Standards Council of Canada forms national smart grid advisory committee


John Walter,
Ottawa, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — March 19, 2013 – The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has formed a national advisory committee to lead the implementation of the Canadian Smart Grid Standards Roadmap.

The committee, a recommendation in the Roadmap, will be co-chaired by SCC and the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and comprised of government, industry and consumer representatives.

The Roadmap, which was published in October, was the result of two years of consultation by Canadian experts from across industry and government, overseen by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian National Committee to the International Electrotechnical Commission (CNC/IEC).

“We’re excited to begin implementing the Roadmap recommendations,” said John Walter, SCC chief executive officer. “The Smart Grid Standards Advisory Committee will help ensure that Canadian standardization efforts are being coordinated and effectively advanced.”
The advisory committee will address policy, legislation and regulatory considerations of smart grid development, implementation and usage, so as to ensure these are executed with consideration for Canadian interests.

The advisory committee will also further develop Canadian expert participation at the appropriate international policy management committees, and will champion and promote Canadian smart grid standardization activities.

Other recommendations in the Roadmap include the creation of a Canadian technical sub-committee for smart meters.

However, the Roadmap cautions against enshrining any smart grid standards in regulation in the near term. Many of the potential standards to be used in the smart grid environment are not yet mature, and there is no clear consensus of how suitable those standards will remain as the overall system strategy evolves. More research and pilot-scale demonstrations are important to gain experience with the applications of the standards required.