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Standards are critically important in the electric power industry because they affect interoperability, compatibility, reliability, and efficiency. As companies feverishly develop solutions for the Smart Grid, new standards will emerge rapidly. Those who fail to adapt quickly will find themselves heading down dead-end paths. Don’t allow yourself to be “Betamaxxed.” Watch this space for key developments and resources.

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New standard signals the next era in grid-scale storage

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage standards
What is it going to take to get energy storage off the ground? Sure, the market is growing but there have always been obstacles to widespread adoption and solid growth. Newly released plug-and-play energy storage standards could help clear some of those roadblocks. Read about a new draft specification from MESA Standards Alliance and SunSpec Alliance.

From NIST: the final version of smart grid interoperability standards has arrived

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid standards, NIST, interoperability, interoperability guidelines
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has just released its final version of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0. The new framework is the latest incarnation of the plan to transform the country’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid.

DOE standards for smart grid data privacy open for comment, but time’s running out

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, policy and regulation, smart grid standards, data privacy, electric utilities
The Energy Department’s draft Voluntary Code of Conduct for data privacy related to smart grid technologies is open for public comment, but the deadline is coming up soon. The commend period for the code of conduct, which applies to utilities and third parties, closes on October 14.

At long last, a standard for smart charging

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, EV charging, smart charging, standards, electric utilities
One thing troubling the electric vehicle landscape has been the absence of standards to allow for smart charging. Now, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Electric Power Research Institute and eight car manufacturers, that much needed standard should be on the way.

Deathmatch 2014:The battle to control the Internet of Things (including the smart grid)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid standards, Internet of Things, IoT, smart grid vendors
What happens when a new technology hits an inflection point? Frequently the answer is a long, drawn out battle over standards. This time the fight is over the Internet of Things. Click to learn about six emerging standards that could be contenders.

Coordinating energy efficiency with a new standards roadmap from ANSI

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, smart grid standards
Energy efficiency has a key role in maintaining the US economy, not to mention energy security, job creation and enhancing the country’s competitiveness. And there is a pressing need for coordination of energy efficiency initiatives at the national level. To meet that need, ANSI’s energy efficiency collaborative has released an efficiency roadmap for the built environment.

Why your technical staff needs to pay attention to the SGIP meeting happening now

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, standards, grid interoperability, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, SGIP
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s first Members Meeting is taking place now, and utilities would do well to follow the results. Why? Because the meeting could indicate smart grid areas where new standards and approaches to grid interoperability will come. Read the preview for more details on what to be watching for.

Why utilities MUST take on EV charging themselves (and the right way to do it)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric vehicles, EVs, grid optimization, renewables, standards
At one time utilities feared an increased number of electric vehicles on the road would be harmful to the grid. Now, many utilities with high percentages of intermittent renewable energy sources want to provide EV charging themselves to help buffer the effects of varying power output. Guest author Brett Hauser explains why that is a very good idea.

Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid security, cybersecurity, NIST, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, electric utilities
NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel offers several useful resources to help utilities respond to the increasing number of cyber threats they face. Among them are a cybersecurity users guide and a webinar coming up later this week. Read on to get the details.

It will soon be easier to mix and match wireless and powerline communications

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid communications, smart grid standards, wireless communications, powerline communications, HomePlug Alliance, Wi-SUN Alliance, electric utilities
Hybrid networks with both powerline and wireless communications are inevitable, and two major standards organizations are working toward a solution to make that coexistence easier to manage. Read the story to find out what the HomePlug and Wi-SUN alliances are doing to make it happen.

Psssst! Pass these substation security ideas along to NERC. (Right now.)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid security, physical security, FERC, NERC, substations, electric utilities
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently told the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to develop a new physical security standard, and NERC has less than 90 days to do it. Doug Houseman of EnerNex has obviously put some serious thought into the issue and shares some very good ideas on substation security. Click to read what he has to say.

Smart grid interoperability: We now have an answer (its initials are MQTT)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid standards, smart grid interoperability, NIST, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, policy and regulation, electric utilities, Internet of Things, M2M
So, what is MQTT? Guest author Geoff Brown answers that question and explains why it’s crucial to smart grid interoperability and the integration of M2M and the Internet of Things. He also shares problems and challenges – as well as solutions that can be implemented now.

The 10 keys to a successful Internet Protocol (IP) transition

smart grid, smart grid technology, standards, IP standards, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
There are a lot of ways to capture more value from smart grid investments, but making the best choices can be tricky. Mark Burke of DNV-GL recommends 10 strategies for utilities to keep in mind when planning investments focused on the IP standard.

The 10 essentials of a great smart grid plan

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid strategy, consumer engagement, standards, cybersecurity
Whether utilities are just now embarking on their smart grid initiatives or they have been underway for some time, it’s always smart to consider good advice. While it may sound like a surprising source, click to review best practices recommended by the Environmental Defense Fund’s John Finnigan. His recommendations could be very helpful when it’s time to talk rates with regulators.

Why smart grids need smart inverters (and where to find them)

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid standards, testing protocols, rooftop solar, standards organizations, electric utilities
Smart inverters are essential if rooftop solar is to be effectively and safely connected to the grid, and utilities and others are clamoring for them. They’re already here, so what’s the hangup? Standards and testing protocols, or rather, their absence. We share updates on some of the organizations working to clear that bottleneck.

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