Ottawa, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- July 14, 2011 - A guideline for the selection and use of smart grid standards in Canada has been released by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).

The new guideline is aimed to provide a framework for electric utilities and other decision makers in selecting standards related to modernizing the electricity infrastructure, and is based on eight fundamental principles:

  • Applicability
  • Interoperability
  • Openness
  • Maturity/stability
  • Implementability
  • Compatibility/interchangeability
  • Compliance
  • Availability

These in turn provide 15 elective criteria aimed to assist manufacturers and users of smart grid technologies in developing and integrating the new and emerging smart grid technologies.

“Canadian utilities are investing prudently in smart grid development efforts as they begin to seize the opportunity to modernize the grid for the next generation” said Ivano Labricciosa, chair of the CEA’s Smart Grid Standards Task Group and VP, Asset Management at Toronto Hydro. “Many utilities have been working on smart grid projects … These globally recognized leading projects, however, require investment in and support for the development of recognized equipment and systems standards.”