SGIP Hosted Events

Solar Power Texas 
June 13-14, 2017
Mark your calendar for Solar Power Texas, June 13-14, 2017 in Austin, Texas. With solar booming in the Lone Star state, leading the U.S. in use of renewable energy, increasing your visibility and company in the Texas market is more important than ever. The event will provide an intimate atmosphere, giving attendees the chance to interact with and create meaningful relationships with those doing business in the state.

May 10, 2017 to May 11, 2017
The GMLC Interoperability Technical Meeting is being held in partnership with the GMLC Interoperability project and SGIP. There are no fees associated with attending this meeting.

SEPA Utility Conference
Apr 24, 2017 to Apr 26, 2017
Bringing together utilities interested in practical solutions to clean energy and distributed resources challenges.

OpenFMB Face-to-Face Meeting
Feb 01, 2017
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST Location: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Catalina Room Address: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 Who Should Attend: OpenFMB team and those interested in joining this working group. Additional Information: At the meeting we’ll:...

SEPA/SGIP Breakfast Briefing at DistribuTech
Jan 31, 2017
SEPA/SGIP Breakfast Briefing at DistribuTech January 31, 2017 Join SEPA CEO Julia Hamm and SGIP CEO Sharon Allan for a Breakfast Briefing at DistribuTECH 2017. This joint SEPA/SGIP 2017 Outlook briefing articulates the need for greater integration of technical, market, and business issues related to grid modernization and Distributed Energy...

Utility Only Grid Management Working Group Meeting
Jan 30, 2017
The Grid Management Group (a utility-only group) will meet on Monday, January 30th from 1-4pm. You are invited to this utility only meeting to discuss and hear from other utilities regarding sourcing requirements for utility systems as a result of high penetration DER. We will have both operations and IT...

Nov 07, 2016
Click here to register for the SGIP 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington, DC. from November 07th  through 10, 2016, at the Capital Hilton in downtown DC.  You can also make your Capital Hilton hotel reservations....

Nov 07, 2016
This is a utility only group focused on driving requirements as a result of high penetration of DERs. This joint meeting with utilities and National Labs will be to review Grid Mgmt work thus far, get an update from SCE, discuss Grid Architecture, Microgrid control, ADMS, Grid Sensing, and Interoperability. Date...

Orange Button FACE-TO-FACE MEETING — OCTOBER 26th, 9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 PM
Oct 26, 2016
Date and Time: October 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Meeting Description: This is an in-person working session for Orange Button Area A Requirements Workgroup participants. We will be finalizing Orange Button use cases and consolidating market requirements to build the Orange Button Market Requirements Document....

GMLC Interoperability Technical Meeting May 10-11 at AEP
Oct 26, 2016
Date and Time: May 10: Security Check In from 8am to 8:45am May 10: meeting from 9am to 5pm May 11: meeting from 8am to 12pm Meeting Description: The GMLC Interoperability Technical Meeting is being held in partnership with the GMLC Interoperability project and SGIP. There are no fees associated...

Orange Button F2F Meeting at Solar Power International in Las Vegas
Sep 15, 2016
Date and Time: Thursday, September 15th from 9am – 11am Pacific Time Location: Room N257 at Las Vegas Convention Center, at the Solar Power International conference. Room 257 is located on 2nd floor of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in the area where the education session...

Sep 15, 2016
Date and Time: Monday, January 30th from 1 – 4pm Pacific Time Location: San Diego Convention Center Upper Level Room: 27B Click here for a map Address: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 Additional Information: The Grid Management Group (a utility-only group) will meet...

Sep 15, 2016
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 8:00 – 8:45 AM PST Location: San Diego Convention Center Room: 31B Click here for a map Address: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 Additional Information: Join SEPA CEO Julia Hamm and SGIP CEO Sharon Allan...

