IEEE launches smart grid interoperability standards project


Dick DeBlasio,
chair IEEE P2030
Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 6, 2009 – The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has launched its smart grid interoperability standards project with project approval for the “IEEE 2030 Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS) and End-Use Applications and Loads” (P2030).

Leveraging the technical breadth of the IEEE and its open standards development process, IEEE P2030 will provide a knowledge base for understanding and defining smart grid interoperability of the electric power system with end use applications and loads. It will involve the integration of energy technology and information and communications technologies, which is necessary to achieve seamless operation for electric generation, delivery, and end-use benefits that will permit two-way power flow with communication and control.

IEEE P2030 is sponsored by the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) and chaired by Dick DeBlasio, who is program manager at the National Renewable Energy Lab facility of the U.S. Department of Energy, and serves as the IEEE smart grid liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

DeBlasio comments that the P2030 standards project will support the NIST’s role to coordinate the development of smart grid interoperability standards.

“IEEE P2030 will provide urgently needed guidelines for smart grid interoperability, building on the many technologies used in the electric power system and merging these with communication, monitoring, and analysis technologies and capabilities,” said DeBlasio. “The approval of IEEE P2030 represents a significant milestone for the IEEE, the public, industry and governments, especially with the global focus on bringing intelligence and standardization to the way energy is transmitted, distributed, managed and kept secure. And it strongly addresses the need to reduce energy transmission’s carbon footprint.”

The first IEEE P2030 meeting, open to individuals and organizations interested in shaping the smart grid guide, will be hosted by Intel Corporation at its Santa Clara, CA, headquarters from June 3-5, 2009. The meeting will consist of a general session for all delegates, and three breakout sessions focused on power engineering technology, information technology and communications technology.