Monday, January 10, 2011

Conference Alert: FERC Technical Conference - Taking a Measured Breath Before Resuming Smart Grid Standards March

As a standards development project, NIST and crew have moved with breathtaking speed. The time has come for the community to weigh in, and for FERC to see if "sufficient consensus" exists to begin to formalize these standards. Here are some of the details for you:

Title: Technical Conference on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards

To refresh: the five "foundational" standards and their functions are:
  • IEC 61970 and IEC 61968: Providing a Common Information Model (CIM) necessary for exchanges of data between devices and networks, primarily in the transmission (IEC 61970) and distribution (IEC 61968) domains
  • IEC 61850: Facilitating substation automation and communication as well as interoperability through a common data format
  • IEC 60870-6: Facilitating exchanges of information between control centers
  • IEC 62351: Addressing the cyber security of the communication protocols defined by the preceding IEC standards

Click HERE for the original NIST press release on "the five."

Conference Description: The purpose of the technical conference is to obtain further information to aid the Commission’s determination of whether there is “sufficient consensus” that the five families of standards posted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and included in this proceeding are ready for Commission consideration in a rule making proceeding, as directed by section 1305(d) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Day/Time: Jan 31, 1-5 pm ET

Additional details, including live link: HERE. You're also free to attend in person in DC.

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