Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SGIP calls for Comments on Draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0

The NIST SGIP (Smart Grid Interoperability Panel) has published the

Draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0

for public comments via Federal Register Notice on October 25, 2011

Click HERE for the NIST Framework and Comments page.
Click HERE for the Draft Release 2.0 [PDF, 5.3 MB].

What is new in the Release 2.0 (Draft)?

Interoperable standards and protocols for the Smart(er) Grids are the focus of NIST. To reach these objectives NIST developed a three-phase plan:

  1. To accelerate the identification of an initial set of standards;
  2. To establish a robust Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) to sustain the development of the many additional standards that will be needed; and
  3. To set up a conformity testing and certification infrastructure.

The results of Release 1 (2009-11) have been improved in the draft Release 2. The most crucial result so far (in my view) is the fact that the relevant standards listed in Release 1 has been accepted – one way or the other – by the stake holders in the Smart(er) Grid community! There are some additional standards listed – but the list from 2009 is still representing the core standards.

The most crucial result of all these activities in the power utility domain is that we have prevented a situation found in the industrial automation market with more than 100 Fieldbus standards – with some 50+ in a single standard (IEC 61158)!

Draft Release 2 identifies 20 Smart Grid-relevant standards, 15 other requirement and guideline documents, 9 cyber security documents; and another list of some 60 specifications/requirements that are listed for further review. The 20 standards are:

1 BACnet Building Automation
2 ANSI C12 Metering
3 LON Various applications
4 IEEE 1815 (DNP3) Substation and feeder automation
5 ICCP (IEC 60870-6 TASE.2) Inter-control center communication
6 IEC 61850 Power utility automation (Transmission, Distribution, Generation, …) at field level
7 IEC 61968/61970 CIM; communication between control center systems
8 IEEE C37.118/IEC 61850-90-5 Phasor measurements
9 IEEE 1547 Physical and electrical interconnections between utilities and distributed generation (DG) and storage.
10 IEEE 1588/IEC61588 Time synchronization
11 IETF RFC 6272 Internet Protocols
12 IEEE 1901 Broadband Power Line
13 Multispeak Application software integration within the utility operations domain
14 NEMA SG AMI I Smart meters
15 SB WEQ19, REQ18 Energy Usage Information
16 NISTIR 7761 NIST Guidelines for Assessing Wireless Standards for Smart Grid Applications
17 OpenADR Open Automated Demand Response
18 OPC-UA Exposes complex data and metadata defined by other information model specifications (e.g. IEC 61850, BACnet, OpenADR).
19 GML Open Geospatial Consortium, Geography Markup Language
20 Zigbee Smart Energy Profile 2.0 Home Area Network (HAN) Device Communications and Information Model
  Requirements and Guidelines  
21 OpenHAN Home area network (HAN)
22 AEIC Guidelines Testing criteria for standards-based AMI
23 SAE J1772 SAE Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler
24 SAE J2836/1 Use Cases for Communication Between Plug-in Vehicles and the Utility Grid
25 IPRM SGTCC Interoperability Process Reference Manual (SGIP‘s Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee)
26 --  
  Cyber Security  
27 Security Profile for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, v 1.0  
28 Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Cyber Security Recommendations

DHS Cyber Security
Procurement Language for Control Systems

Guidance to procuring Cyber security technologies for control systems products and services
30 IEC 62351 Parts 1-8 This family of standards defines information security for power system control operations.
31 IEEE 1686 Intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) to accommodate critical infrastructure protection
32 CIP 002-009 NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection
33 NIST Special Publication (SP) 800 Cyber security standards and guidelines for federal information systems, including those for the bulk power system.
34 IEC 61851 Charging electric road vehicles


Introduction to NISTIR 7628
Guidelines for
Smart Grid Cyber Security

The second list comprises standards for review like GPS, IEC 61400-25 (IEC 61850 for wind turbines), IEEE P1901 (Broadband powerline), ISO/IEC 8824 ASN.1 (Abstract Syntax Notation), IEEE 802, 3GPP, 2G, 3G, 4G, ISA SP 100 (Wireless), IEC 61000, ISA SP 99, ISO 27000, WS-Security, …

The second list contains standards that do (to my interpretation) NOT contain any competing solutions for IEC 61968/70, IEC 61850, IEEE 1815 DNP3, … they cover other crucial aspects. And there is very little overlap between the 35 standards listed above.

Congratulation to all people involved in the work of SGIP!

It would be very helpful to provide your comments to the draft – in order to reach a global consensus.

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