Smart Grid Interoperability Panel prioritizes standards for home area networks


Nashville, TN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 1, 2011 – Following recommendations from the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Task Force on Home Area Networks, the governing board has recommended the creation of a new, fast tracked Priority Action Plan (PAP) to address requirements for developing a migration strategy from Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 1.0/1.x to SEP 2.0.

This new PAP will generate requirements hand-in-hand with the ZigBee Alliance. Because of the urgency of this issue, the PAP process must be expedited and completed in approximately three months.  The outcome will be requirements and guidelines for regulators, technologists, vendors, and utilities on how to handle the transition from SEP 1 to SEP 2 in several scenarios in a technology-independent way. The ZigBee Alliance will make the technology-specific recommendations based on those requirements.

The PAP process includes the review of issues related to cybersecurity and architecture.

In other actions the governing board has announced that it will shortly release for comment a draft document describing the proposed catalog of standards, including its purpose, scope, procedures, and management. The catalog is intended to serve as a compendium of standards, practices, and guidelines considered relevant for the development and deployment of a robust and interoperable smart grid. It is anticipated that the catalog will eventually contain hundreds of standards, recommended practices, and guidelines, and will serve both as key input to the NIST standards coordination process as well as a useful resource to utilities, manufacturers, regulators, consumers, and other smart grid stakeholders.

The governing board also is in the process of finalizing a letter of intent to enhance coordination with the Korea Smart Grid Standardization Forum (KSGSG). Proposed priorities for collaboration include the sharing of conceptual models, use cases, cybersecurity requirements and technologies, and requirements for testing and certification of interoperability standards compliance. Collaborative activities suggested include information sharing, conference participation, and joint workshops.