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Welcome to the Smart Grid website at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Whether you are a consumer, engineer, or policymaker, this website can help you learn about and participate in the smart grid and in the development of the interoperable standards that will make it possible. 

Building on NIST’s century-long partnership with the electric industry, we are embarking with our partners on this generation’s grand challenge—modernizing the electric power grid so that it incorporates information technology to deliver electricity efficiently, reliably, sustainably, and securely. Unlike the grid of the 20th century, which primarily delivered electricity in a one-way flow from generator to outlet, the modernized grid permits the two-way flow of both electricity and information.

Working with stakeholders and partners from industry, government, and academia, we’ve been building a solid framework and roadmap for smart grid interoperability standards. While continuing our work toward smart grid version 1.0, we are also participating in the full cycle of research, development, and innovation that will take us to smart grid 2.0, 3.0, and beyond.   

The Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office is a division of NIST’s Engineering Laboratory. The program draws on expertise from across the breadth of the NIST organization, including the Physical Measurement Laboratory and the Information Technology Laboratory

Chris Greer
Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office

David Wollman
Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office

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