A New Grid Model Repository and New Ways to Securely Share Grid Data for Research and Industry


New control, optimization algorithms, and other research and development projects are being developed by research institutions and vendors to address new issues such as grid resilience, grid modernization, and increased penetration of distributed energy resources. However, due to the sensitivity of data sets and models that often contain critical infrastructure information and/or personally identifiable information, new research projects and vendor products cannot be easily tested on real grid data. Furthermore, if research projects and products do manage to test using sensitive data, the complete test datasets and related results cannot be shared, restricting the ability to independently validate results and perform peer review. For these reasons, in 2016, ARPA-E funded the GRID DATA project to develop new, large and realistic grid models that are public and can be used by researchers, vendors, and utilities. A result of this project was the creation of the BetterGrids.org Grid Data Repository that contains many new, large and realistic publicly available grid models. As a follow-on and currently on-going project, ARPA-E funded another research project to reduce complexity, cost, and friction when vendors, utilities, researchers and grid business entities need to share data that does include sensitive information.

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  • Date: 02 Dec 2020
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
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  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • United States

  • Co-sponsored by Joe Peterson
  • Starts 01 November 2020 12:00 PM
  • Ends 01 December 2020 12:00 PM
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Terry Nielsen of GridBright


Terry Nielsen is an Executive Vice President and Board Member at GridBright. He has over 30 years of experience in defining and developing software solutions for the utility industry. His experience includes the development, implementation, and integration of Energy Management Systems (EMS), Network Model Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Outage Management Systems (OMS).

Terry has been teaching courses annually at EUCI and DistribuTech on ADMS, DERMS, and OMS for over five years. Terry is also currently the technical committee chair for the BetterGrids.org Grid Model Repository that serves the power systems research community.

Terry is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an active member of the several IEEE working groups. Terry has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.