For further information regarding smart grid standards, see the SGIP Catalog of Standards. Pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was charged with leading the effort to catalog all standards that will support interoperability across the Smart Grid. In order to develop this catalog, NIST created the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), which reviews potential standards for inclusion in the catalog of standards. These standards tend to be more technical in nature, and less customer facing.
Many in-home technologies may rely on already existing standards that are well known across the customer sphere and are not specific to the smart grid market. For example, many currently available thermostats come preloaded with Wi-Fi, which allows the device to connect to the Internet via a customers' own wireless network.
Finally, NAESB has developed a stand-alone standard on customer privacy practices. This standard, REQ 22, details requirements for a third party or utility to ensure that customer data privacy is protected.