Moving From Standards Development to Field Implementation: A Case Study of a Regional Demonstration Project
The on-going DOE funded Regional Smart Grid Demonstration Projects were asked to contribute to the advancement of Smart Grid interoperability standards. One of the questions that remains unanswered is how does this work translate into actual adoption of standards-based products within vendor and utility systems. For the PNW Regional Project these contributions will include participation in defining real-time pricing signal standards and further definition of transactive control.
Including the interoperability standards objectives as part of the Project scope and planning is one thing: actually creating the process and methods and culture to implement the objectives are quite another challenge. The paper will discuss the approach taken by the PNW Regional Project to organize the assessment of applicable NIST Smart Grid standards the process for recommending them to the Project Design team the challenges to gaining acceptance and adoption of these standards and lessons learned to date. Further, the Project developed information on the actual plans for interface standards to be used by the utility members in communications between the transactive control signals and the various assets under utility control that will be responding to those signals. The patterns of standardization provide an instructive snapshot of the current state of standards awareness and adoption within a subset of regional utilities.
As the industry moves from standards development to standards-based products, the challenges of shifting a culture to embrace standards becomes a major impediment to adoption. The lessons learned in the PNW Regional Smart Grid Demonstration Project can help executives and managers committed to standards understand the challenges and better plan and execute their goals.