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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Developing a collection of vetted tools, software, reports, and videos that exemplify cyber-physical resiliency techniques and design principles to addressing 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 their data and connected hardware by developing new implementation strategies; 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 US and Canadian utilities; and to create reference cyber security policies for utilities and regulators.
Working Group Focus: Building a common set of architectural/business elements and define the relationships between them so that they can be used, interpreted, understood, and modeled the same way across projects and organizations.
The Electric Vehicle Working Group focus on the role of utilities in the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) 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 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 manmade electromagnetic interference and suggest tests to determine the ability of devices connected to the power grid to withstand this environment.
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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).
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The Energy Services Interface (ESI) Task Force will bring together SEPA working groups, members and outside organizations (DOE GMLC and ASHRAE) to collect use cases to identify common actors, services, architecture - with a focus on the connection and information communicated from the grid entity to the home/building. The ESI will develop standards profiles for the most likely (in terms of both form and function) ESI use cases. This includes exploring hierarchies of ESIs extending into a building or microgrid.
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: The Distribution Planning for EVs subcommittee will identify gaps in distribution planning related to EVs and help provide level-setting among participants and distribution system planners more broadly. It will also discuss key challenges with a variety of distribution planning stakeholders and key members of the EV industry. Finally, the subcommittee will produce content deemed necessary and important by the subcommittee members.
The Managed Charging and V2G - EV Subcommittee will study a variety of topics. Materials related to managed charging procurement will be collected and shared with members and the broader industry. The subcommittee will also identify program design opportunities for managed charging programs.
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 EV Subcommittee, this Working Group will hope to gain a better understanding the types of EV-specific rates used to date around the country and gauge their efficacy of achieving the intended goals. The subcommittee will work to understand what kinds of utility tariffs have been established to undertake utility infrastructure activities and various revenue treatments of those investments. A variety of utility incentives have been provided around the country for nearly a decade; ...
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.
Grid architecture is the application of system architecture, network theory, and control theory to the electric power grid. It is a high-level description of the grid, and acts as a bridge between requirements and detailed system design. A well-conceived grid architecture that originates from, and is consistent with, the requirements but 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 need to be addressed driven by the fast pace of energy innovation.
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The Interoperability Profile Task Force, as part of the SEPA Testing and Certification Working Group, is convening stakeholders in the electric power sector to develop effective interoperability testing procedures for high-priority interfaces and communication pathways that testing labs can adopt at a low cost, and that meet the practical demands and needs of utilities and solution providers. This effort will document features and requirements of high-profile, stakeholder selected standards, including requirements for key features and functionality, performance requirements and operational limits, communications and data requirements, and others as appropriate.
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The Microgrid Planning for Resilience Against Natural Disaster Task Force will be meeting regularly to develop the "Microgrid Planning for Resilience Against Natural Disaster Playbook".
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 assess and implement microgrids.
This task force will develop a library of reference procurement language that will (1) establish metrics to assess a product’s interoperability within the larger system, (2) enable 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.
SEPA 's Technical Working Group program is designed to give members an active role in results-focused work. The goal is to forward specific technologies and how they relate to the evolving electric power sector. Working Groups provide value to members through facilitated investigation and discussion of a specific technology or industry trend as identified by SEPA members.