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ZEDEDA Collaborates with Google and Others To Modernize Critical Infrastructure

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It is no secret that the electric grid in the U.S. (and other countries) is not only fragile but failing. For example, extreme weather in Texas earlier shut down millions of homes and businesses.

As the U.S. Congress accelerates the negotiations around a massive infrastructure bill, which as part of the economic recovery could be as large as $2 trillion, it is mission-critical to upgrade the American power grid as a fundamental part of supporting the growth of manufacturing and industrial innovation, advancement of smart cities and schools, and delivering broadband and other services to rural communities.

Source: https://www.iotevolutionworld.com/iot/articles/449482-zededa-collaborates-with-google-others-modernize-critical-infrastructure.htm

Defining Future Power Grids with Open Source Software

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If a Linux Foundation effort succeeds, the next-generation power grid will be based on open source tools using commodity software and hardware. That software-defined approach is promoted as encouraging joint development and investment while helping to pry open the black boxes that underpin today’s decidedly closed and overburdened power grids.

The foundation’s power initiative, LF Energy, seeks to apply open-source principles that have transformed other industries to the monolithic and moribund electricity generation and transmission sector.

Read more: https://www.eetimes.com/defining-future-power-grids-with-open-source-software/

LF Energy Architecture Principles: Version 1.0

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LF Energy Architecture Principles 

Version 1.0 of the LF Energy Architecture Principles was recently released by a group of ten industry experts! 

The team of individuals leading this effort seek to provide a consistent and measurable level of quality to guide decision-making for LF Energy governance and technical communities. 

LF Energy Architecture Principles

Below you will find a brief overview of the four principles intended to guide the evolution and growth of the technical community within LF Energy.  For full details on the principles please visit the LF Energy Wiki. 

Principle #1: Interoperability by default

This principle encourages the technical community to design and engineer for easy integration which will enable easier adoption and grow the community at a rapid pace.  

Principle #2: Resilience by design

The second principle is resilience by design meaning design and engineer for continuous availability. The energy transition leads to an increased share of renewable energy sources, resulting in more volatile and unpredictable power systems. This requires real-time situational awareness with minimal service interruptions.

Principle #3: Simplify by design

The third principle is simplify by design. Simple architectures are easier to communicate, build, deploy, operate, and evolve thus requiring lower costs thus design and engineer for simplicity. 

Principle #4: Security and safety by design

The fourth and final principle is security and safety by design. Security and safety must be a top priority from the start and cannot be bolted on afterwards. Benefits of secure and safe design include protection of you and your customers’ businesses, protection of personal information, work safety for employees and customers, and confidence in your solutions. 

Learn more about the LF Energy Principles here.

LF Energy Newsletter: May 2021

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The US Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the LF Energy Foundation

Security of our global power grid is of utmost importance to the energy industry and for the function of our society as a whole. Recent events such as the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack and the SolarWinds attack have shown the importance of being able to secure both the infrastructure and the supply chain of the software powering the grid. Assurance that our open-source projects are built with the most advanced and transparent cyber-security processes and tools in mind is of utmost importance to LF Energy and the Linux Foundation as we globally move towards an increasingly digital and distributed power system.   LF Energy Foundation recognizes the adoption of open source in the energy sector requires attention to security practices and policies. Learn more about how LF Energy projects are fulfilling the requirements outlined in the Executive Order here, through Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs), code lineage and provenance, dependency management, and maintaining best practices in security management.
We Take Security Seriously
Welcome New Members!
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LF Energy Guiding PrinciplesThe LF Energy community has been working diligently to build the LF Energy Guiding Principles, which intend to guide the evolution and growth of the technical community and the ecosystem over time. Special thanks to everyone who participated in crafting these principles.
Benoît Jeanson, RTE
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Daniel Lazaro, AVEVA
Jonas van den Bogaard, Alliander
Sander Janson, Alliander
Fedder Skovgaard, Energinet Gianluca Dianese, IDEASFORUM hub
Juanjo Hierro, FIWARE Foundation 
Lene Olsen, Energinet 
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PowSyBl Achieves CII Best Practices BadgeLF Energy project, PowSyBl, is proud to announce they have achieved the CII Best Practices Badge! PowSyBl is an open source system dedicated to providing electrical grid models, simulation, and grid analysis. It helps in writing and providing software that could be used in analysis and power system simulation.   
LF Energy Spring Summit 2021In April, we hosted the LF Energy Spring Summit, which delivered incredible content value for attendees by featuring 34 breakout sessions, four keynotes, two industry expert panels, and interactive discussions and Q&A with speakers. Featured topics included Microgrids, Power System Network Operations for the Future, and Price-Based Grid Coordination with LF Energy project highlights among others. Session recordings are now available on the LF Energy YouTube Channel.
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New Initiative to Protect U.S. Electrical Grid From Cyberattacks: Feedback Friday | SecurityWeek.Com
Energy infrastructure platform uses open source to fight climate change | Opensource.comAn Open-Source Microgrid Project from LF Energy and Sony CSL – Power Electronics NewsOpen Minds and Open Source: Linux Foundation LF Energy Introduces Two Initiatives Designed to Reduce Carbon and Shift to Sustainable Energy (iotevolutionworld.com)
Intro To LF Energy Sprint Summit 2021: Feat Shuli Goodman | TFiR: Interviews, News & Analysis by Swapnil Bhartiya
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Creating software-defined energy systems

