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IEEE announces five new smart grid standards

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, March 14, 2012

IEEE, the world's largest professional association committed to advancing technology for humanity, announced five new standards for the smart grid on Monday, March 12, that were developed to aid in the worldwide rollout of the smart grid.

According to the news source, the group also announced a modified standards-development project, which along with the five new standards, has been approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board. These additions add a new dimension to the IEEE portfolio, which currently has more than 100 active standards or standards in the developmental phase.

"The new standards approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board are the byproduct of intensifying smart-grid deployment around the world," said Judith Gorman, managing director at IEEE-SA. "New lessons have been learned, and best practices and insights on challenges are surfacing as smart-grid rollout continues to gain steam globally."

Gorman added that IEEE has been the world leader in creating smart grid standards since long before smart grid deployment really started to pick up momentum. The new standards and projects highlight the group's devotion to bringing to life the wide range of smart grid benefits and its commitment to a better future for power users, utilities and manufacturers of smart grid technologies.

One standard was designed to define synchronized phasors and frequency measurements in substations and other methods and requirements that are needed to verify these measurements during power system analysis and operations. The second standard was written to specify a method for real-time communications for phasor measurement units (PMUs), phasor data concentrators (PDCs) and other applications.

The third new standard was intended to provide exact time synchronization throughout all substations located far apart through ethernet communications networks. The standard will expand upon existing techniques such as mission-critical power-system protection and substation automation.

Another standard was designed to define the naming of time sequence data (TSD) files that begin in digital-protection and measurement devices. The procedure, which has been somewhat common and is growing in popularity among the country's top utilities, independent system operators and manufacturers, is recommended for use by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC). The procedure is expected to help alleviate the problems that stem from reporting, saving, exchanging, archiving and retrieving immense file loads.

The fifth standard updates an existing IEEE standard that addresses the changes in technology that have impacted small hydro-plant control problems and monitoring rules that have come about since IEEE's first publication.

In addition to the new standards, IEEE also modified the scope and purpose of a current standards-development project for future smart grid standards. IEEE P1409 - Draft Guide for the Application of Power Electronics for Power Quality Improvement on Distribution Systems Rated 1 kV Through 38 kV - is currently under development to introduce and define the up-and-coming technology of "custom power," and to provide a detailed account of the guidelines and performance expectations for the standard's use in improving control and power quality.

The IEEE Standards Association operates within the IEEE to develop and set consensus standards through an open process. The standards are crafted to set specifications and best practices that have been discovered through the most up-to-date scientific and technological research.

At the upcoming IEEE Power & Engineer Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, SUBNET will be in attendance to help deliver the most relevant information to power and energy professionals. SUBNET helps utilities comply with regulatory standards, such as NERC CIP, as they begin to install substation automation technologies. 

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