IEEE+Smart gridAiming to facilitate development and foster deployment of smart grid technology, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) announced five new standards and a modified-standards development project. The new standards add new “dimensions into the IEEE portfolio of more than 100 active standards or standards in development relevant to the smart grid,” according to IEEE’s press release.

Efforts to implement smart grids are intensifying globally, the IEEE noted, prompting its latest efforts to support industry providers. “New lessons have been learned, and best practices and insights on challenges are surfacing as smart-grid rollout continues to gain steam globally, said Judith Gorman, managing director of IEEE’s Standards Association.

“The IEEE-SA has been a worldwide leader in smart-grid standards development even prior to the movement’s inception, and these standards and projects underscore our ongoing commitment to accelerating realization of the smart grid’s far-ranging and futuristic promise for power users, utilities and manufacturers alike.”

The IEEE’s latest smart grid standards include:

  • IEEE C37.118.1(TM)-2011 — Standard for Synchrophasor Measurements for Power Systems — is intended to define synchronized phasors and frequency measurements in substations, along with methods and requirements for verifying such measurements in power system analysis and operations under both static and dynamic conditions. IEEE C37.118.1 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
  • IEEE C37.118.2(TM)-2011 — Standard for Synchrophasor Data Transfer for Power Systems — is intended to specify a method (including messaging types, use, contents and data formats) for real-time communications among phasor measurement units (PMUs), phasor data concentrators (PDCs) and other power-system applications. IEEE C37.118.2 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
  • IEEE C37.238(TM)-2011 — Standard Profile for Use of IEEE Std. 1588 Precision Time Protocol in Power System Applications — is designed to provide precise time synchronization within and among substations across wide geographic areas via Ethernet communications networks. The standard is intended to extend proven techniques for precise time distribution to applications such as mission-critical power-system protection, control, automation and data communication. IEEE C37.238 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
  • IEEE C37.232(TM)-2011 — Standard for Common Format for Naming Time Sequence Dat Files (COMNAME) — is designed to define the naming of time sequence data (TSD) files that originate from digital-protection and -measurement devices. The standard procedure–gaining in popularity among major utilities, independent system operators and manufacturers and recommended for use by North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC)–helps resolve problems associated with reporting, saving, exchanging, archiving and retrieving large numbers of files. IEEE C37.232 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.
  • IEEE 1020(TM)-2011 — Guide for Control of Small (100 kVA to 5 MVA) Hydroelectric Power Plants — updates an existing IEEE standard to address significant technology changes impacting small hydro-plant control issues and monitoring requirements that have emerged since the guide’s original publication. IEEE 1020 is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

The industry association also is modifying the purpose and scope of IEEE P1409 — Draft Guide for the Application of Power Electronics for Power Quality Improvement on Distribution Systems Rated 1 kV (kilovolt) through 38 kV. The new standards development project ‘is being developed to introduce and define the emerging technology of ‘custom power’ and detail guidelines and performance expectations for its application in improving power quality and control,” according to the IEEE.

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