Securing Grid Data in the Cloud

Securing Grid Data in the Cloud

EUCI’s Utility Integration Conference 2021 (UIC2021)

October 26-27, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

Overview

Utility Integration Conference 2021 (UIC2021) is a conference about the opportunities and pitfalls of employing the cloud to integrate the grid value chain to support the sustainability and reliability goals of the utility industry and our nation.

Maintaining grid reliability in a sustainable future presents new integration challenges for the electric utility industry. To keep the lights on, a rapidly growing number of grid ecosystem players, including renewable and distributed energy developers, need to communicate and collaborate efficiently. In addition, these players need to withstand cyber-attacks, comply with changing Federal, State, and Local regulations, and protect sensitive data. UIC2021 is a conference about the opportunities and pitfalls of employing the cloud to integrate the grid value chain to support the sustainability and reliability goals of the utility industry and our nation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the challenge of secure data exchange in a federated grid
  • Review the importance of addressing this challenge to our national security, to building a sustainable energy future, and to ensuring our economic prosperity
  • Demonstrate the state-of-the-art for integrating information technology (IT)operational technology (OT), and external (i.e., distributed nonutility) technologies (XT)
  • Hear about real-life experience with cloud-based secure grid integration solutions in the utility industry
  • Define the new data exchange technical and business process standards required
  • Discover the experiences of other industries with integrating their value chain in the cloud
  • Discuss how to “future proof” your business for a cloud future in increasingly dangerous cyberspace

Agenda

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Log In and Welcome

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

Keynote Speech: Safeguarding Information Security and Privacy at Xcel Energy

Cloud services offer a number of benefits such as scalability, high availability, and decreased ownership of cost. Cloud services also introduce risk that organizations have not had to face before. How do we leverage those risk and turn them into strengths?

Jamey W. Sample, Chief Security and Privacy Officer, Xcel Energy

The Opportunities and Challenges of Cloud

Operating and maintaining the reliability of the bulk energy system is a core mission of independent system operators nationwide. However, the computing and data integration infrastructure required to accomplish this can be extremely complex and costly. Cloud technology can undoubtedly address some of the cost and complexity issues, but there are significant challenges in the areas of security, latency, and operational integrity. This session will highlight the experiences and insights on this challenging problem from the perspective of the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator (MISO).

Ruchi Rajasekhar, Sr. R&D Technology & Analytics Program Manager, MISO

PANEL: Building a Cloud-based Solution for Renewable Dispatch

Ensuring dispatchability of grid resources is an essential element of grid operation and markets. However, using the cloud to provide dispatch instructions is generally not utilized.  R&D is currently underway for a cloud-based dispatch method leveraging data from the California ISO’s Automated Dispatch System (ADS), providing a lower cost approach to resource operators and scheduling coordinators.  This session will discuss the business need and technical requirements for such solutions and will report on the learnings from the R&D project so far and a view of future opportunities.

Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO

Al Davies, President, Windstream

Kevin Coffee, Vice President Energy Markets and Procurement, ZGlobal

Travis Rouillard, CTO, GridBright

Building a Cloud-based Solution to Integrate Distributed Energy Resources

NVE has a legacy of pioneering work in the area of DER integration.  Funded currently by a DOE SETO grant, NVE plans to deploy a layered architecture for optimizing, controlling, and settling DERs using a combination of cloud-based and behind-the-meter intelligent agents. This session will update the project’s progress and highlight some key technical innovations using the cloud that are being considered.

Michael Brown, Manager, DSM Services, NV Energy

PANEL:  Building a Cloud-based Solution for Secure Emergency Management

Utility emergency operations, be it a small localized incident or a system-wide natural disaster, requires close collaboration and communication between emergency operations personnel from multiple organizations. Lives can be on the line. This session will outline the requirements to share grid data among emergency operations and provide insight into how secure grid integration can enhance the utility emergency management process.

