Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 30, 2010 - The IEEE is advancing its work on standards for the smart grid, with ratification of the IEEE 1815 Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) standard for electric power systems communications, and announcement of the IEEE P1547.8 draft standard establishing a common technical platform for distributed resources interconnection applications.

IEEE 1815, which was fast-tracked for completion in only seven months, is a collaboratively developed, adaptable framework that is the groundwork for achieving greater device interoperability and security. The robust, multi-layered protocol specifies an agile, forward looking architecture enabling better optimized and more secure information gathering, exchange, and use, particularly in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Expanding on widely used industry protocols, the comprehensive standard also preserves previous significant infrastructure investments by remaining backward compatible with existing object models, while incorporating emerging smart grid and other new technologies.

Scheduled for final publication in July 2010, IEEE 1815 supports priority action plan PAP12 (DNP3 Mapping to IEC 61850 Objects) in the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s (NIST) smart grid interoperability framework.

The IEEE P1547.8 draft standard expands upon the IEEE 1547 standard for interconnecting distributed resources with electric power systems, while incorporating industry and NIST recommendations for improved interconnection performance functionality. It provides greater support for intermittent renewable energy sources, and more flexible use of inverters such as found in home solar power systems, and also addresses energy storage challenges coming into play across the distributed resources and smart grid industries, including energy storage devices, hybrid generation storage systems, and the energy storage aspects of plug-in electric vehicles.

IEEE P1547.8, which is targeted for ratification in calendar year 2012, supports NIST PAP07 (Energy Storage Interconnection Guidelines).

“As the leading intellectual powerhouse globally for smart grid information and expertise, IEEE is dedicated to driving technology advancements needed for smart grid infrastructure development,” commented Judith Gorman, managing director of the IEEE Standards Association.