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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
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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.
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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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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.

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.

PowSyBl Has Achieved the CII Best Practices Badge

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LF 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. It can create simulations and analysis of various networks, and perform power flow simulations.  

The Linux Foundation 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?

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

The LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 Schedule is Now Live!

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LF Energy Spring Summit is dedicated to supporting the global collaboration of utilities, OEMs, suppliers, and significant energy users. Together we will learn, participate, build community and fundamentally reimagine software investments – whether spent on commercial, in-house, or by joining us to leverage an open source development model. 

Join us virtually on April 14 to hear from industry leaders, experts, LF Energy projects, and more! Register now for only US$25 by using code LFESUM21EBIRD! This Early Bird pricing is now available for the next 50 registrants! Standard registration rate is US$50.

Topics Covered:

  • Microgrids 
  • Power System Network Operations for the Future
  • Best Practices in Open Source Development / Lessons Learned
  • Social + Technical + Economic Directions
  • Price-Based Grid Coordination

VIEW SCHEDULE >>

This is a virtual event and will take place in two time segments on April 14 to accommodate a global audience. This event will be recorded and available to attendees post-event as well.

  • Segment 1: 6:00 – 10:00 am PDT (3:00 – 7:00 pm CEST)
  • Segment 2: 3:00 – 7:00 pm PDT (7:00 – 11:00 am JST, April 15)

Interested in Sponsoring?

LF Energy exists because of our members. We can only produce events at this scale with your help. These events help us to build community, showcase your software and your work in the world, and they allow us to get the word out.

For more information and our LF Energy Spring Summit 2021 prospectus, please click here!

FledgePOWER Joins LF Energy

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LF Energy – the open source foundation focused on the power systems sector and provides a neutral, collaborative community to build the shared digital investments that will transform the world’s relationship to energy is announcing FledgePOWER as its latest Incubation Project. 

FledgePOWER is a multi-protocol translation gateway for power systems based on the industrial IoT LF Edge project Fledge. The project was released and open sourced by Dianomic and OSIsoft

As power systems transform to include increasing onboarding of renewables, electric vehicles, assets at the edge, or behind the meter, network operators must be able to monitor and interact with substation equipment where a high-volume of data is exchanged with a high-velocity of change. These exchanges require real-time, efficient, robust, and secure communications. FledgePOWER solves the problem of multiple protocols by providing the industry with a flexible, lightweight, industrial-grade, open source gateway that embeds Fledge (LF EDGE)

Among other features, the FledgePOWER roadmap includes two awaited features by the community. 

  • The capacity of controlling end devices by enhancing north and south services.
  • IEC 61850 MMS south and north plugins to allow IEDs control and acquire monitoring data from substations to expose them to central or cloud systems.

Akli Rahmoun, the founder of FledgePOWER, said: “We are very committed to make FledgePOWER a piece of software widely needed in the energy sector to operate power systems, an essential tool in our industry.”

LF Energy supports projects via a wide range of services, and the first step is joining as an Incubation Project. LF Energy will support the neutral open governance for FledgePOWER to help foster the growth of the project. Learn more about FledgePOWER on their GitHub and be sure to join the FledgePower General mailing list and FledgePower TSC mailing list to join the community and stay connected on the latest updates. 

Welcome, FledgePOWER! We look forward to the project’s continued growth and success as part of LF Energy. To learn about how to host an open source project with us, visit the LF Energy website.

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Join Us on Dec 2! Accelerate Your Transformation to System Operations with OperatorFabric

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OperatorFabric, a modular, extensible, industrial-strength, and field-tested platform for system operators, will be the center of attention during this webinar on Wednesday December 2nd. A must-see for everyone involved in system operations and curious about how this platform can improve and accelerate it.

OperatorFabric includes several features essential for electricity, water, and other utility operations. In this webinar, both RTE and Alliander will discuss their use of OperatorFabric and will provide live demos.

RTE will start with a short history of OperatorFabric. What was the main idea and need? What is the main user interface, and how does it work? Afterwards we will dive into how RTE is using OperatorFabric. For example, in its coordination of energy supply between different countries, and in how capacity is calculated. We will show several use cases, and as much as possible as a live demo.

As we move on to Alliander’s implementation of OperatorFabric, we dive into two main use cases. First, we will show how OperatorFabric can help with congestion management. Then we will also show how DSOs can manage voltage level issues, using OperatorFabric. This part of the webinar will also largely consist of live demos.

During the webinar you are welcome to ask as many questions as you like, as we hope you’ll get as excited about it as we are. So please join us in this webinar and learn more about accelerating your way to system operations with OperatorFabric!

Click here to register!

LF Energy Landscape Update + Call to Action, Join us on Oct 22

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LF Energy Landscape leverages infrastructure created for the CNCF Landscape and that is being leveraged by other foundations hosted at the Linux Foundation. This resource is community maintained, meaning anyone can issue a pull request to add or update a listing. We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 22 at 11:00a ET  to discuss and update the LF Energy landscape together!  Click here to register!

Requirements to have a project included in this landscape are very simple; mainly projects should have a presence on GitHub, be active with at least 300 stars, and be a project within the Energy field (cybersecurity, interoperability, control, automation, virtualization, and the orchestration of supply and demand). Projects that become inactive are subject to removal. All projects are organized according to the LF Energy functional architecture which serves as a taxonomy. Find that here.

Like any fast-moving initiative that is growing and changing, in the near future, the landscape will also showcase additional efforts within the open source ecosystem, namely:

  • Islanded environments such as microgrids, minigrids, nanogrids
  • Aggregated environments such as VPPs
  • Electric mobility 
  • And more!

We invite the entire community to participate in the sustainability of this resource, namely by…

  • Reviewing the existing entries for accuracy, including to ensure entries are pointing to the correct GitHub repository and organization ( let us know if changes are needed ).
  • Submit projects we are missing to be included.
  • Share the landscape with others! You can include the landscape in presentations or promotion of your project 

We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 22 at 11:00a ET  to discuss and update the LF Energy landscape together!  Click here to register!