BetterGrids.org https://www.bettergrids.org The GRID DATA Repository Fri, 18 Mar 2022 20:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.10 Webinar: 647 Researchers, 45 Countries, One BetterGrids https://www.bettergrids.org/webinar-647-researcher-45-countries-one-bettergrids Sun, 13 Feb 2022 21:12:22 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1471

The BetterGrids Foundation will be hosting a Grid Modeling Webinar on March 1, 2022! BetterGrids provides grid research teams with cloud-hosted repositories to support online collaboration between geographically dispersed universities, labs, vendors, and utilities.  The BetterGrids SaaS solution is the perfect turnkey option for securely sharing grid models, test cases, results, documents, and software versions through the project lifecycle.  Industry professionals from Berkeley, NREL, 1898 & Co., and GridBright will share the innovative ways they are partnering with BetterGrids.  They will also explain how YOU can contribute, use and collaborate using the BetterGrids Repository.  Join us on March 1, 2022 for this engaging webinar!

Register Here – On-Demand Recording

About GridBright, Inc. | GridBright is the grid management specialists of the utility industry.  GridBright helps the electric industry improve grid operations through smarter solutions for managing resiliency, distributed resources, and renewables.  GridBright was awarded the contract by ARPA-E to develop and ensure long term operations of the Grid Data Repository.  To learn more, visit GridBright.com.

About the DOE ARPA-E GRID DATA Initiative | The GRID DATA program funds the development of large-scale, realistic, validated, and open-access power system network models. These models will have the detail required to allow the successful development and testing of transformational power system optimization and control algorithms. To learn more, visit https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-programs/grid-data.

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Webinar: Securing Grid Data in the Cloud https://www.bettergrids.org/webinar-securing-grid-data-in-the-cloud Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:50:48 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1456

December 16, 2021

Renewables, Dispatch and Cloud in the same sentence might strike you as an oxymoron. The BetterGrids Foundation is sponsoring a Webinar highlighting recently completed GridBright R&D by the team of industry leaders who made it happen. We invite you to join this must-see discussion.

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The presentation slides can be found here: SRI Webinar #1_Renewable Dispatch in the Cloud

About GridBright, Inc. | GridBright is the grid management specialists of the utility industry.  GridBright helps the electric industry improve grid operations through smarter solutions for managing resiliency, distributed resources, and renewables.  GridBright was awarded the contract by ARPA-E to develop and ensure long term operations of the Grid Data Repository.  To learn more, visit GridBright.com.

About the DOE ARPA-E GRID DATA Initiative | The GRID DATA program funds the development of large-scale, realistic, validated, and open-access power system network models. These models will have the detail required to allow the successful development and testing of transformational power system optimization and control algorithms. To learn more, visit https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-programs/grid-data.

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Winter 2021 BetterGrids Newsletter https://www.bettergrids.org/winter-2021-bettergrids-newsletter Sat, 04 Dec 2021 17:41:49 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1397

December 4, 2021

Newsletter for the GRID DATA Repository and BetterGrids Foundation, Inc.

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2021 Update

We have made good progress on achieving our 2021 Strategic Goals as summarized in the following table despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We have also seen a growth in the Repository registered users and models with a newly operationalized BetterGrids Forum. We are happy to announce the addition of a new set of models from NREL titled SMART-DS. SMART-DS offers realistic large-scale U.S. electrical distribution models with load and solar profiles in areas of Greensboro, NC, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, and Austin, TX. Models are available in OpenDSS and CYME formats. Access the collection here.

BetterGrids Secure Data Exchange

GridBright Inc has committed to operating a secure exchange for BetterGrids.org free of charge to enable secure data exchange and efficient collaboration among the 50+ volunteers supporting the Foundation. It is based on the GRIDEON technology (www.Grideon.com) that GridBright has developed in collaboration with Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative and MISO with funding from DOE ARPA-E.

SGDX Workgroup Progress

The Secure Grid Data Exchange (SGDX) Working Group of BetterGrids has developed a set of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for exchange of sensitive grid data. These Universal NDAs are now available publicly free of charge and can be obtained at:

www.bettergrids.org/media/universal-nda. These NDAs consist of:

1)a one-way NDA

2)a mutual NDA

3)a group (i.e., multi-lateral) NDA

BetterGrids Forum

One of the 2021 Strategic Goals was to develop a forum that will help increase BetterGrids community engagement. The forum was designed with input from the Technical Committee and underwent a pre-production review on functionality, usability, security, and aesthetics. The BetterGrids Forum is now fully operational and can be accessed via https://db.bettergrids.org/forum

Draft Goals for 2022

The Technical Committee will meet on December 7, 2021 to review progress in 2021 and provide recommendations for strategic goals in 2022.  The proposed goals are summarized in the following table. They will be reviewed and finalized at the Board Meeting in April 2022.

