Australia’s first smart grid standard open for comment


Colin Blair,
CEO, Standards
Sydney, Australia — (METERING.COM) — July 8, 2013 – Australia’s first smart grid standard, DR AS 5711 Smart Grids Vocabulary, has been released for comment, following its development through industry and stakeholder consultation.

“When a new area of standardization is first being developed, it’s customary to first start with an agreed vocabulary, which is precisely what this standard does,” said Colin Blair, chief executive officer of Standards Australia. “Just to get to this point in any new set of standards is a significant breakthrough.”

The standard establishes common terminology for use in the electricity supply, electrical equipment, communications, appliance, consumer, government and other sectors involved in smart grids in Australia. This includes descriptions of key concepts, lists of terms and definitions relating to smart electricity grids in the Australian context.

The need for this standard was identified in Standards Australia’s smart grid standards roadmap, released in June 2012, as one of the five “foundation standards” addressing the core architectural considerations of the smart grid concept and on which successive standards should be developed. The other foundation standards pertain to data security protocols, communication protocols, electromagnetic compatibility, and interconnection protocols.

The next level of infrastructure standards pertains to the design, operation and installation of smart grid infrastructure, and includes both customer side and grid side considerations. Customer side considerations include smart meter design, smart meter installation, smart meter installation skills and training, electric vehicle connectivity, electric storage, electric storage (EVs), smart home automation, smart building automation, demand response interface, and distributed generation.

Grid side considerations include transmission of information, system safeguards, distribution automation, substation automation, distribution management systems, GIS protocols for smart grids, operation of microgrids, and connection of microgrids to the national grid.