FERC punts on adopting smart grid interoperability standards

On 19 July the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an order finding that there is insufficient consensus to institute a rulemaking to adopt the five families of smart grid interoperability standards that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identified as ready for consideration in October of 2010. In making this determination, the Commission stated its belief that the NIST interoperability framework process is still the best vehicle for developing the interoperability standards despite certain concerns raised by commenters.

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