November Update

Orange Button℠ Meeting at National Renewable Energy Laboratory

On October 26, I met with others from the SGIP and solar community at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, for the Orange Button initiative, which aims to simplify and standardize solar data to improve the bankability of solar projects.

The Area A Requirements Working Group participants met to consolidate market requirements and begin to build the Orange ButtonSM Market Requirements Document. Attendees had expertise in deployment, financial, real estate, solar O&M, and grid integration.

I’d like to thank NREL for hosting the meeting. They have 13 research programs, 684 active partnerships, 800+ patents, and more than 1,000 scientific and technical materials published. As a leader in renewable energy, NREL was the perfect place to hold this meeting.

We launched the OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site

Last week, at the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit, I saw executive leaders from the electric grid industry come together and share their ideas. I had the pleasure of announcing one such solution—the OpenFMBTM (Open Field Message Bus) Collaboration Site.

OpenFMBTM is a reference architecture and framework for distributed intelligence. The collaboration site is essentially a developer’s kit with downloadable, turnkey, executable files, along with a simplified reference implementation code, so you can take the OpenFMBTM code into your lab and see how it might be applied to your systems.  The site is dynamic and will be changing based on the feedback we receive from website visitors and users, and we welcome any suggestions.  Please visit the site at and let us know what you think!

Get the scoop on OpenFMBTM with webinars

Aside from the collaboration site that launched last week, there are many new developments happening with OpenFMBTM. To learn about where this exciting initiative is and what’s ahead, you can watch webinars by SGIP.

“SGIP Grid Modernization Summit OpenFMB™ Demo Preview” was a webinar from October 18, 2016, that shared the details on the OpenFMB™ demonstration that I and SGIP technology partners showcased last week at SGIP’s summit. The demonstration centered on a utility-focused distributed energy resource (DER) Circuit Segment Management use case to show how the framework can help manage distribution operations with a high penetration of DER. You can watch a free webinar reply here, or download the PPT here.

The webinar also discusses the collaboration site, but there will be another webinar on December 8, 2016, that talks exclusively about the online resource. Titled “OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site and Repository Webinar,” the webinar will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, and you can register here.

Update on the Catalog of Standards

There are five candidates finishing up reviews for the SGIP Catalog of Standards, and they will go to balloting soon for SGIP member approval. We have five priority action plans that are going through the paperwork to initiate the closing process:



SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit Recap


After many months of planning, the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit took place in Washington, D.C. last week. Like the first iteration of the annual conference in 2015, this year attracted the most knowledgeable and senior-level industry experts to share their ideas and support the conference theme of “Accelerating Transformation.”

More than 250 energy attendees converged for three days of thought leader discussions, networking, seminars, working group meetings, and technology exhibits focusing on the critical need for interoperability and sharing knowledge to transform the power grid.

Pre-summit activities began on Monday, November 7th with all-day meetings of the Grid Management Working Group and the Korea Smart Grid and SGIP Joint Workshop.

Korea Smart Grid and SGIP Joint Workshop, Monday, November 7th

The KSGA and SGIP Joint workshop was chaired by Robby Simpson PhD, SGIP Board of Directors, System Architect, GE Grid Solutions.

Topics Included:

  • KSGA and SGIP focus are updates
  • Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources
  • GMLC Projects Update
  • Current Market and Standardization Progress of ESS Aggregators
  • Law and Regulatory Impacts for Building Smart Grids
  • Test Bed Update
  • Cybersecurity
  • Overview of IPRM/ANSI Standard and Testing
  • H/B/I2G Home, Building, Industrial to Grid Update

Speakers from SGIP:

  • David Forfia, SGIP – Chair Board of Directors
  • Robby Simpson, GE, SGIP – Board of Directors & Workshop Chair
  • Aaron Smallwood, SGIP – VP of Technology
  • Cuong Nguyen, NIST
  • Khaled Masri, NEMA
  • Allen Hefner Jr., NIST
  • Commissioner Nick Wagner, Iowa Utilities Board
  • Steve Widergren, PNNL
  • Kenneth Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant

Speakers from KSGA:

  • Youngkyu Ko (Senior Researcher, KSGA)
  • David Nickerson (Director of Business Development, LSIS)
  • Jungtaek Seo (Professor, Soon Chun Hyang University)
  • Junsung Kim (KEPCO)
  • Jinseek Choi (Professor, Hanyang University)
  • Jaewon Lee (R&D Center Manager, POWER21)

Many thanks to all of the participants for making this workshop a success! To access the full program, click here.


