The efforts to standardize Canadian smart grid is expected to gain pace after a national advisory committee is formed.

In The Canadian Smart Grid Standards Roadmap, published by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), it is recommended that the committee will help to advance the program and its related objectives.

After two years of consultation by a group of experts from across the industry and government, the Roadmap recommendations were laid down.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (CNC/IEC) supervised the development of the SmartGrid Roadmap to guide the standardization of a modernized, more efficient electrical grid.

Standards Council of Canada chief executive officer John Walter said the council is starting the implementation of the roadmap recommendations.

"The Smart Grid Standards Advisory Committee will help ensure that Canadian standardization efforts are being coordinated and effectively advanced," Walter added.

The advisory committee will be co-chaired by SCC and the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and will address the policy, legislation and regulatory considerations of Smart Grid development, implementation and usage.