Smart Grid and NFPA Electrical Safety Codes and Standards report issued by Foundation

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Aug 5, 2011

NIST and other government agencies are undertaking a comprehensive series of programs to develop technology and information to enable the rapid transition to the next generation of power distribution through the Smart Grid initiative.  This transition has major impacts for the safety of the built infrastructure as it interfaces with the grid through energy storage systems, photovoltaics, metering and control systems, etc. In order to receive widespread acceptance of this new technology, its safety aspects must be addressed through the nation’s infrastructure safety codes and standards. A newly issued report presents the results of a project whose overall goal is to facilitate the safe integration of Smart Grid technology in the nation’s electrical safety infrastructure.  It describes a review of technologies likely to impact electrical safety and presents an assessment of needed changes to codes and standards and a roadmap for needed research on this topic.