International Organization for Standardization Approves Standard that Integrates Control Technologies into the Grid

Facilities can participate in smart grid networks with a standard developed by SGIP and its partners

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Dec. 14, 2016SGIP today announced that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201-2016, Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), which helps electrical energy consumers participate in smart grid networks.

The standard, published earlier this year by ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), provides a common basis for consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecast. This basis facilitates information exchange between control systems and end-use devices, thereby supporting two-way flow of electricity. And facilities such as single-family houses, commercial buildings, and industrial buildings need that exchange to participate in smart grids.

The ISO/TC 205, Building environment design, unanimously approved the FSGIM standard on November 17 with a draft international standard ballot. Without any negative votes or comments to resolve, the standard will move directly to publication. ISO will soon publish the standard as ISO 17800.

The development of the FSGIM standard began in 2010, led by Steve Bushby, chair of the Standard 201P committee, and it became SGIP’s Priority Action Plan 17. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the standard in early May 2016.

“For facilities to join smart grids, control systems need to manage those facilities’ loads and generation sources,” said Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology at SGIP. “To make that a possibility, SGIP has worked with industry leaders to define the key information that needs to be shared between electricity providers and consumers, resulting in the FSGIM standard.”

SGIP, ASHRAE, and NEMA anticipate the FSGIM to guide the development of other standards specific to control technologies. Anyone can find the standard, along with a User’s Manual, at the ASHRAE Bookstore online.

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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.

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Utility Pricing Metric Keeps Pace with Grid Modernization, New SGIP White Paper Explains

Utilities can determine the supply/demand balance that offers them and their customers optimum economic value

WAKEFIELD, Mass.— Dec. 12, 2016 – SGIP today released a white paper that will help utilities evolve their pricing models to accommodate smart grid technologies and offer higher quality services to their customers. The Economic Value of the Integration of Consumption Preferences in Electric System Planning white paper was written by industry leaders in the Home/Building/Industry-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group from SGIP.

Historically, utility pricing has shaped demand behavior with tariffs that provide revenues to cover investments and operating costs plus an agreed return on assets. This paper proposes a more flexible metric for optimizing energy consumption and supply. This metric is based on a price that achieves supply/demand equilibrium. Using this metric, decision-makers can determine comparative economic values among energy alternatives.

“Smart grids bring new technological capabilities, but they also require business transformations,” said Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology at SGIP. “This paper provides directions for new pricing models that could help utilities.”

With growing options for supplying electric energy, this new white paper can help utilities choose the options that provide the most economic value for them, and create pricing signals that are responsive to individual consumer needs.

“Utilities have typically used metrics based on tariffs that reflect supply-side capital and operating costs. This paper proposes a metric that mirrors open markets with price transparency to determine the economic value of various services. We have included insights and examples that explain how to achieve greater smart-grid efficiency through economic incentives,” said Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Chair of the Home/Building/Industry-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group.

The Economic Value of the Integration of Consumption References in Electric System Planning white paper is available at no charge.

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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. As a nonprofit organization, we drive change through a consensus process. Visit www.sgip.org.

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SGIP AWARDS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON THE 2016 PRESIDENT’S AWARD

SCE Receives Award for Their Leadership in Collaboration 

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Nov. 16, 2016 – The SGIP 2016 President’s Award was given to Southern California Edison (SCE) for their leadership and collaboration in driving requirements to IT/OT systems as a result of high-penetration distributed energy resources (DER).

One of the biggest challenges is unlocking the tremendous potential that technologies such as rooftop solar, on-site energy storage, electric vehicles and energy management systems can provide to the local power grid while maintaining grid reliability and safety standards. To meet these challenges, SCE originated the idea of the Grid Management group, which was launched in February, 2016 and is facilitated by SGIP. This working group seeks to bring together grid operations technology and business leaders from utilities to discuss key operational concepts/capabilities and architecture principles relating to future Grid Control, as well as operational technologies needed to manage a more complex grid due to the rapid rise of DERs.

The award was presented by David Forfia, SGIP Board Chair, and Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP, at SGIP’s 2016 Grid Modernization Summit. The SGIP 2016 President’s Award for Leadership and Collaboration was accepted by Andy Paylan, Manager, Advanced Technology, Distribution Analytics & Controls, and John Bubb, Principal Manager – Smart Meter Operations, Development & Quality at SCE.

“I am pleased to present this award to SCE who more than exemplified these qualities for which they were recognized: innovation, leadership, collaboration, excellence and transformation. It has been a pleasure working with their team,” said Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP.

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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.



Shown from left to right: David Forfia, SGIP Board Chair, Sharon Allan, SGIP President and CEO, and Andy Paylan and John Bubb of SCE.