GridWise Architecture Council

In memory of Erich Gunther

Erich GuntherIt is with deep regret and sorrow that the GridWise® Architecture Council acknowledges the recent passing of Erich Gunther, one of our founding members and a Chairman Emeritus. As with all his endeavors, Erich was a passionate and visionary participant in the Council since its inception in 2004. Even after he stepped down as a current member and transitioned to Emeritus Member status in 2015 he continued to be actively involved, and his presence and contribution will always be missed – his fingerprints are on all of the Council’s foundational work.

As a group of just thirteen members (not including Associate Members and others who regularly collaborate with us), the GridWise Architecture Council is very much a family of individuals who share a common vision and who work closely together. We’ve lost a very important member of our family, and our thoughts and prayers at this time are with his wife Jane and with his EnerNex family.

Knowing Erich as we do, we will honor his legacy best by continuing the mission he helped define and shape more than a decade ago, and to which he devoted so much expertise, energy, time, friendship and humor. We will miss you Erich, and we’ll keep working on how to deal with all those pesky physics issues that are always getting in the way.

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.

For more information on the Architecture Council's mission, organizational structure, and progress see the Mission & Structure page.

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