• On July 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy released its Smart Grid Investment Grant Progress Report. The Smart Grid Investment Grant (“SGIG”) program is a $3.4 billion initiative to accelerate the transformation of the United States’ electric grid by making substantial investments in the deployment of smart grid technologies and systems. The SGIG is authorized by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The DOE’s progress report provides an overview of the program and summary information on expenditures and projects. It is available here.
  • Deadlines have been set for comments on the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was adopted by the FCC in May 2012 concerning medical body area networks (MBANs). Comments regarding proposed procedures to pick an entity to coordinate MBAN use are due September 10, 2012, and Reply Comments are due September 28, 2012. ET Dockets No. 08-59 and 12-54. The FNPRM, which was combined with a First Report and Order, is available here.
  • Comments on the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) draft “Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework” are due August 9, 2012. The Federal Register notice is available here. “Advanced Metering Infrastructure Smart Meter Upgradeability Test Framework” is available here.