John McDonald (l.)
and Ralph Sporer (r.)
 
Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 12, 2011 - The U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and the European Union's (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) last week signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate on smart grid efforts.

The collaboration is aimed to ensure that smart grid standards on both continents have as much in common as possible, so that devices and systems that interact with the smart grid can be designed in similar fashion.
 
In addition to describing the areas and methods to enhance coordination, the Letter outlines specific focus areas for short, medium, and long term activities.

Areas highlighted as short term activities include:

  • Establishment of a harmonized conceptual model
  • Use cases and application descriptions
  • Cyber security requirements.

Areas highlighted as medium to long term activities include:

  • Smart grid interoperability architecture
  • Testing and certification of smart grid interoperability standards compliance

In addition to these specific areas, the two organizations will also cooperate in facilitating the timely development of international specifications to remedy identified gaps in smart grid standards, principally through information sharing and joint workshops.

The Letter of Intent was signed by John McDonald, chair of the SGIP Governing Board, and Ralph Sporer, chairman of SG-CG.

“We want this letter to be more than just a piece of paper,” said Sporer. “I am confident that we will be able to fill it with life. Already, we have begun collaborations and discussions between our two organizations, and this letter will enable us to do this in a more systematic way.”

“Encouraging the development and adoption of international smart grid standards is one of our highest priorities,” added McDonald. “Our collaboration with the E.U.’s SG-CG is a very important step forward [in international outreach]."

The SGIP is a public/private partnership established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). SG-CG represents Europe’s three standardization organizations, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.