New smart grid standard and development activities at IEEE


Dr. W. Charlton
Adams Jr., Past
President, IEEE-SA
Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 26, 2012 – IEEE has announced the publication of a new standard on OPGW hardware, as well as the launch of three new standards development activities designed to enhance the communications and distribution automation capabilities of the smart grid.

The IEEE 1591.1™-2012 – Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Ground Wire (OPGW). is being used in the smart grid to provide both grounding capabilities for transmission lines and communications back to utility systems such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). IEEE 1591.1 provides manufacturing, testing and procurement specifications for use with OPGW hardware.

The smart grid standards projects newly approved by IEEE-SA include:

  • IEEE P1909.1™ – Recommended Practice for Smart Grid Communication Equipment: Test methods and installation requirements – is intended to document testing and installation procedures that are geared specifically for communications equipment to be installed in various domains of the smart grid, such as generation, transmission and distribution. Safety, electromagnetic capability (EMC), environmental and mechanical tests are to be covered in the recommended practice, toward the goal of improving the safety and reliability of a wide range of smart grid communications equipment.
  • IEEE P1703™ – Standard for LAN/WAN Node Communication Protocol to complement the Utility Industry End Device Data Tables – is intended to improve the cost efficiency and flexibility of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments. The standard is being developed to define uniform, managed, adaptive and secure network data and message delivery for plug-and-play, multi-source utility meters, home appliances, communication technology and other ancillary devices.
  • IEEE P1854™ – Guide for Smart Distribution Applications Guide – is being developed to categorize and describe important smart distribution applications and fill a gap for standardized definitions of such systems. The guide is intended to cover advanced automation and SCADA systems for reliability improvement, outage management, fault location and management, voltage and var management, distributed resource and renewable generation integration, demand response, advanced protection, equipment diagnostics and asset management, real time simulation for system optimization, microgrids and other applications.

“Many of the benefits that the world hopes to achieve through smart-grid development are dependent on integrating significantly more robust systems for communications and distribution automation,” said Dr. W. Charlton Adams Jr., past president of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). “The new standards activities approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board are designed to enhance those very capabilities – and in doing so, accelerate realization of the smart grid’s revolutionary promise.”