97 smart grid standards... and counting


By: SGN Staff

By Jesse Berst


Release 2.0 of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standardsis now available. Not only does it include updates to many of the 75 standards from Release 1.0. It also adds 22 more.


We're almost there. We will need more standards and standards revisions over time, of course. And we'll discover a few problems along the way. But for the most part, utilities now have a standards framework with which to architect a secure, open, future-friendly smart grid.


Additional improvements and additions to version 1.0 include:


·         a new chapter on the roles of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP);

·         an expanded view of the architecture of the Smart Grid;

·         a number of developments related to ensuring cybersecurity for the Smart Grid, including a Risk Management Framework to provide guidance on security practices;

·         a new framework for testing the conformity of devices and systems to be connected to the Smart Gridâ€"the Interoperability Process Reference Manual;

·         information on efforts to coordinate the Smart Grid standards effort for the United States with similar efforts in other parts of the world; and

·         an overview of future areas of work, including electromagnetic disturbance and interference, and improvements to SGIP processes.


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