IEEE announces updates to four smart grid standards

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IEEE announces updates to four smart grid standards

Greentech Lead India: IEEE has announced updates to four
standards and a new standards-development project, which provide new
communications and operational capabilities needed for smart grid worldwide.

The latest IEEE smart grid standards include:

IEEE 1815-2012 – Standard for Electric Power Systems
Communications – Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) – specifies the DNP3
protocol structure, functions and interoperable application options for
operation on communications media used in utility automation systems. It
revises the earlier standard, IEEE 1815-2010, by updating its protocols to
address and help mitigate current and emerging digital cyber security hazards
that could affect the communications systems used in smart grids and other
infrastructure, including power, energy and water systems.

IEEE 1366-2012 – IEEE Guide for Electric Power
Distribution Reliability Indices – defines the distribution reliability
nomenclature and indices that utilities and regulators can use to characterize
the reliability of distribution systems, substations, circuits and grid
sections. It also defines the factors affecting the calculation of the indices.
The standard revises the earlier standard, IEEE 1366-2003, by including new
indices that can be used today and in the future on smart grid and other
distribution systems. It also updates several definitions that were used in the
previous standard.  

IEEE 1377-2012 – IEEE Standard for Utility Industry
Metering Communication Protocol Application Layer (End Device Data Tables) –
provides common structures for encoding data that is transmitted over advanced
metering infrastructure and smart grids. It can be used to transmit data
between smart meters, home appliances, network nodes that use the IEEE 1703
LAN/WAN messaging standard, and utility enterprise collection and control
systems. The standard revises IEEE-1377-1977.  

IEEE C37.104-2012 — IEEE Guide for Automatic Reclosing of
Circuit Breakers for AC Distribution and Transmission lines – describes
automatic reclosing practices for transmission and distribution line circuit
breakers, establishes the benefits of automatic reclosing, and details the
considerations utilities must use when applying automatic reclosing
technologies for proper coordination with other transmission and distribution
system controls. It revises the IEEE C37.104-2002 standard by incorporating new
smart grid communications technologies that may affect utility automatic reclosing

IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has a portfolio of
100 standards and standards in development pertaining to this vitally important

 “IEEE is continually updating its standards and
developing new standards to address the needs of utilities around the world as
they integrate new technologies and upgrade their systems to meet current and
future operational and service objectives for smart grids,” said Bill Ash,
strategic program manager, IEEE-SA. “These latest IEEE standards activities
underscore the importance for new standards to support the growth and evolution
of the smart grid industry globally.”

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