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Smart Grid Interoperability Panel agree to new standards, guidelines for grid

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, April 25, 2011

Officials from Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) recently announced that it has agreed to new standards and guidelines to govern smart grid technologies.

Prior to agreeing to the new standards, the SGIP agreed that the outlines and regulations were necessary in order to fully realize the energy-efficient smart grid. Now in place, the governing body's rules address the constant need for monitoring and upgrading certain wireless communication technologies, as well as for smart electricity meters at households, as the smart grid will evolve over the next several years. The new standards and guidelines are just one of the SGIP's many "Priority Action Plans" (PAPs).

"The standards and guidelines resulting from PAP 0 and PAP 2 are crucial to ensuring that metering devices can be upgraded remotely and reliably, and that the sort of fast, efficient wireless communications typical today with cell phones becomes a part of the future electricity grid,” said SGIP Administrator Erich Gunther.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) established the SGIP in order to coordinate and develop smart grid standards. Recently, the NIST coordinator stated that global collaboration is necessary in order to further the smart grid. 

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