Jeffery Imsdahl, Deputy, Chief Security Officer & Director, Physical Security, Xcel Energy

Scott Thomsen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ventura County Fire Department

Terry Nielsen, EVP, GridBright

Working Virtualization Technologies into the NERC CIP Standards

Virtualization offers economic and operational benefits to both IT and OT infrastructure. But the CIP Standards have been slow to adopt virtualization technologies making it difficult for utilities to leverage virtualization. The Project 2016-02 CIP Standards Drafting Team has been working for almost five years to bring the CIP Standards into the modern-day by enabling virtualization while also attempting to make them as future-proof as possible. The SDT has taken many turns along the way but is on the path to completion. This session will read out progress to date and plans for completion.

Scott Klauminzer, CIP Program Manager, Tacoma Power

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 : Central Time

7:45 – 8:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

PANEL:  Grid Data Exchanges for Reliability and Sustainability Planning

Data is the foundation for planning the reliability and sustainability of the grid.  With the acceleration of grid connected DER, the required data for planning is being exchanged by an increasingly diverse set of ecosystem actors. This panel will discuss the basic data needs of the planning process, obstacles to the access and free exchange of the data, and discuss how the cloud might address the needs of grid planning going forward.

Arlo Corwin, Vice President, AES

Dariush Shirmohammadi, Chief Engineer, GridBright

Mitigating the Compliance Risk

Compliance costs and risks are rising as regulations are strengthened, focusing on mitigating reliability threats from cyber-attacks and natural disaster events.  Failing to mitigate compliance risk for areas that involve Bulk Electric System (BES) is an expensive shortfall.  This panel will outline the state of compliance approaches utilized by the Mid-Continent Independent Market Operation (MISO) with a specific focus on the future of BES compliance requirements.

Keri Glitch, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, MISO

A COOP Perspective on Cloud:  Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Case Study

Utility COOP’s are much more aggressive in implementing cloud within their respective enterprises than their sister IOU utilities for many reasons.  This session will outline cloud adoption in a leading early adopter of the cloud: Mid-Carolina Electric Coop (MCEC.), including its participation in the development of cloud-based secure collaboration SaaS.

Keith Sturkie, VP, Information Technology, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative

A MUNI Perspective on Cloud:  Burbank Case Study

Most cyber experts assess smaller utilities, Muni’s specifically, as prime cyber-attack targets. This session will review the efforts of a leading Muni, the City of Burbank, in utilizing non-traditional approaches to mitigating the cyber threat drawing from NIST and other innovative industry frameworks from “outside” the utility industry.

Arsen Oganesyan, Technology Operations Director, City of Burbank

Secure Integration of Microgrids through Blockchain at ComED

Deployment of microgrids is prominent current thought on how to improve grid resiliency.  ComEd is currently implementing a project to integrate microgrids to the grid leveraging blockchain’s security and communication attributes.  This session will provide an overview of the project showing how using an intrinsically cloud-based technology (blockchain) can build resilience in the future grid.  

Dr. Honghao Zheng, Principal Quantitative Engineer – Smart Grid Emerging Technology, ComED

Prof. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Elect. & Computer Eng. Dept., Illinois Institute of Technology

Cybersecurity Research at NREL

Cybersecurity is a top-of-mind topic in multiple governmental agencies to secure the cyber assets of the United States. Many of The Department of Energy’s (DOE) labs play a critical role in the research and development in this strategic area. This session will highlight the current research underway and upcoming opportunities for research at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support cybersecurity and secure data exchange.

Jonathan White, Director of Cyber Security Program, NREL

The Future of Grid Data in the Cloud: A Cloud Provider Perspective

Cloud providers have a critical role in ensuring secure grid data exchange. They will be required to provide the special infrastructure required to meet the demands of grid-specific requirements. This panel will discuss the current and future capabilities of cloud providers in meeting this critical need.

