The Smart Grid National Coordination project leads, coordinates and manages the national public/private partnership effort to develop interoperability standards for the smart grid, fulfilling NIST’s statutory responsibility under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), in order to ensure that the estimated $400 billion of industry smart grid investment over the next 20 years will be interoperable and secure. The project also supports Administration policy development for the smart grid through the NIST National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability’s co-chairmanship (with DOE) of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology’s Smart Grid Interagency Working Group. The project provides technical support to federal and state regulators who promulgate standards-related policies and regulations for smart grid and approve utility investments. The project provides highly visible leadership of smart grid standardization efforts nationally and internationally to promote harmonization in order to maximize export opportunities for US manufacturers. The project provides programmatic leadership of NIST-wide smart grid measurement science research conducted in the Engineering Laboratory, the Information Technology Laboratory, and the Physical Measurement Laboratory.
Objective: This project leads, coordinates and manages the national public/private partnership effort to develop interoperability standards for the smart grid, fulfilling NIST’s statutory responsibility under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), and provides programmatic leadership of NIST-wide smart grid measurement science research.
Smart Grid Secretariat
The Secretariat provides leadership, coordination, and management for the Smart Grid Program. It convenes a broad-based public/private partnership that engages industry, government, SSOs and academia in developing the interoperability and cybersecurity standards underpinning the nation’s smart grid. It initiates and manages collaboration with international smart grid efforts to create harmonized standards that maximize export opportunities for US manufacturers. It supports development of the Administration’s smart grid policies by co-chairing (with DOE) the NSTC Smart Grid Interagency Working Group (IWG). The Secretariat provides periodic reports to Congress on the smart grid program as required by EISA. The Secretariat ensures interagency coordination through participation on the DOE-led Federal Smart Grid Task Force. It provides technical support to state regulators (directly and through the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners) and FERC, who are responsible for promulgating standards-related smart grid regulatory policies and approving smart grid investments. The Secretariat administers the NIST Smart Grid (Federal) Advisory Committee, a group of 15 high-level executives from the smart grid industry and academia that advises the NIST Director on the smart grid program. The Secretariat has strategic engagement with national and international leadership of Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) in order to facilitate and accelerate standards development.
Smart Grid Interoperability Panel
NIST created the SGIP as a public-private partnership to support NIST in developing the Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. The SGIP was formed in December 2009 and grew to over 750 member organizations and over 1,900 individual participants. The Secretariat provided management oversight and technical direction for the SGIP administrator contract. Secretariat staff held leadership positions in various standing committees and working groups including the Testing and Certification Committee, the Program Management Office, and Domain Expert Working Groups. In addition, the NIST National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability served as ex-officio member on the SGIP Governing Board.
As the SGIP matured, NIST supported the development and implementation of a business sustainment plan for transitioning the SGIP 1.0 to a primarily privately supported legal entity, SGIP 2.0. This transition was completed by April 2013. Since smart grid interoperability standards and testing and certification will continue to evolve and require significant ongoing stakeholder coordination, this new business sustainment plan will ensure that the SGIP and its functions will be appropriately supported by the private sector into the future. The SGIP will continue to be an important component of the program because it serves as an important avenue for collaboration among smart grid stakeholders and a key way to accelerate smart grid development and deployment. NIST and SGIP signed a cooperative agreement, effective April 1, 2013, that provides funds to SGIP and supports a collaborative relationship and key technical activities to advance smart grid interoperability in partnership with the smart grid community. The Secretariat will continue to support the SGIP and to play leadership roles in the SGIP through our technical contributions on committees and working groups. This would help to ensure that the SGIP will transition without losing momentum of its operation
Smart Grid Measurement Science Program Development and Management
The primary focus of this effort is to effectively leverage NIST unique capabilities in measurement science to address key technical and measurement barriers in smart grid development and deployment. This effort develops the strategy, assigns priorities, and allocates resources for NIST smart grid measurement research. This effort provides management oversight and technical direction for the ongoing and new smart grid-related research projects in the Engineering Laboratory, the Information Technology Laboratory, and the Physical Measurement Laboratory that are described in the other projects under the Smart Grid Program. Staff works closely with the leadership of the Labs to allocate resources for the projects, conduct periodic program and project reviews, monitor progress, and assess impact.
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Start Date:October 1, 2012
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