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Smart Grid

To improve the efficiency, sustainability, economics, and resiliency of the Nation’s electric grids by developing and demonstrating advances in measurement science to improve grid interoperability and facilitate the use of the distribution grid as an enabling platform for modern energy services.

Welcome to the Smart Grid website at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Whether you are a consumer, engineer, or policymaker, this website can help you learn about and participate in the smart grid and in the development of the interoperable standards that will make it possible. 

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.

NIST Smart Grid Program

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 Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office is a division of NIST’s Engineering Laboratory. The program draws on expertise from across the breadth of the NIST organization, including the Physical Measurement Laboratory, the Information Technology Laboratory, and the Communications Technology Laboratory.  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.

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Cuong T. Nguyen, Chelo Picardal, Andrew Lee, Brian Pugliese, Raja Kadiyala, Ken Thompson, Sokwoo Rhee
This paper describes efforts by the City of Bellevue, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), CH2M, and Quantela, Inc.—the Bellevue Smart Team