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SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit Recap


After many months of planning, the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit took place in Washington, D.C. last week. Like the first iteration of the annual conference in 2015, this year attracted the most knowledgeable and senior-level industry experts to share their ideas and support the conference theme of “Accelerating Transformation.”

More than 250 energy attendees converged for 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 transform the power grid.

Pre-summit activities began on Monday, November 7th with all-day meetings of the Grid Management Working Group and the Korea Smart Grid and SGIP Joint Workshop.

Korea Smart Grid and SGIP Joint Workshop, Monday, November 7th

The KSGA and SGIP Joint workshop was chaired by Robby Simpson PhD, SGIP Board of Directors, System Architect, GE Grid Solutions.

Topics Included:

  • KSGA and SGIP focus are updates
  • Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources
  • GMLC Projects Update
  • Current Market and Standardization Progress of ESS Aggregators
  • Law and Regulatory Impacts for Building Smart Grids
  • Test Bed Update
  • Cybersecurity
  • Overview of IPRM/ANSI Standard and Testing
  • H/B/I2G Home, Building, Industrial to Grid Update

Speakers from SGIP:

  • David Forfia, SGIP – Chair Board of Directors
  • Robby Simpson, GE, SGIP – Board of Directors & Workshop Chair
  • Aaron Smallwood, SGIP – VP of Technology
  • Cuong Nguyen, NIST
  • Khaled Masri, NEMA
  • Allen Hefner Jr., NIST
  • Commissioner Nick Wagner, Iowa Utilities Board
  • Steve Widergren, PNNL
  • Kenneth Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant

Speakers from KSGA:

  • Youngkyu Ko (Senior Researcher, KSGA)
  • David Nickerson (Director of Business Development, LSIS)
  • Jungtaek Seo (Professor, Soon Chun Hyang University)
  • Junsung Kim (KEPCO)
  • Jinseek Choi (Professor, Hanyang University)
  • Jaewon Lee (R&D Center Manager, POWER21)

Many thanks to all of the participants for making this workshop a success! To access the full program, click here.


Executive Forum November 8-9

After the SGIP Annual Member & Board of Directors Meeting on Monday night, the conference kicked off for most attendees on Tuesday morning. David Forfia, Director of IT Projects at ERCOT and Chairman of the SGIP Board of Directors, opened the day with a welcome and introduction to the conference. Keynote Dave Velazquez, President & CEO of local utility Pepco Holdings, also welcomed the attendees and shared his insight as a leading voice on interoperability in the region.

The rest of Tuesday, and the first half of Wednesday, was filled with the Executive Speaker Program, which tapped some of the brightest minds in grid modernization from across the country. Panels in the program included the following:

  • Managing Change with Distributed Resources
  • Regulatory Policy & Distributed Energy Resources
  • Grid Architecture in a Distributed World
  • Managing Change in the New Energy Economy
  • DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium
  • Intelligent Distribution – An Update from the Field
  • Energy IoT – Moving from Millions to Billions to Trillions of Devices
  • Closing Words of Wisdom


Keynote Speakers

Summit attendees were addressed by the following keynote speakers:

  • Dave Velazquez, President & CEO, Pepco Holdings
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO, ComEd
  • Edmund Schweitzer III, President, Chairman of the Board, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Ralph LaRossa, President & COO, PSEG


Vendor Expo

Also on Tuesday and Wednesday, SGIP hosted booths for the Vendor Expo, which highlighted interoperability and connected devices across the grid. During the expo, SGIP and technology partners ran a demonstration of OpenFMBTM, a framework for communication between devices on the grid edge as well as launched the OpenFMBTM Collaboration site at

Vendors also gathered for the Vender Networking Reception on Wednesday night at the Capital Hilton’s upscale North Gate Grill.

