Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 27, 2010 - The IEEE has launched the P2030.2™ Working Group (WG), with the task to deliver guidelines for discrete and hybrid energy storage systems that are integrated into the electric power infrastructure.

P2030.2 will build on the overall smart grid interoperability topics being covered in IEEE Standard P2030™, a cross discipline guideline for smart grid interoperability for the power engineering, communications and information technology industries. The “Guide for the Interoperability of Energy Storage Systems Integrated with the Electric Power Infrastructure” (P2030.2) will help users achieve greater understanding of energy storage systems by defining technical characteristics. It will also illustrate how discrete and hybrid systems may be successfully integrated with and used compatibly as part of the electric power infrastructure.

The standard fills the need for guidance relevant to a knowledge base addressing terminology, functional performance, evaluation criteria, operations, testing, and the application of engineering principles for energy storage systems integrated with electric power architectures and systems.

“Energy storage is a top level priority for the smart grid, given increasing energy demand and the value storage adds to the functioning of the electric grid and to renewable electric power resources,” said Mark Siira, IEEE P2030.2 WG chair and manager, applied technology at Kohler Company. “With the coming growth and expansion in energy storage technologies and applications, the work of the P2030.2 WG to establish an effective strategy for integration into the smart grid will be critical.”

The P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability WG is meeting this week in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a focus on comment resolution and writing assignments for critical sections of the " Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), and End-Use Applications and Loads (P2030)" leading to the final stages of consensus building and balloting expected in 2011.