Executive Forum November 8-9

After the SGIP Annual Member & Board of Directors Meeting on Monday night, the conference kicked off for most attendees on Tuesday morning. David Forfia, Director of IT Projects at ERCOT and Chairman of the SGIP Board of Directors, opened the day with a welcome and introduction to the conference. Keynote Dave Velazquez, President & CEO of local utility Pepco Holdings, also welcomed the attendees and shared his insight as a leading voice on interoperability in the region.

The rest of Tuesday, and the first half of Wednesday, was filled with the Executive Speaker Program, which tapped some of the brightest minds in grid modernization from across the country. Panels in the program included the following:

  • Managing Change with Distributed Resources
  • Regulatory Policy & Distributed Energy Resources
  • Grid Architecture in a Distributed World
  • Managing Change in the New Energy Economy
  • DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium
  • Intelligent Distribution – An Update from the Field
  • Energy IoT – Moving from Millions to Billions to Trillions of Devices
  • Closing Words of Wisdom


Keynote Speakers

Summit attendees were addressed by the following keynote speakers:

  • Dave Velazquez, President & CEO, Pepco Holdings
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO, ComEd
  • Edmund Schweitzer III, President, Chairman of the Board, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Ralph LaRossa, President & COO, PSEG


Vendor Expo

Also on Tuesday and Wednesday, SGIP hosted booths for the Vendor Expo, which highlighted interoperability and connected devices across the grid. During the expo, SGIP and technology partners ran a demonstration of OpenFMBTM, a framework for communication between devices on the grid edge as well as launched the OpenFMBTM Collaboration site at

Vendors also gathered for the Vender Networking Reception on Wednesday night at the Capital Hilton’s upscale North Gate Grill.

Many thanks to our vendor exhibitors for participating in the Vendor Expo including:

  • Duke Energy
  • Real Time Solutions (RTI)
  • Xtensible Solutions
  • Green Energy Corp.
  • EPRI
  • Twin Oaks Computing
  • Siemens
  • Varentec
  • Machfu
  • Itron
  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • OMNETRIC Group
  • DigitaLogic


SGIP Technical Program November 9-10

For the latter half of Wednesday and all day Thursday, SGIP Technical Working Groups and Committee meetings provided valuable member facetime and discussions (click here to see a list of SGIP committees). Many of the meetings addressed standards that the different SGIP committees are working on, and how members can continue to collaborate and overcome challenges.

After a week of new connections, shared ideas, and renewed inspiration, summit attendees helped accelerate transformation into the end of 2016.

OpenFMBTM on Display at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit

Attendees of the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington, D.C., November 7 to 10, drew executives invested in the grid of tomorrow from across the country. One of the main attractions was a demonstration of SGIP OpenFMBTM  participants using open source OpenFMBTM code from our new collaboration site ( to showcase their firm’s products and services.  OpenFMBTM is a framework for distributed intelligent notes to interact with each other through loosely coupled, peer-to-peer messaging at the grid edge. SGIP partnered with 10 other organizations to host the demonstration.

Details on the organizations that contributed and their roles in the SGIP OpenFMBTM development process that contributed to developing OpenFMBTM are below:

Business requirements

  • Duke Energy
  • SGIP

Use case

  • Duke Energy
  • SGIP
  • Xtensible Solutions

Publish-subscribe pattern (XSD & IDL)

  • Green Energy Corp.
  • Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
  • Twin Oaks Computing

Adapters & Applications

  • Green Energy Corp.
  • Twin Oaks Computing


  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • Itron
  • Omnetric
  • RTI


  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • Iron
  • Omnetric
  • RTI


Along with the demonstration, Aaron Smallwood, VP of Technology at SGIP, announced the launch of the OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site, which shares code used in the demonstration, along with other useful resources. To access the site, go to The collaboration site gives interested people the opportunity to learn about OpenFMBTM and bring it into their labs for research and development.

2016 Grid Mod Summit Sponsors

Many thanks to our summit sponsors whose support was the foundation of the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit.

