The SGIP, a consensus-based group of more than 675 public and private organizations, was created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the development of Smart Grid standards and agree on the inclusion of a group of standards in the catalog.
George Arnold, National Coordinator of Smart Grid Interoperability for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), says, “These entries in the Catalog of Standards constitute the first items in what will be a useful toolkit for anyone involved in the Smart Grid–whether they are utilities that generate and distribute power, companies developing new electronic devices, or consumers who buy and use them. While it will be of interest to regulators, it will primarily be important as a knowledge base for the entire grid community. It will eventually contain hundreds of consensus documents.”
The six entries correlate to national standards needed to create a modern, energy-efficient power grid with interoperable components. Such standards must be established to convert today’s power grid into a distribution network able to manage everything from electric vehicles to incorporating renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, a number of new standards must be established.
The catalog’s first six entries include Internet protocol standards, which allow grid devices to exchange information; energy usage information standards, which permit consumers to know the cost of energy used at a given time; standards for vehicle charging stations; use cases for communication between plug-in vehicles and the grid; requirements for upgrading smart meters; and guidelines for assessing standards for wireless communication devices
John McDonald, SGIP Governing Board Chair and Director of Technical Strategy & Policy Development at GE Digital Energy, adds: “The energy usage information standard may very well be the most interesting to consumers at this point. It will help consumers take control of their energy usage by helping to provide real-time communication between utilities and consumers about power availability and cost. This will help them make better decisions about when to use electricity.”
The Catalog is available at http://collaborate.nist.gov/twiki-sggrid/bin/view/SmartGrid/SGIPCoSStandardsInformationLibrary