India and the United States agree that the smart grid is necessary for the transformation of the power grid, and recognize that close collaboration and sharing of best practices is hugely beneficial to both countries and the world. At the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's (SGIP) recent conference, the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and SGIP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), proposing an approach to enhance the coordination between the two organizations.
The ISGF and SGIP are focused on sharing information for standardization policy, smart grid projects, testing and certification, cybersecurity requirements and technologies, policy and regulation issues.
The ISGF consists of more than 100 members, including government institutions, utilities, regulators, industry, academia and research. SGIP is composed of members from around the world that represent the broad electricity stakeholder community, and enlists these members to accelerate the adoption of interoperable systems for a more resilient and reliable smart grid.
The purpose of this MOU is to facilitate and strengthen the relationship between the ISGF and SGIP, and to coordinate the use and adoption of standards that enhance interoperability of smart grid devices and systems in accordance with ISGF's responsibility for the India Smart Grid policy. It is the desire of the ISGF and SGIP to work together to encourage and promote programs and standards which enable an interoperable grid. SGIP agreed to collaborate with the ISGF to support the continuing evolution of a smart grid framework within India.
The ISGF is a public-private partnership initiative of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, organized to assist the government in accelerating smart grid development in India. India's architecture and interoperability standards development efforts are coordinated by the ISGF with close input from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
The MOU was signed by John McDonald, president and chairman of SGIP, and Rahul Tongia, advisor, ISGF.
"SGIP seeks to play an essential role in the ongoing support and coordination of the ISGF's Smart Grid responsibility within India," McDonald told me. "These activities may involve collaboration and sharing of international, national and regional standards information that would enhance the integration and performance of smart electric grids in both regions."
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