The European Union’s (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) and the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly announced their intention to work together on developing smart grid standards, emphasizing common goals and areas of focus.

Both NIST and the SG-CG have mandates to co-ordinate the development of a standards framework for smart grids. The two organizations outlined areas for future collaboration in a joint white paper.

The collaboration will promote the regular exchange of information regarding such issues as:

  • Legislation, regulation, and other policies underpinning NIST and SG-CG work.
  • Respective work methods, work programmes and time lines.
  • Standardisation of deliverables.
  • Testing and certification frameworks.
  • Cybersecurity requirements and technologies.

Ralph Sporer, chairman of 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.”

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