IEEE announces new smart grid standard, three in pipeline

IEEE-SA has published IEEE 1591.1- 2012 - Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Ground Wire

Washington, D.C., May 11, 2012 — IEEE has announced the publication of a new standard, as well as the launch of three new standards-development activities, all designed to enhance the communications and distribution-automation capabilities of the smart grid globally.

IEEE-SA has published IEEE 1591.1- 2012 - Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Ground Wire. OPGW is being used in the smart grid to provide both grounding capabilities for transmission lines and communications back to utility systems such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

IEEE 1591.1 provides manufacturing, testing and procurement specifications for use with OPGW hardware. The new standard is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store. Smart Grid standards projects newly approved by IEEE-SA include the following: IEEE P1909.1: Recommended Practice for Smart Grid Communication Equipment -Test methods and installation requirements-is intended to document testing and installation procedures that are geared specifically for communications equipment to be installed in various domains of the smart grid, such as generation, transmission and distribution.

IEEE P1703: Standard for Local Area Network/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) Node Communication Protocol to complement the Utility Industry End Device Data Tables - is intended to improve the cost efficiency and flexibility of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments.

IEEE P1854: Guide for Smart Distribution Applications Guide - is being developed to categorize and describe important smart distribution applications and fill a gap for standardized definitions of such systems.

The guide is intended to cover advanced automation and SCADA systems for reliability improvement, outage management, fault location and management, voltage and VAR management, distributed-resource and renewable-generation integration, demand response, advanced protection, equipment diagnostics and asset management, real-time simulation for system optimization, microgrids and many other applications.

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