SGIP gets $2.75m from NIST

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The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel has been awarded funding of $2.75 million towards the continuation of its activities from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

This includes $750,000 for the remainder of the current year and $1 million for each of the years 2014 and 2015.

The funding forms part of a cooperative agreement between the two organizations. In making the announcement, David Wollman, leader of NIST’s smart grid program and acting director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, said the funding was to support the “operation of an international panel to promote the acceleration and adoption of smart grid interoperability standards.”

“We are thrilled to continue our collaborative work with NIST as it relates to advancing smart grid interoperability,” said Patrick Gannon, president and executive director of SGIP. “The 170-plus members of SGIP understand how critical it is to support the modernization of electric grid infrastructure with interoperable and secure technology solutions. Having NIST as a partner will only accelerate our organization’s ability to fulfill our mission.”

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel was established by NIST in December 2009 as a public-private partnership to support its smart grid standards responsibilities. The organization has recently transitioned to the member-funded non-profit SGIP 2.0, where it will continue this work, while also taking on an increasing supporting role internationally.

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