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Great start for smart grid web portal

Last fall, I wondered out loud whether a smart grid web portal was an idea whose time was past. Well, in this case, I was wrong.

Yesterday, the IEEE launched the web portal, and it's already got the makings of everything originally promised. As well, if it evolves as planned, it will grow organically, and provide a portal to other organizations' smart grid work, too.

I spoke late last week with Wanda Reder, chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Task Force, about the site, which is designed to offer a consolidated gateway to smart grid intelligence, education and news across and beyond IEEE. Designed to be used by manufacturers, policymakers, educators, academics, governments, researchers and other stakeholders in the power and energy, IT and communications industries, the site also offers intelligence, information, education programs, and technology standards available throughout the IEEE.

"The good thing about IEEE is that we're not starting from a blank slate," Reder said of the first phase of the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, launched yesterday. "We've been in the standards business for so long, and so much of it is applicable to smart grid."

Designed as an essential resource for anyone involved in the smart grid, the portal is by no means finished. But for Version 1.0, it's an awfully good start. Smart grid legislation is documented, as are IEEE standards approved and in development. Detailed National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Framework information is there, as well.

Reder told me the IEEE is hoping to facilitate the sharing of smart grid information, and collaborate with other organizations, as work on the portal continues.

To see the site, go to

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