An updated roadmap for the smart grid, NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, is now available for a 45-day public comment period.

The draft Framework 3.0 document updates and expands earlier Releases 1.0 and 2.0 (January 2010 and February 2012, respectively), outlining plans for transforming the nation’s aging electric power system into an interoperable smart grid, said officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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“There have been many remarkable advances in smart grid infrastructure since the release of the last edition,” said Chris Greer, director of NIST’s Smart Grid Program Office. “By 2015, nearly a third of the 144 million meters in the U.S. will be smart meters. Through the Green Button effort, more than 45 electricity suppliers nationwide have committed to providing 59 million homes and businesses with access to their energy usage data. This new edition embraces this remarkable progress and provides a foundation for working together for the smart grid of the future.”

Important new elements in this revision are an updated reference model of the smart grid, revised guidelines for cyber security, advances in testing and certification frameworks, international smart grid activities, and discussion of smart grid research and development needs.

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Click here for a PDF version of the 255-page document.

The link also provides instructions for any individual or organization wishing to comment. Comments are due by May 30.

On May 2, 1-2 p.m. EDT, NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office will be hosting a free webinar providing an overview of Framework 3.0. Click here for registration information.

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