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Summer 2021 BetterGrids Newsletter https://www.bettergrids.org/summer-2021-bettergrids-newsletter Mon, 02 Aug 2021 18:10:16 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1384

August 1, 2021

Newsletter for the GRID DATA Repository and BetterGrids Foundation, Inc.

Summer 2021 BetterGrids Newsletter

2021 Update

We have made good progress on achieving our 2021 Strategic Goals as summarized in the following table despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We have also seen a growth in the Repository registered users and models with a newly operationalized BetterGrids Forum. Note in particular an upcoming model addition titled SMART-DS from NREL that offers realistic large-scale U.S. electrical distribution models for testing and analyzing advanced grid algorithms.

# 2021 Strategic Goals Progress to Date
1 Expand the Repository knowledge base to include clearer instructions for model submission Moving forward with subscription to Atlassian Confluence. Content created and ready for upload.
2 Operationalize the GRIDEON Secure Collaboration Site
  • Published 3 universal NDA’s on website free to use
  • Published 15 page whitepaper to propose an industry standard for End to End Encryption for NERC CIP data exchange
3 Operationalize the newly developed BetterGrids Forum BetterGrids.org forum has been operationalized following a pre- production review on functionality, usability, security, and aesthetics
4 Engage one more grid model Curator to help with the expansion of the Repository of the Repository 1 new curator engaged (Jason Lin).

BetterGrids Secure Data Exchange

GridBright Inc is operating a secure exchange for BetterGrids.org free of charge to enable secure data exchange and efficient collaboration among the 50+ volunteers supporting the Foundation. It is based on the GRIDEON technology that GridBright has developed in collaboration with Mid- Carolina Electric Cooperative and MISO with funding from DOE ARPA-E.

Public Domain Universal NDA’s

The Secure Grid Data Exchange (SGDX) Working Group of BetterGrids has developed a set of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for exchange of sensitive grid data. These Universal NDAs are now available publicly free of charge and can be downloaded from: www.bettergrids.org/media/universal-nda. These NDAs consist of:

  1. a one-way NDA
  2. a mutual NDA
  3. a group (i.e., multi-lateral) NDA

BetterGrids Forum

One of the 2020 Strategic Goals was to develop a forum that will help increase BetterGrids community engagement. The forum was designed with input from the Technical Committee and underwent a pre- production review on functionality, usability, security, and aesthetics. The BetterGrids Forum is now fully operational and can be accessed via https://db.bettergrids.org/forum.

Open CIP

BetterGrids has produced a concept whitepaper for ‘OpenCip’ outlining how the utility industry can use End-to-End Encryption technology for Secure Grid Integration. To download the OpenCIP concept whitepaper:

https://www.bettergrids.org/opencip- concept-whitepaper

 

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OpenCIP Concept Whitepaper https://www.bettergrids.org/opencip-concept-whitepaper Wed, 19 May 2021 17:10:10 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1351

May 18, 2021

BetterGrids has produced a concept whitepaper for ‘OpenCIP’ outlining how the utility industry can use End-to-End Encryption technology for Secure Grid Integration.

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BetterGrids has produced a concept whitepaper for ‘OpenCIP’ outlining how the utility industry can use End-to-End Encryption technology for Secure Grid Integration.

This paper is oriented to energy industry leaders and policymakers responsible for addressing emergent cyber-security risks related to inter-enterprise data exchange. It assumes a basic working knowledge of external data communications practices, technologies, terminology, risks, and compliance reporting obligations. Suggested readers include utility officers and technical architects responsible for information protection, cyber-security, operating risks, and compliance. Additionally, we seek support from national regulatory standards and policymakers at NERC, FERC, NIST, IEC, IEEE, DOE, NARUC, Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) levels.

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Winter 2020 BetterGrids Newsletter https://www.bettergrids.org/winter2020newsletter Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:17:49 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1335

December 31, 2020

Newsletter for the GRID DATA Repository and BetterGrids Foundation, Inc.

Winter 2020 BetterGrids Newsletter 12.31.2020

2020 Update

We have made good progress on achieving our 2020 Strategic Goals as summarized in the following table despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We have also seen a growth in the Repository registered users and models. Note in particular the recent additions from a Phasor Based Control DOE Berkeley Project that includes time series load data in OpalRT Format.

