NEMA Electroindustry June 2011 - (Page 8)
Promotes Manufacturer-Utility Partnership
austin montgomery, smart grid program lead david White, smart grid maturity model project manager software engineering Institute, carnegie mellon university
Smart Grid Maturity Model
he modernization of the electric power grid has profound implications not only for utilities and consumers, but also for the manufacturers that supply them with technology and equipment. Electrical manufacturers provide innovative solutions, promote investment in grid improvements, and contribute to the development of interoperability standards essential to the Smart Grid vision.
In 2007, the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) was created by a group of utility companies with the goal of helping advance the adoption and deployment of Smart Grids across the industry and around the world. As key partners in this industry transformation, manufacturers are also important stakeholders in the growing global SGMM community. SGMM is a management tool that helps utilities plan Smart Grid implementation, prioritize investment options, and measure their progress. Developed for utilities by utilities, SGMM is hosted by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, which specializes in software and systems engineering, security best practices, process improvement, and maturity modeling. The SEI is maintaining and evolving the SGMM as a resource for industry transformation with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy and input from a broad array of stakeholders.
SGMM describes eight domains containing logical groupings of Smart Grid characteristics or capabilities, representing key elements of Smart Grid strategy, organization, and operation. • Strategy, Management, and Regulatory (SMR) • Organization and Structure (OS) • Grid Operations (GO) • Work and Asset Management (WAM) • Technology (TECH) • Customer (CUST) • Value Chain Integration (VCI) • Societal and Environmental (SE) Utilities use SGMM to assess their current state of Smart Grid implementation, define their goals for a future state, and generate inputs into their roadmapping, planning, and implementation processes. Major investor-owned utilities and small public power utilities, in the U.S. and around the world, have reported finding the model a valuable tool to help them:
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