Smart Grid Conceptual Model

Smart Grid Conceptual Model

  • Conceptual model, presented in diagrams and descriptions
  • Supports planning and organization of the interconnected networks that will compose a smart grid
  • Can be used to describe how actors across multiple domains work together

A tool for describing, discussing and developing smart grid architecture.

This document describes the Smart Grid Conceptual Model, a tool for describing, discussing, and developing the architecture of the smart grid. The Conceptual Model consists of a set of diagrams and descriptions that help illustrate the interactions and communication paths among a range of domains (markets, operations, service providers, bulk generation, transmission, distribution, and customers), each of which contains many actors and applications. The Conceptual Model also includes cross-cutting requirements such as cybersecurity, network management, data management, and application integration.

The Smart Grid Conceptual Model provides a high-level, overarching perspective that is meant to foster understanding of smart grid operational intricacies. It can be utilized to describe use cases about how actors across domains work together to achieve goals. It can also be a useful tool for regulators at all levels to assess how best to achieve grid modernization policy goals.

What’s in the report

  • Descriptions and diagrams of the various domains involved in the smart grid
  • Tables of actors and applications in the Conceptual Model
  • A combined conceptual reference diagram that combines the different domains into one high-level diagram