The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has formed a new Energy and Utilities Domain Working Group (DWG) that will focus on the global energy and utilities community including electric, gas, oil and water services. The intent is to define requirements and use cases to drive the development of changes and/or enhancements to existing OGC standards and to develop new OGC standards that meet the needs of stakeholders. There are a significant number of other organizations tasked with defining and coordinating standards development and solving interoperability issues within the “Smart Grid” community, including NIST (USA) and NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the European Union (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG), IEEE, and IEC.
The goals of the Energy and Utilities DWG are to
- Identify gaps and overlaps in industry standards by providing a clearinghouse for geospatially oriented data standards across standards organizations
- Cultivate technical solutions which support interoperable concepts, data definitions, formats and services for publishing, search, and exchange of geospatial information.
- Identify and prioritize use cases that will provide the most significant value, or mitigate the most significant risks in this arena.
- Initiate demonstration projects to develop and publicize best practices in this area.