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PNNL experts explain how to plan and sell smart grid projects during ConnectivityWeek2009

Modeling, measurement, building business case, are keys to success

June 08, 2009 Share This!

  • ConnectivityWeek 2009's GridWise Expo, June 11, 2009.

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Developing a smarter grid means deploying technology that works together and policy that enables profit, while justifying the return on investment in a tough economy. Experts from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s electric infrastructure sector will discuss how project planning and measurement tools can integrate the many people, systems and technology — and even sell the business case — for the smart grid, during ConnectivityWeek 2009.

They join other panelists in these discussions at the Santa Clara Convention Center on June 11, 2009.

ConnectivityWeek 2009’s GridWise Expo, June 11, 2009
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif.

Thursday, June 11, 2 - 3 p.m., GridWise Expo
Smart Grid Interoperability Maturity Model

PNNL engineer Steve Widergren leads a panel discussion about the GridWise Architecture Council’s Smart Grid Interoperability Maturity Model, and how this concept can help smart grid projects measure ease of integration and plan future interoperability advancements. The developing model emphasizes the process smart grid communities can take to more effectively integrate different technologies, systems, and people, and also measure success.

The model builds upon existing software and systems maturity models used for coordinating electronic health and military operations initiatives. The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) developed by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon serves as a foundation for this effort.

Thursday, June 11, 4 – 5:30 p.m., GridWise Expo
Tools for Smart Grid Decision Makers: What’s the Business Case?

Deciding to invest in smart grid technology can be a challenge for key decision makers. PNNL engineers Ron Melton and Rob Pratt, and other panelists, will discuss approaches to developing these business cases and justifying public and private investment toward a smarter grid, demonstrating how both investors and service providers (regulated and unregulated) can profit.

Tags: Energy, Smart Grid

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