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New IEEE guide now available

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On Monday, September 26, IEEE announced that the new IEEE 2030 Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System, End-Use Applications, and Loads has been published.

The new document seeks to develop a consistent smart grid interoperability reference model that is relevant to an international audience. The model is ready to be used by utilities to help establish their infrastructure plans, by manufacturers developing smart grid applications and systems and by scientists who are performing research on the future of the smart grid.

Governments will also benefit from the IEEE 2030, as it will aid in drafting regulations and further guidelines, as well as organizations devoted to the development of standards for the smart grid.

Within the document, readers will find alternative approaches and best practices for enhancing smart grid work. It will define terminology, functional performance, evaluation and characteristics criteria, and how engineering principles can be applied to the smart grid for improved interoperability of the EPS with end-use loads and applications.

IEEE 2030 also discusses necessary characteristics for interoperability, including design tables and how data flow is classified. The reference model emphasizes functional interface identification, logical connections within data flows, linkages and communications, power generation usage, digital information management and cyber security.

In addition to the published guidelines, a website has been created that allows for continual extensions and updates to IEEE 2030. Three expansion have already been made.

One expansion has set guidelines for the Interoperability of Energy Storage Systems Integrated with the Electric Power Infrastructure. The extension is intended to help utilities and other users of the standard achieve better comprehension of energy storage systems through a series of definitions of interoperability characteristics of different topologies found within the system. It will also show how new systems can be successfully integrated with electric power infrastructure.

Development of the reference was open to public viewing and was established under a consensus process, according to its website. IEEE encouraged the public to participate in working group meetings, which ultimately helped to form the standards.

The model originated after the enactment of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which called for protocols and standards so that flexibility of smart grid equipment and standards could be increased.

SUBNET Solutions Inc. is also helping utilities to integrate with the smart grid through remote access and substation automation.  

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