Grid-Interop Kicks Off, Driving Smart Grid Interoperability

Dec 06, 2011, 13:00 ET from Clasma Events, Inc.

PHOENIX, Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth annual Grid-Interop kicks off this afternoon in Phoenix with an opening roundtable focused on implementation of interoperability standards, the Interoperability Fair, and the launch of the first annual Plug-In -- a literal show-and-tell of interoperable Smart Grid devices in action.

Grid-Interop also hosted pre-conference sessions on Dec. 5-6 for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board and approximately 30 Working Group and Priority Action Plan meetings.

"Grid-Interop was chosen for SGIP's formational meeting in 2009 and continues to host SGIP meetings today because of the quality of Smart Grid leaders the conference attracts," said Stuart McCafferty, Program Manager, SGIP Program Management Office. "This year, we're thrilled to see even more momentum as the conference focuses on implementation and real-world interoperability successes at its Plug-In event."

Interoperability in action:  Organized by EnerNex, UCA International Users Group, and the Electric Power Research Institute, Plug-In showcases real-world examples of interoperability from multiple vendors and organizations, including six scenarios that cover:

  • Transmission & distribution.
  • Demand response.
  • Cyber security.
  • Testing.


Driving "Green Button": U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Aneesh Chopra launched a challenge to the industry at GridWeek in September to create standards for consistently presenting energy information to consumers. An all-star panel will explore the status of the Green Button initiative this Wednesday, Dec. 7. Panelists include:

  • Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor to the CTO, Innovation Entrepreneurship, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  • Erich Gunther, Chief Technology Officer, EnerNex.
  • Wayne Longcore, Chief Energy Solutions Expert, SAP.
  • Tariq Samad, Corporate Fellow, Honeywell.
  • Donny Helm, Director - Technology, Strategy and Architecture, Oncor Electric Delivery.
  • Cameron Brooks, Vice President, Tendril.


"Aneesh Chopra recognizes Grid-Interop participants as central to making Green Button a success," said Anto Budiardjo, President, Clasma. "We are counting on this dialogue to help drive progress."

Grid-Interop is held in partnership with the GridWise Architecture Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, SGIP, and Department of Energy. For daily updates, visit, or follow #GridInterop on Twitter.

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