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New milestone! GXF has achieved the CII Best Practices Badge

By GXF

In the last week of 2020, Grid eXchange Fabric (GXF),  a software platform that enables hardware monitoring and control in the public space, is proud to announce they achieved the CII Best Practices Badge! Security and software quality are of great importance to GXF, as gaining this badge clearly shows. 

The Linux Foundation (LF) Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Best Practices badge is a way for Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects to show that they follow best practices (credit: https://bestpractices.coreinfrastructure.org/en). These best practices are based on practices of well-run OSS projects, increase the likelihood of better quality and security, and can be applied to any OSS project. 

The best practices focus on multiple areas of Open Source Software Projects:

  • Change control, for example: does the project have a Public version-control source repository?
  • Reporting, for example: does the project have a bug-reporting process?
  • Quality, for example: does the project have an automated test suite?
  • Security, for example: does the project use basic good cryptographic practices?
  • Analysis, for example: does the project use code analysis?

Projects can voluntarily self-certify, at no cost, by using the web application provided by the CII to explain how they follow each best practice. 

For more detailed information on GXF’s CII Best Practices Badge, please see: https://bestpractices.coreinfrastructure.org/en/projects?q=gxf

For a more extensive introduction of the CII Best Practices Badge, please see the introduction video by David A. Wheeler at https://youtu.be/JMptmhV06j8.  

Can Open Source Technology Keep Our Planet Alive?

By Media Coverage, Uncategorized

“In the face of a looming recession and climate catastrophe, technology titans, service providers, and consumer giants are taking collaborative action and turning their technology to fight the effects of climate change and fundamentally transform practices that harm both people and the planet through sustainable innovation.”

“In November, LF Energy launched a project to create an open source tool for managing energy demand across the electrical grid.”

Source: https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/can-open-source-technology-keep-our-planet-alive/2020/12/

LF Energy Blueprints the Internet of Energy

By Media Coverage

“Utilities across the globe support their own version of OpenADR, and many of them cooperated on the OpenADR standard specification, said Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy. “All of them have gone off and implemented their own versions of it,” and it’s creating a considerable amount of technical debt, she explained.”

Source: https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/lf-energy-blueprints-the-internet-of-energy/2020/11/

LF Energy Launches openLEADR to Streamline Integration of Green Energy for Demand Side Management

By Media Coverage

“This project creates an open source implementation of OpenADR, the open standard for exchanging demand response information among global utilities, aggregators and energy management and control systems to better manage the supply and demand of energy.”

“We are excited to use open source to create a smarter charging system for mobility of the future,”

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lf-energy-launches-openleadr-to-streamline-integration-of-green-energy-for-demand-side-management-301160691.html?tc=eml_cleartime

Why Japan Isn’t Rushing To Reform Its Energy Mix

By Media Coverage

“The departure of Shinzo Abe as Japan’s Prime Minister created political shock waves across the world. The succession by his righthand man, chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga, ensures the continuation of Abe’s policies. This means that Japan’s not so ambitious plans for decarbonization won’t be shaken up as some were hoping.”

“When Japan’s environment minister Koizumi arrived in Madrid last December to attend the COP25, he was met by protestors who were calling for an overhaul of Tokyo’s energy policies.”

Article: https://rb.gy/czffd0

Op-ed: Finding value for behind-the-meter tools during a massive outage

By Media Coverage

“Save for a few hospitals, military bases and maybe convention centers, there are very few places on the planet that are hardened for category 5 hurricanes, wildfires, and other extreme weather events.

“And utilities are no different. Unless they become more resilient, they are opening themselves up to major risks. According to a McKinsey Report, Hurricane Irene flooded 44 power plants and Hurricane Sandy damaged 69. More recently in 2017, Hurricane Harvey knocked down or damaged more than 6,200 distribution poles and 850 transmission structures, affecting millions of residents in the Houston area. Repairing these damages is extremely expensive and we have to begin thinking differently with regards to how we compose infrastructure to not lose life, limb,
and property.

Article: https://www.power-eng.com/2020/09/22/op-ed-finding-value-for-behind-the-meter-tools-during-a-massive-outage/

Open Source – the answer to greening the grid | Shuli Goodman

By Media Coverage

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) said, in 2014, that climate change “will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.” What’s even more troubling is that the current pandemic is merely a small preview of what’s to come if we don’t act now to limit our environmental impact. 

Article: https://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/38963/open-source-the-answer-to-greening-the-grid