Smart Grid Interoperability Panel

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Smart Grid Grid Interoperability Panel
FoundedDecember 2009
TypeProfessional Organization
FocusSmart Grid, Power Transmission and Distribution, Renewable Energy, Communications, Microgrids Electric Vehicles
OriginsEstablished by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a public-private partnership
Area served
MethodIndustry standards review, Conferences, Publications
Key people
Sharon Allan (CEO), Nick Wagner (treasurer) and David Forfia (Chairman)

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel or SGIP is an organization that defines requirements for a smarter electric grid by driving interoperability, the use of standard, and collaborating across organizations to address gaps and issue hindering the deployment of smart grid technologies.[1][2]

SGIP facilitates and runs different working groups to address key topical areas such as the architecture group, the grid management group, the cybersecurity group, the distributed resources and generation group, and the testing and certification group.[3]


SGIP 1.0 was established in December 2009 as a new stakeholder forum to provide technical support to the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)[4] with the assistance from Knoxville and EnerNex Corp, under a contact enabled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.[2]

SGIP 2.0 was established as a public-private organization which transitioned into a non-profit public-private partnership organization in 2013.[5]


The prime functions of SGIP[2] is reported to be-

  • To specify testing and certification requirements that are necessary in order to improve interoperability Smart Grid-related equipment, software, and services.
  • To provide technical guidance to facilitate the development of standards for a secure, interoperable Smart Grid.
  • To supervise the performance of activities intended to expedite the development of interoperability and cybersecurity specifications by standard development organizations.
  • To foster innovation and address gaps hindering the acceleration of grid modernization.[6]
  • To educate, facilitate the collaboration, and provide solutions to grid modernization.[7]

SGIP 1.0’s initial focus was to define the industry standards for 20 categories, representing every domain in the power industry and these categories[8][9] include:

  1. Appliance and consumer electronic providers
  2. Commercial and industrial equipment manufacturers and automation vendors
  3. Consumers - residential, commercial and industrial
  4. Electric transportation
  5. Electric utility companies - investor owned utilities and federal and state power authorities
  6. Electric utility companies - municipal and investor owned
  7. Electric utility companies - rural electric association
  8. Electricity and financial market traders
  9. Independent power producers
  10. Information and communication technologies infrastructure and service providers
  11. Information technology application developers and integrators
  12. Power equipment manufacturers and vendors
  13. Professional societies, users groups, trade associations and industry consortia
  14. Research and development organizations and academia
  15. Relevant government entities
  16. Renewable power producers
  17. Retail service providers
  18. Standards and specification development organizations
  19. State and local regulators
  20. Testing and certification vendors
  21. Transmission operators and independent system operators
  22. Venture capital

When SGIP 1.0 transitioned to SGIP 2.0, LLC, the focus remained for interoperability and addressing gaps in standards and also focused on Distributed Energy Resources, EnergyIoT,[10] Cybersecurity and Orange Button.[11]


In 2013, SGIP was the recipient of PMI Distinguished Project Award.[12]

In November 2014, Sharon Allan was appointed as the president and CEO of SGIP.[13][14]

In October 2015, SGIP partnered with Industrial Internet Consortium in order to develop technologies and testbeds to accelerate IoT adoption in the energy sector.[15]

In November 2015, SGIP was the recipient of the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Cooperative Agreement Program federal funding opportunity from NIST, during which, SGIP was reported to receive $2.1 million during the performance period from January 1, 2016, to December 2018.[16]

In March 2016, SGIP announced that the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) was ratified as a standard through a NAESB Retail Market Quadrant member vote. OpenFMB is said to be SGIP’s EnergyIoT initiative, bringing the IoT and advanced interoperability to the power grid.[17][18]

In April 2016, the organization received $615,426 from US Department of Energy, which was used for reducing non-hardware soft-costs associated with solar projects.[19][20]

In February 2017, SGIP merged with Smart Electric Power Alliance(SEPA) under SEPA brand and organizational umbrella.[21][22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Woods, Dan. "An App Playground For The Smart Grid". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched". Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine. 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  3. ^ "California Adopts First Standards for Cyber Security of Smart Meters". InsideClimate News. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  4. ^ Swanson, Sandra A. "Securing the Smart Grid". Scientific American. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  5. ^ "DistribuTech Roundup: Distributed Energy Intelligence, AMI as IOT, and Better Bird-on-a-Wire Sensors". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  6. ^ "SEPA, SGIP plan to merge to boost grid modernization, DER integration efforts". Utility Dive. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  7. ^ "Tax Credits, Rebates & Savings | Department of Energy". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  8. ^ "Smart Grid Interoperability Panel – new Governing Board members". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  9. ^ Swenson, Gayle (2009-11-19). "Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched; Governing Board Elected". NIST. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  10. ^ "Smart Energy News ISO approves smart grid control technology standard". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  11. ^ "Standards and Interoperability". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  12. ^ "Project Management Institute Announces 2013 PMI Awards Winners – Adelaide Desalination Project wins PMI Project of the Year Award - Project Management World Journal". Project Management World Journal. 2013-10-27. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  13. ^ "Smart grid: Sharon Allan to head up US interoperability body". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  14. ^ "An Interview with SGIP's Sharon Allan: Connectivity is key to U.S. energy transition | SEPA". SEPA. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  15. ^ "SGIP and Industrial Internet Consortium partner on IoT". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  16. ^ "Smart Grid Interoperability Panel wins NIST funding opportunity". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  17. ^ "Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) ratified by NAESB | Energy Central". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  18. ^ "Guest Editorial | OpenFMB™ Brings a Standard and a New Tool Set to the Grid's Edge". Electric Energy Online. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  19. ^ "Energy Department Launches Orange Button Initiative to Standardize Solar Data - Solar Outreach Partnership". Solar Outreach Partnership. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  20. ^ "Orange Button – Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access (SB-DATA) | Department of Energy". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  21. ^ "SEPA and SGIP To Merge". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  22. ^ "SEPA, SGIP announce plans to merge - Daily Energy Insider". Daily Energy Insider. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-11-29.

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