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SGIP looks for new executive director

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, November 26, 2012

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) recently announced it had begun the search for a new executive director that would help lead the organization on its mission to improve interoperability conditions for smart grid deployments.

The group stated it has been working closely with its Board of Directors and other leaders to help make the switch from an organization that receives its funding from the government to a group that is financed strictly through the industry. While the group will still work alongside the government, a new executive director will be needed to help SGIP continue to grow as the smart grid landscape continues to evolve.

"Over the past three years, the SGIP has played a significant role in the tremendous growth of the Smart Grid, both in the U.S. and in numerous countries who've chosen to base their efforts on the SGIP Conceptual Model," said John McDonald, Chairman of SGIP and Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development at GE Digital Energy. "The SGIP's efforts have dramatically increased the pace of Smart Grid standards development worldwide, facilitating and promoting an interoperability approach promising benefits throughout the Smart Grid value chain."

McDonald added that he and the rest of SGIP will continue to work with the Search Committee and the SGIP Board of Directors as it hopes to bring on a leader that will help develop interoperability standards for the next several years.

The group said the new executive director will be tasked with certain aspects of the organization's operations, including strategy, outreach, recruitment and program management/delivery.

"Since inception, SGIP members have worked tirelessly in collaboration with NIST to advance Smart Grid standards and interoperability, helping the agency in carrying out its role as defined in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007," said George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability. "Recognized worldwide as the industry's key compendium of Smart Grid specifications, the SGIP's Catalog of Standards is just one of the vital outputs from the SGIP's effort to date. "

SGIP's work is crucial to building a more interoperable smart grid. To help utilities increase interoperability, SUBNET has developed its Unified Grid Intelligence solution, which ensures companies can install any smart grid device from any vendor onto any distribution infrastructure, and derive all necessary data from these devices. 

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