The Advances in Modern Grids Created by NIST

The recent technology today concerning smart grid devices or systems and its application requires the use of wide array of data exchange. It makes the interfaces necessary for well-defined transfer and the users should be easy to quickly translate this data from point a to point b across the grid. 

In the clarification of several communications protocol, the data model that is being used to measure performance requires essentiality according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With its continuous update of the framework and roadmap happening for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. 

Today, in NIST journals, there is a published journal of three framework roadmaps recently. This is the Version 1.0 published way back in 2010. This framework identifies the present gaps in Standards. However, the Versions that were released in 2012 & 2014 (namely 2.0 & 3.0), there have been progresses made for the updates of the standard gaps. Together with the assistance of NEMA and presence of other industry leaders, NIST is quick to develop the latest Version 4.0 to address the advance grid modernization. One of the main goal of these drivers is to give an update for the incorporation of today’s technology advancements. 

One of the primary goal for this type of mechanism is the development for new content like the Version 4.0 that contains a series of certain regional workshops. 1 of which should undergo a careful examination of a new conceptual model that is correlated to the region. The NIST Smart Grid Conceptual Model is describes the holistic composition of these electrical grid system and its applications. In original context, this was introduced to the first NIST framework and the model is currently updated with its revision. 

The update in the current model of 4.0 greatly reflects the increase in number of different types that were being distributed using the energy resources utilized throughout the grid. This makes it more valuable by increasing its importance through the automation of various distribution systems. The main role of these service providers lies in its distribution system. One great example of which is the concept model posted on the NIST site. 

Several stakeholders who have attended the conducted workshops will now have the best opportunity to give input that will give big effect on the content of Version 4.0. With this in mind, the draft version of 4.0 is greatly anticipated to be open for public this year together with the formal public (will follow.) NEMA organization is expected to have a good coordination with the Member comments. 

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