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Smart Grid Framework

NIST Framework and Roadmap of Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 4.0

NIST invites your input on the newly released draft of its Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 4.0. Your comments can be submitted to smartgridframework [at] (smartgridframework[at]nist[dot]gov) and will be used by NIST in completing revisions for the final, published version of the Framework.

This is NIST’s fourth framework informing America’s development of the smart grid under the provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Key sections in Framework 4.0 include:

  • Smart Grid Conceptual Model: Features emerging capabilities in the customer domain, increasing distributed energy resources, and interactions among the distribution, transmission, operations, and market domains.
  • Communication Pathways Scenarios: Depicts communications interactions among grid elements in different scenarios to quickly visualize system interoperability requirements.
  • A Common Language for the Smart Grid: Provides a comprehensive structure based on NIST's Cyber Physical System Framework to enable effective communications among stakeholder groups regarding grid modernization. 
  • Testing and Certification (T&C) for Smart Grid Standards: Documents the benefits of testing and certification and identifies existing T&C gaps and opportunities to improve interoperability.
  • Interoperability Profiles: Provides an approach for reducing testing and implementation complexity by clarifying the range of interoperability requirements available through standards.  

This draft version of Framework 4.0 was developed with input from smart grid stakeholders ranging from utilities, vendors, and equipment manufacturers, to renewable power producers, retail service providers, and regulators. Insights from community experts were gathered through a national and regional workshop series. Now, NIST invites you to evaluate the information that has emerged and provide your input.

Download a copy of the draft Framework here and send your comments to smartgridframework [at] (smartgridframework[at]nist[dot]gov). Your input will ensure that the final Framework meets the needs of the smart grid community and promotes progress in meeting America’s energy needs.

Created September 1, 2016, Updated April 11, 2022