Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute takes over smart grid framework


Paul Nielsen,
CEO and Director,
Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 3, 2009 – Responsibility for the Smart Grid Maturity Model, which provides a roadmap of activities, investments, and best practices that leads to creating a smart grid, has been taken over by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

Utilities using the model will be able to establish the appropriate smart grid development path, communicate the strategy and vision, and assess current opportunities.

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 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.

The model was developed initially by IBM 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 U.S. 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.

“The software development industry is a prime example of how maturity models have moved entire industries forward,” said Guido Bartels, general manager, Global Energy & Utilities Industry at IBM. “We selected SEI because of its demonstrated success in providing frameworks that enhance business and technical processes, security, resiliency and interoperability – all critical elements in responding to opportunities driving the sustainable supply and use of energy essential today.”

Part of the global research university Carnegie Mellon, the SEI operates at the leading edge of technical innovation and serves as a national and international resource for architecture, network security, process improvement, and systems integration.

“We are excited to be part of this new frontier technology,” said Paul Nielsen, CEO and director of the SEI.

During 2009, a specially assembled team of experts at SEI will plan the best ways to maintain and improve the maturity model on behalf of the user community.

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.