Sunday, April 05, 2009

SCADA Watch: NIST Ramps Up Work on Standards for Smart Grid

William Jackson writes on

Spurred by economic stimulus spending that will support the development of a nationwide Smart Grid for intelligent energy distribution, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is stepping up efforts to identify or create interoperability and security standards for the new infrastructure.

In March, NIST established a full-time position to lead Smart Grid activities and hopes to recommend a suite of standards by the end of the year, said George Arnold, NIST deputy director of technical services, who is leading the effort.

“We’re doing this on a very fast track,” Arnold said. “This is doable.” Industry already has done a lot of the work, and much of NIST’s job will be to prioritize needs and identify existing standards that meet them.

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