NIST Releases Long Awaited Standards Report

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft of standards on Thursday, laying out a roadmap and initial plans for utilities, vendors and service providers to adopt smart grid technology.  The report also laid out priority areas for development and specific initiatives such a cyber security to focus on in coming years.

From the report:

NIST developed a three-phase plan to accelerate the idenfication of standards while establishing a robust framework for the longer-term evolution of the standards and establishment of testing and certification procedures.  In May 2009, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu chaired a meeting of nearly 70 executives from the power, information technology and other industries at which they expressed their organizations’ committment to support NIST’s plan.

The report is a result of phase 1 of the plan and layouts a high-level reference model for the Smart Grid by identifying nearly 80 existing standards currently used to support Smart Grid development.  The report also identifies 14 high priority area and cyber security measures needed and action plans with specific timelines for completion.

The Smart Grid will ultimately require hundreds of standards.  Some are more urgently needed than others.  To prioritize its work, NIST chose to focus on standards needed to address the priorities idenfitied by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Policy Statment plus four additional items.  The priority areas are:

  • Demand Response and Consumer Energy Efficiency
  • Wide Area Situational Awareness
  • Electric Storage
  • Electric Transportation
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Distribution Grid Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Network Communications

To view the report in its entirety, click here.  It will prove to be an important tool for any service provider, utility or manufacturer looking to develop Smart Grid technologies moving forward.

Posted by: Ashley / follow me on Twitter

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