On July 7, 2013 Patrick Gannon, President and Executive Director of SGIP (formerly the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel) announced the results of the recent Board of Directors elections. Newly elected Board members and their stakeholder category representation include:
- Doug McGinnis, Exelon Corp – Investor Owned Utilities (IOU)
- Suresh Kotha, Sacramento Municipal Utility District – Municipal and Community-Owned Utilities (MUNI)
- Dave Hardin, EnerNOC – Electricity and Financial Market Traders
- Thomas Herbst, Silver Spring Networks – Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Service Providers
- Steve Widergren, PNNL – R&D Organizations and Academia
- Swati Dandekar, NARUC – State and Local Regulators
Several other Board members retained their positions:
- Dr. Tariq Samad, Honeywell – Commercial and Industrial Equipment Manufacturers and Vendors
- Robby Simpson, General Electric Co. - Power Equipment Manufacturers and Vendors
- John Nunneley, SunSpec Alliance - Renewable Power Producers
- John Caskey, NEMA - Standards and Specification Development Organizations (SDOs)
- Rik Drummond, Drummond Group - Testing and Certification Vendors
- Scott Ungerer, Enertech Capital - Venture Capital
The newly-elected and returning directors join the nine other directors not up for election in this round of balloting bringing the total number of voting directors to 21. This still leaves the board with four empty seats in the Electric Transportation and Relevant Government Entities categories as well as 2 of the 3 At-Large representatives. The announcement also included a special thanks to Matt Theall and Mladen Kezunovic, two departing members, for their service on the board.
Since its creation under NIST in 2009, the SGIP has been the focal point for the identification of technical standards for the Smart Grid effort in the United States that was launched by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Founded as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, the members of SGIP resolve standards coordination issues and gaps that stymie seamless connectivity. By clearing these roadblocks, the SGIP accelerates the digital modernization of the nation’s grid and expands supplier & service provider markets in both the United States and internationally, facilitating standards-based grid modernization. SGIP has signed official agreements with numerous countries to pave the way for innovative product and service introductions worldwide.
More information on the SGIP and their catalog of fully-vetted Smart Grid interoperability standards can be found at www.sgip.org.