INTEROPERABILITY 101 and Why it’s Good Business Sense for the Smart Grid

SGIP_Interoperabiluty_InfographicMaintaining a reliable Smart Grid is a daunting task. Interoperability – the driving force for integrating components into the grid – is a necessity. From Generation to Consumption, interconnected objects must be able to work together to enable effective, resilient and secure electricity. The SGIP Community brings together and gives voice to over 20 industry segments and carries out its work through a structure of committees and subcommittees, working groups, task forces and priority action plan teams. Each group has a specific purpose, defined at the time it is established. These crucial groups also serve as networks in which current members can exchange information on a particular area of special interest. Join today!

History of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel: SGIP 1.0 was explicitly established to support NIST in its fulfillment of its responsibilities pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”). The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency dedicated to promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

The goal of SGIP is to provide a framework for coordinating all Smart Grid stakeholders in an effort to accelerate standards harmonization and advance the interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems. The public-private partnership, created in November 2009, was initially funded and managed by NIST with the intent to ultimately transition to a non-profit, public/private funding model. This was successfully accomplished in 2013 and SGIP 2.0 was launched. At this key juncture in its brief history, SGIP is now fully operational as a private entity focused on critical power industry issues most relevant to our stakeholders, which include utilities, regulators, equipment vendors and integrators.


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