Smart grid standards open for public review
NIST has released the report on smart grid issues and will accept public comments before issuing its Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap this fall.
In the first phase of the National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ) plan to develop key standards for smart grid implementation, the Electric Power Research Institute ( EPRI ) submitted its report on priorities in standardizing the technology. Once published in the Federal Register, the public has 30 days to send comments to NIST .
The report is about 100 pages (with an almost 200-page appendix) and is currently available on the NIST website.
As stated under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, NIST has "primary responsibility" to create a framework that "achieve[s] interoperability of smart grid devices and systems." NIST contracted EPRI to engage utilities, equipment suppliers, consumers, standards developers, and other stakeholders for the report.
NIST will review the EPRI report along with public comments before issuing its Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap this fall. According to NIST, the roadmap will "set priorities for interoperability and cyber security requirements, identify an initial set of standards to support early implementation, and list plans to meet remaining standards needs."
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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