The newly added standards help advance Smart Grid interoperability 

Wakefield, Mass., Mar. 20, 2017 – With a ballot period ending on March 1, 2017, SGIP members voted five candidates into the SGIP Catalog of Standards (CoS). As utilities, manufacturers, regulators, consumers, and others modernize the electric grid, the CoS serves as a compendium to support their efforts.

Including each standard in the catalog represents many months of teamwork in SGIP technical working groups and committees.

Each standard in the CoS goes through a rigorous review by industry experts.  The standards are then presented to the SGIP Board of Directors, which moves them forward to a member vote for final approval.

“SGIP produces the Catalog of Standards as a reference to the Smart Grid community to serve as a useful resource for utilities, manufacturers, regulators, consumers, and other Smart Grid stakeholders,” said Aaron Smallwood, VP Technology at SGIP. “We appreciate the significant time spent by SGIP stakeholders and staff during the review and approval process of these standards.”

Below are the five new standards.

ANSI/CTA-2045 Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management
This standard provides a modular communications interface (MCI) enabling any product to connect to any type of demand response system and home or building network. This enables communications with residential devices for applications like energy management.

ITU-T G.9903, Narrowband Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Power Line Communication Transceivers for G3-PLC Networks
This standard specifies the physical layer (PHY) and data link layer (DLL) for the G3-PLC narrowband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) power line communication transceivers. It addresses communications via alternating current and direct current electric power lines over frequencies below 500 kHz.

NAESB RMQ.26 Model Business Practices (OpenFMB™)
OpenFMB™ is a framework for Utility Service Providers to securely access Grid Edge field data and share it between all devices and systems. The Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB™) framework is comprised of a reference architecture, framework approach, and implementation best practices.

NEMA Standards Publication SG-IPRM 1-2016: Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual
The Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) defines a process by which industry stakeholders may procure, test, and assert interoperability between disparate vendors of smart grid products to identified standards.

ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard Number: 201p, Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM)
This standard provides a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.

A new feature by SGIP, called the CoS Navigation Tool, offers a quick and easy way to find standards via a visual representation of the different domains and components of a smart grid. Users simply select the part of a smart grid for which they need standards, and a list of correlating entries in the CoS will show.

With each new standard, interoperability and collaboration across the industry are more attainable for people building a smarter grid.


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