The Smart Grid demonstration project is a collaborative research effort focused on design, implementation, and assessment of field demonstrations to address prevalent challenges with integrating distributed resources in grid and market operations, as well as in system planning. Some of the barriers that need to be addressed are insufficient communication and control infrastructures and lack of interoperability standards. The Project will demonstrate a variety of approaches for overcoming these barriers and identify appropriate standards and best practices for distributed resource integration.
One of the key components of the project is to address the cyber security requirements, particularly in the integration framework, reference architecture, and information exchange model. This was done by documenting the cyber security strategies, including the risk assessment, requirements specification, and mitigation controls implemented by the participating organizations. This information was then used to identify security gaps and issues and best practices.