Smart Electric Alliance Announces Finalization of Merger with SGIP SEPA expands mission to encompass activities of SGIP
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announced today (4/4) it had completed the process to merge with SGIP. The two organizations will continue under the SEPA brand and organizational umbrella. The merger provides a single source for information and collaboration for utilities and DER providers on the smart transition to clean energy.
As previously announced on January 31, 2017, SEPA and SGIP share the same vision about the future of the energy sector. SEPA's focus on market research, conferences and events, and advisory services combined with SGIP's technical depth will enable greater cross-fertilization of ideas and initiatives in the industry dealing with business and technical issues, and market and regulatory concerns.
"With the completion of this merger, we are adding nearly 80 new member organizations to our existing base of over 1,000 members of utilities, private sector corporations and government agencies," said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. "Within SEPA's mission of facilitating the electric power sector's smart transition to clean energy future, integrating SGIP's technical knowledge is another way to serve all of our members."
"I'm excited to join SEPA as the new Chief Innovation Officer and expect the combined organization will be able to deliver even greater value to our members and the entire electric power industry," said Sharon Allan, former CEO and President of SGIP.
In order to ensure the continued, orderly functioning of the two organizations, the operational integration will be phased in during the remainder of the year. All of SGIP's staff have transitioned to positions at SEPA and will continue to focus their work on programs originated at SGIP.
The combined value of the two organizations will be on full display at the upcoming Grid Evolution Summit - A National Town Meeting on July 25 - 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power sector's transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center's 2016 Leadership in Energy Award.
SGIP was an industry consortium representing a cross-section of the energy ecosystem focusing on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of Things through policy, education, and promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a sustainable energy future. The members were utilities, vendors, investment institutions, industry associations, regulators, government entities, national labs, services providers and universities.