Powering Up America: Accelerating an Interoperable Smart Grid (+18 FTE, +$5,000,000)
A smart electric power grid is a transformative networking technology, vital to achieving energy independence and a sustainable energy future. It will use digital technology to improve reliability, security and efficiency of the electric system: from large generation, through the delivery systems to electricity consumers and a growing number of distributed-generation and storage resources. Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, NIST has “primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems …”
Collaborating with Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, NIST is leading and coordinating public-private efforts to develop consensus-based interoperability and cybersecurity standards, which are essential to realizing the vision of the Smart Grid, a once-in-a-century opportunity.
Proposed NIST Program
In early 2009, NIST responded to the energy-related national priorities laid out by President Obama and Congress in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by intensifying efforts to accelerate progress toward stakeholder consensus on Smart Grid standards. Under this initiative, NIST will work collaboratively to:
By developing the underpinning measurement science and standards needed to ensure Smart Grid interoperability and robust, secure and efficient energy generation, storage, and distribution, NIST will help to: