SGIP expands its activities in Asia and Europe


John McDonald,
Chair, SGIP
Governing Board
Montreal, QC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — July 15, 2011 – The Governing Board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) is expanding its international collaborative efforts with activities involving Korea and Europe.

The Board has signed a Letter of Intent with the Korea Smart Grid Standardization Forum (KSGSF).  The KSGSF is coordinating interoperability standards development efforts in Korea, with support from the Korea Smart Grid Association and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS).  The Letter of Intent proposes an approach to enhance coordination in four priority areas:

  • Smart grid architecture and conceptual model
  • Use cases (application descriptions)
  • Cybersecurity requirements and technologies
  • Testing and certification of smart grid interoperability standards compliance. 

Collaborative activities proposed include information sharing, conference participation, and joint workshops, as well as the establishment of a joint committee to oversee collaboration.

Plans are also being put in place for a cooperation between the SGIP and Europe’s Smart Grid Co-ordination Group (SG-CG). The SG-CG has been established by the European standardization organizations ETSI, CEN, and CENELEC. Initial steps in the cooperation process include the development of a joint white paper on basic principles and areas of collaboration. In addition, a Letter of Intent will be developed to outline collaboration efforts between the SGIP and SG-CG. By promoting a number of common principles and areas of collaboration, the organizations strive to ensure a consistent set of standards for smart grid interoperability.