Electromagnetic Interoperability Issues Working Group

Our Work

The EMII investigates enhancing the immunity of Smart Grid devices and systems to the detrimental effects of natural and manmade electromagnetic interference, both radiated and conducted, and, assess the impact of electromagnetic environments on the operation and interoperability of Smart Grid devices attached to power lines.

The group works to identify the electromagnetic environment at points along the power path from the generation to the customer location and suggests tests to determine the ability of devices connected to the power grid to withstand this environment.

The approach is to work with power industry utilities, manufacturers of Smart Grid devices, EMC experts, standards development organizations (SDOs), and other stakeholders. This is in addition to the SEPA working groups, in order to identify, evaluate, and/or initiate development of the appropriate EMC standards and testing criteria to improve the interoperability of the various Smart Grid devices, their communications protocols, and installed systems.

Featured publications:
Application Note on IEEE 1613.1 -2013 and IEEE 1613 -2013 (Environmental and Testing Requirements for Communications Networking Devices Installed in Transmission and Distribution Facilities) Recently, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) updated the 1613 series in an effort to bring global cohesion to electromagnetic testing. This white paper introduces the EMC test requirements found in IEEE 1613 and its accompanying amendments to manufacturers, EMC test laboratories, and electric utilities.
Group Recommendations for ANSI C12.1 (2008) (Standard Code for Electricity Metering)

Get Involved

Member Chair: Don Heirman (American Council of Independent Laboratories)
Member Vice Chair: Dr. William Radasky (Metatech Corporation)
Staff Lead: Aaron Smallwood (SEPA)
For information or to get involved, contact: asmallwood@sepapower.org