New Leadership Coming to the Smart Grid Architecture Committee

The Smart Grid Architecture Committee (SGAC) will need a new Chair soon, as Ron Cunningham, IT Enterprise Architect at American Electric Power, is completing his term as Chair. 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.

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. Cunningham will continue supporting that 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.

SGIP looks forward to building upon the committee’s accomplishments under Cunningham’s guidance. The SGAC plays an integral role in bringing industry leaders together to make Smart Grid Interoperability possible. Below are three leadership positions in the SGAC that will be open when Cunningham’s term ends. Anyone interested in any of these positions should contact a member of the Technical Committee.

SGAC Leadership Positions Up for Refresh:

Chair
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).

Vice-Chair
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

Secretary
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:

Primary

 

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

Secondary:

  • 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 member organizations as enabled by SGIP’s membership volunteers, SGIP staff and other resources to fulfill its functions. If you are interested in joining the SGAC as a member, http://www.sgip.org/committees-member-groups-signup-2/ add hyperlink. To see a list of SGIP committees, click here.