Description:  SGIP has deemed that it is essential to move from today’s multiple independent SDOs developing weather information standards, to future coordination and co-development of weather information models. The strategy for doing this involves UC development and coordinated co-development of weather information models by the multiple SDOs. The long term vision is to develop a unified modeling approach and/or a well-defined weather information model development ecosystem to ensure consistency.

Goal: PAP-21 will prepare requirements for harmonized standards for bi-directional exchange of weather information created in WMO, IEC, OASIS, ASHRAE and other identified standards organizations with a specific application to the Smart Grid. One of the key values that SGIP offers in developing harmonized models among diverse stakeholders is providing a neutral forum where participants from many different stakeholder categories can collaborate and overcome parochial interests toward a broader collaboration which benefits all parties. The best way to create usable results is to create a solution addressing the union of requirements where each major stakeholder can see its needs met and an elegant result achieved. 

Brief Abstract: There is a need for a common information model for weather information which enables a robust ecosystem for exchange of weather data between government and many industry sectors, especially the energy industry, building management industry, and aerospace industry. Several standards exist for the exchange of weather information across many industries (energy management, utilities, emergency services, etc.). Multiple standards organizations work in their own space and develop a weather information model without consideration of how the information will be used by other segments, which results in uncoordinated and hard to interconvert designs. Business models that incorporate the exchange of weather data are at least in part affected by the complexity and cost of acquiring and the need for inter-conversion of weather data. Many existing and potential services can benefit from the simplified exchange of weather information.

The use cases developed and collected by the SGIP Weather PAP as well as the inputs provided by the SGIP Weather PAP stakeholder communities (including Renewable/DER, distribution utilities, ISO/RTOs, and forecasters) will provide the Smart Grid requirements for weather information model. The requirements defined by the PAP will be communicated to appropriate SSOs including WMO, IEC and ASHRAE. 

Targeted time-frame / schedule to work completion:  Closing Stage