Dr. Aaron Snyder, a consultant in advanced metering infrastructure requirements analysis, electricity metering, electricity metering standards, demand response and power system wide-area stability and control with EnerNex, has been appointed as director of the company’s Smart Grid Labs.

Snyder, who has been with EnerNex for five years, will be responsible for executing the vision of the lab, which is to offer the industry a place to evaluate and understand technology readiness for potential smart grid related projects.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead the Smart Grid Labs team and am committed to building an even stronger interoperability platform in the Lab,” said Snyder on his appointment. “My goal for Smart Grid Labs is to continually spur innovation, to not only be effective in our mission, but to meet the evolving smart grid architecture and technologies.”
 
Snyder is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). During his tenure with EnerNex, he has assisted utilities with developing and executing electricity metering test plans and procedures, in particular for the case of suspected failures, and including the supervision of vendor personnel performing the tests. He has researched key technical elements, authored and reviewed sections of the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap, facilitated domain specific and cross-cutting stakeholder groups, and delivered workshop results for the Electric Power Research and Institute (EPRI) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
 
Before joining EnerNex, Snyder was the Regulatory Standards Manager for Itron, Inc. In this capacity, he helped determine corporate strategy for electricity metering and data acquisition products.

EnerNex’s Smart Grid Labs was launched in February 2012 to provide multi-faceted services related to communications, security, standards compliance, technology/vendor maturity, and implementation with a wide range of laboratory capabilities for utilities and product vendors. The Lab provides a framework for vendors to evaluate new designs for compliance with key protocol standards, interoperability with other vendors, and appropriateness for specific utility applications prior to finalizing design and certification.