Is there hope for true smart grid interoperability? Experts respond


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: The smart grid industry has been slow to value and adopt true interoperability. By this stage in their evolution, industries such as networking, telecommunications and cable TV had multiple organizations and multiple events devoted to interoperability. Those industries grew much faster as a result, since interoperability unlocks markets and unleashes innovation.


By contrast, the smart grid sector has had only one lonely interoperability champion. And that only because of government funding. But now the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has transitioned to the private sector.


This seems like the perfect time to check in with SGIP and that's just what Directions Magazine did recently when it interviewed the SGIP Board. Click the link to read the full story or skim the highlights below. - By Jesse Berst


The SGIP's theme is "accelerate, accelerate, accelerate.” A robust catalog of standards is the best tool to encourage grid modernization.


There is a universal need across the industry for applications from different manufacturers to be able to work with one another. But we don't have much visibility into the grid. This shows the need for more sensors and more control capabilities.


The SGIP's immediate goals includes reviewing the cybersecurity standards proposed for inclusion. These reviews may help utilities understand how to implement the standards. The SGIP recommends implementing the high-level security requirements found in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Interagency Report 7628. Other resources include the Department of Energy’s Risk Management Process and the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model.


Both the North American and European architecture groups have a goal of maintaining a single architectural model. For instance, the SGIP has incorporated the European Union's Smart Grid Architecture Model into its work.

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