This Session will show the complexity and many dimensions that go into achieving interoperability among Smart Grid participants in a community required to interoperate at multiple levels in regional or local electricity markets, balancing authorities, generation regions or other technical and business requirements that bring multiple participants together. Papers will discuss the use of the GWAC Stack and principles of the SGIMM in practical applications and the emerging SGIMM model being developed by GWAC.
A Utility Application Implementation Strategy Using the EPRI IntelliGrid(sm) Methodology and the GWAC Stack as a Model
Most IT projects fail one of the triple constraints of Project Management: Schedule, Cost or Scope. The typical IT project is either late, over budget or the scope is reduced to fit into the schedule and cost constraints. Many projects fail all three constraints. Sadly, these projects fail for predictable and preventable reasons. The key to managing IT projects is to understand the project product and all the levels of complexity that need to be managed to deliver that product. But how does an IT project manager ensure that all that needs to be planned has been identified?
This presentation will describe a portion of the EPRI IntelliGrid methodology that utilizes Use Cases to define the business objectives of any IT project and the use of the GWAC Stack as a model for a utility IT project. The presentation will describe how to obtain a usable Use Case and how to decompose it into each of the layers of the GWAC Stack to create a project plan. Also described will be the documentation of how each of the critical, cross-cutting issues of the GWAC Stack are created and applied to ensure a well scoped, successful project.
The SGIMM and Integrated Development, Test and Certification
One of the critical challenges facing the achievement of the Smart Grid is the adoption and effective implementation of products based on standardized technologies. The US Government NIST Smart Grid Standards Roadmap is the first definitive effort to create a body of standards to deal with all critical functions needed for the Smart Grid to achieve its goals. But the gap between technical specifications and products that actually interoperate in a “plug and play” fashion is largely unappreciated and exceedingly difficult to address. The conventional wisdom in the electrical utility technology community is that a good product certification program can be sufficient to achieve the interoperability goals. In reality, such programs are most effective when supplemented with a portfolio of "standard" development test tools. This paper looks at certification programs as currently designed and describes an enhanced model that integrates vendor development with the availability of standard test tools and the final certifications of products. The paper goes further to consider the relationship between test and certification programs and the SGIMM. Test and certification are key metrics in the SGIMM and understanding the maturity of a particular program can inform the maturity of the products and interfaces being assessed by the SGIMM.