The National Institute of Standards and Technology has named five members of the GridWise Alliance to its newly formed Smart Grid Advisory Committee. The new committee will advise NIST Director Patrick Gallagher on the direction of NIST’s smart grid-related programs and activities as the institute leads a nationwide effort to expedite the development of interoperability standards for the smart grid.
The Alliance members appointed to the board include: Jon Arnold, Managing Director, Worldwide Power & Utilities Industry, Microsoft Corporation; Lawrence E. Jones, Director, Strategy and Special Projects Worldwide, ALSTOM Grid; Terry Mohn, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, General MicroGrids, Inc.; Kevin F. Nolan, Vice President of Technology, GE Appliances; and Simon Pontin, Vice President for Development, Itron Oconee Manufacturing Facility.
The Alliance members join 10 other leaders from a cross-section of U.S. industry, academia, and trade and professional organizations to serve on the committee, which held its first meeting on Sept. 29, 2010.
Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, NIST, an agency of the US Department of Commerce, 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."