Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 8, 2010 - A new working group, the Electromagnetic Interoperability Issues Working Group (EMIIWG), has been established within the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), which is supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in developing standards for the smart grid.

The group will investigate enhancing the immunity of smart grid devices and systems to the detrimental effects of natural and man-made electromagnetic interference, both radiated and conducted. The focus is to address these electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues and to develop recommendations for the application of standards and testing criteria to ensure EMC for the smart grid, with a particular focus on issues directly related to interoperability of smart grid devices and systems, including impacts, avoidance, generation and mitigation of and immunity to electromagnetic interference.

These recommendations can then be considered by the SGIP for follow-on activity (PAP creation, SGTCC action, etc.).

The group is planning to have its first meeting in late October. Thereafter the group will develop a work plan with timelines, with the target of presenting its recommendations to the SGIP within eight months.