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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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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Registration Is Open for the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington, D.C.

Industry leaders will transform the future of grid modernization Nov. 7-10 at the Capital Hilton Hotel

Wakefield, Mass., June 15, 2016 – Registration is open for the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7-10, 2016. This annual executive summit brings together the most knowledgeable and senior-level industry experts and the most serious practitioners in the electric energy industry to create connections, advance transformation and share solutions.

The conference theme of “Accelerating Transformation” will be realized through 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 accomplish the objectives of transforming the power grid. Attendees will learn what’s important, what’s been tried, what works and what’s next in grid modernization.

With 300 attendees expected and a speaker program comprised of utility, vendor, government, national labs, and industry senior executives, the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit promises to be filled with the latest in grid modernization and networking opportunities for non-members, members and industry-experts to connect and collaborate.

The SGIP Annual Member and Board meeting will be on Monday, November 7, followed by one-and-one-half days of an executive forum on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8-9. The Vendor Expo where SGIP vendor, utility and technology partners will demonstrate the interoperability of grid devices and their progress on collaborative microgrid projects will also be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8-9. Project-based Technical Working Groups and SGIP Committee meetings providing valuable member facetime and discussions are scheduled for a half-day on Wednesday, November 9 and all day Thursday, November 10. All meetings are open to the public. The annual SGIP dinner and networking receptions, along with a stellar conference and technical program, make the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit a must-attend event.

Registrations made at the conference website before September 15 will receive discounted rates. Registration fees increase after September 15, 2016.

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Attendees with rooms at the summit venue will stay at the center of the action. Discounted room rates are available at the Capital Hilton for premier accommodations in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. Per-diem rate rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling +1-202-393-1000 instead of making reservations online, and referring to the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit. More housing details are on the conference website.

For more information on Vendor Expo opportunities and sponsorship opportunities, contact Steven Desrochers, President & Event Director, at steven@jaguar-expo.com.  For information on the speaker program, contact Jon Brock, Program Director, at jon@jaguar-expo.com. For summit logistics, contact Stephanie Arthur at stephanie@jaguar-expo.com.

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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.

Newly Published Standard Will Integrate Control Technologies into the Grid

Facility Smart Grid Information Model Standard by SGIP, NEMA and ASHRAE will facilitate information exchange between control systems and end-use devices

Wakefield, Mass., June 3, 2016SGIP announced today the publication of the new ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), which will open the door for electrical energy consumers to participate in smart grid networks. The standard is packaged with a User’s Manual.

The Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) was developed in a collaboration by SGIP, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and ASHRAE (a society advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration).

The 201P FSGIM standard provides a way to model real building systems as a combination of four abstract components: loads, generators, meters and energy managers.

The kinds of functionality that will be enabled by the model include:

  • On-site generation management
  • Demand response
  • Electrical storage management
  • Peak demand management
  • Forward power usage estimation
  • Load shedding capability estimation
  • End load monitoring (sub-metering)
  • Power quality of service monitoring
  • Use of historical energy consumption data
  • Direct load control

A “facility” in the context of this standard can be a single-family house, a commercial or institutional building, a manufacturing or industrial building or multiple buildings such as a college campus. There is a range of control technology used in these facilities, with standards to support them. The 201P Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) provides a common framework to guide the development of these control technologies so that they can meet the control needs of a smart grid environment.

The development of the 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.

“SGIP’s Priority Action Plan (PAP) process is designed to identify standard gaps or needs and to facilitate the development, discussion, and recommendations for Smart Grid-related standards to advance grid modernization,” said Aaron Smallwood, director of technology operations for SGIP. “We’re pleased that the Facility Smart Grid Information Model PAP17 resulted in the development and approval of ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201, and that we now have the opportunity to review Standard 201 for inclusion in SGIP’s Catalog of Standards.”

Standard 201P builds on and makes use of several other related standards applicable to the smart grid including:

  • IEEE 61850 (generators)
  • OASIS WS-Calendar
  • OASIS Energy Market Information Exchange
  • NAESB REQ Business Practices and Information Models to Support Priority Action Plan 10 — Standardized Energy Usage Information (Green Button)
  • OpenADR
  • Weather Exchange Model (WXXM)

In addition, a ballot has been initiated to approve Standard 201P Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM) as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, via ISO/Technical Committee 205 Building Environment Design. If approved, the ballot, which is expected to take several months to complete, would move the standard to publication as an ISO standard.

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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.

