NEMA smart grid standard wins ANSI approval

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) won approval July 10 from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for a new set of smart grid guidelines.

The guidelines are called ANSI/NEMA SG IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines.

NEMA has led the effort to develop SG-IC 1, a standard that describes the roles and responsibilities for each of the four main participants in the testing scheme for interoperability and security among smart grid products.

This guideline brings uniformity and portability to the process, as well as creates the necessary levels of checks and balances for the overall testing process, according to NEMA. Contributors include internationally-accredited testing bodies that are also nationally recognized testing laboratories.

Stakeholders in smart grid can now validate the interoperability and security of individual grid elements on a consistent, industry-wide basis. The implementation of this guideline promotes the major points that define the smart grid adoption process, namely testing and certification, governance, harmonization and backward compatibility. This guideline represents a step in addressing one of the challenges defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel in delivering on the promise of smart grid.

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