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NIST and the Smart Grid
October 14, 2010 at 11:39 am #112729
SOME serious reading required for those who MIGHT have some interest! ...
From the NIST Smart Grid Collaboration Site:
Summaries of Use, Application, Cybersecurity, and Functionality of Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Identified by NIST 
Release 1.0, October 6, 2010 
With input from collaborators including the SGIP administrator, relevant working group chairs and members of the Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs), regulators and others, NIST is developing technical narrative summaries of the technical contents of Smart Grid standards identified through the NIST process, including their applications, potential issues, and the results of the cyber security review. The first of these summaries, for five families of standards are posted here to assist FERC, state and local regulators, and other interested Smart Grid stakeholders. Each summary includes the following sections:
* Abstract - a general description of the standard including what it does, how it does it, and what systems or equipment are subject to the standard
* Priorities for Standardization – an identification of which of the key priorities from the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards document are supported by the standard 
* Smart Grid Characteristics – an identification of which of the Smart Grid Characteristics Identified in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Section 1301 are supported by the standard (the numbers are those listed in the EISA)
* Requirements & Procedures Established – a summary of requirements, procedures, or other norms established by the standard or suite or standards summarized from internal NIST documents, information from the SDO or SGIP, or information provided during the NIST Framework proceedings
* Stakeholder Comments on Functionality and Interoperability – a summary of findings from comments received from stakeholders regarding the functionality and interoperability of the standard
* Identified Gaps and Issues - interoperability or functionality of the standard as identified by either the NIST Framework document, current Priority Action Plans (PAPs), or the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP)
* Impacts on Reliability – an identification of FERC-approved Reliability Standards that may be impacted by regulatory adoption of the standards.
* Indicators of Consensus – a description of the comment and review process used by relevant SDO to determine consensus and a description of the NIST comment process
* Cybersecurity – a description of cyber security coverage, gaps and other issues, and relation to the NISTIR requirements, and whether the standard should be revised to address the identified gaps and issues.
These technical narrative summaries also include links to the SGIP Standards Information Forms that can be accessed from SGIP Interoperability Knowledge Base Catalog of Standards webpage  . Additionally, the SGIP CSWG Standards Review for corresponding to the technical narrative summaries for the five families of standards is also posted here.
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