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Storage-focused standards work also underway: IEEE P2030.3 project launches, and IEEE P2030.2 Working Group to meet for first time

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 22 FEBRUARY 2011 – IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, today announced that IEEE P2030TM, the “IEEE Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), and End-Use Applications and Loads,” is nearing sponsor ballot within IEEE—a major milestone toward ratification as a standard. Work on the guide will continue at the IEEE P2030 Working Group meeting, Feb. 22 and 23 in New Orleans. IEEE P2030 is being developed for use by the power engineering, communications and information technology industries worldwide as a foundational, cross-discipline, system-of-systems guide for Smart Grid interoperability. IEEE is the first standards development organization to address Smart Grid interoperability.

“This week’s IEEE P2030 Working Group meeting will be critical in terms of arriving at a ballot-ready draft guide by March 2011, which was our original target when the working group formed in March 2009. We remain on track to publish IEEE P2030 in 2011,” said Dick DeBlasio, IEEE P2030 Working Group chair, chief engineer at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) facility of the U.S. Department of Energy and IEEE Smart Grid liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “Ultimately, the guide will be a kind of Rosetta stone that will help engineers decipher the end-to-end interface requirements toward achieving an interoperable Smart Grid. It will serve as a design tool and knowledge base, helping companies leap forward in their understanding of how and where to develop Smart Grid systems and applications. Plus, it will illuminate where additional standards are needed to help keep the Smart Grid moving forward.”

For example, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) this month approved a project authorization request triggering commencement of work on IEEE P2030.3TM “Standard for Test Procedures for Electric Energy Storage Equipment and Systems for Electric Power Systems Applications.” Utility power systems traditionally have not been designed to accommodate electric storage, but with increased reliance on distributed, intermittent renewable energy sources globally, standards are being developed around the interconnection of storage systems. IEEE P2030.3 is intended to establish a standard for test procedures around verifying conformance of storage equipment and systems to these standards. The IEEE P2030.3 Working Group is chaired by Yiming Hou, senior engineer (professor), China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).

Also, following the full IEEE P2030 meeting, the IEEE P2030.2TM  Working Group will meet for the first time, on Feb. 24 in New Orleans. The working group—chaired by Mark Siira, manager, applied technology, with Kohler Company—is tasked with facilitating wide-scale, consistent implementation of energy storage systems. The IEEE P2030.2 guide is intended to help users achieve greater understanding of energy storage systems by defining interoperability characteristics of various system topologies and to illustrate how discrete and hybrid systems may be successfully integrated with and used compatibly as part of the electric power infrastructure.

The IEEE P2030 Working Group meeting will be held Feb. 22 and 23 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. There will be no remote-attendance option for this meeting.

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