Washington, DC - The NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee met in open session on Thursday and Friday, August 17-18, 2017, at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This meeting, which was the annual in-person meeting of the committee, featured a new roster of committee members.

The meeting focused on updates of NIST’s smart grid activities and the intersections with NIST’s cyber-physical systems activities. The meeting included a tour of NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Testbed, as well as discussions about the NIST smart grid research program.

The committee discussed plans for revising the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards—a process that will include significant stakeholder coordination and consultation. The committee also discussed changes in the smart grid ecosystem and technology over the past several years, as well as anticipated changes and trends going forward. Topics included architecture, cybersecurity, operations and economics, and testing and certification.

This committee was established to assist NIST in fulfilling its responsibilities under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The committee provides input to NIST on smart grid standards, priorities, and gaps, and on the overall direction, status, and health of the smart grid sector.

The members, who represent a diverse cross-section of smart grid thought leaders, are:

Paul Centolella, Chair
Paul Centolella & Associates

Kevin Cosgriff 
President and CEO
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

James Fine, Ph.D. 
Director of Energy Research and Senior Economist
Environmental Defense Fund

Deborah K. Gracio 
Director, National Security Program Development Office
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Santiago Grijalva, Ph.D. 
Georgia Power Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Advanced Computational Electricity Systems (ACES) Laboratory
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jason P. Handley, P.E. 
Director – Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations
Emerging Technology Office
Duke Energy

Michael J. Holland, Ph.D. 
Executive Director
NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

Janet Joseph 
Vice President for Innovation and Strategy
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Lynne Kiesling, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University

Audrey Lee, Ph.D. 
Vice President, Grid Services
Sunrun, Inc.

John D. McDonald, P.E. 
SmartGrid Business Dev. Leader North America
Global SmartGrid Strategy Group
GE Grid Solutions 

Heather Sanders 
Principal Manager of Integrated Grid Strategy and Engagement
Southern California Edison
(As of August 21, 2017, Sanders has transitioned to a new position, as Special Advisor to the California Public Utilities Commission.)