Smart Grid Standards Roadmap Unveiled

By Jeff St. John on September 24, 2009

The federal government released its anxiously awaited draft of smart grid standards on Thursday, laying out a host of specific standards utilities and vendors will be expected to meet in smart grid deployments, as well as 14 "priority" areas and an ongoing cybersecurity standards-setting process it hopes to complete by 2010.

It's the next stage in a process begun this spring to rush a standards development process that might otherwise take several years into a months-long timeframe.

"At stake is America's energy future and the economic competitiveness of our nation," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in introducing the report at the GridWeek conference in Washington, D.C.

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