Brad Williams, VP Industry Strategy & Innovation Engineering, Oracle

Raiford Smith, Global Head of Energy, Water, Infrastructure Risk Management, Google

Casey Werth, Global Sales Leader, IBM Energy, Utilities, and Environment

A Strategic Analogy for Cloud Adoption from which Utilities to Learn from–Healthcare  

Many other industries and sectors have been much more aggressive in adopting the cloud than the utility industry. Healthcare in particular is very similar to utilities in critical attributes such as regulation, security, confidentiality, and compliance.  This session will survey the HealthCare industry’s adoption of cloud for data exchange, including:

  • Opportunities and challenges in migrating applications to the cloud
  • Complying with healthcare privacy regulations while enabling collaboration with partners
  • Sustaining separation of provider and payer in a consolidated healthcare environment
  • Secure data exchange in healthcare
  • Challenges in choosing and deploying a Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM)

John Muir Health

Simplifying Grid Data Sharing Through Standardization 

Standardization reduces costs, improves process effectiveness, and enables innovation; all attributes important to grid data sharing. This session will outline the key elements of grid data standardization, including:

  • Technical and business process standards needed for efficient, secure grid data exchange
  • Efforts to create standardized non-disclosure agreements for grid data exchange
  • Efforts to create open standards for encrypted data exchange in the utility industry
  • Simplifying access to test datasets for smart grid research

Stephen Callahan, EVP Grid Modernization, GridBright

Planning the Cloud Journey || Considerations for Developing a Utility Cloud Strategy

This presentation will present an actionable guide to developing a utility cloud strategy, exploring a variety of emerging cloud topics, including:

  • Cloud computing solutions architecture
  • Emerging cloud trends
  • Cloud risk considerations
  • Cloud cost optimization
  • Planning for cloud staffing

Andrew Braeger, Enterprise Architect & Data Services Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Secure Grid Data Exchange, Issues & Solutions

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 : Central Time

7:45 – 8:00 a.m.
Log In

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Timing

 

Overview

This workshop will lay a foundation for discussion and exploration of the art of the possible regarding the exchange of sensitive grid data in the cloud among new energy system ecosystem participants. Covering both the technical and regulatory elements of grid data exchange, it will share learnings from the Secure Grid Data Exchange (SGDX) project funded by DOE ARPA-E with input from 50+ data exchange stakeholders in the utility industry. 

 

Agenda

The Current and Future Business and Regulatory Landscape

  • The modern grid value chain: Participants’ essential collaboration and data exchange for a sustainable, reliable grid
  • Regulatory and Legislative initiatives impacting the use of cloud in the utility industry (e.g., FERC 2222, NERC CIP, Ill regulations)
  • Opportunities, risks, costs, and economics of leveraging cloud technology for secure grid integration

Securing Grid Technology in the Cloud

  • Regulatory compliance issues related to the protection of critical energy infrastructure information (CEII)
  • Operations risks (cyber, supply chain, etc.) and threats faced today – Surveying the Industry
  • What CISO’s are concerned about?
  • IT/OT convergence and how to secure IIOT

Privacy and Compliance – Risk, Costs and Approaches

  • Regulatory compliance issues related to the privacy and protection of personally identifiable information (PII)
  • When data become “protected?” Combinations of non-PII data that becomes PII
  • Privacy in the cloud – special considerations

The Technology Landscape for Secure Grid Integration

  • The technology landscape for secure grid data exchange
  • Quantum cryptography, blockchain ledgers, peer-to-peer networks, analytics, machine learning, AI, transactive energy
  • Technology gaps and research needs
  • Standards needs

 

Workshop Instructors 

Stephen Callahan, EVP Grid Modernization, GridBright

Stephen J. Callahan is Executive Vice President for Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer at GridBright. Over his 35 plus year career in the utility industry, he has led the creation of business and technology strategies and implemented complex processes and systems for several top global utility clients spanning the areas of T&D, network operations, smart grid, customer operations, finance, and telecommunications networks. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a GridWise Alliance (GWA) Board Member Emeritus, and a DistribuTECH Advisory Committee member.

Before GridBright, Mr. Callahan was IBM’s Vice President of Global Strategy and Solutions for the Energy & Utilities industry and a member of IBM’s Industry Academy.  He was also a Partner for Coopers & Lybrand and PwC.  Earlier, he held several management positions at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for 15 years.    


