Smart Grid Standards

April 16, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

There were two important events in the past week regarding Smart Grid standards. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency, announced its roadmap to develop standards. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a grant award to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to perform much of the work. Both announcements include aggressive time schedules, with EPRI holding a stakeholder summit in Washington, D.C. next month (eMeter will attend) and completing its work before year’s end.

The standards effort is an essential element of smoothing the adoption path for policymakers in Congress and federal and state regulatory commissions. Having seen the success of standards in the PC industry and in the Internet, policymakers are eager to see similar results in Smart Grid. Fortunately, several standards are already available for consideration or already under adoption, such as the ZigBee standard for Home Area Networks (HANs).

The best thing about the NIST effort is that it will consolidate numerous other standards efforts ranging from OpenAMI and OpenSG to IEEE and ANSI standards. The industry will have a single place to go for definitive answers. Also, the guidelines are such that existing projects and rollouts will clearly be accommodated, with new standards applying at some point in the future.

– Chris King

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