Smart Grid DEEP for systemic medium and long-range energy innovation + Tuesday 6.14.15 2:00 PM Smart Grid DEEP webinar

June 9, 2016


To Asheville-Buncombe Energy Innovation Task Force members and stakeholders:


Subject: Smart Grid DEEP for systemic medium and long-range energy innovation out of Asheville and Buncombe + Tuesday 2:00 PM 6.14.15 Smart Grid DEEP webinar


Smart Grid DEEP, being North Carolina’s evolving Smart Grid, Distributed Energy, and Efficiency Program, was initiated by Grant Millin, InnovoGraph LLC owner and Innovation Strategist, in 2006. There are lessons to be learned from the 2007 era Community Energy Advisory Council and other municipal energy activities across the nation. To learn more about me visit:

City of Asheville (COA) at least has researched Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programming. But was has not come up with the resolutions leading to formation of the Asheville-Buncombe Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is that the 2009 COA Downtown Master Plan includes the following long-term action item:


Lead the effort to make Downtown Asheville completely powered by clean energy, to become a national model in this area, to use clean energy to leverage sustainable development, and to become a municipal utility.”


This would be the right time to review these matters. It is clear from a records request the city manager’s office is in a supportive yet more or less ‘wait and see’ mode as to more in-depth programming. COA and BCG have limited internal ability to work with grid modernization issues. Grid modernization is more of a concrete goal oriented deliverable than energy innovation as there has already been expansion into support the electrical vehicle space.

Smart Grid DEEP Muni Power logo-map

Smart Grid DEEP is launching with an information-sharing and analysis phase. There is no request for large capital expenditures at this time. But the scope of the EITF agenda is already very large. Averting 186 Megawatts (MW) of quick start ‘peaker’ electricity generation is a large, costly task. Instead of planning and proposals coming from several divergent nonprofits and businesses managed through informal meetings with no ground rules, a new nonprofit supporting Smart Grid DEEP’s Open Project Management Office standard at least rates a fully supported two-year pilot.

In January 2015 I published the following article establishing a 100 MW of Change metric for Asheville and Buncombe County. This is partly based on the 33 MW load carried by the downtown substation.



A solution for Asheville: 100 Megawatts of Change


Note I am one of the only individuals in Asheville using the term energy innovation at the time.


I am able to produce educational events on high value energy innovation matters like this customize webinar I produced with Dr. Johan Enslin, Director of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center:



I am presenting the EITF with some ground rule recommendations for setting up an energy innovation and opportunity ecosystem. The proposed WNC Clean Energy Economy does indeed rate support and definition. But sustainable economic development strategy is not on the exact same track as grid modernization. These two arenas simply link at several stages.

1) Not all opportunities around the EITF work can go to the EITF members. This is especially true with the nonprofits represented. There is a network of nonprofits involved that includes the NC Sustainable Energy Association.

2) No one else has Smart Grid DEEP. The Department of Energy would actually have to make several changes to offer something like Smart Grid DEEP.

3) I am actively seeking support for the nonprofit, which needs a board and NC Sectretary of State incorporation and the other 501c3 steps, behind Sustain NC and Smart Grid DEEP. Otherwise Smart Grid DEEP is ready.


EITF members and stakeholders are invited to join the following webinar. You will be sent a Google Drive link showing a valuable research bibliography for EITF purposes. This research is not to be reproduced as a public bibliography at this time. There are several reasons for this, but one is that sharing the valuable research I collected in ways I do not approve destroys the value of my work.

This research can be utilized in a Podio workspace I designed. Podio offers a free account which has no time limit. Podio may initially feel like a complex project management solution, but the EITF work indicates the associated mission complexity needs a fairly robust public project management solution.

The EITF-Smart Grid DEEP bibliography is for others to add to. However the two dozen documents, including the multistate effort at a kind of clean power planning called Carolinas Energy Future.

I am happy to go over why Podio is a major advantage and key element of the Smart Grid DEEP Open Project Management Office I propose in with Tuesday’s webinar.

 EITF-Smart Grid DEEP Metrics

Smart Grid DEEP webinar

  1. Please join this InnovoGraph webinar in support of the nonprofit needed to fully activate Smart Grid DEEP on Tuesday Jun 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT with this link:

  1. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 566-073-557

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 566-073-557


Smart Grid DEEP Open Project Management Office

Project Management Institute defines a project management office (PMO) as:

  • “An organization structure that standardizes the project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools, and techniques.”
  • There are levels of control that can be phased: Supportive, Controlling, and Directive. Initially a community may wish to create a local Smart Grid DEEP PMO that is based on a hybrid agreement between, government, local CleanTech businesses and nonprofits, and local utilities. Contact Grant Millin, InnovoGraph.

Also for initial discussion are the market implications of the EITF goals. The activated Smart Grid DEEP Information Power Phase will be discussed as well.

Here is a nice Podio survey in a new product development context. The survey goes straight into one Podio workspace for evaluation. Podio in part is a relational database so a Survey app form can become basic for a Project app form where basic project issues including baseline and actual math is calculated. There’s a lot of drag and drop functions and a great Help database. I have been working on Podio since 2010. No problems worth mention with no known security issues:

Here is a valuable Podio survey and overview video of what the Smart Grid DEEP on Podio experience is like:


North Carolina’s Public Interactive Carbon Mitigation Decision Wall in Raleigh


Sustain NC – Smart Grid DEEP Consortium on Podio Pt. 2


Please contact me with any questions before, during, or after Tuesday’s webinar.



Thank you,

Grant Millin, Innovation Strategist and Owner
InnovoGraph LLC – Strategic Innovation Services and Management Consulting
Smart Grid DEEP and Sustain NC Developer

Smart Grid DEEP logo

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