Travis Rouillard, EVP & CTO, GridBright

Mr. Rouillard is the Chief Technology Officer of GridBright, with over 20 years of experience building and deploying utility software solutions. He is currently the chief architect for GridBright SaaS solutions for DER integration and the technical lead for the GridBright SGDX project funded by ARPA-E. He has led the integration of IT/OT systems at large utilities, small munis, regional transmission operators, trading firms, and retail energy services companies. For most of the last decade, he has specialized in demand response management systems (DRMS) and distributed energy resources management systems (DERMS).

Before GridBright, Mr. Rouillard has held senior roles at GE, Alstom, UISOL, and Pacific Gas and Electric. At UISOL, he designed the world-leading DRMS that Alstom acquired. At GE, he was the global product manager for Demand Response, DER, and Market solutions. In addition, he has advised numerous leading utilities and ISOs on five (5) continents, including PJM, CAISO, MISO, TVA, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa, China, Nevada Energy, HECO, PG&E, and EDF.


Ken Anderson, Director, AASI Consulting

Ken is a Senior Information Technology professional with over 30 years of experience in managing, implementing, and designing cyber environments; He has specialized in Enterprise Security Architecture Design for over 20 years.  Ken is thoroughly experienced in strategic network / systems planning and evaluation, building secure networks / architectures, and implementing network security for corporate and public sector clients.  Ken has extensive experience auditing and assessing a variety of industries, including; the Industrial Security environment (Cyber Control System Architecture), Distribution Management Systems (DMS) for Control Net-works, Smart grid Technologies (AMR and Smart meter), Telecommunications audit and design, Health Care standards (HIA) and Regulatory standards (NERC CIP, FOIP, PIPA, CSOX).

He has spent the last 14 years working with a variety of international standards organizations such as AMI Sec, CEA, ISA, NERC CIP, NIST, and the Department of Homeland Security in developing holistic and innovative industrial security standards.


Jahan Moreh, Chief Security Architect, Michigan Group

Mr. Moreh has 30 years of experience in information protection spanning a variety of disciplines ranging from security policy, governance and assessment, to standards and protocols, architecture, design, implementation and deployment.  Particular areas of expertise include cloud-based security, federated identity management and authentication, distributed privilege management and access control, key management, and digital signatures.

Mr. Moreh has extensive knowledge of many security related best practices such as ISO/IEC 27002 and NIST 800 series. He serves as a technical advisor to CISOs of medium and large organizations on issues related to Identity, Access Management, Information Protection and Compliance. He was a member of the OASIS Security Services Technical Committee and a contributor to the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standards, and co-editor of SAML 2.0 Metadata Specification. Mr. Moreh is co-holder of twelve patents in the field of information security.

Speakers

  • Andrew Braeger, Enterprise Architect & Data Services Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities

  • Michael Brown, Manager, DSM Services, NV Energy

  • Stephen Callahan, EVP Grid Modernization, GridBright

  • Kevin Coffee, Vice President Energy Markets and Procurement, ZGlobal

  • Arlo Corwin, Vice President, AES

  • Al Davies, President, Windstream

  • Keri Glitch, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, MISO

  • Jeffery Imsdahl, Deputy, Chief Security Officer & Director, Physical Security, Xcel Energy

  • Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO

  • Scott Klauminzer, CIP Program Manager, Tacoma Power

  • John Muir Health

  • Terry Nielsen, EVP, GridBright

  • Arsen Oganesyan, Technology Operations Director, City of Burbank

  • Ruchi Rajasekhar, Sr. R&D Technology & Analytics Program Manager, MISO

  • Travis Rouillard, CTO, GridBright

  • Jamey W. Sample, Chief Security and Privacy Officer, Xcel Energy

  • Prof. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Elect. & Computer Eng. Dept., Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Dariush Shirmohammadi, Chief Engineer, GridBright

  • Raiford Smith, Global Head of Energy, Water, Infrastructure Risk Management, Google

