Report of the GSGF meeting in Washington

During the meeting of June 2014 in Washington, DC we had a number of interesting presentations and discussions with representatives from the U.S. smart grid ecosystem. The five presenters provided an overview of current smart grid activities in the U.S. as well as a look to the future of electricity system in North America.

  • Patty Durand, Executive Director of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) – Ms. Durand shared the research that SGCC has done to identify electricity consumer demographics as well as the consumer’s level of awareness of smart grid and the benefits it can bring. This information has been extremely useful in developing the messaging that has helped to create consumer buy-in and support for smart grid deployments.
  • Becky Harrison, CEO, GridWise Alliance – Ms. Harrison provided an overview of the GridWise Alliance and its current initiatives. The Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has recently completed a series of four workshops looking at the role of the grid and the grid operator in 2030. The findings from these workshops will be reviewed at a National Summit on June 26. A final report will be released later in the summer. The Alliance has also begun work on the 2014 Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI uses three key indicators to rank the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their progress in deploying smart grid technologies.
  • Eric Lightner, Director, Federal Smart Grid Task Force at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Mr. Lightner discussed the various smart grid programs initiated by DOE and updated their progress.
  • John McDonald, Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy’s Digital Energy business and Chair of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) – Mr. McDonald discussed the work being done by the SGIP to accelerate standards development and harmonization for interoperability of smart grid devices & systems in the U.S. and around the globe. Mr. McDonald also discussed the creation ofThe Industrial Internet Consortium™ (IIC), a not-for-profit organization that catalyzes, coordinates, and manages the collaborative efforts of industry, academia, and the government to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet. IIC’s 49 members represent a broad range of leading companies and entrepreneurs who are working to set the direction and enable the development and rollout of the Industrial Internet
  • Frank Lacey, Vice President of Regulatory and Market Strategy, Comverge – Mr. Lacey spoke of the growth and success of the demand response programs in the U.S. as well as some of the regulatory obstacles that are currently inhibiting even broader implementation.

We are sorry that more of you could not be with us in Washington; however we hope that the attached presentations will provide you with some insight into the valuable information we received.