06/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

IEEE Launches Smart-grid Standards Project

WiMAX might have been coined wireless betamax by phone companies lately, but a serial entrepreneur with a background in network management from Cisco is betting WiMAX is the wireless standard to usher in the smart grid era. Bell refocused the company, recruited the current CEO and left the firm after envisioning a different direction for the smart grid. 3

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has launched a new project to create standards and interoperability for the so-called smart grid, an IT-driven upgrade of the electricity grid. The organization has approved a project with the lengthy title, the IEEE 2030 Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS) and End-Use Applications and Loads (P2030). Chip maker Intel will host the first meeting to discuss the smart-grid guide in Santa Clara, California, June 3 to 5. That meeting is open to people and organizations interested in contributing to the guide, IEEE said in a press release. 2

Sometimes the development of technology standards is a smooth, unified process - and sometimes, well, it can cause more catfights than at a Zac Efron DVD-signing. 1
  1. Intel to Usher in Smart Grid Standard Discussion [Earth2Tech] (GigaOM)
  2. IEEE Launches Smart-grid Standards Project (PC World)
  3. How WiMAX Can Retool the Power Grid [GigaOM] (GigaOM)