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Smart grid communication, distribution automation to benefit from new IEEE standard

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, April 23, 2012

IEEE, the largest professional association for the advancement of technology, announced on April 23 it had developed a new standard, and will soon launch three new standards-development activities.

Both the new standard and the activities were designed to advance communications and distribution automation projects for the smart grid around the world.

"Many of the benefits that the world hopes to achieve through smart grid development - such as empowering greater consumer choice in energy use, improving the reliability of power generation and distribution and more efficiently meeting skyrocketing power demand - 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).

Adams added that the new standards activities were developed strictly to enhance such capabilities, and that these improvements will expedite actualization of the smart grid and its touted benefits.

The newest standard to be approved by IEEE-SA is the 1591.1-2012 -- Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Ground Wire. This standard was created for use in the smart grid to supply grounding capabilities for communications between transmission lines and utility SCADA systems.

In addition the newest standard, IEEE has recently approved a number of other smart grid standards. IEEE P1909.1 -- Recommended Practice for Smart Grid Communication Equipment was developed to document communications equipment testing and installation procedures when used on domains of the smart grid such as generation, transmission and distribution.

IEEE P1854(TM) -- Guide for Smart Distribution Applications Guide is currently under development, and intends to organize and define crucial smart distribution applications and close gaps that currently exist in standardized system definitions. The guide was drafted to cover a long list of actions, including advanced substation automation that can result in reliability improvement, outage, fault location and voltage/var management, integration of renewable sources and asset management, among others.

IEEE has written more than 100 standards that are either active or are in development for the smart grid, which has helped it become a global leader in smart grid standards development.

At the upcoming IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition, SUBNET will be on hand at booth #1763 to show off the latest in substation automation technologies. The event, held May 7-10, will give industry leaders the chance to exchange ideas and deliver the most significant technical information relevant to power and energy professionals. 

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