The Application of Information and Communications Technologies to the Power Grid – Part 2

This is a continuation of the review of Preliminary Discussion Draft: NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0.

Chapter 4: Standards Identified for Implementation (pp. 62–120)

This is the chapter I am most interested in. Table 4-1 (page 70) contains a set of standards, specifications, and guidelines that NIST deems important for smart grid interoperability. A number of entries in Table 4-1 are a set of accepted standard technologies for smart grid. The number of entries has increased from 34 to 68 since release 2.0. In the release 2.0, there was a table called Table 4-2, which listed for additional standards, specifications, profiles, requirements, guidelines, and reports for further review. But it is no longer there.

One thing I noticed is that a set of standards of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)‘s standards are missing in Table 4-1 in this draft, while they were in Table 4-1 (page 70) of the release 2.0. They are: SAEJ1772, SAE J2836/1, and SAE J2847/1. I thought that if something is included in Table 4-1 once, it is not removed from the table. By the way, in the current CoS, all of these are listed, plus SAE J2836/2-3 and SAE J2847/2-3.

Two things I found are: the standard selection criteria described oin pages 65-66 are noteworthy and in the new table, more entries from IEC and IEEE are added but I did not see any more typical IT technologies added.

Chapter 5: Architectural Framework (pp. 121–148)

Along with Table 4-1, the conceptual model as shown below is very interesting to me as an ICT guy. This figure has not changed since the release 2.0.

 

Chapter 6: Cybersecurity Strategy (pp. 149–157)

Some documents are noteworthy:

Chapter 7: Framework for Smart Grid Interoperability Testing and Certification (pp. 158– 171)

New material reviews the key components and deliverables from the testing and certification framework development activities. The emerging implementation phase projects and activities since release 2.0 are then discussed, as well as views on the longer term implementation needs and challenges in maintaining a robust testing and certification approach for interoperable smart grid systems and devices.

Chapter 8: Cross-Cutting and Future Issues

Some discussion subject was of electromagnetic compatibility. I am not sure how ICT can help this yet.

Zen Kishimoto

About Zen Kishimoto

Seasoned research and technology executive with various functional expertise, including roles in analyst, writer, CTO, VP Engineering, general management, sales, and marketing in diverse high-tech and cleantech industry segments, including software, mobile embedded systems, Web technologies, and networking. Current focus and expertise are in the area of the IT application to energy, such as smart grid, green IT, building/data center energy efficiency, and cloud computing.

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