Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has unveiled the first draft of a Smart Grid framework that lays the foundation for a secure, interoperable, next-generation power distribution system.
The report, titled "Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0" and developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, identifies about 80 existing standards that apply to the development of the new grid infrastructure, and outlines steps to address key gaps remaining to be addressed.
“The Smart Grid will ultimately require hundreds of standards,” the framework says. “Some are more urgently needed than others,” because equipment such as smart meters that can monitor residential power use and provide data back to the utility, already are being deployed. The current report “is only the beginning of an ongoing process that is needed to create the full set of standards that will be needed to manage their evolution in response to new requirements and technologies.”
The framework is the product of the first phase of an aggressive three-phase program by NIST to establish Smart Grid standards by the end of the year.
NIST’s three-phase approach to standards development is:
- Develop a consensus among utilities, equipment suppliers, consumers, standards developers and other stakeholders on needed standards; and producing a Smart Grid architecture, an initial set of standards to support implementation and plans for developing remaining standards by early fall;
- Finalization of today’s report after a 30 day comment period will complete this phase;
- Launch formal partnerships to develop the remaining needed standards; and
- Develop a program for testing and certification to ensure that Smart Grid equipment and systems comply with standards;