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Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched; Governing Board Elected
For Immediate Release: November 19, 2009
DENVER--The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new stakeholder forum to provide technical support to the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as it coordinates standards for a modernized electric power system, concluded today with election of 20 members to its governing board.
Established by NIST with the assistance of EnerNex, under a contact enabled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the new consensus-driven organization provides an open process for businesses and other stakeholder groups to participate in coordinating and accelerating development of standards for the evolving Smart Grid.
Starting with an initial membership of more than 370 organizations spread among 22 stakeholder categories, the SGIP has three primary functions:
Launched on Monday with the membership’s ratification of the charter and by-laws, the SGIP will help NIST continue accelerated efforts to carry out responsibilities assigned to the agency by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The act calls on NIST to “coordinate the development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.”
NIST is now completing its Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0, which has undergone public review and comment. The SGIP will further strengthen this roadmapping effort in collaboration with NIST.
The Smart Grid is a vital component of President Obama’s comprehensive energy plan, which aims to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and help U.S. industry compete successfully in global markets for clean energy technology. On Oct. 27, the President announced awards for 100 Smart Grid Projects across the nation. Funded by the Department of Energy, the federal investment of $3.4 billion was matched by $4.7 billion in commitments from project participants.
“The panel will ensure that the perspectives of the many diverse constituencies—from utility to consumer and from appliance manufacturer to wind or solar farm—are represented in decision-making on standards needed to achieve the Smart Grid vision,” said George Arnold, NIST’s national coordinator for Smart Grid interoperability. “It will provide an open, consensus-based process for stakeholder participation.”
The governing board prioritizes the work of the SGIP, and it will consult regularly with standards development organizations, user groups and others directly involved in standardization efforts. The board will coordinate resources necessary to carry out finalized SGIP action plans in efficient and effective manner.
Members in 17 of the 22 SGIP stakeholder categories elected a representative to the governing board. Because of a tie, a run-off election will be held for the board seat in the stakeholder category representing “standards and specification development organizations.” There were no candidates in several categories, and they will be filled at a later date.
In addition, the entire membership voted on three at-large board members. The full list of newly elected governing board members can be found below .
Yet to be named, the chairpersons of two standing committees—Smart Grid Architecture and Testing and Certification—will be added to the governing board. Vacancies in these and five of the stakeholder categories will be filled later, for a total of 27 voting members in all. Arnold will participate as a non-voting ex-officio member.
Founded in 1901, NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the Commerce Department that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.