ABB 12040 Regency Parkway
NC 27518 United States
ABB a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.
Innovari Inc. 19720 NW Tanasbourne Drive
OR 97124
United States
Innovari is a technology platform company dedicated to developing dynamic solutions for utilities. The company has created the Interactive Energy Platform™, a rate-baseable platform that aggregates any and all edge of grid energy resources to make them dispatchable as needed to optimize system utilization. Our approach is to make the utility successful by supporting an effort to build stronger, deeper and longer lasting relationships between the utility and their customers and the utility and their regulators.
Intel 2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara,
CA 95054-1549 United States
Today’s utility companies are facing unprecedented challenges from the integration of distributed energy resources to an aging infrastructure. Tapping into to the power of the Internet of Things, Intel is meeting these challenges while ensuring end-to-end connectivity, interoperability, reliability, and automation through scalable hardware and software infrastructure including Wind River software stack, comprehensive security, and pre-integrated & validated solutions. These capabilities, along with a philosophy of promoting open standards and working with OEMs, ODMs, ISVs, SIs, utilities, and energy service providers, puts Intel in a unique position to partner with the utility industry to drive the digital transformation of the power system. For more information please visit
Navigant 30 S. Wacker Drive, suite 3100
IL 60606
United States
At Navigant, we collaborate with utilities, government, investors, manufacturers, oil and gas companies, and major corporations to help them thrive in the rapidly changing energy environment. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @navigantenergy
Pepco Holdings 701 Ninth Street NW
DC 20068
United States
Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) has provided electricity to the Washington, D.C. area for more than 120 years. Today it is part of Pepco Holdings, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), and one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pepco Holdings serves more than 2 million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey through Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. For more information, visit
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 2350 NE Hopkins Court
WA 99163
United States
SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability, safety and cost. SEL, a 100 percent employee-owned company that is headquartered in Pullman, Washington, has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers in 150 countries. SEL provides unmatched technical support, customer service and a 10-year worldwide warranty.

GE Global Research Partners with Enbala Power Networks for ARPA-E NODES Project

Project Leverages Leading Edge Distributed Energy Resource Management Technology to Improve Efficiency and Reliability of the U.S. Electrical Grid

Vancouver, B.C., and Denver, CO.  Enbala Power Networks has been selected by General Electric Global Research as a key partner in its DOE-funded ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) project. The $3.9 million project’s objective is to create transformational distributed flexibility resource (DFR) technology that aggregates responsive flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide synthetic reserve services to the grid while maintaining high customer quality-of-service. Specifically, a fast reserve similar to a regulating/spinning reserve and a multi-hour, ramping reserve will be developed to provide the same kind of grid balancing flexibility now provided by power plants and large-scale demand response.

Other project participants include GE Energy Consulting, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Consolidated Edison, Inc., Southern California Edison, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and California Independent System Operator.

The 12 NODES projects, including this one, aim to develop innovative and disruptive technologies for real-time management of T&D networks through system-wide control and coordination of flexible load and DERs. In a DOE press release ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams commented, “The research and development of these grid control technologies will make the concept of virtual energy storage a practical reality. The result will enhance the resiliency, security and flexibility of our nation’s electric grid and allow the U.S. to make the best use of its abundant renewable energy resources.”

One novel aspect of the GE ARPA-E project is development of a tool that will use short-term and real-time weather forecasts along with other data to estimate the reserve potential of aggregate loads and DERs on a day-ahead basis. An optimization framework that will enable aggregation of large numbers of flexible loads and DERs and determine the optimal day-ahead schedule to bid into the market will also be developed. This will provide the grid with the flexible resources required to meet the transformational requirements of today’s evolving grid, while also opening up new opportunities for customers to monetize their assets.

Using its Symphony by Enbala distributed energy resource management platform, Enbala is responsible for the project’s control infrastructure and for working collaboratively with Consolidated Edison to recruit a diverse set of customers and distributed energy assets. The advanced control functionality developed within the NODES project will be implemented as micro-services leveraging the GE Predix cloud platform.

“This is an innovative project that will effectively demonstrate how grid edge assets can be effectively networked into virtual storage systems that manage the intermittency of renewable energy and help us meet the growing operational challenges of grid infrastructure management,” commented Enbala President and CEO Arthur “Bud” Vos.

The DFR technology being created must be able to aggregate and control thousands of customer DERs in real time and match them with production projections. GE electrical engineer Naresh Acharya explained that this project will enable a grid that can reliably manage a power mix where nearly half or more is supplied by renewables.

Two New White Papers:

New White Paper from Enbala: Value Staking—The key to monetizing energy storage

Enbala provides a platform for distributed energy resources (DER) and a balanced, renewable-friendly and fully-optimized grid, and the company recently released a new white paper, Value Staking. This resource reviews how one energy company stacked the values of storage plus load to cut its storage system payback in half.

