A workshop on “Using Smart Grids Big Data: The Next Steps” will be held in College Station on April 17, 2016.  Following up on the previous Smart Grid Workshop titled “Smart Grids Big Data” held at TAMU in April 2016, the workshop this year will provide opportunities to discuss details of the implementation and benefits of utilizing big data in advanced power grids. The significance of Smart Grids Big Data (SGBD) is in the diversity of its sources, growth rate, correlations, and spatiotemporal characteristics. Big data is measured ubiquitously and monitored at fine temporal scale in smart electric grids, but largely unexploited for its transformational impact in discovering new knowledge and solutions resulting in major improvements in smart grid operation, such as power generation and distribution; renewable energy interfacing, transmission grid resiliency,  and smart grid user necessities including microgrids, smart cities, transportation. The use of SGBD in implementing the automation of data analytics and data management is the focus of this workshop. This upcoming event will be held at the Memorial Student Center of Texas A&M University and will provide invited speeches, panel and focus group discussions, and a student poster session for discussing innovative directions in using big data in smart grids. In addition, there will be ample opportunities for meeting experts from academia, industry, and national labs, as well as international partners. More information can be viewed here.