Friday, December 3, 2010

Grid-Interop Day 4 Notes

Blogging from my phone this morning, so forgive any typos...
(As always, comments will be in italics, if I can figure out how to do italics from my phone.)

  • Sitting in a session on CyberSecurity for Information Assurance.  
    • Tanya Brewer from NIST is giving an overview of the NISTIR 7628(Scrolldown to find 7628 on the list.  Read the introduction volume first to identify what matters to you, since the whole thing is >550 pages.)
    • Interesting discussion on the need to integrate security throughout a system design.
    • How little can you spend to have an acceptable level of risk vs. how much do you need to spend to have an acceptable level of risk.
      • Zero level of risk isn't possible. What level of risk is acceptable?
    • An integrated architecture is critical.  This means that security is part of the people and processes, not just the hardware.  People, Processes and Technology.  Have to define and monitor metrics and indicators (we haven't been hacked yet isn't a metric.) 
  • Business and Policy Domain Expert Working Group meeting
    • Interaction between BnP DEWG and FERC/NARUC Smart Response Collaborative - Robin Lunt, NARUC
      •  NARUC is starting a Smart Grid Working Group to discuss Smart Grid, coordinate information sharing, education and development.
    • UCC Concept - Rik Drummond
      •  Developing the equivalent of the Universal Commercial Code for Smart Grid, to help States establish equivalent and compatible (though not necessarily identical) regulation.
      • One person suggested a pro-forma tariff.  In my opinion, that's a mistaken idea.  A pro-forma tariff is both too limited (the needed scope goes way beyond tariffs) and too restrictive (we don't yet know enough about what retail structures will actually work.)  In addition, having a pro-forma tariff in place may well restrict needed change over time.
    • Update on Language to Regulators - Ward Camp
      • Goal is to have a "library" of rules language to deal with policy issues state-to-state.
        • Privacy
        • Data Security
        • Data Ownership
        • Other Consumer Issues
        • Proposal goes far beyond that to identifying:
          • model tariffs (as I indicated earlier, I think this is premature, and possibly a bad idea in general.)
          • a "safe harbour" of acceptable technologies.  While many of these areas would be helpful, creating a safe harbour of acceptable technologies violates the technology neutrality of the SGIP.
        • The trick will be defining it at a high enough level that it can be implemented in the different jurisdictions.
        • There is a strong push for absolute national lock-in.  The better way to proceed at this point is to develop a consistent way of communicating and understanding tariffs.  It may also be a quicker solution to the problem.
      • HAN Task Force handoff - Ron Melton & Dave Wollman
        • Possible Role for BnP DEWG may be to drive the dialog between vendors, regulators, utilities.
          • Find solutions to state-to-state variations.
          • Find optimization of efficiency improvements.
      • Feedback & Discussion from Oregon meeting - James Mater
        • Oregon has first State-level Smart Grid trade association.  Didn't have much time to discuss, but it's an interesting effort.
    I'm out of here and heading home. Safe travels, all!

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