GridWise Architecture Council
The GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) is a team of industry leaders who are shaping the guiding principles, or architecture, of a highly intelligent and interactive electric system—one ripe with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities. This architecture will provide guidelines for interaction between participants and interoperability between technologies and systems.
The Council is neither a design team, nor a standards making body. Our role is to help identify areas for standardization that allow significant levels of interoperation between system components. We are helping to outline a philosophy of inter-system operation that preserves the freedom to innovate, design, implement and maintain each organization's
portion of the electrical system.
For more information on the Architecture Council's mission, organizational structure, and progress see the Mission & Structure page.
Transactive Energy Conference Set for December 2014 in Portland, OR
The GridWise® Architecture Council and Smart Grid Oregon are pleased to announce the date has been set for the Second International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy. The event will take place December 10-11, 2014, at the World Trade Center in Portland, Ore.
The meeting brings together representatives of government, industry, utilities, vendor organizations and academia who have an interest in advancing transactive energy—an approach that combines economic and control techniques to improve power grid reliability and efficiency.
The 2014 conference will again be a partnership between the GridWise® Architecture Council (GWAC) and Smart Grid Oregon with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric and others. Organizers of the conference currently are identifying keynote and plenary speakers, developing the schedule, and expect to issue a call for papers in mid-April. Further information will become available on the GridWise Architecture Council website.
GridWise® Architecture Council elects new members and re-elects chairman
The GridWise Architecture Council has elected three new members: Doug Houseman, Mark Kerbel and Heather Sanders. Several GWAC members were also re-elected, including Mark Knight as the chairman and the following as general members: Ron Ambrosio, a distinguished engineer and chief technology officer for IBM’s Smarter Energy Research; Thomas Sloan, Kansas state representative; and Kenneth Wacks, consultant sponsored by Sensus Metering Systems.