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Carnegie Mellon to Oversee IBM Smart Grid Model

By Information Week

April 13, 2009



The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, which is composed of IBM and several utility companies, has passed control of their Smart Grid Maturity Model to Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The model was developed to guide smart grid improvements by providing indicators for measuring progress toward smart grid development, analyzing return on investment, and supporting execution.

IBM led the development of the model with support from the American Productivity & Quality Center. More than 40 utilities assisted in the development of the model. SEI director Paul Nielsen says the model provides a roadmap of activities, investments, and best practices that utilities can follow when deploying a smart grid. SEI will oversee the governance, growth, and evolution of the model, the consistency of its application, and the analysis of its use. It also will ensure that stakeholders can access related materials.

The Work Energy Council also will help with the global dissemination and adoption of the model. "The software development industry is a prime example of how maturity models have moved entire industries forward," says IBM's Guido Bartels. "We selected SEI because of its demonstrated success in providing frameworks that enhance business and technical processes, security, resiliency, and interoperability."

The model is supported by the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery.

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