 New White Paper from CMG: Presidential Victory Must Deliver Smart Grid and New Power Utility Business Models

What do the Presidential campaigns tell us about the future direction of legislation and regulation for the utility sector in general and Smart Grid in particular? In this paper, we examine the platforms of the presidential candidates, searching for common themes and common proposed initiatives on Power Utility issues and the Smart Grid. These could point to the prospect of bipartisan support and agreement across the houses of Congress and the new Administration for Power Utilities and Smart Grid measures. Regardless of the outcome in the presidential election, there are some aspects of Smart Grid in which there might exist some level of agreement and a reasonable prospect of legislative or regulatory adoption.



NIST/IEEE Workshop, “Timing Challenges in the Smart Grid,” Brings Diverse Stakeholders Together (October 26, 2016)

A lively workshop—held October 26 at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland—brought together 80 experts from a wide range of organizations to discuss timing challenges in the smart grid. The workshop provided an opportunity for the diverse stakeholders from utilities, system integrators, national labs, academia, and government to learn about each other’s expertise and needs, as well as future plans and priorities.

In addition to those attending the workshop in person, nearly 100 other individuals followed along online on the workshop webcast. The webcast, along with the presentations, is archived on the workshop webpage.

Precision timing—such as one microsecond synchronization to a traceable time and frequency reference—is an issue of growing interest and concern to engineers and scientists working with the smart grid and other cyber-physical systems. The greatly expanded use of synchrophasors for wide area monitoring, along with the increasing use of traveling wave fault detection and other new technologies, requires precision timing. These new capabilities offer increased flexibility to grid operators, but they also raise time-related security concerns.

At the workshop, those opportunities, concerns, and challenges were addressed in a unique forum composed of power system experts, timing experts, and communications experts. The outcomes of the workshop will inform a NIST report summarizing the challenges and potential solutions for wide-area clock synchronization as well as

The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), now entering its third year, embarked on a new phase with the SuperCluster Kickoff Event, held in Washington, D.C., on October 25-26, 2016. At the two-day event, over 250 participants from local government, industry, non-profits, universities, and international cities began work on “SuperClusters”—multi-city, multi-stakeholder deployments of smart city projects in sectors such as energy, transportation, and public safety.
The creation of these multi-team SuperClusters will enable existing GCTC action clusters to work together, thereby increasing the scale and impact of their efforts.
The Kickoff Event, held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, began with a half-day plenary session featuring talks by smart city leaders representing both federal and local government. The program continued with one-and-a-half days of working sessions that led to the establishment of “Seed SuperClusters” in six areas. In the coming weeks, each of these SuperClusters will be meeting regularly by conference call as they begin developing blueprints and implementation plans.
Here is contact information for those wishing to get involved in one of these “Seed SuperClusters”:

Sokwoo Rhee said, “We also expect to see additional SuperClusters being formed as a result of discussions and collaborations that began at the Kickoff Event. During the first few months of 2017, each SuperCluster will be holding a face-to-face meeting to solidify and accelerate project implementation.”

One of the upcoming face-to-face SuperCluster meetings—focusing on the Transportation SuperCluster—will be held February 1-2, 2017, In Portland, Oregon.  Portland General Electric (PGE), an SGIP member company, is a leading sponsor of the event. (Agenda and registration details are available online.)

Among the cities playing lead roles in the SuperCluster effort are those cities who recently received grant funding through NIST’s Replicable Smart City Technologies (RSCT) Cooperative Agreement Program.  Earlier this fall, four projects, involving eleven cities and communities, were selected for RSCT funding. These projects involve these communities taking a lead role in one key element of the overall program—establishing measurable performance metrics, thereby helping drive the adoption of replicable, standards-based solutions that improve the quality of life for residents of communities of all sizes.

The four RSCT projects, described below, address important public issues such as urban air pollution, flood prediction, and rapid emergency response for seniors endangered by in-home accidents.

  • The City of Portland, Oregon, will use low-cost sensors to improve air quality and the environment throughout the Portland area.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland, will use its Safe Community Alert (SCALE) project, which links sensors in seniors’ homes with emergency responders, to reduce the number of senior deaths due to in-home accidents.
  • The City of Bellevue, Washington, will improve city-wide interconnectivity of department systems—including police and fire, civic services, transportation, utilities, environmental, and IT departments—to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all city staff.
  • The City of Newport News, Virginia, will use sensors and computer modeling to predict flood events to improve emergency response and reduce loss of life and property. Eight cities and communities in Virginia’s Tidewater region are participating in this project.

