Tuesday, 29 September 2009

US smart grid standards development

The US has unveiled an accelerated plan for developing smart grid standards.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a 90-page document which Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said “Presents a high-level conceptual model to ensure that everyone is on the same page before moving forward to develop more detailed, formal Smart Grid architectures. This high-level model is critical to help plan where to go next.”

The draft report, entitled NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0, incorporates input from more than 1,500 industry, government and other stakeholders. It includes:

  • a basic set of standards for interoperability and security, with around 80 specific standards and specifications;

  • 14 ‘priority action plans’ that describe what is being done immediately to fill important gaps where additional or revised standards are needed;

  • a summary of a separate NIST cyber security strategy.

The draft, which is here, will be posted for a 30-day period of public comment and review.

The document is the culmination of the first phase of NIST’s three-phase approach. Phase 2 will establish a private-public partnership and forum—a Smart Grid Interoperability Panel—to drive longer-term progress. Phase 3 will develop and implement a framework for testing and certification of how standards are implemented.

About $4.5bn of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to the Department of Energy are slated for Smart Grid demonstration projects.

Meanwhile, smartgridnews.com reports that companies are falling over themselves to merge, join, partner or otherwise prove they have the right stuff to get involved in this market. To quote the article ‘Silver Spring Networks has snapped up Greenbox, the maker of in-home display software. Trilliant, Tropos and others are announcing important interoperability partnerships. Gridpoint has updated its software and its Web site to better explain its value proposition. And Cisco, IBM and Siemens are here (at the GridWeek conference in Washington D.C.) in force to trumpet their own platforms as the best path forward’.

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