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APPA offers new Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigation Webinar Series; free intro webinar Aug. 15

From the August 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published August 1, 2013

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education

Many public power utilities are working to define an appropriate grid modernization strategy that makes sense for their communities. To facilitate these efforts and promote information sharing among APPA members, APPA is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and SAIC to offer a series of virtual workshops (webinars) based on the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM). The Smart Grid Maturity Model is a management tool that provides a common language and framework for defining key elements of intelligent infrastructure transformation, and helps utilities develop a programmatic approach and track their progress.

Through a series of online workshops, participants will determine the maturity of their intelligent infrastructure, learn how they compare to other utilities, set targets for intelligent infrastructure implementation, and discuss what it takes to develop and execute an infrastructure roadmap. A free, introductory webinar, "How Will the Virtual SGMM Navigation Work," will be held on Aug. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m., Eastern time, to provide an overview of the SGMM and the APPA Virtual SGMM Navigation webinar series. This webinar series is only open to APPA member utilities. 

The standard SGMM Navigation is a five-step process, which will be covered in subsequent webinars, led by an SEI-Certified Navigator. The SGMM Navigation process gives utilities:
•    a comprehensive view of intelligent infrastructure to help them consider the full scope of organizational and operational impacts;
•    a clear understanding of the utility’s current state of intelligent infrastructure implementation (and as related to its peers);
•    a consensus view of the organization’s goals and aspirations, including motivations, actions required, and obstacles;
•    a common language and framework for planning and communication, both internally and with external stakeholders;
•    structured input into ongoing roadmapping, planning, and implementation; and
•    an informed intelligent infrastructure maturity baseline from which to measure progress and build an actionable plan.

Working together through the navigation process helps all of a utility’s key players get on the same page about intelligent infrastructure within the organization. 

For more detailed information on the introductory webinar and the series, under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley (202/467-2919; 


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