IEC launches smart grid standards portal


Richard Schomberg,
US Vice President
Research, EDF
Geneva, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — August 14, 2009 – The international standards body, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has launched a new web portal providing a one-stop shop catalog of relevant IEC standards for smart grids.

The IEC Global Standards for Smart Grid portal is aimed at allowing smart grid projects an easy access to a first release of ready to use standards as well as some guidance to make the most of them.

In addition the portal provides some background information on smart grids and the regional differences, and reviews the need for smart grid standards and issues such as interoperability.

“There is now an urgent need to demonstrate how the electrical industry will be able to rely on the IEC as a ‘beacon’ in terms of smart grids, and to start providing a one-stop shop for the large number of smart grid projects that are being launched around the world,” said Richard Schomberg, vice president research at EDF and chairman of the IEC strategic group on smart grid.

The IEC set up the smart grid strategic group (SG 3) earlier in the year (see IEC sets up strategic group to advise on smart grid). At its meeting in April the group developed a framework for IEC standardization that includes protocols and model standards to achieve interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.

Relevant standards in IEC’s Framework Release 1 cover the methodology for developing requirements for energy systems and generic use cases, control centers, substations, outside the substation, security, hardening/codes, distributed resources and metering.

An action plan guiding the different IEC technical committees towards a comprehensive set of harmonized global standards supporting the smart grid requirements is in preparation.

The IEC Smart Grid portal is at