SGIP regularly hosts webinars which are free to SGIP members and feature experts from across the industry and cover a variety of grid modernization issues.

Upcoming 2017 WEBINARS
Past 2017 WEBINARS

Smart Grid Cybersecurity Committee Webinar: A Comparison of How Key Cybersecurity Standards Affect Smart Grid – May 16, 2017

Cybersecurity threats and incidents have been widely published and discussed, most notably the Stuxnet attack against Iranian centrifuges, the 2007 Aurora Generator Test demonstration attack, and the Ukrainian power system SCADA attack.

Because cybersecurity protection is critical to providing electricity service to the power industry, cybersecurity guidelines, requirements, and standards have been developed that directly address security requirements for power systems.

In North America, the most widely known are the NERC CIP standards, but these (currently) apply only to the bulk power system and identify security requirements and compliance criteria, while not addressing possible technical solutions.

In this webinar, we will:
•  Compare other cybersecurity standards used world-wide to address power system cybersecurity.
•  Discuss three standards, ISO/IEC 27002/27019, NIST IR 7628, and IEC 62443-3-3,that provide high level security  requirements and recommendations. These standards often identify similar requirements, while still providing additional perspectives. On the other hand, the IEC 62351 series of documents focuses on detailed technology standards for information security, thus providing some of the solutions for the requirements coming from the higher level standards.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

Better understanding of the key international cyber security standards.

WHEN?

Tuesday, May, 16, 2017, 1:00 p.m. EST

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone interested in cybersecurity threats who would like to better understand the key international cyber security standards.

SPEAKER PANEL:

Suzanne Lightman, Senior Information Security Adviser, NIST
Frances Cleveland, President, Xanthus Consulting International

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ORANGE BUTTON WEBINAR – APRIL 20, 2017

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 seamless data exchange across the solar value chain from origination to decommissioning.

In this solar industry focused webinar, program leaders will explain Orange Button’s value and provide insights into how Orange Button will continue the trend of decreasing the cost of solar by increasing bankability and enabling more efficient transactions.

Please join this public webinar as Orange Button leaders provide an overview and details about the program goals and objectives.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

• Understanding Orange Button and how to make it work for you

• Meet the Orange Button Team

• Learn about Orange Button Year One Program accomplishments

• Discover what the Orange Button program will deliver in Year Two – goals and desired outcomes

• Find out how you can contribute to Orange Button

WHEN?

Thursday, April, 20, 2017, 1:00 p.m. EST

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone interested in open solar data standards and the Orange Button initiative
  • Anyone involved in the lifecycle of a solar project:
    • Energy industry leaders
    • Solar project developers, engineers, & solar asset installers
    • Solar asset managers
    • Solar financiers and investment professionals
    • Professionals knowledgeable in real estate for solar projects
    • Solar O&M service providers
    • Electric utilities & ISOs

SPEAKER PANEL:

Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology – SGIP
Tom Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance
Debbie Brodt-Giles, Section Supervisor, NREL
Jason Kaminsky, Chief Operating Officer kWh Analytics

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Orange Button Year Two Update Webinar – March 23, 2017

Please join Orange Button leaders SGIP and SunSpec Alliance as they provide an update on Year Two Orange Button plans including information about working group meetings, key Orange Button deliverables and timelines, upcoming events, and work currently underway.

Leaders from the SunSpec Alliance led Orange Button Technical Working Groups will also give an overview of the draft Orange Button data taxonomy that has been developed so far.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

• Year Two program outline
• What will the program deliver in Year Two and when
• How to access the deliverables of the program
• How to contribute to the Orange Button taxonomy development & review
• How Orange Button is being showcased

WHEN?

Thursday, March, 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m. EST

SPEAKER PANEL:

Aaron Smallwood, Vice President, Technology – SGIP
Tom Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance
Cliff Hansen, PhD, Technical Lead, Sandia National Labs
Skip Dise, Lead Product Manager, Clean Power Research
Raymond Kaiser, Director of Energy Management Systems, Amzur Technologies

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Cyber-Physical Resiliency Webinar

Cyber-Physical Resiliency will be discussed in this webinar as applied to the Electrical Smart Grid and Grid Modernization architecting, design, securing, and operational work functions. Cyber-Physical Resiliency topics will include:

• Resiliency and related Definitions along with business drivers for building in Resiliency
• Examples from the Resiliency subgroup’s catalog/repository selections of published best practices including: resource, guidance, and training
• Requests for feedback on preferred format of deliverables, collaboration and participation. Please join the team!

