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NIST updates smart grid framework guidelines

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released an expanded list of standards, new cybersecurity guidance documents and new testing proposals as part of a framework designed to provide a map for smart grid interoperability and deployment.

The NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0, provides additional insight to an original plan for introducing new smart grid technology to existing infrastructure, creating a completely interoperable environment.

"Making such dramatic changes to the power grid requires an overarching vision of how to accomplish the task, and this updated Framework advances that vision," said NIST's George Arnold, the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability. "Utilities, manufacturers, equipment testers and regulators will find essential information in the Framework that was not previously available."

In total, 22 new standards, specifications and guidelines were added to the existing document.

With smart grid integration expected to be imperative in the coming decades, SUBNET is working to empower utilities with the appropriate software and knowledge to make the transition as seamlessly and efficiently as possible.

The solutions provider offers "boot camps" in deployment of many smart grid features, such as substation automation and remote access.

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