# 2020 Strategic Goals Progress to Date
1 Provide access to and/or links to power flow solvers that can be used with posted models Bettergrids.org now provides a link to a free power flow solver from OpusOne
2 Create a Forum on BetterGrids.org Development of Forum is near completion
3 On-line feedback form from  the Repository Feedback form implemented seeking comments on user experience (e.g., did you find what you were looking for?)
4 Increase community involvement in BetterGrids •1 new curator engaged

•5 outreach activities conducted

BetterGrids Secure Data Exchange

GridBright Inc has committed to operating a secure exchange for BetterGrids.org free of charge to enable secure data exchange and efficient collaboration among the 50+ volunteers supporting the Foundation. It is based on the GRIDEON technology (www.Grideon.com) that GridBright has developed in collaboration with Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative and MISO with funding from DOE ARPA-E. This SaaS service is currently undergoing final testing stages by several BetterGrids volunteers and is expected to go into operation in February 2021.

SGDX WorkGroup Progress

The Secure Grid Data Exchange (SGDX) Working Group of BetterGrids has developed a set of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for exchange of sensitive grid data that will be available publicly free of charge. They include 1) a one-way NDA, 2) a mutual NDA, and 3) a group (i.e., multi-lateral) NDA. They are currently going through a final review by the legal counsel before they are formally published. You can obtain the final drafts by by contacting info@bettergrids.org.

BetterGrids Forum

One of the 2020 Strategic Goals identified through the 2019 User Survey was to develop a forum that will help increase BetterGrids community engagement. The forum was designed with input from the Technical Committee and the development effort is near completion, with a target operational date of January 2021.

Draft Goals for 2021

The Technical Committee met on December 2, 2020 to review progress in 2020 and provide recommendations for strategic goals in 2021.  The proposed goals are summarized in the following table. They will be reviewed and finalized at the  Board Meeting in April 2021.

# 2021 Strategic Goals
1 Expand the Repository knowledge base to include clearer instructions for model submission
2 Operationalize the GRIDEON Secure Collaboration Site
3 Operationalize the newly developed BetterGrids Forum
4 Engage one more grid model Curator to help with the expansion of the Repository
5 Finalize and publish the secure grid data exchange NDAs
6 Perform 5 new outreach activities

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Seeking Grid Model Curator https://www.bettergrids.org/seeking-grid-model-curator Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:39:11 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1328

December 3, 2020

Seeking Grid Model Curator to assist in the curation of power grid data models.

The BetterGrids foundation is seeking power engineers or power engineering students to assist in the curation of power grid data models.  Power grid data models include transmission systems and distribution systems models as well as recent technologies, such rooftop solar, wind generation, battery storage systems, and etc.  The goal is to share the most recent and relevant models with power & energy research community to support their work and research.

Applicants should have familiarity with power flow analysis and optimization applications, power system grid models, and model attributes necessary to perform steady state, dynamic state analysis and common approaches to grid optimization. Applicants should also have familiarity with one or more of common analysis packages such as OpenDSS, GridLabD, Cyme, PSS/E, and OpalRT.

The time commitment would average just a few hours (maximum 10) a month and all work can be done remotely.

Originally funded by the US DOE ARPA-E and now self-sustaining, the BetterGrids foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages a public grid data repository that is used by grid researchers. Please see: http://www.bettergrids.org for more info about the organization and the repository.

If you are interested please send your CV to terry.nielsen@gridbright.com

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Spring 2020 BetterGrids Newsletter https://www.bettergrids.org/spring-2020-bettergrids-newsletter Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:42:03 +0000 https://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1262

June 12, 2020

Spring 2020 BetterGrids Newsletter

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2019 Performance

We successfully completed the third full year of operation of the BetterGrids Foundation, Inc. All performance metrics improved compared to 2018 except for the “Number of Downloads”, which went down since we have been blocking the bots. Number of registered users was up by 29% to 386. Number of items in the Repository was up by 10% to 454. The corporation met its financial objective of being self-funding, and substantially met the strategic goals set by the Board of Directors.

2019 Strategic Goals Performance Measurement
1 Perform a survey of
the user community to identify and prioritize improvements
  • Prepare and conduct the survey
  • Analyze/Summarize Finding
  • Develop Action Plan to address priority improvements
  • Survey conducted
  • Results analyzed
  • Results factored in 2020 goals with consultation with Technical Committee
    and the Policy Committee
2 Expand the Repository to support DERMS/ADMS studies
  • Create Working Group
  • Obtain and publish data from two ADMS/DERMS Research projects
  • Obtain grid models from two ADMS/DERMS vendors
  • Working Group created but need more members (currently only two members)
  • Published data from UCR and
    Berkeley ENERGISE projects
  • Obtain data from OpalRT. Cross referencing data from OpusOne

2020 Strategic Goals

The Board also approved the following strategic goals for 2020 that were recommended by the Policy Committee based on the survey of the Repository user community conducted in 2019.

