The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) released today a draft copy of its Interim Smart Grid Interoperability Roadmap, one of its tasks under the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (EISA2007). The 291-page document, found at: www.nist.gov/smartgrid/InterimSmartGridRoadmapNISTRestructure.pdf
This Roadmap addresses a variety of issues, including governance and IP, going forward. In addition to outlining the project and describing the work done so far, the Roadmap defines a conceptual model for smart grid and its implementation, identifies the applications in different domains of the grid, discusses the security requirements for smart grid, and finally, recommends several near-term actions that NIST can take to advance the interoperability framework.
NIST will invite comment on the draft, developed by EPRI, within 30 days after the Federal Register notice is released. It will then publish a final draft before September, based on the comments that are received. NIST hopes to have a final Roadmap by the end of the year.
Many of us in the industry over the last two years have had the opportunity to contribute up to this point and look forward to finishing the standards with a final worldwide open stakeholder approach to get all the possible input in place to release the final standards that will drive America to deliver a nationwide smart grid.