As the energy industry embarks on the Smart Grid journey, early warning signals indicate that the role and complexity of IT is being grossly underestimated and the overwhelming need for a strategic IT architecture is quickly surfacing across leading Smart Grid initiatives. Recognizing this trend, BRIDGE Energy Group has developed an Open Smart Grid Reference Architecture (openSGRA), the first of its kind open standards reference architecture that is both technology agnostic and vendor neutral.
BRIDGE's energy specific Reference Architecture can serve as the target architecture that can be leveraged to develop your organization's IT and Business transformation roadmap. The IT transformation starts with alignment of the Enterprise Architecture to the strategy of the business. When mapped against the organization's strategic plan, openSGRA can help you to identify the components of the Enterprise Architecture that you need to prioritize to achieve the greatest benefit for the business.
As IT plays an increasingly dominant role in making Smart Grid a reality, openSGRA advances current integration practices and enables stakeholders to leverage and adopt openSGRA in to their particular businesses and Smart Grid programs.
OpenSGRA also specifically addresses the integration and interoperability challenges that currently exist in the industry and has the capability to mitigate Smart Grid risk for utilities. This project accelerator is based upon the foundation and direction prescribed by Department of Energy’s Vision, GridWise® Architecture Council’s Context-Setting Framework for Interoperability and National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Interoperability Roadmap.