Have You Considered Becoming a Leader in the Smart Grid Architecture Committee?

Members of the Smart Grid Architecture Committee (SGAC) have new opportunities to take larger roles in the advancement of architectural frameworks for the U.S. grid. Furthermore, the positions of Vice-Chair and Secretary are also up for refresh. Anyone interested in any of these positions should contact a member of the SGIP Technical Committee.

The SGAC is a standing member committee that collaborates to craft an architectural framework for the U.S. grid, so different utilities can participate in a common grid architecture. It plays an integral role in bringing industry leaders together to make Smart Grid Interoperability possible.

Over the past two years, Cunningham has moved SGIP closer to its goals by streamlining review processes for standards, guiding the architectural rigor of the committee, proposing new ideas to SGIP members and more. And he will continue supporting the committee’s mission when his term as Chair ends. “I’ve truly enjoyed and learned from this role as SGAC chair and working with SGIP membership and leadership,” he said.

SGAC Leadership Positions up for refresh


The Chair of the SGAC shall be nominated by and from SGAC’s members, elected by a majority vote of a quorum of SGAC’s members, be ratified by the Technical Committee, and serve a term of two years. The SGAC Chair also is an ex officio (non-voting) member of the Board, a voting member of the Technical Committee (TC), and a voting member of the Program Management Office (PMO).


At the discretion of the Chair, the SGAC may have one or more Vice-Chairs. The Vice-Chair(s) shall be nominated by and from SGAC’s members, elected by a majority vote of a quorum of the SGAC members, and serve a term of two years


The SGAC Secretary shall be appointed by the Chair upon affirmation by SGAC’s members. There is no term limit for the Secretary role and it shall be filled as needed to ensure continuity of the role. If no permanent Secretary is available for appointment, the Chair shall appoint a recording secretary on a per meeting basis to document meeting notes/minutes. The recording secretary may be a member of the SGIP staff.
SGAC Functions:


  • Creating and refining a conceptual reference model, including lists of the standards and profiles necessary to implement the vision of the Smart Grid


  • Provide support to other SGIP Groups and initiatives regarding architectural aspects as needed
  • Support the creation and standardization of documents that describe architectures
  • Framework, framework mappings, architectural models and mappings, common architectural vocabulary of terms and architectural elements
  • Perform architecture-focused reviews of proposed candidates for inclusion into the SGIP Catalog of Standards


The SGAC works collaboratively with other SGIP groups as enabled by SGIP’s membership volunteers, SGIP.org staff and other resources to fulfill its functions. If you are interested in joining the SGAC as a member, click here. To see a list of SGIP committees, click here.