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IEEE And NIST Smart Grid Conference Hits The Ground Running

By Don Tuite of
This must be the fastest evolution of a technical conference in history. It started last October with the bare germ of an idea for a Smart Grid conference. Then (fanfare!), on January 19, the joint IEEE/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference opened at the NIST facility in Gaithersburg, Md., drawing roughly 700 attendees to its three days of panels and technical sessions.

Not only that, on the first day of the conference, NIST issued the 145-page “NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0.” It’s an initial list of standards, a preliminary cybersecurity strategy, and other elements of a framework for an interoperable Smart Grid.

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