Note: Definitions taken from the Presidential Policy Directive 21 — Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Open to all, especially architects, system designers/engineers, cyber-physical security and operating practitioners of the electric Smart Grid.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
• Understanding of context: Architecture and Cybersecurity
• Understanding of Cyber-Physical Resiliency and how it is supported by both architecture and cybersecurity.
• Examples of published best practices and sample format of Resiliency subgroup’s catalog/repository.

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour

Speakers:

Suzanne Lightman, Senior Information Security Adviser, NIST
Ron Cunningham, IT Enterprise Architect, AEP
Elizabeth Sisley, Ph.D., Founder/CEO, Calm Sunrise Consulting, LLC

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Smart Grid System Security with Broadcast Communications Webinar

This webinar addresses the issue of cybersecurity for smart grid broadcast communications.

• It proposes that broadcast messages sent to home-based devices be authenticated as originating from a valid source.
• It explores practical methods of implementing security suitable for ensuring the integrity of messages for managing energy consumption including demand-response and presents a framework for broadcast communications security. Specific architectures and implementation designs are not addressed.
• It includes industry requirements and government guidelines primarily for cyber-security with some reference to physical security as well as a survey of counter-measures against various types of cyber-attacks.
This webinar presents the third SGIP white paper in a series on broadcast-based communication solutions for home-to-grid communications authored by the H/B/I2G DEWG (Home/Building/Industry-to-Grid-Domain Expert Working Group) of SGIP

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Open to all

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
• Three distinct infrastructures requiring security measures: utility, broadcast, and consumer homes.
• Security and Privacy issues affect consumer adoption of smart grid products and services.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour

Speakers:

Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant
Jackson Wang, President and Chief Executive Officer, e-Radio Inc.
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Economic Value of the Integration of Consumption Preferences in Electric System Planning Webinar

The electric power industry has traditionally operated with pricing set by tariffs. Most product and commodity prices are set by market forces of supply and demand, moderated by competition.

This webinar gives an overview of the SGIP white paper, “Economic Value of the Integration of Consumption Preferences in Electric Systems Planning,” and examines the potential benefits to operators and customers of using market prices for electricity to influence consumption decisions, rather than fixed tariffs (usually set by regulation).

For sure there are challenges because there is not yet a robust energy market at the consumer level. Some states and utilities have supply competition at the wholesale level only. Other states have tried to fashion tariffs and programs to achieve policy objectives, but there is still a disconnect from market pricing.

This webinar will present the motivating factors and benefits for moving toward retail competitive pricing to influence electricity demand, as well as describe the white paper’s metric to be applied by decision-makers in determining the value of industry alternatives.

This metric is an improvement over the prior industry least-cost-planning objectives that ignored customer consumption preferences. Changes in technology, varieties of customer needs and preferences, and a more diverse energy supply provide motivation to include economic consideration of consumer options.

This SGIP webinar/white paper proposes a scheme that is not dissimilar to open access, transparent markets. The metrics correspond to the equilibrium-clearing price to satisfy supply and demand. The importance and relevance of this metric to the electric power industry will be described in detail.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Industry stakeholders: utilities, regulators, energy suppliers, suppliers of electric products, energy aggregators, Distributed Energy Resource (DER) providers (including renewables and storage), consumer advocacy groups, consumer device manufacturers and appliance makers.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

• Understanding the underlying value and pricing of electricity
• Appreciation of the dynamics between market-clearing prices and adoption of supply/demand alternatives
• Importance of a metric in a transition to market pricing or other appropriate incentives for electricity
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour

Speakers:
Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant
Dave LeVee, Principal of PwrCast Inc.

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Evaluation of the Electromagnetic Phenomena Issues on Smart Grid Reliability Webinar

There are many electromagnetic (EM) phenomena that typically are applied to devices to indicate that they would survive in the EM environments that are present wherever there are power lines. Devices are defined as equipment that control power and send information bi-directionally on how that control is administered over Smart Grid-enabled power lines. Fortunately, these standards are meant to replicate the EM environment where the power grid operates from the generation point to the consumer location. This webinar will describe the EM environment and the tests that can be used to show the reliability and interoperability of Smart Grid devices. Three experts in EM supporting the SGIP Electromagnetic Interoperability Issues Working Group (EMIIWG) will present the webinar.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour

Speakers:
Don Heirman, President, Don HEIRMAN Consultants, LLC
Jerry Ramie, Principal and EMIIWG Member, Arc Technical Resources, Inc.
Bill Radasky, President, Managing Engineer and EMIIWG Member, Metatech Corporation

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Past 2016 Webinars

OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site and Repository Webinar

Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMBTM) is SGIP’s fast-track, high-energy Priority Action Plan enabling grid edge interoperability and distributed intelligence.