Many thanks to our vendor exhibitors for participating in the Vendor Expo including:

  • Duke Energy
  • Real Time Solutions (RTI)
  • Xtensible Solutions
  • Green Energy Corp.
  • EPRI
  • Twin Oaks Computing
  • Siemens
  • Varentec
  • Machfu
  • Itron
  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • OMNETRIC Group
  • DigitaLogic


SGIP Technical Program November 9-10

For the latter half of Wednesday and all day Thursday, SGIP Technical Working Groups and Committee meetings provided valuable member facetime and discussions (click here to see a list of SGIP committees). Many of the meetings addressed standards that the different SGIP committees are working on, and how members can continue to collaborate and overcome challenges.

After a week of new connections, shared ideas, and renewed inspiration, summit attendees helped accelerate transformation into the end of 2016.

OpenFMBTM on Display at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit

Attendees of the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington, D.C., November 7 to 10, drew executives invested in the grid of tomorrow from across the country. One of the main attractions was a demonstration of SGIP OpenFMBTM  participants using open source OpenFMBTM code from our new collaboration site ( to showcase their firm’s products and services.  OpenFMBTM is a framework for distributed intelligent notes to interact with each other through loosely coupled, peer-to-peer messaging at the grid edge. SGIP partnered with 10 other organizations to host the demonstration.

Details on the organizations that contributed and their roles in the SGIP OpenFMBTM development process that contributed to developing OpenFMBTM are below:

Business requirements

  • Duke Energy
  • SGIP

Use case

  • Duke Energy
  • SGIP
  • Xtensible Solutions

Publish-subscribe pattern (XSD & IDL)

  • Green Energy Corp.
  • Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
  • Twin Oaks Computing

Adapters & Applications

  • Green Energy Corp.
  • Twin Oaks Computing


  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • Itron
  • Omnetric
  • RTI


  • Hitachi
  • Spirae
  • Iron
  • Omnetric
  • RTI


Along with the demonstration, Aaron Smallwood, VP of Technology at SGIP, announced the launch of the OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site, which shares code used in the demonstration, along with other useful resources. To access the site, go to The collaboration site gives interested people the opportunity to learn about OpenFMBTM and bring it into their labs for research and development.

2016 Grid Mod Summit Sponsors

Many thanks to our summit sponsors whose support was the foundation of the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit.

ABB 12040 Regency Parkway
NC 27518 United States
ABB a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.
Innovari Inc. 19720 NW Tanasbourne Drive
OR 97124
United States
Innovari is a technology platform company dedicated to developing dynamic solutions for utilities. The company has created the Interactive Energy Platform™, a rate-baseable platform that aggregates any and all edge of grid energy resources to make them dispatchable as needed to optimize system utilization. Our approach is to make the utility successful by supporting an effort to build stronger, deeper and longer lasting relationships between the utility and their customers and the utility and their regulators.
Intel 2200 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara,
CA 95054-1549 United States
Today’s utility companies are facing unprecedented challenges from the integration of distributed energy resources to an aging infrastructure. Tapping into to the power of the Internet of Things, Intel is meeting these challenges while ensuring end-to-end connectivity, interoperability, reliability, and automation through scalable hardware and software infrastructure including Wind River software stack, comprehensive security, and pre-integrated & validated solutions. These capabilities, along with a philosophy of promoting open standards and working with OEMs, ODMs, ISVs, SIs, utilities, and energy service providers, puts Intel in a unique position to partner with the utility industry to drive the digital transformation of the power system. For more information please visit
Navigant 30 S. Wacker Drive, suite 3100
IL 60606
United States
At Navigant, we collaborate with utilities, government, investors, manufacturers, oil and gas companies, and major corporations to help them thrive in the rapidly changing energy environment. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @navigantenergy
Pepco Holdings 701 Ninth Street NW
DC 20068
United States
Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) has provided electricity to the Washington, D.C. area for more than 120 years. Today it is part of Pepco Holdings, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), and one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pepco Holdings serves more than 2 million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey through Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. For more information, visit
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 2350 NE Hopkins Court
WA 99163
United States
SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability, safety and cost. SEL, a 100 percent employee-owned company that is headquartered in Pullman, Washington, has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers in 150 countries. SEL provides unmatched technical support, customer service and a 10-year worldwide warranty.