Aug 30, 2016
Orange Button Program Update Please join this public webinar as Orange Button leaders provide a program update and discuss progress made towards standardizing solar data and reducing soft costs.   As part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot initiative, Orange Button supports the creation and adoption of industry-led open data standards for rapid and...

Aug 25, 2016
The group will convene to focus on requirements for Microgrid control functions. The meeting will be hosted by Duke in Charlotte, NC.  Meeting details to follow.  Interested utilities should contact Sharon Allan at This utility only meeting will meet to focus on requirements for DER control functions. Date and...

SGIP Members Invited to Attend Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee Privacy Subgroup Meeting
Jul 26, 2016
Guest speaker Geoff Milligan, Chairman at LoRa Alliance will address the SGIP Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee (SGCC) Privacy Subgroup on July 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Geoff Mulligan is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the Cyber-Physical Systems project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) assisting...

Grid Management Meeting focused on Adaptive Protective Functions
Jun 23, 2016
SGIP will host a Grid Management Working Group Meeting in San Jose, CA on June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel (Sacramento Room, 170 South Market St., San Jose, CA). If you’re not in the area, don’t worry, you can attend via teleconference. This utility-only...

Grid Management Meeting focused on Distributed Energy Resource Control Functions and Operations with high penetration of DER
May 19, 2016
This utility only meeting will meet to focus on requirements for DER control functions. Date and Time: May 19th, 2016 Location: The meeting will be held at ComEd in Chicago. 440 South La Salle Street Chicago, IL 60605 Room #302 Additional Information: Interested utilities should complete the registration form. Your...

SGIP and US Department of Energy joint meeting at NEMA
May 11, 2016
SGIP and US Department of Energy will host a joint meeting at NEMA's facility in Washington, DC on May 11, 2016, to bring together industry leaders of diverse backgrounds to discuss the new landscape that grid modernization and home IoT creates. We invite you to join the discussion on what has changed...

Grid Management Meeting on FLISR
Apr 19, 2016
This is a utility only meeting focused on collaborating to develop common requirements related to the implementation of an advanced FLISR application. This includes identifying requirements for sectionalizing device communications at the controller, field area network communications, distribution automation control applications, back office applications, system integration, and overall architecture. We...

SGIP's new Grid Management Working Group
Feb 08, 2016
SGIP's new Grid Management Working Group met February 8, 2016 while at DistribuTECH to explore and determine requirements for grid modernization. The Grid Management Working Group Industry Chair is John Bubb, SCE, and the Industry Vice Chair is Aleksi Paaso, ComEd. At this time, the working group led by SGIP,...

Upcoming Events where SGIP is Speaking

IEEE ISGT 2017 Conference
April 23-26, 2017

On April 23, 2017, Dave Hardin, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Jeffrey Taft, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Ron Melton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will be speaking about the Basics of Grid Architecture.

Grid Architecture is the application of system architecture, network theory, and control theory to the electric power grid. A grid architecture is the highest level description of the complete grid, and is a key tool to help understand and define the many complex interactions that exist in present and future grids. Grid architecture can be used to: help manage complexity (and therefore risk); assist communication among stakeholders around a shared vision of the future grid; identify and remove barriers and define essential limits; identify gaps in theory, technology, organization, regulation; and provide a framework for complex grid-related development activities.

The discipline of grid architecture provides a modern set of methods to assist in thinking about grid complexities, to aid in understanding interactions and technical gaps, to enable new capabilities and remove old unnecessary limits, and to support communication among stakeholders. This is increasingly important as we modernize the electric power system moving to an increasingly distributed system most usefully viewed as a network of structures. This tutorial will introduce the basic tools of grid architecture with examples of how to apply them.

