NEMA smart grid interoperability testing standard receives ANSI approval


Evan R. Gaddis,
President & CEO,
Arlington, VA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 15, 2013 – The standard ANSI/NEMA SG IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines, developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

SG-IC 1 describes the roles and responsibilities for each of the four main participants in the testing scheme for interoperability and security among smart grid products. This guideline seeks to bring uniformity and portability to the process, as well as create the necessary levels of checks and balances for the overall testing process. Contributors include internationally accredited testing bodies that are also nationally recognized testing laboratories.

Stakeholders in smart grid can now validate the interoperability and security of individual grid elements on a consistent, industry-wide basis.

“The goal of the utilities is to ensure that products are interoperable the day they are installed,” said NEMA president and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “Prior to the publication of these guidelines, each utility would have been required to develop its own testing procedures for interoperability. This would have created a tremendous burden on manufacturers who sell the same product to multiple utilities.”

SG-IC 1 will be available for purchase on the NEMA website soon.