Connectivity technology has always been at the heart of Smart Grid and the future of clean renewable energy. While the focus of much of this year’s ConnectivityWeek has been on issues surrounding the implementation of technologies, namely value and business models, it is critical that we discuss key technology issues in this last day of the conference.
Standards, interoperability, cyber security, wireless, and cloud are all covered in the busy last day of ConnectivityWeek. The focus of the plenary is addressing key issues in the development of interoperable standards for the systems-of-systems approach of the complex world of Smart Grid. Lastly, the plenary discussion will touch upon how the industry should address implementation of these technologies and turn the energy challenge into a thriving and vibrant commercial enterprise for many.
Let’s focus on key technology issues... Anto Budiardjo will kick off Thursday at ConnectivityWeek with brief comments on the key technology issues facing Smart Grid today.
Draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) was established concurrently with the initial NIST and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0, developed to fulfill the mandate of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.
An overview of the draft of the next installment of the NIST SG standards framework will be presented. This document was created to help guide and accelerate the deployment of the Smart Grid and covers the progress of the SGIP, the public-private partnership created to support the NIST efforts to coordinate the SG interoperability standards framework. It includes the new standards developed through the SGIP Priority Action Plans to enable the SG, development of the SG conceptual architecture from the SGIP Architecture Committee, plans and progress for a testing and certification framework for SG standards, and the substantial progress in the SGIP and NIST efforts over the last year.
Sections of the draft Release 2.0 document are now posted at http://collaborate.nist.gov/twiki-sggrid/bin/view/SmartGrid/IKBFramework . NIST is seeking comments on the sections of the document and they can be entered on line on webpages linked to the individual sections. The Framework is intended to be based on the consensus thinking of Smart Grid stakeholders, so please let us have your comments.
Jerry FitzPatrick - MC
Leader, Applied Electrical Metrology Group
George Arnold - Speaker
National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability
Eric Simmon - Speaker
Paul A. Boynton - Speaker
Marianne Swanson - Speaker
Senior advisor for information system security
As the federal department responsible for commerce in the USA, the Department of Commerce under the leadership of Secretary Gary Locke, is at the center of the transformation of the electrical grid, a key infrastructure for the US and global economy. From their responsibility to nurture the standards landscape necessary for Smart Grid, to the importance of driving innovation to secure our energy future and enabling export, the Department of Commerce has taken a key role in this transformation.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will provide a perspective by video message from Washington DC.
Gary Locke - Video
Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Dept of Commerce
Interoperability is a key lynch pin of Smart Grid success. The promised Smart Grid benefits cannot materialize without appropriate levels of interoperability. Once appropriate levels of interoperability are achieved, policymakers, investors, engineers, and other stakeholders can turn their attention to solving a broad set of challenges: improving the efficiency of power delivery, transitioning to cleaner energy sources, and enabling new markets that surround electricity delivery.
Developing an interoperability roadmap and establishing standards for the national Smart Grid is a complex task, which raises important questions:
• What are the key issues to consider in developing interoperability standards?
• How should competing priorities be considered while interoperability standards are being developed?
• Will interoperability standards development, selection, and adoption occur in the time frame required to effect the needed industry transformation, or will additional steps be necessary?
• What alternate approaches can be taken at this juncture to help ensure that we are on the path to high interoperability?
This debate will discuss these and other issues key to creating an interoperable Smart Grid, critical to realize the future energy system.
George Arnold - Moderator
National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability
Terry Oliver - Panelist
Chief Technology Innovation Officer
Bonneville Power Administration
Steve Widergren - Panelist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Since 2004, the Buildy Awards have been presented to leaders, visionaries and implementers of smart devices and smart systems in the context of commercial buildings, residential, energy management and other applications. The 2011 Buildy Awards will acknowledge leaders in the energy-consuming segments that define the scope of where energy is consumed and where Smart Grid, smart buildings, smart homes, smart devices and smart services will play a vital role. The four energy consumption segments explored at ConnectivityWeek 2011 are BuilConn, HomeConn, IndConn and InfraConn.