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Developing an open source strategy for grid transformation could be an essential step in mitigating how the U.S. creates and distributes power from wind and other renewables.

With the Biden administration’s ambitious plans to ramp up offshore wind production, along with a multi-trillion-dollar plan to boost the country’s infrastructure, it becomes all the more important that essential software and computing power are accessible to help aid in the creation of new methods to build, maintain, and operate this massive undertaking. To that end, the people behind LF Energy and The Linux Foundation are hard at work to ensure the Linux kernel is protected and available to all.

Read more: Creating software-defined energy systems | Wind Systems Magazine

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The US Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the LF Energy Foundation

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Written by: John Mertic, Director of Program Management at the Linux Foundation

Security of our global power grid is of utmost importance to the energy industry and for the function of our society as a whole. Recent events such as the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack and the SolarWinds attack have shown the importance of being able to secure both the infrastructure and the supply chain of the software powering the grid. Assurance that our open-source projects are built with the most advanced and transparent cyber-security processes and tools in mind is of utmost importance to LF Energy and the Linux Foundation as we globally move towards an increasingly digital and distributed power system.  

The US White House recently released its Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (along with a press call) to counter “persistent and increasingly sophisticated malicious cyber campaigns that threaten the public sector, the private sector, and ultimately the American people’s security and privacy.”

Recently, the Linux Foundation published a blog that centered on how its communities enable the required security practices. For example, SPDX and OpenChain have been a center point for guidance and standards in open source software supply chain management for years.

LF Energy Foundation recognizes the adoption of open source in the energy sector requires attention to security practices and policies within the hosted project communities. In particular, here are the programs and practices in place which can help ecosystem members with fulfilling the requirements outlined in the EO.

Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs)

The EO focuses on the need for a Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs) along with other tasks that depend on SBOMs. SBOMs are a key tool in understanding where the code your organization originates from.

LF Energy hosted projects are able to produce SBOMs because they have aligned on the use of SPDX short-form license identifiers, which provide the ability to specify the license of a given source code file in a simple, efficient, portable, and consistent manner, which is both human and machine-readable. SPDX is in the process of being approved as ISO/IEC Draft International Standard (DIS) 5962, and SPDX 2.2 as used by LF Energy hosted projects already supports the current guidance from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for minimum SBOM elements. 

All of the LF Energy hosted projects have regular license code scans and SBOMs made publicly available from these scans.

Code Lineage and Provenance

Good code hygiene best starts at the source, understanding where the code contributed to the project originates. Being able to track each contribution and its author for a given project is not just a good exercise for intellectual property (IP) hygiene, but also is key to security management. Understanding the code lineage and provenance helps prevent malware and other unintended code from entering the source code repository from the start.

The Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) is in use in all of our hosted project communities, which helps to ensure the lineage and providence of code contributions are well known and contributors assert their ability to contribute code to the project.

Dependency Management

Open source projects tend to depend on third-party libraries and tooling that are leveraged during the build and/or at runtime. Understanding the lineage of these components is crucial, and staying ahead of the security vulnerabilities within these components is critical for open source projects such as those hosted at the Open Mainframe Project.

LF Energy hosted projects such as PowSyBl and SOGNO leverage LFX Security as a tool for managing security vulnerabilities in their dependencies. Having security vulnerabilities management and resolution a transparent activity in our community builds trust with the downstream consumers of the hosted projects.

Maintaining best practices in security management

As a part of the project lifecycle, projects achieve a Core Infrastructure Initiative Best Practices Badge. This badge is a rigorous process for open source communities, requiring nearly all projects globally that have achieved a badge to make changes to their processes and procedures as part of achieving a badge. Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF) and OpenLEADR are two of our hosted projects that have achieved a passing badge, and many more of the hosted projects are working through the process of achieving a badge.

