Leveraging NIST’s century-long partnership with the electric industry, we are collaborating with our partners to address this generation’s grand challenge—modernizing the electric power grid so that it incorporates information technology to deliver electricity efficiently, reliably, sustainably, and securely. A modernized grid enables all participants to benefit from the new introduction of new technologies, from distributed resources to advanced communications and controls.
Working with stakeholders and partners from industry, government, and academia, we’ve built a solid framework and roadmap for smart grid interoperability standards including current work toward Release 4.0. In addition, we are conducting a full cycle of research, development, and innovation that provide the foundations for the future grid. This program advances the measurement science necessary to increase asset utilization and efficiency, improve grid reliability, and enable greater use of renewable energy sources in the grid through research, standardization, testing, and implementation of the NIST Framework.
The program draws on expertise from across the breadth of the NIST organization. In addition, NIST engages with many stakeholders in the electricity sector through its interactions with the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and other organizations representing various community interests.