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NIST Seeks Comments on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap

New York, Jul 03, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on a report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a U.S. Smart Grid. Comments on the nearly 300-page report are requested by July 30, 2009.

The Report to NIST on the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap was prepared by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) under a contract awarded by NIST to engage Smart Grid stakeholders in the development of a draft interim standards road map.

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“The term ‘Smart Grid’ refers to a modernization of the electricity delivery system so it monitors, protects and automatically optimizes the operation of its interconnected elements – from the central and distributed generator through the high-voltage network and distribution system, to industrial users and building automation systems, to energy storage installations and to end-use consumers and their thermostats, electric vehicles, appliances and other household devices.

“The Smart Grid will be characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information to create an automated, widely distributed energy delivery network. It incorporates into the grid the benefits of distributed computing and communications to deliver real-time information and enable the near-instantaneous balance of supply and demand at the device level.”

- Report to NIST on the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap, prepared by EPRI

EPRI technical experts have compiled and distilled recommendations from two EPRI-facilitated, two-day, public workshops held earlier this year, six expert working groups established by NIST in 2008, and a cyber security coordination task group established in 2009. Hundreds of people have participated in the road mapping process to date.

A third public EPRI-sponsored Smart Grid interoperability-standards workshop will be held in early August to engage standards-development organizations in responding to unaddressed, high-priority needs identified in the draft standards roadmap.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, NIST has “primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems.” This report is part of the initial phase of NIST’s three-phase plan to expedite development of key standards for the Smart Grid.

“Widely adopted interoperability standards will enable integration, effective cooperation, and secure two-way communication among the many networked elements of a smart electric power grid,” said George Arnold, NIST national coordinator for Smart Grid interoperability. “This report is an important step forward in that process.”

To view the report, click here.

Comments can be submitted by email to, or by post to:

George Arnold
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8100
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8100

For further information on the report, see the NIST press release. To learn more about Smart Grid, visit the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Project page.

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