As Detroit-based utility DTE Energy approached its $168 million “SmartCurrents” project, which will deploy advanced metering infrastructure, distribution system upgrades, in-home energy management technologies and pilot services, it became rather clear that interoperability was going to be an issue. With industry-wide standards incomplete, they worked to create their own so that the project wouldn’t box itself in from future technological developments.
DTE Energy is also working toward the creation of broader interoperability standards by collaborating on the national and state level. Their CIO, Lynne Ellyn, serves on the Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee which provides input to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and NIST. More locally, DTE participates in the Michigan Public Service Commission's (MPSC) "Smart Grid Collaborative” that brings together utilities in the state to work on issues of interoperability, among others.
We look forward to seeing DTE's progress as they move forward with "SmartCurrents" and know that efforts across the industry will provide valuable points of discussion at Grid-Interop 2011 in Phoenix. For more details on what will be covered, see the agenda.
By Clasma Events, Inc.
Originally posted on IntelligentUtility.com
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