Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 11, 2011 - Four leading testing organizations have adopted the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s (SGIP) Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee’s (SGTCC) recommendations for the establishment of testing and certification processes, the Committee has announced.

The four organizations are the UCA International Users Group, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the OpenADR Alliance, and the MultiSpeak Initiative.

“Testing and certification processes will bring three important benefits,” said Rik Drummond, SGIP governing board member and chairman of the SGTCC. “First, interoperability issues will get identified earlier. Second, products will be more deployment ready. And third, end users will have a strong degree of confidence in their product selection.”

The SGTCC’s recommendations are detailed in its “Interoperability Process Reference Manual” (IPRM), which was released in January 2011. Since then, the SGTCC has been actively engaged in advocating and supporting the implementation of the recommendations by interoperability testing and certification authorities.

The UCA International Users Group, in January 2011, was the first organization to announce its intent to adopt the SGTCC work. With support from the SGTCC to pilot implementation, UCA has been adapting its IEC 61850-based testing and certification program to conform to the IPRM.

In February, NEMA announced the launch of its Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant (SGIC) testing scheme, which includes a management scheme for testing practices that is designed to be compatible with both the SGIP recommendations as well as existing global requirements placed on testing bodies by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The OpenADR Alliance, in May, announced its plan to develop a compliance program for interoperable smart grid products using the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard and based on the SGTCC IPRM recommendations.

The MultiSpeak Initiative has provided a letter of intent to the SGTCC indicating its upcoming plans to integrate the IPRM recommendations into its certification program.