2020 Strategic Goals Performance
1 Improve Repository based upon user community survey Provide access to and/or links to power flow solvers that can be used with posted models
2 Create a Forum on BetterGrids.org Forum implemented and in production use
3 On-line feedback form from the Repository Feedback form implemented seeking comments on user experience (e.g., did you find what you were looking for?)
4 Increase community involvement in BetterGrids
  • 2 new curators
  • 5 new outreach activities

Value-Added Services

In 2019 BetterGrids Foundation engaged in the Secure Grid Data Exchange (SGDX) project funded by ARPA-E and committed to deliver a collaboration platform for the SGDX project team for a fixed annual fee. The collaboration platform has been delivered and the first annual payment was received in 2020. It represents the attainment of a major milestone for the corporation—generating revenue from value-added services—which is fundamental to the BetterGrids’ mission of being a self-funding organization.

Industry Outreach

Several BetterGrids volunteers publicized the Repository while attending the DistribuTECH 2020 in San Antonio in January 2020, and the ARPA-E OPEN 2018 Project Kick Off meeting in New Orleans in March 2020.

Technical Committee Meeting

Technical Committee met on April 30, 2020. An important decision was made on the creation of a Working Group to help with the creation of uniform and best practices for secure exchange of grid data. BetterGrids is a participant in the Secure Grid Data Exchange project funded by ARPA-E. An objective of the project is to help create uniformity and standardize processes and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for access to sensitive grid data by legitimate researchers and vendors. Expected benefits include i) improved efficiency of grid data access processes that are very cumbersome today, ii) improved reliability of the grid by better access to the legitimate users of the grid data, and iii) improved cyber security of the grid by designing more secure processes for access to the sensitive grid data.

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Third Quarter Newsletter 2019 https://www.bettergrids.org/2019q3-newsletter Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:35:14 +0000 http://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1225

September 24, 2019

Newsletter for the GRID DATA Repository and BetterGrids Foundation, Inc.

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Completion of the ARPA-E Project

In May 2019, GridBright formally completed the three-year research project funded by DOE ARPA-E to develop the BetterGrids Repository. Final closeout reports were delivered to DOE and the repository software to public under an open source license. In line with our original business plan, the Repository is now being evolved as a community resource by volunteers under the direction of the BetterGrids Board of Directors.

Industry Activities

In July 2019, Stephen Callahan and Travis Rouillard of GridBright exhibited the BetterGrids Repository at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Denver, Colorado.

In August 2019, Terry Nielsen, BetterGrids Technical Committee Chair presented the technical paper “A Semantic Search Capability for a Collection of Power Systems Models” at the Best Papers session of the IEEE General Meeting in Baltimore.

Research and Development

GridBright has officially started a new project funded by ARPA-E to develop a Secure Grid Data Exchange (SGDX) solution for the industry. Where as the BetterGrids Repository enables the grid researchers to share non-sensitive grid data, SGDX will enable the grid ecosystem to share sensitive grid data. SGDX Solutions Requirements were delivered to ARPA-E in August 2019 based on interviews with 30+ organizations representing utilities, ISOs, vendors, research organizations, and regulators.

New Additions to the Repository: Open Source Grid Analytics Code

We have expanded the Repository to allow grid researchers to publicly share the analytics software they develop as part of their research projects, along with sample test data. Visit bettergrids.org to see example software contributed by the researchers working on a DOE funded project led by the University of California at Riverside.

Users Survey

As part of the 2019 strategic goals set by the BetterGrids Board of Directors, we will be conducting a survey of the Repository users to identify desired improvements. Survey questions were reviewed by the BetterGrids Technical Committee in August and will be distributed to the registered users of the Repository through Survey Monkey in Q4, 2019.

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First Quarter Newsletter 2019 https://www.bettergrids.org/2019q1-newsletter Fri, 26 Apr 2019 16:06:26 +0000 http://www.bettergrids.org/?p=1205

April 26, 2019

Newsletter for the GRID DATA Repository and BetterGrids Foundation, Inc.

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Open Source Software Released

In keeping with our commitment to open source data and software, we have now released the latest version of the Repository code into public domain.

This latest release represents the final version of the Repository code developed by GridBright with funding from the ARPA-E. It includes the breakthrough innovation in semantic searching (and natural language processing) for grid models. A scientific paper reporting on this innovation will be presented by GridBright at the IEEE PES General Meeting this August.

Repository Users

Registered users of BetterGrids Repository now include over 300 individuals from 45 countries. They are engaged in grid research in a variety of organizations including universities, research institutes, consulting companies, software companies, national labs, and utilities.

2019 Strategic Goals

The BetterGrids Technical Committee met on April 19, 2019. The agenda included review of the 2018 performance and discussing the technical agenda for 2019. An important outcome of this meeting was a set of strategic goals for 2019.

2019 Performance Improvement Goals

The BetterGrids Board held its annual meeting on April 24, 2019. An important outcome of this meeting was a set of performance improvement goals for 2019.

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