Frances Cleveland, President and Principal Consultant
Ms. Cleveland has managed and consulted on Smart Grid information and control system projects in the electric power industry for over 35 years. Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid information interoperability standards, smart inverter functionalities for Distributed Energy Resources, cyber security issues, resilience, and integration of systems, including Distributed Energy Resources (DER), plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), substation automation, SCADA systems, and energy market operations. Recent work includes consulting on the following projects:
- California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC): Leading the Smart Inverter Working Group (SIWG) which has developed the Phase 1 recommendations to the CPUC on key autonomous DER smart inverter functions for California utilities in order to update the California DER Interconnection Rule 21. Currently leading the SIWG Phase 2 effort in developing the communications and cyber security recommendations for these DER smart inverters. Shortly will start the Phase 3 effort on additional smart inverter functions.
- Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB): Developed a report and web site on “Emerging Changes in Electric Distribution Systems in Western States and Provinces” that provides WIEB stakeholders, particularly regulators and utilities, with the current status and emerging issues of distribution systems. It focuses on the regulatory and utility challenges of integrating high penetrations of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) systems, as well as the opportunities posed by the smart inverter functions. The report covers the recent California DER and distribution challenges and opportunities, as well as Hawaii, Europe, and other locations.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Technical Champion for the SGIP Priority Action Plan (PAP) 7 and working group on Distributed Renewables, Generation, & Storage (DRGS), including participation as lead Subgroup on DER Use Cases and Information Standards. Developed the “SGIP DRGS Subgroup B White Paper: Categorizing Use Cases in Hierarchical DER Systems”.
- Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP): Major participant in the development of the NISTIR 7628 “Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security”. Lead of the NIST Smart Grid Cyber Security Working Group (SGCC) Standards Subgroup which assesses communication standards for their cybersecurity capabilities and gaps based on the NISTIR 7628 Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security. In conjunction with the SGIP DRGS, developed the “Resiliency and Security Recommendations for Power Systems with Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Cyber-Physical Systems”, which is being submitted to the IEC TC57 WG15 as IEC/TR 62351-12.
In the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), she is:
Convenor of IEC TC57 WG15 for IEC 62351 cybersecurity standards for power system operations.
Editor for IEC TC57 WG17 for IEC 61850-7-420 and IEC 61850-90-7 information standards for DER systems, electric vehicles, and distribution automation
Technical Advisor to the IEC TC 57 for WG17 (Distributed Resources), WG14 (CIM for Distribution and AMI Integration), WG 03 (RTU telecontrol), WG07 (ICCP), WG15 (Information Security), WG16 (Market Operations), WG19 (Harmonization of TC57 standards)
Technical Advisor to the IEC TC8 WG5 (Use Case template), IEC TC8 WG6 (DER Use Cases), and SG3 (Smart Grid).
In the IEEE, she is a member of IEEE 1547 working groups, chair of the IEEE PES PSCC Security Subcommittee, and past chair of the PSCC.
Her educational background consists of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from San Jose State University (1987), a Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley (1975), and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, Harvard University (1969). (Link to Cleveland Resume)
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