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June Update

Two Successful Webinars: OpenFMB™ and Orange Button

Many thanks to Chris Irwin with the Department of Energy (DOE) for his moderation of the SGIP hosted OpenFMB Next Steps webinar on June 2nd and his insight into how OpenFMB relates to other technologies and initiatives. Panelists for the OpenFMB Next Steps webinar included myself, Stuart Laval of Duke Energy and Stuart McCafferty of Hitachi. The webinar had 121 attendees. To view the recording of this webinar, click here.

The Orange Button Overview webinar on May 26th drew 200 attendees and brought together four awardee organizations: SGIP, SunSpec Alliance, NREL, kWh Analytics, chosen by the DOE for the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative . Orange Button is a part of SunShot Initiative, which aims to make solar energy cost competitive with traditional energy sources.

The Orange Button Overview webinar outlined the project objectives, teams, and working groups before moving into an insightful Q&A.  Thanks to the Orange Button team for a successful presentation.  If you missed the webinar, click here.

Orange Button Kickoff Meeting

The Orange Button Kickoff meeting is being held on July 13, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. SGIP, SunSpec Alliance, NREL, kWh Analytics will participate in a panel discussion about Orange Button. In addition, the Orange Button team will host a series on face-to-face meetings on July 14th in the San Francisco area. These meetings will be a full day of in-person working group sessions on Orange Button requirements for the five Orange Button working groups including: Deployment, Solar O&M, Financial, Grid Integration, and Real Estate. These sessions will drive the creation of an Orange Button Market Requirements Document.  If you are interested in attending the in-person Orange Button Kickoff meeting and working group meetings on July 13th and 14th.

OpenFMB™ In-Person Meeting

This OpenFMB face-to-face meeting is being held on June 29th and 30th from 10:30am to 7pm at the Hitachi facilities in Englewood, CO. The OpenFMB in-person meeting will focus on use case work sessions. An online code repository and information hub are developing for this meeting, as well as the use cases which will be the basis for a live OpenFMB demonstration during the Vendor Expo at SGIP’s 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in November.

Catalog of Standards Update

We are reviewing three active candidates for inclusion in the Catalog of Standards, with two more coming soon.  We also added two new standards: the Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) and Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM).

New Consolidated Working Group and Standing Member Committee Charter Template

The SGIP Board of Director’s Nominating and Governance Committee approved a consolidated working group and standing member committee charter template designed to bring consistency to SGIP stakeholder group charters.  Each stakeholder group will be reviewing their charter and adopting the format of the new charter template.

Ron Cunningham Completing his Term as SGAC Chair

Ron Cunningham, IT Enterprise Architect at American Electric Power, is completing his term as Chair of the Smart Grid Architecture Committee (SGAC). Over the past two years, Cunningham has led the standing committee by streamlining processes and finding new ways to add value to SGIP members. I’d like to thank him for his help, and I’m pleased that he will continue supporting the mission of the SGAC after his term ends. If you are interested in the soon-to-be-open Chair position in the SGAC, contact any member of the Technical Committee. To see a list of all SGIP committees, click here.