NIST Hosts Upcoming Workshop on Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Transactive Energy

December 6, 2016, in New York City

NIST’s Transactive Energy Challenge (TE Challenge), launched a year ago, is set to begin a new phase (Phase II) that will focus on building modeling capability and tackling the many research questions that must be addressed as transactive energy concepts and use cases are explored and tested. Phase I of the Challenge wrapped up earlier this fall, with a September 20 webinar and virtual meeting (presentations available online).

As the TE Challenge program moves forward, the NIST TE Challenge team wants to hear from technology companies, grid operators, and other stakeholders about future business models and challenges in the distributed energy resources revolution. To facilitate these interactions, NIST is holding two workshops on “Harnessing the Power of Distributed Energy Resources: Quantifying Transactive Energy and Economics.”

The second workshop will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Manhattan, NY. Venue details, agenda, and registration links for the December 6 workshop will be announced shortly. Technology companies, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders are invited to join the participants in a dynamic and interactive program.


The earlier workshop was held Thursday, October 20, 2016, in San Jose, CA. With 40 people in attendance, the meeting featured presentations from industry experts on the challenges and experience of DER integration and market operation. Mike Gravely (California Energy Commission) presented a keynote on the role of distributed resources in California’s future, and David Holmberg (NIST) outlined the TE Challenge. Don Reeves (Silver Spring Networks) and Steve Bushby (NIST) addressed the technologies, tools, and techniques that impact the grid in a TE environment. Lorenzo Kristov (CAISO) and Avi Gopstein (NIST) spoke on the topic of ensuring the availability and delivery of TE services across markets. The final session included Audrey Lee (Advanced Microgrid Solutions) and Marty Burns (NIST) discussing validation of TE models. Each session was followed by questions and feedback from attendees. Presentations from the meeting are posted now on the event site.

Erich Gunther IEEE Foundation Scholarship

A Letter from Chris Hickman, CEO of Innovari

Erich Gunther was a leader in our industry and a champion for smart grid advancement. He touched all of us in some way and was quite literally the glue that helped hold us all together and work towards common goals without letting petty differences stop our progress. He was a very unique individual, and he is missed by all in our industry.

We want to honor his legacy and commitment to continuous learning and development of a better tomorrow for our industry and our grid. And as Erich was fond of helping us all remember, its people that make the difference. People with passion for our industry and passion to make the world a better place.

In tribute to Erich, many of us have worked with the IEEE Foundation to establish a scholarship in his name. Contributions to this scholarship will help inspire future professionals who are pushing the boundaries of current thought to make our industry better. We would like you to consider giving to this fund and help us find and create the next generation of Erich Gunthers who can help us drive our industry forward.

The IEEE Foundation has a web page that provides more details about Erich’s work as well as the giving process: IEEE Foundation – Erich Gunther Scholarship Page.

Please remember your time with Erich, the incredible impact he has had on all of us personally and professionally, and the impact it can have on a new generation of industry leaders. Please give to the effort and help us honor Erich in exactly the way he would want, by giving back to our industry.


Chris Hickman


SGIP Announces Recipients of 2016 Member Choice Awards

Energy Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Electric Grid Interoperability

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Nov. 17, 2016 – Leaders from the electric grid industry received awards from their peers on November 8, 2016 during the first SGIP 2016 Member Choice Awards at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit . The summit attracted renowned senior-level industry executives to Washington, D.C., where the recipients were announced during the Awards Dinner.

“The only way the electric grid will advance is through the collaboration of innovative leaders,” said Sharon Allan, President and CEO of SGIP. “The Member Choice Awards gave many of those very leaders the opportunity to recognize individuals and projects that are leading grid modernization.”

The awards and their winners are listed below:

The Erich Gunther Most Committed Interoperability Ambassador

Dr. Stuart Laval, Manager of Technology Development, Duke Energy

This award is named in honor of Erich Gunther for his outstanding contributions to SGIP and to the industry at large. The Erich Gunther Most Committed Interoperability Ambassador award goes to the SGIP player who has shown extraordinary dedication to development of interoperability standards and protocols.

Best Contributor to Collaboration

Ron Cunningham, IT Enterprise Architect, AEP

The Best Contributor to Collaboration is a thought leader at meeting and conferences and an ardent follower of grid modernization efforts underway. This recipient demonstrates commitment to collaboration by sharing knowledge, teaming up on projects and connecting other members who can benefit by meeting.

Most Innovative Solution

ComEd for their Hosting Capacity Analytic Tool

Whether it’s a way of mitigating voltage excursions from high penetrations of solar, analyzing data from newly installed sensors, extending automation technology beyond the substation or any other very specific grid-modernization project, this award celebrates smart engineering. Nominations for this award should cover the challenge faced, the solution details and benefits that accrued.

