NIST's work on standards and cyber security for a nationwide "smart" electric power grid was featured in recent congressional testimony. On July 21, Cita Furlani, director NIST's Information Technology Laboratory, described how NIST is collaborating with other agencies and private sector organization to address the cyber security requirements of the Smart Grid, a key component of President Obama's comprehensive energy plan, which aims to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. Furlani testified before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security. To read the testimony, go to: www.nist.gov/testimony/2009/cyber%20sec-smart%20grid%20house%20hs%20hearing%20furlani%20final.pdf
Appearing before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology, George Arnold, national coordinator for smart grid interoperability, reviewed NIST's progress in carrying out standards-related responsibilities assigned by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. "Modernizing and digitizing the nation's electrical power grid—the largest interconnected machine on Earth—is an enormous challenge and a tremendous opportunity," Arnold said in his July 23 testimony. "Success requires a combination of quick action and sustained progress in implementing and integrating the components, systems, and networks that will make up the Smart Grid."
To read the testimony, go to: www.nist.gov/testimony/2009/arnold%20smart%20grid%20testimony%20house%20s&t%20subc%20on%20e&e.pdf