NIST to receive $10 million from stimulus funds for smart grid


Patrick D. Gallagher,
Deputy Director,
Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 8, 2009 – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is to receive $10 million for collaborative efforts to develop a comprehensive framework for a nationwide, fully interoperable smart grid for the U.S. electric power system from the nation’s stimulus funding.

This funding is part of a total of $610 million that the Institute will receive as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds will be applied to programs that support U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness, key factors in spurring economic growth.

“With this funding, we expect to create jobs and advance the U.S. science and technological infrastructure by building critically needed research facilities, expanding fellowships and research grants, and addressing important national priorities critical to our nation’s future,” said NIST deputy director, Patrick D. Gallagher.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 the NIST is responsible for coordinating standards interoperability of the smart grid. Since receiving its mandate the NIST has been working with the smart grid community to develop its plan and six domain expert working groups have been established to provide input covering transmission and distribution, building to grid for commercial building integration to the grid, home to grid for residential, industrial to grid, business and policy, and cyber security.

In December the NIST appointed R. W. Beck company, Plexus Research, to support its activities on smart grid standards. The key deliverables are a knowledge base of smart grid standards and an interoperability assessment, as well as a landscape map providing an interface for users to access to the knowledge base and interoperability assessment (see National Institute of Standards and Technology appoints consultant on smart grid standards).

Agencies receiving one-time funds through the Act are required to submit a plan to Congress with specifics on how allocations will be spent and once completed, NIST’s plan will be made publicly available.