Best Interoperability Demonstration Project

Duke Energy for their Coalition of the Willing Project

This award goes to the company who is actively demonstrating the benefits of interoperability through an in-house initiative or engagement with another organization. The comprehensive project in question typifies grid modernization by including technology from multiple vendors or system.

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SGIP Gives Access to the OpenFMBTM Framework for Distributed Intelligence in the Grid

A new online collaboration site offers code, use cases, wikis,
and a community of thought leaders.

Wakefield, Mass., November 7, 2016 – SGIP announces the launch of the OpenFMBTM (Open Field Message Bus) Collaboration Site, which will provide public access to code and informational resources to help enhance grid integration. The launch will take place at the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington, D.C.

OpenFMBTM is a reference architecture and framework for distributed intelligence. It leverages existing standards to federate data between field devices and harmonize them with centralized systems. The framework was ratified as a standard by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) in March of this year.

The collaboration site will provide, for the first time, public access to OpenFMBTM example code for use in research and development. In addition to the code, the collaboration site will offer use cases, wikis, a blog, useful links, and a community of thought leaders.

“The OpenFMBTM collaboration site is essentially a developer’s kit with downloadable, turnkey, executable files, along with a simplified version of reference implementation code we demonstrated at the DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition earlier this year,” said Aaron Smallwood, Vice President of Technology at SGIP. “For those industry stakeholders who are working towards grid edge connectivity, this new site gives them the information they need and the opportunity to bring OpenFMBTM into their labs and explore how it can be applied with their systems.”

Not only will the OpenFMBTM collaboration site be launched at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit, but some of SGIP’s member organization’s products and services will also be showcased using code from the online repository during the summit’s Vender Expo.

To learn more about OpenFMBTM, the Collaboration Site, and the Vendor Expo at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit, see a free webinar replay, called “SGIP Grid Modernization Summit OpenFMBTM Demo Preview.” SGIP will host another free webinar, called “OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site and Repository Webinar,” on December 8, 2016.


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

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October Update

Upcoming OpenFMBTM Demonstration at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit

OpenFMBTM has some major news planned for the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit: We will be launching the SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site. The SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site is an online resource that has everything needed to get started with OpenFMBTM. We’ve talked with many in the industry who have wanted to explore OpenFMBTM themselves, in their labs, and set up implementations to see how OpenFMBTM can be used to address their business needs – and the new SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site is the best way to start. The official launch date for the SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site is November 7th.

The SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site will include three types of OpenFMB™ code:

  • OpenFMB™ Developer’s Toolkit with a downloadable, turnkey executable file containing a simplified example of the Microgrid Demo shown at DistribuTECH 2016 and based on the NAESB OpenFMB reference implementation
  • A full version of OpenFMB™ including adapters (DNP3, Modbus, etc.) available in MQTT, DDS and AMQP
  • A Do-It-Yourself set of OpenFMB™ code for advanced users that is configurable, includes security extensions, supports multiple instances, includes load simulators, and more.

In addition to experiencing the SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site at the Summit, attendees of the Vendor Expo will walk through an area where SGIP OpenFMBTM participants are using the collaboration site’s OpenFMBTM code to show how they use OpenFMBTM with their products and services.

October 18 OpenFMB webinar

For more information about the upcoming OpenFMB™ demonstration at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit, you can watch a replay of the SGIP Grid Modernization Summit OpenFMB™ Demo Preview from October 18. Dr. Stuart Laval, Manager of Technology Development at Duke Energy, and I provided an overview of OpenFMB™, our new OpenFMBTM DER Circuit Segment Management use case, the SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site, and how you can get involved.

OpenFMB Repository Webinar on November 17

We will be hosting another webinar providing a deeper look at the SGIP OpenFMBTM Collaboration site on November 17. This is for anyone interested in learning more about the Collaboration site.  SGIP participants who are OpenFMBTM experts and developers will be providing a detailed look and explanation of the online resources available on the OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site.

Orange ButtonSM Update

To continue the progress made on the DOE’s Orange Button initiative this far, we will be holding an Orange ButtonSM face-to-face meeting on Wednesday, October 26th, from 9am – 4pm MST at the NREL facilities in Golden, Colorado.

This is an in-person working session for Orange Button Area A Requirements Workgroup participants. We will be finalizing Orange Button use cases and consolidating market requirements to build the Orange Button Market Requirements Document.

There is still time to register – please click here.