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Webinars on Planning for Smart Grid Panel Announced

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2009

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Contact: Michael Baum
301-975-2763

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold three one-hour "webinars" to brief the diverse Smart Grid community on its progress toward establishing a panel to coordinate the continuing development of interoperability and cyber security standards for a modern electric power system. The Smart Grid incorporates digital computing and communications technology in the nation’s electric power infrastructure, enabling two way flows of electricity and information. The planned Smart Grid Interoperability Panel will identify, prioritize and address new and emerging requirements for Smart Grid standards. It will further develop the initial NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0, which was released for public review on Sept. 24. Running from 11 a.m. to noon (Eastern time), webinars will be offered on Oct. 9, Oct. 28, and Nov. 12. For more details and for registration information, go to: www.nist.gov/smartgrid/webinars.html.

The launch of the standards panel will take place in Denver, on Nov. 16, at the beginning of Grid-Interop 2009.