NIST announces members of Smart Grid Advisory Committee

September 27, 2010 – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named 15 leaders from a cross-section of U.S. industry, academia, and trade and professional organizations to serve on its newly formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee, which convenes its first meeting on Sept. 29, 2010.

“We will benefit greatly from the knowledge and insights of this diverse group of experts,” said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. “We are grateful for their willingness to serve and to share their thinking on how NIST can maximize its technical contributions to modernizing and securing the nation’s electric power grid.”

The new committee will advise Gallagher on the direction of NIST’s smart grid-related programs and activities. NIST leads a nationwide effort to expedite development of consensus interoperability standards that enable two-way flows of energy and information on the smart grid.

NIST also conducts smart grid research and testing programs on cybersecurity and advanced performance-monitoring devices known as synchrophasors, energy management systems for buildings and other topics.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, NIST has “primary responsibility to coordinate development of a framework that includes protocols and model standards for information management to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.”

Dan Sheflin, chief technology officer at Honeywell Automation and Control Systems, will chair the committee. David Owens, executive vice president of business operations at the Edison Electric Institute, will serve as vice chair.

Other advisory committee members are:
Jon Arnold

Managing Director, Worldwide Power & Utilities Industry Microsoft Corp.

William O. Ball

Executive Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Southern Co.

Lynne Ellyn

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer DTE Energy

Evan R. Gaddis
President and Chief Executive Officer

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Lawrence E. Jones

Director, Strategy and Special Projects Worldwide Alstom Grid

Suedeen G. Kelly

Patton Boggs, LLP

Susan M. Miller

President and Chief Executive Officer
Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)

Terry Mohn

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
General MicroGrids, Inc.

Kevin F. Nolan

Vice President of Technology GE Appliances

Simon Pontin

Vice President for Development
Itron Oconee Manufacturing Facility
William H. Sanders

Director, Information Trust Institute and Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thomas J. Tobin

Vice President – R&D
S&C Electric Co.

David Vieau

Chief Executive Officer and President
A123 Systems
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