Smart grid customer interface feedback requested by NIST

Washington, D.C., February 23, 2010 – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has launched a public forum to solicit comments on the nation’s evolving smart electric power grid – specifically the size, shape and requirements of a consumer interface with the smart grid.

According to the OSTP, the Executive Branch wants to know options: all the possibilities available to consumers interfacing with a smart grid that can provide enough information for choice, control and optimization of energy use.

Using the blog format, OSTP and NIST hope to generate constructive discussion on a number of questions related to a smart grid customer interface.

The first blog posting is already up, a note from George Arnold, NIST national coordinator for smart grid interoperability. Designated to kick-off the online conversation, Arnold discusses ways to ensure a positive customer connection to the smart grid.

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Arnold writes, “Ideally, the consumer interface will be practical and straightforward, encourage widespread adoption of smart grid applications, and promote U.S. innovation in clean energy technologies.

This blog was created to provide a forum to hear your views on issues related to the architecture and standards for the consumer interface with the smart grid as well as policies concerning consumer access to and ownership of smart grid data.

Your views will help inform government policies, the work of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, and the actions and decisions of many others in the diverse smart grid community.”

Arnold notes that the forum would like to concentrate on three specific areas for discussion: architecture, data access and ownership, and standards related to the customer interface.

The online forum concludes on March 12, and all comments must be received by 5 p.m. on that date.

To participate, visit the blog. (You must register to participate.) Click here for a direct link.


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