Summary of Topics and Brief Description of What is covered by Each Topic:

1. Basic terms and principles including basic definitions and core architecture principles

2. Grid architecture qualities and properties

3. Layered decomposition and other approaches to analyzing and managing complexity

4. Architecture team structure and work products

5. Overview of advanced grid architecture concepts, for example, network convergence and grid codes

Apr 04, 2017

DistribuTECH 2017
Jan 31, 2017
Join your peers at DistribuTECH - the leading annual electric power transmission and distribution conference & exhibition event. 11,300+ individuals from 78 countries offer electric, water and gas utilities and renewable generators coming to grid more information and networking opportunities than anywhere else. Come to learn at our 14-track conference...

Smart Water Summit
Sep 18, 2016
Sept 7-10, 2016 - Orlando, Florida, USA Speaker: Gabrielle Puccio, Vice President, Member and Public Affairs, SGIP...

2nd NY Energy Revolution Conference
Jul 26, 2016
July 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM Aaron Smallwood, Director of Technology Operations at SGIP, will be speaking at the 2nd NY Energy Revolution Conference on July 26, 2016 in New York City. Agenda Highlights: Maximizing the potential of renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERS) Integrating generation and loads distributed behind...

Fifth U.S. China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) Smart Grids Workshop
Jun 28, 2016
June 28-29, 2016, The Philadelphia Navy Yard SGIP Speaker: Cuong Nguyen Cuong will be speaking on June 28th in the Smart Grid Standards Testing and Certification session. The talk is entitled, "Overview of the SGTCC’s Testing and Certification Framework...

Muni Smart Grid Summit
Jun 26, 2016
June 26, 2016 - Robby Simpson to speak at Munit Smart Grid Summit. Robby Simpson from GE will join a panel with representatives from UTC, GWA, and IIC.

SGIP members speaking at GridEdge Summit in June
Jun 21, 2016
June 21-23, GridEdge Summit, San Jose Calif.  SGIP and SGIP members (ComEd, Duke, CPS Energy, Honeywell, Enbala, Itron, and National Grid) will speak at summit.  Click here for more information....

Architecting the Modern Grid Webcast
Jun 07, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:30 am | Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00) | 1 hr 30 mins...

SGIP member Don Heirman to give Smart Grid tutorial at the 7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility & Signal Integrity and Technical Exhibition (APEMC 2016)
May 18, 2016
The APEMC 2016 Symposium will cover both traditional and emerging topics of electromagnetic compatibility, offer a rich scientific program of highest quality with invited speakers from all over the world and provide a broad forum of exchange for both academia and industry. In addition to the Smart Grid tutorial, Don will give...

SGIP Member Steve Widergren to Present at ANSI Conference
Apr 15, 2016
SGIP member Steve Widergren will participate in ANSI's Open Source, Open Standards, Open Minds conference to be held on Friday, April 15 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC. The free conference will explore open source and its impact on the standards community and beyond. Steve will participate as part...

Join ComEd, NYPA, CenterPoint Energy at ETS16
Mar 29, 2016
There's no better place than Zpryme's flagship ETS16 to debate the state and future of energy. Our looking glass begins and ends with the stories of real people around the globe influencing the grand energy transition on March 29 - 31 in Austin, Texas. SGIP members Raiford Smith (CPS Energy), Shay...

Industry Events

Transactive Energy Systems – 2017 Conference
June 13-15, 2017
The Fourth International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy brings together representatives of government, industry, utilities, vendor organizations, and academia to advance understanding and implementation of transactive energy. The core principle of transactive energy is to combine economic and control techniques, leading to improvements in power grid reliability and efficiency. It encompasses techniques for managing the centralized and local generation, flow, and consumption of power within an electrical system through the use of market-based methods, while maintaining grid reliability.

2017 SunSpec Alliance Annual Member Meeting 
March 30, 2017 in San Francisco, California
The 8th Annual SunSpec Alliance Member Meeting is anticipated to attract more than 100 professionals including fleet operators, financiers, O&M providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, utilities and related organizations. Attendees will explore the principle challenges facing the industry today:

Siemens-Omnetric Industry Day
March 22, 2017
Please join us for a special Siemens-OMNETRIC Industry Day workshop and technology demonstration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The demonstration will feature the Siemens-OMNETRIC Microgrid Communications and Grid Edge Energy Management system, developed under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) project.

