IEEE lays out new standards for smart grids

The standards producing branch of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has introduced another set of guidelines for smart grid technologies.

The IEEE Standards Association released a set of five new smart grid standards largely focused on the consistency and accuracy of smart grid synchronization systems. The group has set new guidelines for frequency measurements and data transfers from substations on smart grids, as well as details such as the naming conventions of time sequence data files.

"New lessons have been learned, and best practices and insights on challenges are surfacing as smart-grid rollout continues to gain steam globally," Judith Gorman, the managing director of the IEEE-SA, said in a statement. "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."

One of the new standards also changes recent rules implemented for the monitoring of production from smaller hydroelectric power plants.

FierceSmartGrid notes that the standards laid out by the IEEE have proven extremely valuable in promoting consensus within the smart grid sector, helping to spur broader adoption of the technology.

More information on smart grid infrastructure can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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