BRIDGE Energy Group, Inc. has announced the industry's first Open "Smart Grid Reference Architecture," according to BRIDGE. OpenSGRA is vendor-neutral, technology-agnostic and independent of any product.

BRIDGE's openSGRA was developed in response to an industry need for a strategic IT architecture that specifically addresses the integration and interoperability challenges that exist in the energy industry.

"Smart grid and demand response programs require a real-time architecture where disparate applications can interoperate with each other," said Tony Giroti, CEO of BRIDGE Energy Group. "As IT plays an increasingly dominant role in making smart grid a reality, openSGRA advances current integration practices and enables stakeholders to leverage and adopt SGRA in to their particular businesses and Smart Grid programs."

In addition, openSGRA has the capability to mitigate smart grid risk - a potent and timely value proposition given that the early warnings from those who have embarked on the smart grid journey indicate that the role and complexity of IT is being grossly underestimated. The offering provides "thought-leadership" in the areas that require attention. It is based on the foundation and direction prescribed by Department of Energy's Vision, GridWise Architecture Council's Context-Setting Framework for Interoperability and National Institute of Standards and Technology's Report on Roadmap.

"BRIDGE's open reference architecture and approach ensures that we are not locked into a proprietary technology or a single-vendor solution," said VELCO Head of IT Rick Twigg. "We want our IT to have the robustness to meet not only our mission-critical power delivery needs but the flexibility to scale and deliver future business expectations. We want our IT to be as flexible as possible to meet our future needs."

OpenSGRA is also being considered as a foundation for further work by standard setting committees.