Our energy industry is investing $400 billion or more to revamp and modernize our nation’s electric system, and to develop a digital security blanket to protect our system from cyber terrorism. Governments and industries worldwide are looking to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to assure that the thousands of components in a modernized electric system can operate and communicate with each other seamlessly.
The members of SGIP have been given the responsibility to resolve standards coordination issues and gaps that stymie seamless connectivity. By clearing these roadblocks, the SGIP accelerates the digital modernization of the nation’s grid and expands supplier & service provider markets in both the United States and internationally, facilitating standards-based grid modernization. SGIP has signed official agreements with numerous countries to pave the way for innovative product and service introductions worldwide.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has spoken out on the critical need for interoperability within the energy grid and has called SGIP “the best vehicle for developing smart grid interoperability standards.” The National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) has adopted similar language to provide guidance to its members.
All seven integrated domains of the power system—customers, markets, service providers, operations, bulk generation, transmission, and distribution are represented by 22 stakeholder categories that are committed to working together to build a modern and efficient grid.
As an SGIP member company or organization you will have an influential and valued voice in shaping which interoperability standards are published and institutionalized in the SGIP Catalog of Standards. These standards critically impact, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of a smarter grid. Participation in SGIP also enables and enhances your dialog throughout the enormous domestic and worldwide marketplace.
What is SGIP?
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel was explicitly established to support NIST in its fulfillment of its responsibilities pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”). The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency dedicated to promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
SGIP’s mission is to provide a framework for coordinating all Smart Grid stakeholders in an effort to accelerate standards harmonization and advance the Interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems.
SGIP fulfills this mission by:
• Facilitating standards development for Smart Grid interoperability
• Identifying necessary testing and certification requirements
• Overseeing the performance of these activities & continuing momentum
• Informing and educating Smart Grid industry stakeholders on interoperability
• Conducting outreach to establish global interoperability alignment
The SGIP strives to align the comprehensive set of technologies that drives our opportunities for creating a more efficient and reliable energy grid. The following represents the core areas’ technological focus. All of the innovations and technologies discussed within SGIP fall into one of these seven categories.