SEPA brings together multi-stakeholder members in Working Groups to focus on industry-related topics of strategic importance. They are open to all SEPA members* and are designed to provide them with an active and collaborative role in results-focused work with the goal to forward specific technologies and their relation to the evolving, electric-power sector.
The Community Solar Working Group meets to discuss the shared renewables model and the growing pains this model faces as it continues to evolve. Members will identify what issues are most pressing and most in need of a solution through collaboration. Issues that may be addressed include: designing a TOU compensation structure; the need for consistency in program designs; leveraging subscribers for other energy services; including low income subscribers.
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The Customer Grid Edge Working Group focuses on elements of the electric grid that extend beyond the meter into customer premises. The group seeks seamless interoperability between energy service providers and customer-side equipment.
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This task force develops a collection of vetted tools, software, reports, and videos that exemplify cyber-physical resiliency techniques and design principles that address new risks associated with the Smart Grid.
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The Cybersecurity Working Group brings together experts to identify and address the gaps and challenges to ensuring the security of data and connected hardware by developing new implementation strategies. The group identifies new standards for grid operators and manufacturers for adoption into the SEPA Catalog of Standards, as well as key industry groups such as National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resource, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, and a coalition of U.S. & Canadian utilities. The group also creates reference material on cybersecurity policies for utilities & regulators.
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This task force focuses on building a common set of grid-related architectural/business elements and defining the relationships between them so that they can be accurately used, interpreted, understood, and modeled the same way across projects and organizations.
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The Electric Vehicle Working Group focuses on the role of utilities in the deployment of electric vehicles by identifying trends, business models, and strategies to roll out smart charging infrastructure. The group tracks trends and examines opportunities for light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty vehicle classes, fleet vehicles, and corresponding charging infrastructure.
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The Electromagnetic Interoperability Issues Subcommittee investigates opportunities to enhance the immunity of Smart Grid devices and systems to the detrimental effects of natural and man-made electromagnetic interference and suggest tests to determine the ability of devices connected to the power grid to withstand this environment.
A task force to identify cybersecurity controls (and gaps) to mitigate the new risk to the Grid created by the proliferation of internet-connected energy devices (such as batteries, smart thermostats, inverters, EV chargers).
The Energy Services Interface (ESI) Task Force brings together SEPA working groups, members and outside organizations, such as DOE GMLC and ASHRAE, to collect use cases to identify common actors, services, architecture. The task force focuses on the connection and information communicated from the grid entity to the customer DERs. It develops standards profiles for ESI use cases. This includes exploring hierarchies of ESIs extending into a building or microgrid.
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The Energy Storage Working Group brings together experienced utility staff and industry solution providers, as well as utilities just beginning to explore energy storage to identify challenges and disseminate best practices.
The EV Distribution Planning Subcommittee is a key to the successful rollout of electric vehicles: identifying gaps in distribution planning related to EVs and helping to provide level-setting among participants and distribution system planners more broadly. It discusses key challenges with a variety of distribution planning stakeholders and key members of the EV industry.
The Fleet Electrification Subcommittee will focus on a variety of topics including Electrification 101 for fleet managers, electric school buses, the infrastructure necessary for fleet electrification, and best practices for deploying and operating electric fleet vehicles.
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This EV Subcommittee studies a variety of topics on Managed Charging and V2G. The group collects and shares materials related to managed charging procurement with members and the broader industry. The subcommittee also identifies program design opportunities for managed charging programs.
This sub-committee believes that utility rates, tariffs, and incentives are important levers to encourage appropriate charging behaviors by consumers while at the same time encouraging EV and EV charging uptake. Working with a broad range of industry experts on the Utility Rates, Tariffs, and Incentives, this EV Subcommittee aims to gain a better understanding of the types of EV-specific rates used around the country, and to gauge their efficacy of achieving the intended goals. The sub-committee works to understand what kinds of utility tariffs have been established to undertake utility infrastructure activities and various revenue treatments of those investments.
The Grid Architecture Working Group provides thought leadership to the electric sector in the discipline of grid architecture and the related field of IT enterprise architecture. As the application of system architecture, network theory, and control theory to the electric power grid, grid architecture is a high-level description of the grid and acts as a bridge between requirements and detailed system design. The group believes a well-conceived grid architecture that originates from, and is consistent with, the requirements that can enable many potential future use cases will mitigate uncertainties and risk, and result in a grid that is flexible and adaptable, as new requirements driven by the fast pace of energy innovation need to be addre ...
The Interoperability Profile Task Force, as part of the SEPA Testing and Certification Working Group, convenes stakeholders in the electric power sector to develop effective interoperability testing procedures for high-priority interfaces and communication pathways. Testing labs can adopt these procedures at a low cost, and that meet the practical demands and needs of utilities and solution providers. This effort results in documented features and requirements of high-profile, stakeholder-selected standards, including requirements for key features and functionality, performance requirements & operational limits, communications and data requirements, and other characteristics as appropriate.
The Microgrid Planning for Resilience Against Natural Disaster Task Force meets regularly to develop the "Microgrid Planning for Resilience Against Natural Disaster Playbook". In extreme weather events microgrids can provide needed solutions to critical power systems and facilitate DER integration. The Playbook is a suite of planning and deployment strategies for utilities, and local and state governments to identify and evaluate opportunities for microgrid deployment at critical system sites. Case studies will illustrate real-world examples and pilot initiatives.
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The Microgrids Working Group seeks to identify new business models, explore regulatory and financial innovations, address gaps in standards, define use cases that drive new system requirements, and share experiences and best practices to help the energy industry stakeholders.
This task force develops a library of reference procurement language that (1) establishes metrics to assess a product’s interoperability within the larger system, (2) enables buyers to incorporate the interoperability metrics as part of the procurement process.
SEPA’s Solar Asset Management and Operations and Maintenance Working Group is a utility-only, Working Group exclusively for solar asset owners and operators. The Working Group was formed to enable utilities to evaluate available resources, share experiences, and develop best practices. The group includes both seasoned utility asset managers as well as those who may be new to solar.
NOTE: The SEPA Solar Asset Management Working Group is limited to SEPA utility members.
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