Xtensible Webinar
March 21, 2017
Smart grid and connected infrastructure challenges have spurred a worldwide demand for understanding of how advanced analytics and “Big Data” technologies can help solve utility business problems and be managed from an enterprise perspective.

Big Data: Little Orange Button
Jan 19, 2017
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA This session will address the challenges of non-standardized data in asset management, the complications that it presents, and examples of situations where standardized data would have provided more effective asset management. Additionally, the discussion will include a review of the U.S....

NIST/IEEE Workshop, “Timing Challenges in the Smart Grid,” Planned for October 2016
Oct 26, 2016
October 26, 2016 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host an NIST/IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Workshop titled “Timing Challenges in the Smart Grid” in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 26, 2016. The goals of the workshop are to clearly identify and analyze: The practical...

Interconnected- Highly Utilized Grid
Sep 29, 2016
Interconnected- Highly Utilized Grid September 29-30, 2016 - ARPA-E will hold a workshop on the "Interconnected - Highly Utilized Grid” in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop will convene leading experts in power systems, modeling, data analytics, and control systems to identify potential paths for disruptive technologies aimed at large scale deployment...

Grid Modernization Interoperability Strategic Vision Meeting
Sep 27, 2016
September 27-28, 2016 - Chicago, Illinois, USA   As a foundational part of the United States Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative, several national laboratories are collaboratively embarking on a project to advance interoperability.  The goal of this work is to accelerate the deployment of products and services that more...

Sep 22, 2016
Sep 20-21, 2016 - NIST will host a Phase I Capstone program meeting for its Transactive Energy Modeling and Simulation Challenge (TE Challenge) at its facility in Gaithersburg, MD on September 20-21, 2016. This meeting will provide an overview of the program’s first year accomplishments as well as plans for 2017...

IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework Takes Shape during GCTC Expo Week
Jun 15, 2016
As the hundreds of attendees and action cluster members were packing up at the end of the GCTC Expo, a smaller group of over two dozen experts convened for an intense two-day workshop of the IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework (IES-City Framework) international technical working group (June 15-16, 2016).  The meeting,...

Nearly 100 Action Clusters Showcase Their Projects at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo - June 13-14, 2016
Jun 13, 2016
The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo—convened by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite earlier this month in Austin, Texas—attracted 2000 attendees to see the latest developments in the rapidly-expanding smart city sector. With more than 110 cities from 11 countries giving on-stage presentations and...

Third International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy Systems
May 17, 2016
The GridWise® Architecture Council will convene the Third International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy Systems in Portland, Oregon, on May 17 - 19 the World Trade Center. The theme for this year's conference will be "Transactive Energy Systems: Harnessing Flexibility in an Evolving Electric Power System." Click here for more information....

Transactive Energy Community Gathers in Portland
May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016 - Transactive energy (TE) took center stage last month as the TE community gathered for the third Transactive Energy Systems Conference and Workshop in Portland, Oregon.  With some 150 attendees from around the world, the participants listened to keynote talks and plenary panels from TE leaders.  They...

Penton to Host The Energy Times' Executive Conference
Apr 06, 2016
Executives of electric companies from across California and the United States will convene in San Francisco on April 6 for an unprecedented executive gathering to discuss implementation strategies for what are considered the boldest renewable policies in the world. The Energy Times conference is hosted by Penton. "The California Renewables Rush" will...

Smart Energy Summit
February 20 -22, 2017
SGIP founding member, Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems will be presenting Industry Insights: Interoperability Failures on Monday, February 20 at 2:20-2:40 pm. He will talk about how the energy industry has produced many interoperability initiatives that have failed to gain traction. His presentation will provide an overview of interoperability initiatives and lessons learned from those efforts.