  • Keith Sturkie, VP, Information Technology, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative

  • Scott Thomsen, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ventura County Fire Department

  • Jonathan White, Director of Cyber Security Program, NREL

  • Brad Williams, VP Industry Strategy & Innovation Engineering, Oracle

  • Casey Werth, Global Sales Leader, IBM Energy, Utilities, and Environment

  • Dr. Honghao Zheng, Principal Quantitative Engineer – Smart Grid Emerging Technology, ComED

Online Delivery

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This program will include case studies, panel discussions and PowerPoint presentations

Who Should Attend

You will benefit from attending this conference if you are from an electric utility, an independent system operator (ISO), a renewable developer, an aggregator, a scheduling coordinator, or a regulator with responsibilities or involvement in the items mentioned below:

Business Users

IT & OT Users

  • Grid Modernization implementation managers and business transformation leaders
  • Compliance managers responsible for the protection of sensitive grid data and private customer data
  • Grid Operations planners and operators involved with exchanging grid data
  • Renewable developers, aggregators, scheduling coordinators involved in grid data exchange
  • Systems Integration, B2B Integration, and OT Integration architects
  • Cybersecurity architects
  • Data scientists
  • Infrastructure protection specialists
  • Cloud infrastructure architects
  • Data communication standards

 

 

This conference will also be of interest to companies and consultants that assist the utility industry in implementing systems integration and business transformation solutions and regulators developing the rules to protect grid data exchange.

Sponsors

DEAR COLLEAGUE:

I invite you to join our quest for secure grid integration.

Utility Integration Conference (UIC) is a forum for sharing best practices for the application of systems integration (SI)) in the utility industry, it was first organized in 2004. 

The conferences over the years since have showcased pioneering work of leading utilities who have applied systems and business process integration to improve processes such as outage restoration, asset management, maintenance management, work management, automated meter reading, customer service, demand response, and distributed energy sources.

We dedicated the last UIC to case studies of “Integrating Distributed Resources into Control Centers and Markets.” This year’s conference will focus exclusively on “Secure Grid Integration”, creating a forum where we can all learn about this timely topic from leading industry experts who will be sharing their insights and experiences. 

I want to acknowledge the UIC2021 Advisory Board members’ critical role in shaping this year’s conference. I am grateful to them for their invaluable contributions.

I look forward to meeting you at UIC2021.

 

Ali Vojdani, Ph.D.

Conference Chair

CEO, GridBright

President, BetterGrids

 

Advisory Board

UIC2021, 8th Utility Integration Conference

Category

Name

Title

Company

Utilities

Arsen Oganesyan

Technology Operations Director

City of Burbank

Tom Langlois

IT Director

ConED

Chris McNally

Portfolio Architect, RT Systems

Eversource

Keith Sturkie

CIO

MCEC

Michael Brown

Manager, DSM Services

NV Energy

Tom Bialek

Chief Engineer

SDG&E

Joe Tellez

CTO

Tacoma Public Utilities

James Sample

Chief Security & Privacy Officer

Xcel Energy

ISOs

Peter Klauer

Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology

CAISO

Ruchi Rajasekhar

Sr. R&D Technology & Analytics Program Manager

MISO

Power Producers 

Arlo Corwin

Vice President

AES

Al Davies

President

Windstream

Energy Service Providers

Kevin Coffee

Vice President Energy Markets and Procurement

ZGlobal

Industry Organizations

Nancy Rader

Executive Director

Cal Wind Energy Association

Technology Vendors

Zac Canders

CoCEO

DataCapable

Bradley Williams

Vice President Industry Strategy

Oracle

Consulting Companies

Ken Anderson

Director

AASI Consulting

Jahan Moreh

Chief Security Architect

Michigan Group

R&D Organizations

Alex Mogilevsky

Director, Transmission & Distribution

CEATI International

Murali Baggu

Grid Integration Laboratory Program Manager –

NREL

Academia

Mohammad Shahidehpour

Professor & Chair of EE Dept

IIT

 

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