Domain Expert Working Groups
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was given the responsibility in the 2007 Energy Independence and Energy Security Act (EISA) to coordinate the development of a framework to advance interoperability in the smart grid. NIST will publish a report in early 2009 on the progress in this area and future directions.
NIST has joined with the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) to form Domain Expert Working Groups (DEWGs) to explore smart grid interoperability issues. The DEWGs will provide technical input that will assist NIST with several deliverables:
- Standards Landscape Map - An overview of smart grid domains, interfaces, standards and participants, as well as progress towards interoperability, and is a starting point for development of the standards interoperability roadmap.
- NIST Smart Grid Standards KnowledgeBase (Smart Grid KB) - Building on the efforts of EPRI Intelligrid and the GWAC, the KnowledgeBase will link to the Standards Landscape Map, identifying new and developing standards.
- Smart Grid Interoperability Roadmap - NIST will work with industry through the DEWGs and the Grid-Interop forum to define a roadmap for developing an interoperability framework that facilitates integration and operation of smart grid automation components.
- NIST Smart Grid Standards Workshop - As part of Grid-Interop '08 on November 11-13, NIST hosted a workshop that presented and evaluated a draft of the roadmap in domain breakout sessions and solicited feedback to refine it.
- Progress Report - NIST will publish a publically available report in early 2009 describing the progress made in 2008. The report will include a summary of completed work, an overview of the Smart Grid KB, the draft Smart Grid Standards Roadmap, a summary of stakeholder input, and future year plans.
See the NIST Smart Grid website for more detailed information.