On March 18, representatives from ABB, Duke Energy, Green Energy Corp., Real-Time Innovations (RTI), and ScottMadden discussed Duke Energy’s Coalition of the Willing Initiative. The Coalition of the Willing brought together 25 smart grid, software, communication, and utility leaders to examine how a simpler and more cost-effective electric grid could be created.
Jason Handley, Director of Smart Grid Technology and Operations for Duke Energy, provided an overview of Duke Energy's Coalition of the Willing. Jason’s presentation was followed by a panel moderated by Cristin Lyons, Partner and Practice Lead of Grid Transformation, for ScottMadden. Howard Self, Smart Grid Distributed Automation Manger for ABB, John Camilleri, CTO of Green Energy Corp., Stan Schneider CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), and Jason Handley participated on the panel. The panel addressed how industry competitors collaborated to address issues of interoperability and worked to create and commercialize an Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB™).
Two key takeaways from the event are that Duke Energy will not pursue a Coalition of the Willing III and that moving forward, Duke Energy would require OpenFMB in solicitations.