U.S. and Europe to collaborate on smart grid standards development


Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. and Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — September 14, 2011  – The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Union’s (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) have announced their intention to work together on smart grid standards development, emphasizing common goals and areas of focus.

Both NIST and the SG-CG have mandates to coordinate the development of a standards framework for smart grids.

The two organizations outlined areas for future collaboration in a joint white paper, as follows:

  • Continuous alignment of key messages
  • Collaboration on reference architectures
  • Exchange of priorities
  • Regular and continuous information exchange and common understanding of legislation, regulation, and other policies underpinning the respective group’s work, their respective work methods, programs and time lines, the standardization deliverables, testing and certification frameworks, and cybersecurity requirements and technologies.

“The need for integration of multiple technologies, the many international activities, and ever changing technical solutions within a short time frame make standards development a challenging task for standards organizations worldwide,” said George Arnold, national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the NIST. “But this collaboration should help make sure that no one reinvents the wheel.”

The collaboration is aimed to ensure that smart grid standards on both continents have as much in common as possible, so that devices and systems that interact with these grids can be designed in similar fashion.

“While the potential benefits of smart grids are enormous, they can only be fully reached if we can all agree on global solutions,” added Ralph Sporer, chairman of the SG-CG. “It is promising to see that NIST and SG-CG will be supporting a number of common positions and areas of collaboration to ensure a consistent set of international standards.”

The SG-CG represents three private-sector standards organizations, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

A letter of intent outlining the specifics of the collaboration will be drafted in the near future.