The Smart Grid National Coordination project leads, coordinates and manages the national public-private stakeholder partnership effort to accelerate development of interoperability standards for the smart grid, fulfilling NIST’s statutory responsibility under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) NIST’s highly visible leadership of smart grid standardization efforts helps to ensure that the estimated $400 billion of industry smart grid investment over the next 20 years in the U.S. will be interoperable and secure, and promotes international harmonization and alignment to maximize the ability of U.S. manufacturers to compete in a global smart grid market. The project also 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 stakeholder partnership effort to accelerate development of 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 by 2016.
What is the new technical idea? NIST leadership, coordination and acceleration of smart grid interoperability standards development are key responsibilities established under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). NIST’s national and international coordination efforts engage the broad range of smart grid stakeholders to identify their needs and to ensure that these priorities are addressed in the ongoing smart grid interoperability standards development process. Key stakeholders include industry, other federal agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), state and local agencies, Congress, trade associations, standard setting organizations (SSOs), universities, and other governments. NIST established the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel as a primary mechanism for “input and cooperation” with the private sector and other agencies in developing the smart grid interoperability framework. Initially funded entirely by the government, with NIST encouragement it has transitioned to a private-public nonprofit organization Smart Grid Interoperability Panel 2.0, Inc. (SGIP) with a majority of funding now provided by the private sector. This transition enables NIST to increase its focus on challenging measurement science research barriers that require NIST’s unique capabilities to address.
What is the research plan? The project has three components: Smart Grid Secretariat, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, and Smart Grid Measurement Science Program Development and Management.
Smart Grid Secretariat
The Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, published by NIST in January 2010 (Release 1.0) and updated in February 2012 (Release 2.0), provides the smart grid industry and U.S. regulators the foundational guidance on architecture, standards, testing and certification, and cybersecurity based on consensus industry input and a comprehensive public review process. The Smart Grid Secretariat is coordinating the development and review of a draft Release 3.0 update of the NIST Framework in collaboration with the SGIP and other stakeholders and technical resources. The NIST Framework Release 3.0 will be finalized and published in FY14.
The Smart Grid Secretariat actively promotes the results of NIST’s smart grid program through publications in industry journals and invited talks at technical programs of major smart grid conferences and workshops such as GridWeek, IEEE conferences, and others. These opportunities showcase the results of the NIST Smart Grid Program and its impact.
Smart Grid Interoperability Panel
Smart Grid Measurement Science Program Development and Management
This effort is informed by the Federal Advisory Committee and broader industry/academic input on barriers that NIST should address. An August 2012 workshop convened by NIST in partnership with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) of the University of Colorado identified the research and measurement challenges impeding Smart Grid development and deployment in two published workshop reports. The project is using these inputs to inform the priorities and strategy for the research program and drive its future development.
An important focus area for the Office is to advance system engineering, simulation, modeling and validation of the smart grid. The Office will be supporting a cooperative agreement with a leading academic organization to study the issues related to the complex network-systems nature of the evolving smart grid as a cyber-physical system. The cooperative agreement provides a mechanism to initiate and establish a collaboration between organizations that includes a platform for integrating remote simulation capability with the hardware and data to be available through the NIST smart grid testbed. This represents an important initial step towards the long term goal to establish a project on system level simulation and modeling of the smart grid.
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Start Date:October 1, 2012
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