Commerce’s NIST Announces U.S. and EU to Partner on Next Generation Electrical Grids
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Union’s (EU) Smart
Grid–Coordination Group jointly announced today their intention to work
together on Smart Grid standards development to ensure a consistent set of
international standards that can efficiently deliver reliable, economical and
sustainable electricity services on both sides of the Atlantic.
The new collaboration is meant to ensure that Smart Grid
standards on both continents have as much in common as possible, so that
devices and systems that interact with these grids can be designed in similar
fashion. Smart Grids are expected to ease the incorporation of renewable energy
sources, energy saving devices and electric vehicles into the power system.
Overall goals include the reduction of carbon emissions and security of supply.