Standardization in Smart Grids: Introduction to IT-Related Methodologies, Architectures and Standards
This chapter motivates the use of information models to support the functional development of IT-applications for utilities. The complexity of the relationship between technology, regulation, business models and existing infrastructure in the domain of Smart Grids can be seen as very high. Other domains have adopted the concept of reference models to manage this complexity. This chapter provides an introduction to information models and presents a reference model catalog for the energy sector developed at OFFIS. It was developed with a focus on multi-utility enterprises in Germany but could also be extended to other domains and geographical regions.