The newly updated “Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0” is now available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST in consultation with various industry stakeholders has released its amended blueprint for future smart grid developments and technologies as a guideline to increasing the interoperability of the electricity grid. The rollout of smart technologies in recent years demands more advanced communication and information protocols for seamless data flows from between energy and the distribution system itself. The 3.0 Framework includes details on new developments and published works on cybersecurity. It expounds on the increasing importance of the testing and certification of smart grid technologies in developing agreed upon standards for the integration of these technologies into the grid. R&D reports that NIST’S latest framework has ‘identified 74 standards and protocols’ to support smart grid interoperability. In addition to the 3.0 Framework, the organisation has issued its revision of the original “Guidelines for Smart Grid Cybersecurity” (NISTIR 7628).