On November 8 at our 2016 Grid Modernization Summit, SGIP launched the OpenFMBTM Collaboration Site at www.openfmb.io. For those unable to attend the Summit, this webinar will be a walk-through of the site and resources including:

  • OpenFMBTM Code and how to use it
  • OpenFMBTM  Use Cases
  • Wiki, resources, and useful links

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Energy Industry, utilities, member/nonmember, open to all

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Learn about OpenFMBTM
  • Learn what resources are available on the OpenFMBTM Collaboration site
  • Learn how to get more information and get involved

Date: December 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour
Speakers: Stuart Laval, John Camilleri, Aaron Smallwood

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2016 Year in Review Webinar

2016 was a busy year in SGIP and the energy industry.  Join SGIP for our “2016 Year in Review” webinar for a review of this year’s accomplishments in the technical and marketing/membership programs.  The presenters include SGIP Staffers: Aaron Smallwood, Dave Hardin and Gabrielle Puccio

Date: December 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour
Speaker: Gabrielle Puccio, Aaron Smallwood, Dave Hardin

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SGIP NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Case Study Webinar

The SGIP NIST Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Case Study provides a real-world approach that electric utilities can follow to implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. This document was developed by SGIP and the Electric Utilities. The case study leverages existing guidelines such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, DOE Energy Sector Cybersecurity Framework Implementation Guidance, DOE Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Mode (ES-C2M2), and the DOE Cybersecurity Risk Management Process (RMP).

This presentation provides an overview of how utilities are using the framework implementation case study to improve the cyber security effectiveness of their critical infrastructure.

Date: December 12, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour
Speaker: Mark Ellison, DTE Energy

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IEEE 2030.5 Webinar – October 25, 2016

Please join us for an SGIP hosted webinar on an overview of IEEE 2030.5.

IEEE 2030.5 (formerly known as the Smart Energy Profile 2.0) is an IoT standard aimed at connecting consumer-owned technology to the smart grid.  There has been recent uptake of the standard for communicating between aggregated distributed energy resources (DER) and utilities, particularly in California’s recent Rule 21 activities.
This webinar will give an overview of the standard as well as a deeper look at its use in connecting DER.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Open to all

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

•    Functionality of IEEE 2030.5 and how it is used in connecting DER and DER aggregators.

Date: October 25, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour
Speakers: Bill Ash and Robby Simpson

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SGIP Grid Modernization Summit OpenFMB™ Demo Preview – October 18, 2016

OpenFMBTM and DER: a Practical Application Webinar

Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMBTM) is SGIP’s fast-track, high-energy Priority Action Plan enabling grid edge interoperability and distributed intelligence.

SGIP’s OpenFMBTM team has developed a utility-focused DER Circuit Segment Management use case demonstrating how OpenFMBTM capabilities can help in managing distribution operations with a high penetration of DER.

In this webinar our industry co-chairs will walk through the details of this use case and explain the unique benefits that OpenFMBTM  provides.

Also, to support broader industry understanding of OpenFMBTM the team will preview a new OpenFMBTM  website that will have publicly available, OpenFMBTM demonstration code, instructions and online resources. This site will be formally launched at SGIP’s 2016 Grid Modernization Summit Nov. 7-10, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Energy Industry, utilities, member/nonmember, open to all

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

•    Learn about OpenFMBTM
•    Learn about the new DER Circuit Segment Management Use Case
•    Learn about the new OpenFMBTM website launching in November
•    Learn about OpenFMBTM next steps and how to get involved

Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST, approx. 1 hour
Speakers: Aaron Smallwood, Stuart Laval, Stuart McCafferty

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ORANGE BUTTONSM PUBLIC WEBINAR – AUGUST 30, 2016

During this webinar, Orange Button leaders provided a program update and discussed 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 seamless data exchange across the solar value chain from origination to decommissioning.

