Frances Cleveland

President and Principal Consultant
Xanthus Consulting International

Ms. Cleveland has managed and consulted on Cybersecurity, Smart Grid, and Distributed Energy Resource projects in the electric power industry for over 35 years.  Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid cyber security standards and specifications, resilience of the power grid, information interoperability for Distributed Energy Resources (DER), plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), Substation Automation, SCADA systems, and Energy Market operations.  In the IEC, she is convenor of IEC TC57 WG15 for IEC 62351 cybersecurity standards, the leader of the IEC SyC WG3 Cybersecurity Task Force, and the editor for IEC 61850-7-420 information standards for DER. In the IEEE she was the secretary for IEEE 1547.3: 2023 on cybersecurity recommendations for DER, and she is now participating in updating IEEE 1547:2018 on cybersecurity for DER systems and the necessary communications for grid resilience and interoperability. She is leading a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) working group on Operational Flexibility in the High DER Future and another CPUC working group on DER cybersecurity requirements. She is also a member of the DOE/NARUC steering committee on Cybersecurity Baselines for distribution systems and DER. Previously she has worked on projects for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),  CEATI, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Electricité de France (EdF), Hydro-Québec, and other utilities on cyber security requirements.