Smart grid roadmap updated in U.S.


George Arnold,
National Coordinator
for Smart Grid
Interoperability, NIST
Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 7, 2011 – An expanded list of standards, new cybersecurity guidance and product testing proposals are among the new elements in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) recently released updated smart grid interoperability framework and roadmap.

The NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0 builds on and updates the January 2010 Release 1.0, which laid out an initial plan for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid.

Release 2.0 adds 22 standards, specifications and guidelines to the 75 standards that were recommended as immediately applicable to the smart grid in the first roadmap.

In addition there are detailed descriptions of key players, including the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and its working groups, as well as of the Catalog of Standards, which will serve as a compendium of smart grid standards and practices.

Another important new element is the testing and certification framework to support interoperability of systems and products.

“Making such dramatic changes to the power grid requires an overarching vision of how to accomplish the task, and this updated Framework advances that vision,” said George Arnold, national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the NIST.

Looking ahead, the document promises that the execution of the Priority Action Plans presently under way will continue until their objectives to fill identified gaps in the standards portfolio have been accomplished. Further, as new gaps and requirements are identified, further Priority Action Plans will be initiated to address them.

In particular additional issues to be addressed include electromagnetic disturbances and interference, and the reliability, implementability, and safety of framework standards.

The document is open to public comment until November 25.