On the basis of stakeholder input received at three public workshops, as well as reviews of research reports and other relevant literature, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified an initial set of priorities for developing standards necessary to build an interoperable smart grid. Among the criteria for inclusion on this initial list were immediacy of need, relevance to high-priority smart grid functionalities1, availability of existing standards to respond to the need, state of the deployment of affected technologies, and estimated time frame to achieve an effective solution.
The most recent of these workshops, held Aug. 3-4, 2009, in Chantilly, Va., engaged more than 20 standards development organizations (SDOs) in addressing these priorities. At the workshop, SDOs and other smart grid stakeholders agreed on many individual and collaborative responsibilities for addressing standards issues and gaps. They also defined tasks and set timelines for accomplishing many of them.
Priority actions plans, or PAPs, are works in progress, undergoing continuing development and refinement. Finalized versions will be included in the Release 1.0 of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework.
1 NIST's initial framework and roadmap for Smart Grid interoperability standards is focusing on six Smart Grid functionalities: wide-area situational awareness; demand response; electric storage; electric transportation; advanced metering infrastructure; and distribution grid management.