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Smart Grid Interoperability Standards: Governance Perspective
George W. Arnold,

The Energy Independence and Security Act gives National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) “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…” as follows: 1) Congress directed that the framework be “flexible, uniform, and technology neutral”; 2) Input and cooperation by private sector and other federal and state agencies; 3) Use of these standards is a criteria for federal Smart Grid Investment Grants; 4) Input to federal and state regulators.

Smart Grid context involves the following: 1) “Supreme engineering achievement of the 20thcentury” –National Academy of Engineering;2) Complex - 3200 utilities, 100s of suppliers, $1 trillion assets, 140 million customers, 14% of system owned/operated by federal government, 86% private sector or municipal; 3) Aging - Modernization is a key priority globally, many new technologies and operating paradigms being introduced, requires collaboration among many industries that have not traditionally worked together, and architecture and standards are critical.

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