European standards organizations report progress towards smart grid standards and reference architecture


Ralph Sporer,
Chairman, SG-CG
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — March 12, 2012 – The European standards organizations, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have reported progress towards standards for smart grids with the presentation of two interim reports to the European Commission.

These cover the proposed technical reference architecture for smart grids, and sustainable standardisation processes. The report on “Reference Architecture” describes in detail a conceptual model and general Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), while the report on “Sustainable Processes” focuses on the application of use cases in standardization processes.

“Thanks to the involvement of experts from the whole smart grid community in our work, we are able to present interesting and promising results,” commented Ralph Sporer, chairman of the Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG). “The European Commission has welcomed the efforts made by these experts and given positive feedback on the interim reports that we have presented.”

The SG-CG is continuing to work on the various aspects of standards for smart grids and is aiming to present a first set of standards, as well as a report covering data security and privacy issues, by the end of 2012.

The three ESOs have been tasked by the EC to deliver:

  1. A technical reference architecture to represent the functional information data flows between the main domains and integrate many system and subsystem architectures.
  2. A set of consistent standards to support the information exchange (communication protocols and data models) and the integration of all operators within the system.
  3. Sustainable standardization processes and collaborative tools to enable stakeholder interaction, while also ensuring interoperability, security and privacy, etc.

Further, they have been asked to investigate standards for information security and data privacy encompassing harmonized high level requirements, as proposed by the EC’s Smart Grid Task Force.

The SG-CG has four working groups focusing on the main elements of the mandate. During 2011 the SG-CG completed a list of standardization gaps and associated priorities, as well as a program for standardization work.

This work on smart grids is being coordinated with other standardization work that is currently underway in relation to smart meters and electric vehicles, so as to ensure a coherent framework. The SG-CG is also collaborating with international and regional standards organizations, with the aim of working towards common international standards for smart grids.