IEC sets up strategic group to advise on smart grid


Richard Schomberg,
US Vice President
Research, EDF
Geneva, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — May 21, 2009 – The international standards body, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), has set up a strategic group, SG 3, on the smart grid.

The strategic groups are intended to provide advice on fast moving ideas and technologies likely to form the basis for new international standards or IEC technical committees (TCs) of the future.

SG 3’s first task is to finish laying down the road map for the development of a framework to achieve interoperability of smart grid systems, which was the main item on its agenda at the recent meeting on April 29-30 in Paris, France.

The meeting was convened by Richard Schomberg, vice president research in the United States for Electricité de France (EDF), with assistance from the secretary of the IEC Regional Centre for North America (ReCNA) Peter Lanctot.

Thirteen nations are represented in SG 3: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.A. – the experts from these countries representative of the IEC committees that specialize in electrical distribution, consumption and measurement.

As part of the initial framework for the smart grid, SG 3 identified 19 IEC TCs with published international standards that play a role in the smart grid structure. In order to provide an initial assessment of the gaps or overlaps that exist within existing IEC standards as far as smart grid technology is concerned, these groups have been asked to respond to a questionnaire by May 31. This will enable the first framework to be presented to the IEC’s Standardization Management Board at its meeting in June.

SG 3 also agreed that time is of the essence in completing this matrix so that it can move forward with the next phase for Framework 2.

SG 3 is also assisting the IEC in developing a web window allowing smart grid projects easy access to a first release of the IEC Smart Grid Framework, which will offer ready to use standards as well as some guidance to make the most of them in their current status.

At its next meeting scheduled for September 28-29, 2009 in Washington, DC, SG 3 plans to work further on issuing an action plan to guide the different TCs towards a comprehensive set of harmonized global standards supporting the smart grid requirements.

“The IEC is a ‘beacon’ for the electrical industry in terms of smart grid, and we’re starting to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for the large number of smart grid projects that are being launched around the world,” commented Schomberg.