SGIP Unveils Redesigned and Enhanced Website

Users Gain Mobile-Friendly Access to SGIP Resources and Intellectual Assets

WAKEFIELD, Mass., April 26, 2016 – SGIP today launched its upgraded and newly redesigned web presence, which can be seen at www.sgip.org. The new site and logo better reflect the strategy, direction and focus of SGIP. SGIP has pivoted its strategy over the past year to become a more project-based organization focused on what SGIP members believe are key industry needs and issues. The website reflects SGIP’s leadership in how these issues and needs are addressed.

“This upgraded website site now offers more functionality than our old site. It’s easier than ever for site visitors to use our research and intellectual assets because we’ve enhanced our search capabilities as well as adding more multi-media content, “said Sharon Allan, president and CEO of SGIP.

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 Selected to Lead Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy for the Orange Button℠ initiative

SGIP spearheads Energy Department working group focused on standardizing solar data and reducing soft costs

WAKEFIELD, Mass. , April 15, 2016 – SGIP announced today that it is receiving approximately $600,000 from theU.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to manage stakeholder engagement, strategy, and program evaluation for the  Orange Button℠ initiative. This new initiative aims to simplify and standardize solar energy data so that industry stakeholders can exchange quality data and make solar transactions more efficient.

The Energy Department  selected four organizations – SGIP, SunSpec Alliance, kWh Analytics, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – to lead the Orange Button initiative and to streamline the way the solar industry establishes and manages data. In order to boost solar bankability, the four organizations will work together to tackle the challenge of creating a widely adoptable, unified data standard for the solar industry.

Because access to high quality data affects more than half the total price of a residential PV system, a robust data infrastructure for the solar industry is needed to enable rapid and seamless data exchanges between producers and consumers of solar data. By creating solar data standards, open marketplaces, and tools for accessing data by the private sector, Orange Button aims to reduce transaction inefficiencies and improve market transparency in a self-sustaining manner.

“This collaborative effort can help to drive down costs associated with solar projects, help project managers get better financing terms, and make investing in solar more compelling,” said Sharon Allan, president and CEO of SGIP. “Leaders of the Green Button Initiative demonstrated that a cross-sector, industry-wide initiative can be successful, and SGIP is well positioned to take a similar approach to engaging stakeholders and deploying more solar assets.”

SGIP will convene industry leaders to identify the use cases and frameworks required to develop broadly applicable data standards for the solar industry. Allan added, “Working in an open, industry-led process, we will spur the creation and adoption of de facto standards, and ensure their rapid transition into the daily operations of the broader solar market.”

By creating a standard, robust data infrastructure for the solar industry, banks and financiers can more easily analyze solar assets and integrate more solar into their portfolios. “We believe a reduction in the cost of capital as a result of better access to solar data will reduce risk and could result in savings of nearly $9 billion over the next 10 years to solar users,” said Aaron Smallwood, SGIP Director of Technology Operations.

SGIP will work alongside the SunSpec Alliance, kWh Analytics, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop the new solar data standards and disseminate information to stakeholders.

SunShot InitiativeAbout the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.

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, SunSpec Alliance, kWh Analytics, and NREL Awarded Nearly $4 Million in Federal Funds to Boost Solar Bankability

Four organizations will lead Energy Department’s Orange Button℠ initiative and carve path to industry-wide solar data standards

WAKEFIELD, Mass., April 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative selected four organizations – SGIP, SunSpec Alliance, kWh Analytics, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – to lead the Orange Button initiative and to streamline the way the solar industry establishes and manages data. In order to boost solar bankability, the four organizations will work together to tackle the challenge of creating a widely adoptable, unified data standard for the solar industry.

The Orange Button℠ initiative aims to simplify and standardize solar data so that state and local governments, customers, utilities, financiers, solar companies, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders can easily exchange quality data. Because access to high quality data affects more than half the total price of a residential PV system, a robust data infrastructure for the solar industry is needed to enable rapid and seamless data exchanges between producers and consumers of solar data. By creating solar data standards, open marketplaces, and tools for accessing data by the private sector, Orange Button aims to reduce transaction inefficiencies and improve market transparency in a self-sustaining manner.

In order to complete this work, the four Orange Button awardees will collaborate to achieve the program’s overall goals. Teams will work in tandem, collaborating and exchanging deliverables across the three strategic phases of the Orange Button initiative:

  • Convene – SGIP will kick off Orange Button by convening stakeholders and managing working groups that will define the requirements of an industry-wide solar data exchange and integrate data standards across the life cycle of a solar project.
  • Define – SunSpec Alliance will build on the results from the convening stage of the project by formulating data taxonomies, interoperability standards, and codes of conduct. This phase will establish an open, commercially embraced solar data exchange system comprised of uniform data taxonomy, information models, application program interfaces, compliance test suite, and reference software. This new solar data exchange program will enable the free flow of data between commercial software products that address all aspects of the solar asset lifecycle.
  • Integrate – The kWh Analytics team will develop a data format translation tool which will instantly translate original data formats into the data standards, significantly reducing the effort and time required from data standards adopters. Meanwhile, the NREL will develop a platform to enable data sharing for the solar ecosystem, community, and marketplace, in support of consensus-based data standards.

