Is 2030.5 THE DER Protocol?

Are you a utility representative, vendor, cloud provider, or regulator who wants to be an innovative hero helping integrate DERs onto the grid? Do you want to help reduce grid costs and greenhouse emissions while increasing security and reliability?

If so, join GridEdge Intelligence for an insightful mini forum where Stuart McCafferty (GridIntellect), David Forfia (Utilicast, Gridwise Architecture Council), and Eamonn McCormick (Utilicast) will discuss their “EnergyIoT Conceptual Model” and a methodology that maps the IEEE 2030.5 technology stack to develop DER interoperability solution architectures to support grid services and markets. The conversation will be based on their recent article: Creating DER Integration Solution Architectures Using IEEE 2030.5 and the EnergyIoT Common Reference Model.

Dr. Andrew Mears, CEO of SwitchDin, will discuss real-life Australian projects using the model to support multiple use cases. Australia is one of the first countries in the world approaching critical levels of DER and there are some great lessons emerging. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by James Mater, General Manager at QualityLogic and founder of GridEdge Intelligence.

We will record this event and make it freely available for a short time afterward. Later access will require a $50 charge or subscription to GridEdge Intelligence (GEI), which can be purchased at GEI’s mission is to help you accelerate selection, adoption and implementation of standard communications protocols for grid edge resource integration.

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A Practical Application of IEEE 2030.5

Stuart and his colleagues are visionary leaders in smart grid technology and interoperability and believe using modern IoT communication standards such as IEEE 2030.5 is foundational to rapid and economical IoT-based DER integration.

Why IEEE 2030.5? Interoperability! It was primarily developed to coordinate behind the meter building energy devices, and has evolved to become a rich and mature standard with a growing ecosystem that includes testing and certification for interoperability and security.

The EnergyIoT Reference Architecture is freely available On Energy Central. It was designed to leverage modern IoT technologies to simplify integration of DERs, enable distribution markets, create new opportunities for innovation and inclusion, and address climate change head-on. The model uses modern communication standards to link three domains (Energy Business Systems, Energy Services (DevOps) Cloud, and Operational Technology (OT)) to abstract complex and brittle communications between business solutions and the OT assets. It recognizes and encourages use of standards that enable simple integration of grid assets and business systems through an Energy Services cloud layer, taking advantage of modern technologies such as virtualization, orchestration, identity management, and cybersecurity tools, microservices, and big data management solutions. These technologies already exist and are available globally.

Mini-Forum Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • EnergyIoT Reference Architecture
  • IEEE 2030.5 Architecture and Benefits
  • Applying the EneryIoT Reference Architecture and IEEE 2030.5
  • Use Case: Australian Projects Supported Through the Methodology and IEEE 2030.5 Technology Stack
  • Q&A

Meet Your Moderator & Panelists

James Mater

James Mater is a industry-leading expert on smart grid standards, interoperability, and the maturity of eco-systems of products based on these standards. He leads QualityLogic’s smart grid business and has given dozens of presentations and authored multiple papers on interoperability in the smart grid and is the founder and publisher of GridEdge Intelligence. James was an original member of the SGIP Test and Certification Committee (TCC) and led the TCC Work Group that is assessing the state of certification and test programs for standards in the SGIP Catalog of Standards. James has been an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, co-teaching a graduate course titled Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities.

James Mater

Stuart McCafferty

Stuart McCafferty (Founder and CEO of Grid Intellect) is an accomplished Smart Grid technical executive with an innovative history and strong relationships in the utility and vendor communities. He excels in leading business and partner development, platform and solution design, go to market planning, and application of existing and emerging/disruptive technologies. Prior to founding GridIntellect, Stuart worked for Black & Veatch supporting the utility, technology, and vendor communities in strategy and pragmatic application of DER that combines IoT best practices and technologies with energy standards and protocols. Stuart is an Air Force Academy graduate, US military veteran, Energy Fellowship recipient for community resilience at NIST, an Energy “Expert” for Energy Central, and Vice Chair of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) user group.

Stuart McCafferty

Andrew Mears

Dr. Andrew Mears is founder and CEO of SwitchDin, a company based in Newcastle Australia with a mission to solve key barriers to transforming the electricity systems of the world using renewable energy. He is also Director and Co-founder of Eighteen04, a curated co-working space for clean tech and smart city related startups. Prior, he was chief technical advisor to the UN and World Bank on low emissions development and rural electrification. He is a renewable energy and electrification strategy and technology innovator and entrepreneur founding previous technology ventures through to exit, and more than 20 years of experience in key emerging and developed country markets. He holds BE and ME degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Newcastle, and doctorate from University of Technology Sydney.

Andrew Mears

David Forfia

David Forfia is a Grid Architecture Lead at Utilicast, and has been Chair of the GridWise Architecture Council since 2015, council member since 2012. The GridWise Architecture Council is a thought leadership group of experts from all aspects of the power industry whose mission involves the design of a power grid that adapts to the needs to the future. This team is assembled by the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Prior, David was Director of Enterprise Architecture and IT Transformation at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Director and Board Chair at SGIP. He holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edward’s University.

David Forfia
Utilicast & GridWise Architecture Council

Eamonn McCormick

Since 2015 Eamonn McCormick has been Technology and Business Architecture Services Lead at Utilicast, a leading energy industry consultancy. He is also Strategic Advisor to several companies and the Energy Block Chain consortium. Eamonn is a passionate believer in the bright future of the energy industry and the importance of collaboration for solving our current industry challenges. He is a results driven technology leader with a track record of success. He has implemented strategic technology change at several large energy companies over the last twenty years in the areas of wholesale markets, transmission and energy distribution primarily. He holds degrees in Engineering and Management Science from University College Dublin.

Eamonn McCormick



QualityLogic is the first SunSpec Authorized Test Software Provider, playing an integral role in the testing and development of IEEE 2030.5/CSIP communication products.

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