Hooking up to the national grid


The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has published new standards for hooking up DG to the national grid. These standards are expected to transform the electric power industry.

The standards were written in an attempt to use good science to set rules for hooking up to the grid, while undermining the standards developed by some utilities to prevent com-petition. Richard DeBlasio, chairman of the working group that developed the standards, believes that the ability to access power from customer-sited generation facilities is essential to modernising the electric power system. The new standards add flexibility and security to the system, because DG can lower the overall cost of power, make generation more efficient, cut grid congestion and improve reliability.

IEEE is working on testing the standards, distributing technological data and writing guidelines for monitoring data from DG facilities.