The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross-section of U.S. industry, academia, and trade and professional organizations to serve on its recently formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee. A first meeting convened in late September. “We will benefit greatly from the knowledge and insights of this diverse group of experts,” says NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. “We are grateful for their willingness to serve and share their thinking on how NIST can maximize its technical contributions to modernizing and securing the nation’s electric power grid.”
The committee will advise Gallagher on the direction of NIST’s Smart Grid-related programs and activities. NIST leads a nationwide effort to expedite development of consensus interoperability standards that enable two-way flows of energy and information on the Smart Grid. NIST also conducts Smart Grid research and testing programs on cyber security and advanced performance-monitoring devices known as synchrophasors, energy management systems for buildings, and other topics.
Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, NIST has “primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.” Dan Sheflin, CTO at Honeywell Automation and Control Systems, will chair the committee and David Owens, executive VP of business operations at the Edison Electric Institute, will serve as vice chair. For more information, link to www.nist.gov/smartgrid/index.cfm
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