December Update

Department of Energy Gives Orange Button a High Mark

Early this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative selected SGIP, SunSpecAlliance, kWh Analytics, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to lead the Orange Button initiative, which will streamline the way the solar industry exchanges data. Following its Q3 review of the initiative on November 30th, I’m pleased to say the DOE has given the Orange Button project a green status.

In the past year, SGIP and its partners have completed a scoping study for the initiative, and we’re working on the Market Requirements Document, which is currently in draft and will be finalized in early 2017. This progress has been met with DOE approval, and we will go through the continuation decision process with DOE for Orange Button in January and February.

It was a pleasure to see many Orange Button participants in a meeting at the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Conference in Washington, D.C. I’m confident we will continue our success into the New Year.

Major Milestone Accomplishments in 2016 for OpenFMBTM

As this year wraps up, I’m proud of the accomplishments SGIP and our partners have made in 2016 for Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMBTM), which is an architectural framework helping to enable smart grids through distributed intelligence at the grid edge. Here are some of the milestones we’ve passed this year:

  • Ratification as a standard by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)
  • DER Circuit Segment Management Use Case
  • Data Model for DER Circuit Segment Management use Case
  • An OpenFMBTM demonstration at the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit and use case preview webinar
  • The launch of the OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site, which offers example code, use cases, wikis, a blog, useful links, and a community of thought leaders
  • Work on Cybersecurity Framework and Roadmap development for OpenFMBTM.

If you would like to learn more about the Collaboration Site, you can listen to the Collaboration Site Walk-Through Webinar replay, available on

Update on the Catalog of Standards

In January 2017, the SGIP PMO will facilitate a ballot process for SGIP members to evaluate and decide inclusion of five candidate standards into the Catalog of Standards.  There are five candidates to be voted on for entry into the SGIP Catalog of Standards listed in the graphic below:
Voting Eligibility

SGIP Members in good standing can vote on the five candidates via electronic ballot. Each SGIP member organization has one vote.  The Catalog of Standards is reference compendium for the Electric Grid community with the intent of serving as a useful resource for utilities, manufacturers, regulators, consumer and other industry stakeholders. Only the Primary Representative for each member organization can vote, unless unable to do so, and then the Alternate is able to vote.

Voting Pool Registration

An email was sent earlier this week to the Primary/Alternate representatives as a 30-Day Notice of impending votes for candidate standards for entry into the SGIP Catalog of Standards.

To participate in this Catalog of Standards ballot and register for the voting pool, eligible members must respond in the affirmative to the email sent by Lesley Strand.

Please notify Lesley Strand,, if you have questions.