Information Interoperability Track

Smart grid implementations will depend on the accurate and timely flow of information among systems of all kinds in a highly-scalable system of systems architecture. Dynamic prices and demand response signals will flow from utilities and aggregators to customers. Meter data will flow to utilities and customers. Market transactions will flow from customers to markets to operators and back. Values, status and control information will flow from devices produced by different companies and embedded throughout the grid to operators and customers. This information will change over time and yet must not be misinterpreted. It should enable different vendors to develop systems that work together and interoperate effectively as integrated solutions. This track will explore questions such as:

  • Enabling evolutionary information exchange:  What techniques, tools and best practices are needed to enable evolutionary information exchange?
  • Role of semantic modeling:  What role does semantic modeling play in achieving both short term and longer term interoperability?
  • Integrating semantic models from different domains:  How can semantic models from different domains be integrated? What are some best practices?
  • Providing extensibility and performance in syntax and structures:  How can message syntax and structures used in open communications provide both extensibility as well as performance?
  • Information models for customer interactions:  Can an information model be developed that meets the needs of all customer interactions from small residential to large industrial?
  • Best practices for energy market transactions:  What are some best practices for defining interoperable energy market transactions, both wholesale and retail?
  • Semantic models for energy markets:  What information is needed about energy markets to enable semantic models that do not inhibit their restructuring?
  • Modular approaches with composeable information models:  How does one take a highly modular approach with composeable information models to achieve interoperable interfaces?
  • Enabling scalable information integration, storage, analysis and management: What techniques, tools and best practices are needed to enable scalable information management? What interoperability issues need to be addressed?

When considering interoperability around connectivity, one needs to consider at least three, if not more, aspects of interoperability. We want to understand interoperability in all of: physical connectivity, data exchanges, architectural models and possibly process and governance impacts. Therefore, smart grid interoperability spans a very diverse collection of connectivity perspectives. We must consider no less than “consumer-to-grid”, “utility-to-grid” and “generation-to-grid”.  This track will explore such questions as:

  • Information vs. end-use capabilities:  What are the primary connectivity issues we need to consider as consumers participate in the smart grid market?  For example, do the consumer issues dwell on information or end-use capabilities?
  • Commercial, industrial and residential connectivity:  Are consumer connectivity issues more prevalent with commercial and industrial or with residential?
  • Basic utility distribution connectivity:  What are the basic utility distribution connectivity issues?
  • Physical connectivity vs. data exchange:  Are these issues more focused on physical connectivity (e.g. MODBUS versus IP) or are they on data exchange (e.g. OMS versus AMI)?
  • Renewable generation connectivity:  How has the high interest in renewable generation affected connectivity issues?
  • Wind farms vs. solar rooftops:  Are these issues more focused on large wind farms or on consumer solar rooftops?
  • Transparency of consumer-owned assets on the grid:  Are utilities concerned about consumer-owned assets largely being opaque to grid operations?
  • Connectivity between EV and PV technologies:  What impact or concern exists with connectivity between consumer EV and PV technologies?


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Important dates

  • Submission open: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 to Sunday, July 22, 2012
  • Authors notified: August 27
  • Papers due: October 12
  • Comments to authors: November 10
  • Final papers due: November 24