According to the U.S. Department of Energy the electric grid encompasses local area networks that use distributed energy resources to serve local loads and meet specific application requirements for remote power, village or district power, premium power, and critical loads protection.
Highlights and Updates | association news Security, wireless standards on smart grid roadmap T he Electric Power Research Institute responsibility is to coordinate developing tance of the use of recognized standards (EPRI) identiﬁed the ISA99 Manu- a framework that includes protocols and like ISA99 and ISA100 and the involve- facturing and Control Systems model standards for information manage- ment of automation professionals in the Security Standard and ISA100 Wireless ment to achieve interoperability of smart successful implementation of smart grid. Systems for Automation standard for in- grid devices and systems. As a result, NIST EPRI’s deﬁnition of smart grid as “a dustrial wireless for use in the Smart Grid awarded EPRI a contract to engage Smart modernization of the electricity delivery Interoperability Standards Roadmap for Grid stakeholders and develop a draft in- system” to monitor, protect, and opti- the National Institute of Standards and terim standards roadmap. In addition, the mize operations of its interconnected Technology (NIST). This recognition is a Automation Federation took part in a NIST- elements, “from the central and distrib- result of Automation Federation efforts to hosted year-long planning effort to develop uted generator … to industrial users and drive home the message that automation the Smart Grid interoperability framework. building automation systems …,” gives standards and automation professionals According to the U.S. Department of credence to the Automation Federation’s are vital to the future of Smart Grid. Energy, the electric grid encompasses local efforts to ensure the use of internation- In May, InTech published an article area networks that use distributed energy ally recognized standards, like those de- (www.isa.org/link/AN_grid_may09) about resources to serve local loads and meet spe- veloped by ISA, and automation profes- how NIST was involved in an internet-to- ciﬁc application requirements for remote sionals’ involvement to the success of the grid (I2G) expert domain working group power, village or district power, premium smart grid framework. preparing a report to provide an interop- power, and critical loads protection. The NIST will review the comments received erability assessment and roadmap for the Smart Grid refers to the future energy sys- in this interim report from EPRI, including I2G interconnections of the smart grid, tem for integrating electricity from many the comments on the use of these ISA eventually rolling into a report from NIST sources and efﬁciently delivering it to homes standards. The Automation Federation to Congress. The goal was to develop a and business using high technology. will continue to engage in the framework standards framework that integrates all Through active engagement in NIST development process to ensure inclu- the generators and all the consumers on domain expert working group activities, sion of appropriate standards in the ﬁnal the grid of the future. EPRI-led workshops, and other industry framework NIST w
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