We take security seriously

As you can see, LF Energy takes security as seriously as the energy sector as a whole and sees security as fundamental in building the power grid of the future. Open source projects hosted at LF Energy benefit from this security infrastructure and more; check out the benefits of hosting your project at the LF Energy Foundation for more details.

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LF Energy’s 2021 Summit Sparks Sustainability

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LF Energy, an open-source foundation, recently had its Spring Summit. Executive Director Shuli Goodman discusses the event, LF Energy’s overarching goals, the future of sustainable energy and more.

The Linux Foundation ecosystem dedicated to energy and power system transformation through open-source software, hosted the LF Energy Spring Summit on April 14, 2021. The summit was a virtual event, but still had record-breaking attendance, with 89% of registered people attending. And the summit was a hit, with 89% of respondents rating the event as “excellent,” according to Shuli Goodman, executive director, LF Energy.

Read More: LF Energy’s 2021 Summit Sparks Sustainability | TechChannel

LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 Event Summary

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LF Energy (LFE) hosted the LF Energy Spring Summit on April 14, 2021, and it received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. LF Energy, an umbrella foundation of the Linux Foundation, brings together stakeholders to solve the complex, interconnected problems associated with the decarbonization of energy and sector coupling through neutral governance, an open, collaborative community, and using resilient, secure, and flexible open source software. 

The LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 drew nearly 225 virtual attendees from 28 countries. Of the 194 registrants who accessed the event platform, there was an 89% attendance rate with an average of just under six hours spent at the event. This attendance rate is well over the industry average for online, virtual events.

The audience gathered a mix of community professionals, with 49% of attendees in leadership or managerial roles. Just over 20% of attendees identified themselves as Individual Contributors, with nearly 21% Other and 10% Academic following. To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, LF Energy was proud to provide 11 Diversity Scholarships to support individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Linux Foundation events.

Feedback from survey participants was extremely positive with 83% of respondents rating the overall event as Excellent or Great.

The LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 delivered incredible content value for attendees by featuring 34 breakout sessions, four keynotes, two industry expert panels, and interactive discussions and Q&A with speakers. Featured topics included Microgrids, Power System Network Operations for the Future, and Price-Based Grid Coordination with LF Energy project highlights among others. To see videos from the Summit, visit the Summit playlist on the LF Energy YouTube Channel.

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Alliander and It’s Open Source Mission

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Guest Author: Judith Scheperboer-Bol of Alliander

“By building an open source ecosystem, we contribute to a digital and sustainable energy system of the future”

The world around us is changing rapidly, and we need each other’s knowledge and resources in order to keep on track. Alliander is driven by the social importance of keeping energy reliable, affordable and accessible for everyone. They also feel it is important to be conscientious about the costs associated with digitalization. That is why open source software is becoming increasingly important as we all face the challenges of the future. Sharing knowledge, time, energy, expertise, is the key to helping us all improve. 

Every time Alliander has cooperated with other parties through open source software, the benefit has been evident. The membership with LF Energy provides them with a platform where they find counterparts for their mission. Together, we are building an open source ecosystem, contributing to a digital and sustainable energy system of the future. Curious about what Alliander does and to what projects they contribute? You can read all about it at https://www.alliander.com/en/open-source/. Join us and collaborate!

Our collaborations in LF Energy

  • Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF) is a software platform that enables hardware monitoring and control in the public space. GXF provides several functions out of the box and provides scalability & high availability, high security, a generic design, and no vendor lock-in. GXF is currently deployed in several public use cases, including microgrids, smart metering, public lighting, and distribution automation.GXF is a project Alliander actively maintains.
  • IT-solutions such as visualisation, CI/CD and central configuration start to get increasingly important in substation automation. The primary goal of the CoMPAS project is to develop open source software components related to IEC 61850 model implementation, specifically for profile management and configuration of a power industry Protection Automation and Control System (PACS).Alliander actively contributes to CoMPAS.
  • OperatorFabric is a modular, extensible, industrial-strength, and field-tested platform for systems operators. OperatorFabric includes several features essential for electricity, water, and other utility operations.Alliander actively contributes to OperatorFabric.

The Smart Grid

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Maybe you have heard of the Smart Grid on the news or from your energy provider. But not everyone knows what the grid is, let alone the Smart Grid. “The grid,” refers to the electric grid, a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to your home or business. It’s what you plug into when you flip on your light switch or power up your computer. Our current electric grid was built in the 1890s and improved upon as technology advanced through each decade. 

Source: https://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid/smart_grid.html