George Arnold,
National Coordinator
for Smart Grid
Interoperability, NIST
Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 1, 2012 - The final Release 2.0 of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards setting out a plan for transforming the United States’ power system into an interoperable smart grid is now available.

The Framework and Roadmap Release 2.0 updates the earlier Release 1.0 issued in January 2010, based on input from a wide range of stakeholder groups, including representatives from trade associations, standards organizations, utilities and industries associated with the power grid.

“Release 2.0 represents a significant update to the Release 1.0 Framework,” noted George Arnold, national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at NIST. “The document reflects the consensus-based process the SGIP uses to coordinate development of smart grid standards.”

Release 2.0 adds 22 standards, specifications and guidelines to the 75 standards recommended in the 1.0 version of January 2010 as being applicable to the smart grid. Other additions and improvements to the 1.0 version include:

  • New chapter on the roles of the SGIP
  • Expanded view of the architecture of the smart grid
  • Developments related to cybersecurity for the smart grid, including a risk management framework to provide guidance on security practices
  • New framework for testing the conformity of devices and systems to be connected to the smart grid – the Interoperability Process Reference Manual
  • Information on efforts to coordinate the smart grid standards effort for the United States with similar efforts in other parts of the world, and
  • Overview of future areas of work, including electromagnetic disturbance and interference, and improvements to SGIP processes.