[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 12, 2010)]
[Pages 1595-1596]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-344]



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Establishment of NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee and 
Solicitation of Nominations for Members

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of establishment of the NIST Smart Grid Advisory 
Committee and solicitation of nominations for members.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces the 
establishment of the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee (Committee). 
The Committee will advise the Director of NIST in carrying out duties 
authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

DATES: Nominations for members of the initial NIST Smart Grid Advisory 
Committee must be received on or before February 11, 2010. NIST will 
continue to accept nominations on an ongoing basis and will consider 
them as vacancies arise.

ADDRESSES: All nominations should be submitted to George Arnold, 
National Coordinator for Smart Grid

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Interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 
Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 2000, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2000 or via e-mail 
to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Arnold, National Coordinator 
for Smart Grid Interoperability, Tel: (301) 975-2232, E-mail: 
[email protected].


I. Background and Authority

    The Smart Grid Advisory Committee (Committee), is established to 
advise the Director of the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology (NIST) in carrying out duties authorized by section 1305 of 
the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-140). The 
Committee is established in accordance with the provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The 
Committee will provide input to NIST on the Smart Grid Standards, 
Priorities and Gaps; and provide input to NIST on the overall 
direction, status and health of the Smart Grid implementation by the 
Smart Grid industry including identification of issues and needs. The 
Committee's input to NIST will be used to help guide Smart Grid 
Interoperability Panel activities and also assist NIST in directing 
research and standards activities. Upon request of the Director of 
NIST, the Committee will prepare reports on issues affecting Smart Grid 

II. Structure

    The Director of NIST shall appoint the members of the Committee, 
and they will be selected on a clear, standardized basis, in accordance 
with applicable Department of Commence guidance. Members shall be 
selected on the basis of established records of distinguished service 
in their professional community and their knowledge of issues affecting 
Smart Grid deployment and operations. Members shall serve as Special 
Government Employees. Members serve at the discretion of the NIST 
    Members shall reflect the wide diversity of technical disciplines 
and competencies involved in the Smart Grid deployment and operations 
and will come from a cross section of organizations. Members may come 
from organizations such as electric utilities, consumers, IT developers 
and integrators, smart grid equipment manufacturers/vendors, RTOs/ITOs, 
electricity market operators, electric transportation industry stake 
holders, standards development organizations, professional societies, 
research and development organizations and academia.
    The Committee shall consist of not fewer than 9 nor more than 15 
members. The term of office of each member of the Committee shall be 3 
years, except that vacancy appointments shall be for the remainder of 
the unexpired term of the vacancy and that the initial members shall 
have staggered terms such that the Committee will have approximately 
\1/3\ new or reappointed members each year. Members who are not able to 
fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Committee will have 
their membership terminated. Any person who has completed two 
consecutive full terms of service on the Committee shall be ineligible 
for appointment for a third term during the one year period following 
the expiration of the second term.
    The Director of NIST shall appoint the Chairperson and Vice 
Chairperson from among the members of the Committee. The Chairperson 
and Vice Chairperson's tenure shall be at the discretion of the 
Director of NIST. The Vice Chairperson shall perform the duties of the 
Chairperson in his or her absence. In case a vacancy occurs in the 
position of the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson, the NIST Director will 
select a member to fill such vacancy.

III. Compensation

    Members of the Committee shall not be compensated for their 
service, but will, upon request, be allowed travel and per diem 
expenses in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 5701 et seq. while attending 
meetings of the Committee or subcommittees thereof, or while otherwise 
performing duties at the request of the Chair, while away from their 
homes or regular place of business.

IV. Nominations

    Nominations are sought from all fields involved in issues affecting 
the Smart Grid. Nominees should have established records of 
distinguished service. The field of expertise that the candidate 
represents he/she is qualified should be specified in the nomination 
letter. Nominations for a particular field should come from 
organizations or individuals within that field. A summary of the 
candidate's qualifications should be included with the nomination, 
including (where applicable) current or former service on Federal 
advisory boards and Federal employment. In addition, each nomination 
letter should state that the person agrees to the nomination, 
acknowledges the responsibilities of serving on the Committee, and will 
actively participate in good faith in the tasks of the Committee. The 
Department of Commerce is committed to equal opportunity in the 
workplace and seeks a broad-based and diverse Committee membership. 
Registered lobbyists may not be members.

    Date: January 7, 2010.
Marc G. Stanley,
Acting Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 2010-344 Filed 1-11-10; 8:45 am]