[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 152 (Tuesday, August 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 47043]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-19285]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Work Group on Measuring Systems for Electric Vehicle Fueling

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is 
forming a Work Group (WG) to develop proposed requirements for 
commercial electricity-measuring devices (including those used in sub-
metering electricity at residential and business locations and those 
used to measure and sell electricity dispensed as a vehicle fuel) and 
to ensure that the prescribed methodologies and standards facilitate 
measurements that are traceable to the International System of Units 
(SI). This work is not intended to address utility metering in the home 
or business where the electricity metered is consumed by the end 
purchaser.

DATES: A preliminary web-based meeting or teleconference will be held 
on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern 
time. This meeting is intended to be a precursor to any subsequent 
face-to-face meeting and will serve to provide further information and 
orientation regarding the objectives of the WG. To register for this 
preliminary meeting, please submit your full name, email address, and 
phone number to Mr. Marc Buttler by Friday, August 24, 2012, using the 
contact information provided below.

ADDRESSES: The preliminary meeting will be held using either a 
teleconference or a web-based format where participants will join the 
meeting remotely by telephone and/or computer. Once registered, 
participants will receive login and/or call-in instructions via email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Marc Buttler, NIST, Office of 
Weights and Measures, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2600, Gaithersburg, MD 
20899-2600. You may also contact Mr. Buttler by telephone (301) 975-
4615 or by email at marc.buttler@nist.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The formation of this WG is intended to 
bring together government officials and representatives of business, 
industry, trade associations, and consumer organizations on the subject 
of standards and test procedures used in the testing of commercial 
measuring devices and systems by regulatory officials and service 
companies. NIST participates to promote uniformity among the states in 
laws, regulations, methods, and testing equipment that comprises the 
regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and 
systems and other trade and commerce issues.
    The WG will review and propose changes as needed to draft method-
of-sale requirements for: (1) Possible inclusion in NIST Handbook 130, 
``Uniform Laws and Regulations in the Areas of Legal Metrology and 
Engine Fuel Quality''; (2) draft requirements for equipment used to 
measure and sell electricity in commercial applications for possible 
inclusion in NIST Handbook 44, ``Specifications, Tolerances, and Other 
Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices''; and (3) 
proposed procedures for type evaluation, laboratory, and field testing 
of equipment for possible inclusion in NIST Examination Procedure 
Outlines and other procedures documents.
    The changes proposed to NIST Handbooks 44 and 130 will be put 
forward through the submission process outlined in the ``Introduction'' 
sections of these Handbooks.
    Included among the topics to be discussed by the WG for current and 
emerging device technologies used in commercial electric measuring 
systems are: (1) Method-of-sale requirements; (2) metrology laboratory 
standards and test procedures; (3) uncertainties; (4) measurement 
traceability; (5) tolerances and other technical requirements for 
commercial measuring systems; (6) existing standards for testing 
equipment; (7) field implementation; (8) data analysis; (9) field test 
and type evaluation procedures; (10) field enforcement issues; (11) 
training at all levels; and (12) other relevant issues identified by 
the WG. The WG's technical output may result in the revision of current 
standards or the development of new standards for testing equipment, 
including documents such as the NIST Handbook 105 Series for field 
standards; NIST HB 44, and NIST Examination Procedure Outlines, as well 
as proposed changes to requirements and testing procedures for 
commercial devices and systems used to assess charges to consumers for 
electric vehicle fuel.
    There is no cost for participating in the Work Group. No 
proprietary information will be shared as part of the Work Group, and 
all research results will be in the public domain.

    Dated: August 1, 2012.
Willie E. May,
Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-19285 Filed 8-6-12; 8:45 am]
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