Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute and IBM Launch Smart Grid Framework
The electric grid is the largest and most complex machine in the world and in places it is now critically overburdened. Impacts of climate change, available technology, and the current economic crisis represent the final tipping point for a much needed overhaul. The Smart Grid Maturity Model will serve as a strategic framework for utilities, vendors, regulators, and consumers that have a role in smart grid transformation — from technological to regulatory to organizational.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the North American grid were just 5% more efficient, the energy savings would equate to eliminating the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from 53 million cars — one of the reasons that the DoE is supporting this effort through its Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Support of the Smart Grid Maturity Model by DoE enables it to be accessible to all stakeholders of the electric power industry.
“The software development industry is a prime example of how maturity models have moved entire industries forward,” said
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“We are excited to be part of this new frontier technology,” said
To stimulate, guide, and support efforts and investments in smart grids, the SEI will assume primary responsibility for the ongoing governance, growth and evolution of the model. In order to support widespread adoption and use, the SEI will ensure availability of the model and supporting materials and services for the user community; maintain consistency of its application, validity, and results; and analyze and provide feedback on its use, value and impact for stakeholders.
In addition to the SEI activities, the World Energy Council (WEC) will be a channel for global dissemination, participation and adoption of the model using its worldwide network of member committees.
IBM initially led the development of the model in collaboration with the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition and with support from American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC). More than 40 utilities worldwide have participated in the model to date, representing 100 million customers of utilities across the globe. A key function of the Smart Grid Maturity Model tool is to gauge advancements made in Smart Grids and show returns on investments. This function allows it to be well positioned to have a role in procedures being implemented in support of the US efforts to modernize the power grid. The model offers observable indicators to measure progress, and helps facilitate the development and execution of smart grid programs.
More information about the Smart Grid Maturity Model visit www.sei.cmu.edu/smartgrid.
For more information about smart utilities at IBM visit http://www.ibm.com/energy
About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by
Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition
The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition is a group of utility companies working with IBM to accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies and business solutions throughout the world. Members include CenterPoint Energy, Country Energy, DONG Energy, North Delhi Power Limited, Pepco Holdings, Inc, Progress Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co.
World Energy Council (WEC)
The World Energy Council is the most representative body of the energy industry with members in more than ninety countries. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. The
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