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The "Smart Grid" is a term that is loosely used to refer to efforts to modernize the existing electrical grid to address numerous issues, including but not limited to, improving the stability and security of the grid, enabling two-way (from the grid to the users, and vice-versa) information flow and communication relating to the grid and its characteristics (e.g. electricity pricing information, characteristics relating to grid outages, etc.), and enabling connecting distributed power generation equipment and energy sources such as residential photovoltaic panels or plug-in electric vehicles to the grid.
Once deployed, the Smart Grid will support connecting renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy into the electrical grid. It will create a needed infrastructure for wide-spread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, and will create new markets for "smart" equipment, including home appliances that will be able to take advantage of varying pricing information to reduce energy consumption during peak usage times. [read background and NIST role]
NIST Smart Grid Collaboration Wiki and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Site Check frequently for news and updates!
NIST Awards Contract for Work on Smart Grid Interim Standards July 20, 2009 As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to moving the nation toward energy independence, the National Institute of Standards and Technology... by NIST Public & Business Affairs
NIST Takes Lead in Setting Smart Grid Standards July 28, 2009 NIST's standards leadership is defining the standards that are shaping the nationwide "smart" electric power grid an important component in reducing... by NIST Public and Business Affairs
Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched: Governing Board Elected November 19, 2009 The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new stakeholder forum to provide technical support to the Commerce... by NIST Public & Business Affairs
Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy Open for Public Review and Comment February 03, 2010 Today, NIST issued the second draft of its Smart Grid Cyber Security Strategy and Requirements, which now identifies more than 120 interfaces that... by NIST Public & Business Affairs
Contract Awarded to Sustain Fast Track Development of Smart Grid Standards August 21, 2009 NIST announced today that EnerNex Corporation, Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded a contract to help NIST sustain the accelerated development of the... by NIST Public and Business Affairs
NIST Finalizes Initial Set of Smart Grid Cyber Security Guidelines September 16, 2010 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its first Guidelines for Smart Grid Cyber Security, which includes high-level... by NIST Public & Business Affairs
Smart Grid Panel Agrees on Data-Exchange Standards for Electricity Usage February 24, 2011 The governing board of the public-private Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has voted in favor of a new standard important for two-way data... by NIST Public & Business Affairs
Smart Grid Panel Agrees on Standards and Guidelines for Wireless Communication, Meter Upgrades April 20, 2011 Documents address critical needs for realizing an energy-efficient, modern power grid with seamlessly interoperable parts. by GSI Staff
Solar Cell Technology Opportunities: Looking To a Bright, Sunny Future June 06, 2011 New NIST publication summarizes the conclusions of 72 internationally recognized experts in the field from a 2010 special workshop. by GSI Staff
NIST Contributions to Smart Grid Highlighted in White House Report, Event June 13, 2011 New White House policy document highlights strategic roles NIST plays in accelerating the modernization of the nation's electric infrastructure,... by GSI Staff
Report on the Workshop on Regulatory Approaches to Smart Grid Investment and Deployment August 02, 2012 The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) has released the workshop proceedings for the event... by GSI Staff
Dec 05-08, 2011 ( Phoenix, AZ ) Event Organizer: Clasma Events Inc.
APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance - Workshop on Regulatory Approaches to Smart Grid Investment and Deployment
May 16-17, 2012 ( Quebec City, CANADA ) Event Organizer: Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) - SSC