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Order on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

This order takes action on the five families of standards identified as ready for consideration by regulatory authorities by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The order relies on information gathered at technical conferences held on November 14, 2010 and January 31, 2011 in this proceeding and on responses to the Supplemental Notice Requesting Comments issued February 16, 2011 (Supplemental Notice) seeking additional information on smart grid interoperability standards and the standards development process. In this order, we find insufficient consensus to institute a rulemaking proceeding at this time to adopt the five families of standards. Going forward, we encourage utilities, smart grid product manufacturers, regulators, and other smart grid stakeholders to actively participate in the NIST interoperability framework process to work on the development of interoperability standards and to refer to that process for guidance on smart grid standards.

This information was submitted by Jeremy Laundergan, Director, Utility Services Consulting, EnerNex, jlaundergan@enernex.com on 08/31/2011.

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