SGIP White Paper Offers Insights to Upgrading Transactive Energy Systems

The resource explores transactive energy systems and integrating distributed energy resources

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Dec. 15, 2016 SGIP today announced the release of a white paper to help utilities, regulators, and policymakers advance their understanding of transactive energy (TE) and how it can help integrate distributed energy resources (DER) in smart grids. Transactive Energy Application Landscape Scenarios is a free resource from SGIP’s Transactive Energy Coordination Group. It examines the application of transactive techniques to different grid operational scenarios, which include business functions, actors in different smart grid application domains and more.

The GridWise Architecture Council’s TE Framework defines TE as “a system of economic and control mechanisms that allows the dynamic balance of supply and demand across the entire electrical infrastructure using value as a key operational parameter.” It’s important for integrating DER, as well as distribution-level operations, grid efficiency and more.

“With this new white paper, smart grid stakeholders can better see some of the possibilities that come with TE,” said Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology at SGIP. “As DER penetration continues to be a major driving force for interoperability, TE concepts can provide reliability and efficiency to advancing grids.”

The white paper provides six high-level, operational scenarios that together outline an electric grid landscape in which a TE system operates. These provide insights that can help align stakeholders, describe interoperability gaps, aid in developing reference architectures, and identify opportunities for new standards and practices.

”This work represents a distillation of a large variety of use cases into a small set of scenarios that can be used to explore TE designs and key interfaces for standardization,” said Ron Melton, Chair of the Transactive Energy Coordination Group at SGIP. The group’s Secretary, David Holmberg, added, “Interoperable TE systems depend on common understanding and collaborative efforts enabled by this work. This will lead to more effective TE technologies available sooner to meet emerging critical grid needs.”

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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 www.openfmb.io.

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
  • KEPCO
  • DigitaLogic

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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 (www.openfmb.io) 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

Hardware

  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • Itron
  • MACHFU
  • Omnetric
  • RTI

Software

  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • Iron
  • MACHFU
  • Omnetric
  • RTI

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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 www.openfmb.io. 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
Cary,
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. www.abb.com
Innovari Inc. 19720 NW Tanasbourne Drive
Hillsboro,
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 www.intel.com/energy
Navigant 30 S. Wacker Drive, suite 3100
Chicago,
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 navigant.com/energy and follow us on Twitter @navigantenergy
Pepco Holdings 701 Ninth Street NW
Washington,
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 exeloncorp.com.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 2350 NE Hopkins Court
Pullman,
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore will be a Keynote Speaker at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit

Pramaggiore keynotes with executive energy leaders in
Washington, D.C., November 7-10, 2016

Wakefield, Mass. – July 20, 2016SGIP is pleased to announce that Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, will deliver an executive address at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit to be held November 7-10, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Pramaggiore became the first female President and CEO of ComEd in 2012, and Energy Central named her Utility Industry CEO of the Year in 2014. As the leader of one of the largest utility systems in the U.S., delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois, she has become a reputable thought leader on several topics, including Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Energy IoT, regulatory policy and more.

Pramaggiore’s many accomplishments since joining ComEd in 1998 include spearheading the company’s effort to set the legislative framework for ComEd’s smart grid build-out, which became a leading model nationally. She also led major policy work for restructuring the electric industry in Illinois.

“Anne Pramaggiore is a well-known voice in electrical grid innovation,” said Sharon Allan, CEO of SGIP. “Her experience, achievements and vision give her rare insight into some of the most exciting developments happening in the energy industry today. To any industry leader wanting to learn more about what’s next in grid modernization, don’t miss Pramaggiore’s address at this year’s summit.”

About SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit

Hosted by the SGIP consortium, the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit boasts an executive speaker program comprised of utility, vendor, and industry energy thought leaders discussing the latest in accelerating grid transformation. With over 300 expected attendees, the summit promises to be filled with networking opportunities for non-members, members and guests to connect, collaborate and share solutions.

Registration is open for this year’s event, which will be in the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. November 7-10, 2016. Best time for Summit registration is now, as registration fees increase after September 15, 2016.

Pramaggiore’s address is part of the executive forum, featuring many of the industry’s foremost thought leaders. The Summit will also include Technical Working Group and Committee meetings where members and non-members alike can roll up their sleeves to collaborate on project-based work including: cybersecurity, EnergyIoTTM, utility-focused Grid Management, distributed energy resources, and OpenFMBTM. Throughout the Summit, vendor, utility and technology partners will demonstrate the interoperability of grid devices and their progress on collaborative microgrid projects at the Vendor Expo.

With executive speakers like Pramaggiore and exceptional networking opportunities, the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit is a can’t-miss event.

Helpful links

The SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit homepage
Online summit registration
Information about the Capital Hilton Hotel and reservations
A list of all speakers for the summit
The summit Program

The Sponsorship Prospectus
The Exhibitor Prospectus

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.

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SGIP Announces Orange Button Kickoff Meetings July 13 and 14 in San Francisco

SGIP Holds the First Face-to-Face Meetings for the Orange ButtonSM Initiative

Wakefield, Mass., July 12th – SGIP and other solar energy leaders will meet for the Orange Button Kickoff Meetings in San Francisco on July 13 and 14, 2016. In the first face-to-face meetings of the Orange Button initiative, five working groups will convene to craft market requirements for solar data exchanges between systems/parties that will reduce costs.

Day One of the Orange Button Kickoff meeting will be held July 13th at the InterContinental Hotel San Francisco at 4pm. PDT. This will be an opportunity to meet the SunShot Initiative awardees as well as representatives from DOE who will review the Orange Button program as well as a facilitate a question and answer session with solar industry leaders.

Day Two of the Orange Button Kickoff meetings will be convened on July 14th at the Wells Fargo offices in downtown San Francisco from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT.  Over 75 registered companies will participate in the Orange Button Requirements Working Group meetings including: Deployment, Financial, Real Estate, Solar O&M, and Grid Integration. The primary objective of each Orange Button Working Group face-to-face meeting is to define and shape the data standard for transmitting solar data.

“In a few short months, the Orange Button Initiative has over 330 participants and we are eager to kick off our first face-to-face meetings of the Orange Button Working Groups on July 14th in San Francisco,” stated Sharon Allan, SGIP President and CEO. “We have solar industry leaders from banking and specialty finance institutions, solar project developers and solar asset managers and installers, solar project real estate professionals, solar O&M service providers and project developers, as well as electric utilities, ISOs, and regulatory representatives registered for the Orange Button Working Groups. We are confident that we can leverage their collective knowledge and expertise to achieve the objectives of the Orange Button program.”

  • To register for the Orange Button Kickoff Meetings, click here.
  • To learn more about Orange Button, click here.
  • To take the Orange Button Solar Data survey, click here.
  • To learn about the SunShot initiative, click here.

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