February Update

PMO Update

DOE grants Orange ButtonSM a green status on Year 1 progress, year one recap available

SGIP launched the Orange ButtonSM initiative early last year with three other organizations. I’m pleased to say we have had much success with the initiative, validated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which gave us a “green” status following a recent review of all year one deliverables and progress. A few weeks ago, the Orange ButtonSM awardees (SGIP, SunSpec Alliance, NREL, and kWh Analytics) coauthored a year one recap for participants and the industry.

OpenFMBTM F2F Meeting February 1 in San Diego

The OpenFMBTM team met face-to-face at the DistribuTECH conference on February 1, 2017. We discussed the technical agenda for 2017 and the upcoming meeting schedule. The team agreed to continue a bi-weekly meeting schedule beginning on Thursday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET.  If you’d like to participate, please join the OpenFMBTM team via their Kavi page, or email asmallwood@sgip.org and I’ll add you.

The meeting had many new faces and interested companies who attended to learn about OpenFMBTM and plans for 2017. SGIP updated the team with news about continuing focus on lowering barriers to commercialization, including steps to establish an OpenFMBTM Testing and Certification program and OpenFMBTM governance processes, increasing outreach, and leveraging our potential merger with SEPA to increase awareness and participation in OpenFMBTM.

The team discussed and decided to pursue work on additional OpenFMBTM use cases, to further develop OpenFMBTM management services, and continue to build OpenFMBTM Cybersecurity.

Please join us at the next meeting on Thursday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

OpenFMBTM Cybersecurity Task Force selects work priorities for 2017

The OpenFMBTM Technical Working Group has agreed on three high-level security topics for the team to pursue in 2017.  These topics will help develop practices for communication between devices at the grid edge. The topics include:

  • Finalize the OpenFMBTM Cybersecurity Roadmap
  • Develop PKI/Certificate Authority requirements for OpenFMBTM
  • Document best practices for OpenFMBTM Cybersecurity

UNDERWAY – SGIP Catalog of Standards Vote

On January 13th, the SGIP Board of Directors approved moving forward five SGIP Catalog of Standards candidates to a member vote concerning their inclusion into the SGIP Catalog of Standards. The ballot is now open and will close before the end of February.  If you are interested in participating in the vote, please click below for more details, or email Lesley Strand at lstrand@sgip.org.

New CoS Navigation Tool

We are pleased to announce the release of the new SGIP Catalog of Standards (CoS) Navigation Tool. The CoS Navigation Tool enables a user to select standards by visually navigating the domains, subdomains, and components of the Smart Grid.

The CoS Navigation Tool can be accessed directly via GridStandardsMap.com or at www.sgip.org by selecting “Catalog of Standards” under the “Resource Hub” dropdown menu, and then selecting the “COS Navigation Tool” button.

The Smart Grid Architecture view tab in the new CoS Navigation Tool provides a graphic overview of the electric grid based on a Smart Grid logical model of systems mapped onto the conceptual domains as described in the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0. This framework describes the domains, subdomains, and components that form the Smart Grid landscape. Components are the actors of the grid located in communities that form functional domains and subdomains.

Please send questions, comments, or suggestions to our Chief Architect – Dave Hardin, dhardin@sgip.org.

Orange ButtonSM Leaders Meet at Solar Power International

Industry leaders will discuss how they are simplifying solar data

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Sept. 13, 2016 – SGIP announces that industry leaders from the Orange ButtonSM initiative, which aims to streamline the way the solar industry establishes and manages data, will have strong presence at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 12 to 15, 2016.

Aaron Smallwood, Director of Technology Operations at SGIP and Program Manager for the Orange Button Area A program, will present “Orange ButtonSM: Making Solar Competitive,” during the Industry Trends Expo Education program at SPI. This presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Pacific Time, in Room LVCC North Hall, Booth 117. “Solar Power International brings together thousands of solar experts from around the world, and it’s an ideal venue to showcase Orange Button program activities,” said Smallwood.

In addition to the Industry Trends presentation, SGIP will host Area A’s Orange Button initiative face-to-face meeting at SPI on Thursday, September 15 from 9:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time, in Room N257 at Las Vegas Convention Center. The Orange Button Area A Requirements Working Group meeting will be an in-person working session where Orange Button participants will continue to develop market requirements and use cases while coordinating and sharing information across all Orange Button Working Groups. Click here to register for SGIP’s Orange Button Area A Requirements Working Group meeting at SPI on Thursday, September 15 from 9:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time.

SGIP is one of four organizations selected by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to lead the Orange Button initiative to standardize solar data and to increase the bankability of solar projects. Launching in April 2016, SGIP’s Orange Button program has over 300 participants.

“We’ve seen satisfying growth in the Orange Button solar industry stakeholder engagement in the last several months,” said Sharon Allan, President and CEO of SGIP. “This commitment to the Orange Button program underlines the importance of streamlining solar data.”

For a list of Orange Button activities at the 2016 Solar Power International conference, click here.

See the links below for more information on the Orange Button program.

The Orange Button Initiative

Register for SGIP’s Orange Button Area A Requirements Working Group F2F meeting at SPI

The Solar Power International website

Sign up for Orange Button Working Groups

Follow SGIP on LinkedIn and Twitter.


About SGIP
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