Standards and other U.S. smart grid developments announced


Steven Chu,
U.S. Energy
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 19, 2009 – The first set of standards for the United States smart grid and changes to the maximum allocations for smart grid project stimulus funding were announced yesterday by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

In addition $10 million in Recovery Act funds is being provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support its development of interoperability standards.

These steps, which were announced following a meeting of industry leaders at the White House, are expected to help expedite the development of a nationwide smart electric power grid in the U.S.

The initial batch of 16 NIST-recognized interoperability standards are intended to help ensure that software and hardware components from different vendors will work together seamlessly, while securing the grid against disruptions.

These standards, which are based on the consensus expressed by participants in the first Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Interim Roadmap workshop, held April 28-29 in Reston, VA, are as follows:

  • AMI-SEC System Security Requirements – Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart grid end-to-end security
  • ANSI C12.19/MC1219 – Revenue metering information model
  • BACnet ANSI ASHRAE 135-2008/ISO 16484-5 – Building automation
  • DNP3 – Substation and feeder device automation
  • IEC 60870-6/TASE.2 – Inter-control center communications
  • IEC 61850 – Substation automation and protection
  • IEC 61968/61970 – Application level energy management system interfaces
  • IEC 62351 Parts 1-8 – Information security for power system control operations
  • IEEE C37.118 – Phasor measurement unit (PMU) communications
  • IEEE 1547 – Physical and electrical interconnections between utility and distributed generation (DG)
  • IEEE 1686-2007 – Security for intelligent electronic devices (IEDs)
  • NERC CIP 002-009 – Cyber security standards for the bulk power system
  • NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53, NIST SP 800-82 – Cyber security standards and guidelines for federal information systems, including those for the bulk power system
  • Open Automated Demand Response (Open ADR) – Price responsive and direct load control
  • OpenHAN – Home Area Network (HAN) device communication, measurement, and control
  • ZigBee/HomePlug Smart Energy Profile – HAN device communications and information model.

The initial standards are open for public comment for 30 days after their upcoming publication in the Federal Register.

Regarding the maximum funding for smart grid projects, based on feedback from the public and smart grid stakeholders the maximum award available under the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program will be increased from $20 million to $200 million and for the Smart Grid Demonstration Projects from $40 million to $100 million. In making awards, the DOE will ensure that the funding is provided to a diversity of applications, including small projects as well as end-to-end larger projects.  

“The smart grid is an urgent national priority that requires all levels of government as well as industry to cooperate,” commented Chu. “We still have much to do, but the ultimate result will be a much more efficient, flexible power grid and the opportunity to dramatically increase our use of renewable energy.”