SGIP, the SunSpec Alliance, NREL, and kWh Analytics are collaborating with solar industry participants to deliver the Orange Button initiative.  The program had its formal kickoff at Intersolar in July and is now underway.

Please join Aaron Smallwood of SGIP and Anil Pochiraju from the SunSpec Alliance as they review the Orange Button program’s structure and objectives and provide a view into current activities and the work of the Orange Button Requirements and Technical Working Groups.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone interested in solar data standards and the Orange Button initiative
  • Anyone involved in the lifecycle of a solar project:
    • Energy industry leaders
    • Solar project developers, engineers, & solar asset installers
    • Solar asset managers
    • Solar financiers and investment professionals
    • Professionals knowledgeable in real estate for solar projects
    • Solar O&M service providers
    • Electric utilities & ISOs

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Orange Button program overview
  • Recent program milestones and deliverables
  • Status of Orange Button Requirements and Technical Working Groups
  • Orange Button next steps and how to register to participate in the Orange Button program.

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Speaker Panel:

Aaron Smallwood, Vice President Technology – SGIP

Anil Pochiraju, Director of Products & Projects – SunSpec Alliance

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OpenFMB™ Next Steps Webinar – June 2, 2016

SGIP’s Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB™) is a fast-track, high-energy Priority Action Plan team dedicated to enabling grid edge interoperability between field devices via distributed intelligence.

During this webinar the two OpenFMB™ industry co-chairs discuss a short history of ground covered to date, the OpenFMB™ framework and the recently ratified NAESB standard. Our hosts will outline next steps for the OpenFMB™ PAP team including: next up use cases, enhancing OpenFMB™ cybersecurity and how to participate.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Energy Industry, utilities, member/nonmember, open to all

KEY TAKEAWAYS:
• Learn about OpenFMB™
• Learn about history and accomplishments
• Learn about NAESB standard and reference architecture
• Learn about OpenFMB™ next steps and how to get involved

Date: June 2, 2016
Time: approx. 1 hour
Presenters: Christopher Irwin, Dr. Stuart Laval, Stuart McCafferty, Aaron Smallwood

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Orange Button Webinar – May 26, 2016

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 seamless data exchange across the solar value chain from origination to decommissioning.

In this webinar, Orange Button leaders provide an overview and details about the goals and objectives of the 24 month program.

AUDIENCE

  • Anyone interested in solar data standards and the Orange Button initiative
  • Anyone involved in the lifecycle of a solar project:
    • Energy industry leaders
    • Solar project developers, engineers, & solar asset installers
    • Solar asset managers
    • Solar financiers and investment professionals
    • Professionals knowledgeable in real estate for solar projects
    • Solar O&M service providers
    • Electric utilities & ISOs

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Learn about Orange Button and how to make it work for you
  • Meet the Orange Button Team
  • Learn about Orange Button Strategy and Business Requirements Working Groups including: Deployment, Financial, Real Estate, Solar O&M, and Grid Integration.
  • Learn about Orange Button next steps and how to register for the Orange Button Working Groups.

Date: May 26th, 2016
Time: approx. 1 hour
Presenters: Aaron Smallwood, Tom Tansy, Jason Kaminsky, Kristen Ardani

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Transactive Energy getting real? Progress with the TE Challenge – February 23, 2016

The “NIST Transactive Energy Modeling and Simulation Challenge for the Smart Grid (TE Challenge),” launched in September 2015 has the goal to serve utilities, regulators, and policy makers by:

  • developing simulation tools
  • increasing our understanding of TE and applicability of TE approaches
  • developing the foundations for successful utility pilots which demonstrate the use of TE methods to enable integration of distributed energy resources (DER) into the electric grid

This webinar will provide an update on the NIST TE Challenge and team activities and work products to fulfill these goals. Included will be a review of the TE business and regulatory models white paper, a discussion of microgrids demo effort(s) and an introduction to a new effort in the OpenADR Alliance to develop Transactive ADR.

AUDIENCE? Utilities, regulators, policy makers and any new participants considering joining the effort.

KEY TAKEAWAYS: The TE Challenge team is making progress to help advance TE and will share more about the valuable contributions being delivered at the May 2016 TE Systems Conference.

Date: February 23, 2016
Time: approx. 1 hour
Presenters: David Holmberg, John Caldwell, Jennifer Worrall, Rolf Bienert

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