First Smart Grid Standards Guide Issued

pic3-32With the transition to an automated, networked Smart Grid utility infrastructure well under way, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released "A Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0".

As recently posted on Government Computer News,

The first release of the framework describes a high-level conceptual reference model for the Smart Grid, identifies 75 existing standards that are likely to be applicable to the development of the Smart Grid, specifies 15 high-priority gaps or areas that need to be harmonized (in addition to cyber security) for which new or revised standards are needed, documents action plans with aggressive timelines for standards-setting organizations to address these gaps, and describes the strategy to establish requirements and standards to help ensure Smart Grid cyber security.

"The Smart Grid will ultimately require hundreds of standards, specifications and requirements," the document says. "Some are needed more urgently than others." The framework identifies eight priorities for standards development:

• Demand response and consumer energy efficiency
• Wide-area situational awareness
• Energy storage
• Electric transportation
• Advanced metering infrastructure
• Distribution grid management
• Cybersecurity and
• Network communications

In addition to interoperability standards, the NIST framework specifies Smart Grid cybersecurity as a key priority. A task force consisting of public and private sector experts is developing a separate security program and plans to issue a second draft of its findings in February.