July/Aug 2009

May 18, 2009, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced significant progress toward development of a nationwide “smart” electric power grid. The administration believes the development of the grid will create jobs and spur the development of innovative technology products that can be exported.

Before it can be constructed, however, there needs to be agreement on standards for the devices that will connect the grid. After chairing a meeting of industry leaders at the White House, Locke and Chu announced the first set of standards that are needed for the interoperability and security of the smart grid and $10 million in Recovery Act funds provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.energy.gov, Washington, D.C., to the National Institute of Standards and Technology from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, www.commerce.gov, Washington, D.C., to support the development of interoperability standards.

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