Piscataway, NJ, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- July 18 2013 - The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) has recently formed an ICAP Synchrophasor Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (SCASC), with a key initiative to develop a consensus-based testing and certification program for phasor measurement units (PMUs).

The certification program is based on IEEE C37.118.1TM-2011, IEEE Standard for Synchrophasor Measurements for Power Systems.

The SCASC objectives are to drive adoption, encourage industry collaboration, and provide a path for PMU vendors to validate their products against standards-based criteria in ICAP authorized laboratories. Upon successful completion of all tests, a certificate is granted to reflect compliance to the standard. ICAP, serving in the role of certification authority, will manage and administer the program from entry to exit point.

PMUs are used together in systems where many PMU devices, manufactured by different PMU vendors, provide synchronous measurements to one or more PMU applications.

“If PMU applications are to become vital to the operation of the power system, PMUs must be conformant to the latest PMU performance standard,” commented Allen Goldstein, chair of the ICAP-SCASC. “Certification methodology should be assessed by third party independent experts and include PMU calibrator source magnitude and absolute phase traceability, PMU calibrator reference value uncertainty verification, and verification of compliance of PMU calibration result calculations.”

ICAP will continue to assess and implement where applicable, the best practices as stated in the Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) developed by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s (SGIP) Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC).

ICAP-SCASC membership is comprised of representatives from utilities, PMU vendors, test equipment vendors, academia and government agencies. Participating entities include Arbiter Systems Inc., Doble Engineering, Electric Power Group LLC, ISO New England, Macrodyne Inc., Mehta Tech Inc., NIST, PJM Interconnection, Ponovo Power Co. Ltd., Quanta Technology, RTDS Technologies Inc., Southern California Edison, Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab of Washington State University, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.