Monday, June 22, 2009

Technical Priorities for Smart Grid Development Outlined in New Report

William Jackson writes on

Developing a consensus for the architecture of a secure, interoperable next-generation power distribution system might not be a simple process, according to a preliminary report produced for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

After meting with hundreds of stakeholders and evaluating contributions from more than a thousand, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) found that industry understanding of existing technical standards and issues facing a nationwide Smart Grid tends to be incomplete and parochial.

“These patterns make rapid consensus difficult,” EPRI concluded in the Report [.pdf] to NIST on the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap. “So, it is appropriate that these results be built upon through further analysis and refinement. NIST desires to accommodate existing technology while relying on technical experts that aid in successfully developing a standards roadmap to achieve an innovative smart grid.”

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