Energy and Utilities DWG


Oldfield, Eddie (Oldfield, Eddie) - Vice Chair,
Webster, Jessica (GeoConnections - Natural Resources Canada) - Vice Chair

Group Description:

The Energy & Utilities Domain Working Group will focus on the global energy and utilities community, which is defined as individuals and organizations engaged in the geospatial aspects of the planning, delivery, operations, reliability and ongoing management of electric, gas, oil and water services throughout the world.

The Energy & Utilities DWG will facilitate information exchange and collaboration between agencies and industry by focusing on the engagement of industry within this community. The intent is to define requirements and use cases to drive the development of changes and/or enhancements to existing OGC standards and to develop new OGC standards that meet the needs of stakeholders.  There are a significant number of other organizations tasked with defining and coordinating standards development and solving interoperability issues within the “Smart Grid” community, including NIST (USA) and NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the European Union (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG), IEEE, and IEC. (See also press release about NIST and SG-CG alliance.) Therefore, another objective of this group is to coordinate opportunities identified as gaps or overlaps from a broader industry perspective and to collaborate with other standards development organizations internationally as required.

Outside of the energy and utility industry, new users of geospatial information and standards are emerging. For example, municipalities and their collaborators could benefit from access to authoritative geospatial data for community energy and emissions inventory and model development purposes. Utilities can achieve operational efficiencies in responding to such requests, by standardizing the way in which data or other information products are made available in a way that protects customer privacy and commercial interests

The primary goals of the Energy & Utilities DWG are to:

  • Provide value to market participants within the domain working group as a clearinghouse for the identification of overlaps and gaps in geospatially oriented data  across the large volume of standards organizations.
  • Cultivate technical solutions which support interoperable concepts, data definitions, formats and services for publishing, search, and exchange of geospatial information.
  • Identify and work with a representative group of market participants in the identification and prioritization of use cases that will provide the most significant value, or mitigate the most significant risks in this arena.
  • Initiate demonstration projects to develop and publicize best practices in this area.
  • Establish a workable approach to the ongoing identification of gaps and overlaps in industry standards as market design continues. 


The objectives of the Energy & Utilities DWG to meet these goals are to:

  • Collect and express the business and technical requirements for geospatial interoperability by the community in a manner suitable for industry;
  • Receive feedback from industry on the business and technical requirements;
  • Present and review geospatial standards that are profiled for the community;
  • Promote the value of participation in the collaborative environment OGC provides for all stakeholders involved in geospatially oriented data in the energy and utility industry;
  • As with all OGC working groups, ensure protection of stakeholders' Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) throughout the standards life cycle;
  • Promote periodic vendor review and update of OGC’s inventory of vendor compliance with those OGC standards relevant to this community
  • Present and review compliance test procedures pertinent to the community;
  • Recommend the formation of OGC pilot projects and test beds that serve the community requirements;
  • Facilitate the creation of special communities of interest, within the E&U DWG, promoting new initiatives within the E&U DWG;
  • Undertake liaison relationships between the DWG and other groups that represent the interests of the E&U community;
  • Identify opportunities for public collaboration and coordinate those efforts.

 The Energy & Utilities DWG wiki can be found here: