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Collaboration of U.S. and Europe on smart grid standards development

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The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Union’s (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) have announced their intention to work together on smart grid standards development. They both have mandates to coordinate the development of a standards framework for smart grids.

The outlined areas for future collaboration are as follows:

  • Continuous alignment of key messages
  • Collaboration on reference architectures
  • Exchange of priorities
  • Regular and continuous information exchange and common understanding of legislation, regulation, and other policies underpinning the respective group’s work, their respective work methods, programs and time lines, the standardization deliverables, testing and certification frameworks, and cybersecurity requirements and technologies.

George Arnold, national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the NIST said “The need for integration of multiple technologies, the many international activities, and ever changing technical solutions within a short time frame make standards development a challenging task for standards organizations worldwide, but this collaboration should help make sure that no one reinvents the wheel.”

The aim of the collaboration is to ensure that smart grid standards on both continents are very similar, so that devices and systems that interact with these grids can be designed in the same way.


The SG-CG represents three private-sector standards organizations, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

Ralph Sporer, chairman of the SG-CG said “While the potential benefits of smart grids are enormous, they can only be fully reached if we can all agree on global solutions,”. “It is promising to see that NIST and SG-CG will be supporting a number of common positions and areas of collaboration to ensure a consistent set of international standards.”

A letter of intent specifically outlining the details of the collaboration will be drafted in the near future.




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