lines over frequencies below 500 kHz.

NAESB RMQ.26 Model Business Practices (OpenFMB™)
OpenFMB™ is a framework for Utility Service Providers to securely access Grid Edge field data and share it between all devices and systems. The Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB™) framework is comprised of a reference architecture, framework approach, and implementation best practices.

NEMA Standards Publication SG-IPRM 1-2016: Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual
The Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) defines a process by which industry stakeholders may procure, test, and assert interoperability between disparate vendors of smart grid products to identified standards.

ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard Number: 201p, Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM)
This standard provides a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.

A new feature by SGIP, called the CoS Navigation Tool, offers a quick and easy way to find standards via a visual representation of the different domains and components of a smart grid. Users simply select the part of a smart grid for which they need standards, and a list of correlating entries in the CoS will show.

With each new standard, interoperability and collaboration across the industry are more attainable for people building a smarter grid.

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 About SGIP
SGIP is an industry consortium representing a cross section of the energy ecosystem focusing on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of Things through policy, education, and promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a sustainable energy future. Our members are utilities, vendors, investment institutions, industry associations, regulators, government entities, national labs, services providers and universities. A nonprofit organization, we drive change through a consensus process. Visit www.sgip.org.

Follow SGIP on LinkedIn and Twitter.