“This project will directly engage over 60% of the solar industry and result in broadly applicable, ready-to-implement solutions for solar data users,” confirmed Aaron Smallwood, SGIP Director of Technology Operations.

SunShot InitiativeAbout the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.

About the SunSpec Alliance

The SunSpec Alliance is a trade alliance of more than 70 solar and storage distributed energy industry participants, together pursuing information standards to enable “plug & play” system interoperability. SunSpec standards address operational aspects of solar PV power and energy storage plants on the smart grid—including residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems—thus reducing cost, promoting technology innovation, and accelerating industry growth. For more Information visit www.SunSpec.org.

About kWh Analytics

kWh Analytics is the industry leader in risk management software for solar energy investments, a $500B asset class growing at 20% per year. Our software, HelioStats, manages project-level data from more than 50,000 solar power projects in the United States, creating the industry’s largest independent database of solar asset performance. We aim to strengthen the solar industry by increasing transparency, improving investment decision-making, and enabling efficient risk management. For more information, visit www.kWhAnalytics.com.

About National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Visit NREL online at www.nrel.gov.

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 Ratification of OpenFMBTM by North American Energy Standards Board

Wakefield, Mass., March 10, 2016 – The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) announced today that the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMBTM) was ratified as a standard through a NAESB Retail Market Quadrant member vote on Monday, March 7, 2016.

OpenFMB™ provides a specification for power systems field devices to leverage a non-proprietary and standards-based reference architecture to reduce implementation complexity and integration costs. OpenFMB™ achieves this by enabling communication between distributed intelligent nodes through loosely coupled, peer-to-peer messaging at the grid edge. Through a scalable publish-subscribe architecture, OpenFMB™ applications interact with each other and with adapters to existing end devices.

“We are pleased that through the hard work of the OpenFMBTM working committee this milestone has been met — taking OpenFMB™ beyond a collective work to a standard,” said Aaron Smallwood, Director of Technology Operations at SGIP. “We will continue moving forward and build upon our successful demonstrations and now ratified NAESBstandard to apply OpenFMB™ to more use cases and broader applications.”

About the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (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. Visitwww.sgip.org.

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SGIP RELEASES WHITE PAPERS ON GRID DEFINITIONS AND CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION SHARING

Wakefield, Mass., Feb. 25, 2016 – The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) today announced the release of two industry white papers that will help guide the acceleration of grid modernization. Both papers are available for download at no charge.

Local Grid Definitions reviews key terms and definitions related to power distribution infrastructures in buildings (or campuses) that enable some local grid functionality. Developed by SGIP’s Home Building and Industrial Working Group, the paper makes recommendations about which definitions are preferable. It also includes a discussion about the merits and limitations of existing and alternate definitions.

“As the grid continues to be further integrated into our daily lives, it’s critical that we have a standard framework for how we discuss accelerating grid modernization,” said Bruce Nordman, SGIP member and researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the paper’s author. “We have developed this paper to help encourage consistency in grid discussions.”

The Local Grid Definitions white paper clarifies the terms microgrid, picogrid and nanogrid and identifies their key defining aspects. It also offers questions about how local grids relate to the utility grid and utility meter.

The second SGIP paper, entitled Cybersecurity Information Sharing in Electric Utilities, provides an overview of various sharing programs and standardized approaches for sharing, as well as an overview of the recently enacted law, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act 2015. Written by Ramesh Reddi, SGIP’s Cybersecurity Consulting Manager, the paper outlines the significance of developing a good framework for securing the electric grid with a good balance between liability and privacy protections.

“Recent developments on both technological and legislative fronts will increase cyber threat sharing among utilities and protect our electric grid,” said Reddi. “This paper will help ensure that electric utilities are better prepared to respond to cyber-attacks on our electric grid system.”

About the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (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 Selected to Participate in Four DOE National Lab Partnership Projects

Wakefield, Mass., Feb. 4, 2016 – The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has been named to participate in four projects as part of the Department of Energy’s recently announced groundbreaking $220 million grid modernization funding awards.

DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) funding to National Labs and partners will help strengthen regional grid strategies while defining a diverse and balanced national strategy. The funds will help address the needs of incorporating individual grid technologies like solar or energy storage, and assist with the development of cross-cutting projects that have impact across multiple technologies.

“SGIP’s participation in this critical initiative speaks directly to our mission to accelerate grid modernization,” said SGIP President and CEO Sharon Allan. “We are well positioned for this challenge. DOE’s funding investment will help ensure that the rapidly emerging needs of the grid can be met. We look forward to the potential of working with the selected national labs and the other partners.”

The $220 million, three-year funding initiative will support research and development in advanced storage systems, clean energy integration, standards and test procedures, and a number of other key grid modernization areas. SGIP has been named as a partner in three core activities projects: Grid Architecture, Interoperability, and Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Testing Network; and as a partner in a cross-cutting activity project: Standards and Test Procedures for Interconnection and Interoperability.

Specifically, SGIP was named in the following projects:

  • Grid Architecture — Build a new stakeholder-driven architecture for grid modernization, provide it to the industry along with the tools they need to adapt it to their needs, and use it to inform the playbook for GMLC program managers.
  • Interoperability — This project provides strategic vision for interoperability endorsed by stakeholders with tools to measure interoperability maturity and the progress of related investments. It prioritizes interoperability gaps and develops an overarching roadmap for stakeholder endorsement.
  • Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium Testing — Establish a Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium — Testing Network (GMLC-TN); federated lab-based resource for standards-based testing and validation of grid devices and systems. Develop and establish a Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium — Open Library (GMLC-OL) public repository for validated component models, simulation tools and testing resources.
  • Standards and Test Procedures for Interconnection and Interoperability — This project will build on prior efforts and leverage existing activities spanning multiple DOE programs that are developing interconnection and interoperability standards and test procedures to:
    • Harmonize requirements across jurisdictions
    • Eliminate conflicting requirements across technology domains
    • Streamline conformance test procedures to the fullest extent possible

“SGIP greatly appreciates the leadership of the Department of Energy in ensuring that the important research in grid modernization will continue at an accelerated pace,” said Allan. “SGIP is contributing valuable expertise toward the complexities of modernizing the grid, reflecting two of our core priorities—tackling issues that are inhibitors to grid modernization and driving innovation through collaboration. We are pleased to be the central go-to convener of multi-stakeholders to address these issues.”

About the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (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.

 

New Grid Management Working Group Formed as Utility Solutions Are Sought To Address DER Deployment

Wakefield, Mass., Feb. 3, 2016 – Grid operations technology and business leaders from utilities across North America will join forces to explore and determine requirements for grid modernization.

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) leads a newly formed utility-focused consortium group to explore the technologies, concepts, capabilities, and architecture principles required to manage a more complex grid.

Citing a rise in the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into the distribution grid, SGIP President and CEOSharon Allan collaborated with SGIP member utilities on the formation of The Grid Management Working Group. “Energy regulations and advances in technology are rapidly driving the integration of more DER into the distribution grid,” said Allan. “In order to effectively enable and utilize these resources and maintain grid reliability, we must begin collaborating immediately on the transformation of electric distribution system planning and operations.”

The utility-focused working group will encourage members to share use cases, collaborate on business, technical, and architectural requirements, exchange insights and coordinate on research and development opportunities that will help drive vendor solutions and industry standards.

“We will rely on synergy and cross-collaboration between this new working group and the existing SGIP Distributed Renewables, Generation and Storage (DRGS) working group to leverage work that is currently underway,” said Allan. The DRGS working group provides a forum to identify and define standards and interoperability issues and gaps related to Smart Grid integration of distributed renewable/clean energy generators and electric storage and to initiate priority action plans and task groups to address these issues and gaps.

The Grid Management Working Group will hold its inaugural meeting in Orlando during the 2016 DistribuTECH conference. Open only to representatives of any utility organization attending DistribuTECH, the meeting will be held on Monday, February 8 at 5 p.m. in room W315A of the Orange County Convention Center. The agenda will include a welcome by SGIP President and CEO Allan, and is expected to feature remarks by executives from CPS Energy, Duke Energy, ComEd, and SCE, among others.

“We encourage the participation of all utilities at this meeting,” said Allan. “We want to ensure an active exchange of information.”

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JOIN the Grid Management Working Group: if you are interested in joining this utility only Grid Management Working Group, or unable to attend the meeting at DistribuTECH and want to be updated on future meetings and activities, please email Lindsay Costa at lcosta@virtualmgmt.com.

About the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (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. Visitwww.sgip.org.