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 Second International Conference and Workshop on Transactive Energy will be held Dec. 10-11 in Portland, Oregon, at the World Trade Center. The 2014 conference will again be a partnership between the GridWise® Architecture Council (GWAC) and Smart Grid Northwest with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric and others.
Capacity is limited and regular ticket prices end Dec. 7, when late registration prices go into effect. Registrations can be completed online.
The meeting is expected to draw 200 participants, including representatives of government, regulators, utilities, vendor organizations and academia. More than 30 presenters and panelists will provide attendees a wide range of ideas and perspectives on transactive energy systems.
Highlights of this year's program include:
- Keynote speakers for this year's conference include:
- Dr. Carl Pechman of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
- Carl Imhoff from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute
- Carl Zichella of the Natural Resources Defense Council
- GWAC-led foundational plenary session on continuing developments in transactive energy
- Plenary panel on regulatory, legislative and policy considerations for transactive energy
- A plenary panel on transactive energy overseas featuring panelists who describe the challenges facing electric power system modernization in their countries and discuss the potential role of transactive energy systems in addressing those challenges.
- 19 paper submissions by industry experts that will form the basis for lively discussions across four key topic areas:
- Business and policy barriers
- Customer engagement
- Moving from demand response to transactive energy systems
- Cyber-physical, security and risk management challenges
One of the main goals of the conference is to uncover first simple steps the power sector can take to move toward greater grid and power supply efficiencies. Key questions that will be covered in workshop sessions include:
- How will passive customers transition to being actively engaged, what tools are necessary and what is the value proposition?
- What are the key business and policy barriers to transactive energy and what are the benefits to various stakeholders?
- What are the operational and business requirements to enable a shift from traditional demand response to continuous participation in a transactive fashion?
- How to address some of the technical and cyber-security risks in implementing a transactive energy system?