The Learning Path Toward a Smart Grid: Changes in Standards and Business Practices Post-2018 🗓

— (IEEE SmartGrid) – interoperability, interconnection, commissioning, successes, developments, benefits …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Mark Siira, Director, Utility Compliance and Solutions, ComRent International
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org

Summary: This webinar will provide the attendees with a glimpse of some changes that will occur in business practices, post-2018. We will review the drivers of the oncoming change and some common themes that are emerging in the standards requirements and some key topics such as interoperability, interconnection, and commissioning.
We will briefly review the evolution of the smart grid standards to date.
We will review what standards are being developed and the benefits of these. We will highlight some successes and challenges we face moving forward.
Finally, we will review some of the business implications of these changes from the perspective of equipment manufacturers, developers and service providers.


Mark Siira is Director, Utility Compliance and Solutions for ComRent International – a leader in load testing solutions for critical facilities and utility-scale systems. Mark is responsible for strategic accounts, technology strategy, and external communication content.
Mark is a senior member of IEEE and Chair of Standards Coordinating Committee 21. In this role, he leads the development of all interconnection and interoperability standards for fuel cells, photovoltaics, dispersed generation and energy storage. He is Vice-Chair for IEEE1547 Interconnection Standard Revision (new test requirements).
Mark is active in the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee and UL Standards Technical Panels 1741 (Inverters). He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and and MBA from Harvard Business School.