The North American Electricity Reliability Corporation (NERC) has established a Smart Grid Task Force to review the reliability impacts of smart grid. The purpose of the new task force is to provide a high-level review of the reliability impacts of integrating smart grid technology on the bulk power system. It will consider system planning, design, and operations with respect to the bulk power system. A report will be prepared that reviews smart grid characteristics, identifies reliability concerns including cyber security vulnerability, and provides recommendations to the NERC and the industry.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formalised its newly established smart grid task group. The group, which will be chaired by Mark Thompson, vice-president of strategic communication networks at Aclara, will provide technical expertise to utilities, government officials, and other interested parties on the various properties of Wi-Fi that make it suitable for smart grid, and will assess how the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ testing programme may be extended to support smart grid devices and applications.

The SIP Forum has recently formed a new Smart Grid Special Interest Group (SIG) with the focus of evaluating the appropriateness of using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as a protocol for a number of smart grid areas, including the home area network (HAN), utilities’ operational network, and plugin electric vehicle deployments. The group will also evaluate the appropriateness of SIP in the list of priorities identified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The chairs of the SIG are Arjun Roychowdhury of Hughes Systique Corporation and Richard Shockey from the SIP Forum. / /