The NIST Interoperability Framework Process for Smart Grid includes Priority Action Plans (PAPs) for dealing with major issues associated with developing standards for the Smart Grid. EMNTG's efforts are focused on expediting the identification and development of network standards in support of reliable and robust smart grid communication infrastructures.
In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which tasked NIST with developing standards and protocols to ensure that Smart Grid systems are interoperable. An important part of the Smart Grid is the communications infrastructure, which utilities use to send command information between generation and distribution systems, and to exchange usage and billing information with their customers. An important question is the extent to which networking protocols can be used in the Smart Grid communications network. For example, wireless communications allow mobile applications for work crews in the field and they facilitate deployment of communications networks in situations where the installation of a wired infrastructure is not economically or physically feasible.
There are many possible communications and networking standards that a Smart Grid developer could choose, but most of these standards were not developed specifically for smart grid applications. The critical issues that must be addressed by any communications standard that would be used in the Smart Grid are the following:
Start Date:April 1, 2009
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