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Subject: Re: [smartgrid-interest] Draft Charter - Energy Market Information Exchange


A few suggestions for the draft charter for the proposed OASIS Energy Market Information Exchange (eMIX) Technical Committee:

1)   The draft charter states, "European markets have an additional area of interface, between Transmission and Distribution (in American terminology), as these are typically under separate ownership. As time allows, or in a future update, the TC may address those needs as well."  I think it's important for your "Enterprise View" to include these needs without fail, because 
-- Customer ownership of microgrids (a la Galvin Institute's "Perfect Power") will be likely be a critical factor in the transition from centralized to distributed generation, globally. Distributed generation is very much driven by new opportunities for distributed ownership and control of energy assets.
-- Global product deployment and customer acceptance of the new standards will require international participation, or at least consideration of other nations' requirements, in the development of the standards. Larger markets encourage investment, innovation, technology convergence and lower prices, so everyone will benefit if the standards are global. Rapid national and global market rollout of distributed generation has important national and global security benefits and economic benefits.

2)  The Enterprise view for Smart Grid commerce standards needs to explicitly state that ownership of each physical "feature" (meter device, device metered, building, right of way, etc.) matters. 

3)   The Enterprise View for Energy Market Information Exchange should explicitly state the need for standards to support measurement, control and real-time buying/selling (and sometimes regulating) not only of electricity but also of fuels and combustion (and emissions, such as wood smoke in urban settings), water and sewage and perhaps even bandwidth usage. Also, end user and small generator participation in carbon trading needs to be explicitly enabled and not inadvertently precluded by the standards. Detailed standards for the electric power markets should come first, but as part of a comprehensive and coherent high level "smart pipes and wires" standards framework.

4) I missed the end of the comment period for the draft charter of the OASIS Energy Interoperation TechnicalCommittee, so I failed to register my comment (offered as an OGC consultant) that indoor and outdoor spatial locations and spatial relationships matter. But this is important for commerce as well. Geospatial standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), ISO TC/211 and IEEE 1451 are in wide use and need to be incorporated into the Smart Grid standards ecosystem. OGC and the buildingSMART Alliance recently completed the first in a planned series of multi-sponsor, multi-participant AEC-Owner-Operator (AECOO) Testbeds in which energy is an important focus. Follow-on AECOO Testbeds will likely involve the OGC Sensor Web Enablement and IEEE 1451 "smart transducer" standards. OASIS has a memorundum of understanding with the OGC. The OGC's CTO is Carl Reed (creed@opengeospatial.org). The buildingSMART alliance contact for the AECOO testbed is Christopher Groome (chris.groome@b-r-t.co.uk). The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society’s Sensor Technology Technical Committee is chaired by Kang Lee (kang.lee@nist.gov).

Thank you for the opportunity to offer these comments.


Lance McKee
phone/fax: 508-752-0108
cell: 508-868-2295

On Mar 30, 2009, at 10:43 PM, William Cox wrote:

I've attached a draft charter for the proposed OASIS Energy Market Information Exchange (eMIX) Technical Committee.

This TC is intended to address the prices, market characteristics, and other information for energy trading, buying, and selling. I was inspired to start working on this from discussions in and around the NIST Building-to-Grid and Industry-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Groups, and continued interest from first round reviewers and from people attending GridEcon 2009 in Chicago (http://www.gridecon.com -- slides are available on line at the agenda link).

From my perspective as an enterprise software architect, this fits into a simple three layer stack with interoperation protocols (how to communicate) as the fundamental layer. I put the Energy Interoperation TC/OpenADR work here, with parts of the message payload in the next layer.

The middle layer is what is communicated -- for markets, things like price, quantity, units, time (of use), and characteristics of the energy sold -- from source (e.g. gas-fired plants, coal, solar, coal plant with scrubbers, wind) to derived information (e.g. carbon data), and also trading information (is this a bid, a price quote, an accepted transaction?).

The goal is to create an XML vocabulary that can be used in a broad range of market exchanges with minimal differences (and where there are differences, arranged in a simple way) for the various consumers of the information.

The third layer is the market design and definition; since markets have varying degrees of complexity I'm leaving this alone for now :-). This is a potentially complex area, and an interesting one. Accordingly, I'd like to carefully define the EMIX work to focus on layer two.

I invite you to participate in a discussion on how to improve this charter, as well as the sorts of characteristics that are important to energy markets.

If you would like to be listed on the charter when submitted as a supporter, please contact me or Toby Considine.

Comments to me or (preferably) to the list. Please reference line numbers where appropriate.

William Cox
Email: wtcox@CoxSoftwareArchitects.com
Web: http://www.CoxSoftwareArchitects.com
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+1 908 277 3460 fax
<Energy Market Information Exchange TC Charter 20090330.pdf>
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