IEEE is uniquely positioned to guide smart grid interoperability standardization, given its significant and relevant breadth of technology expertise and its technical community. With the foundational technical explorations and the already existing standards and standards projects in development from the diverse fields of digital information and controls technology, networking, security, reliability, assessment, interconnection of distributed resources including renewable energy sources to the grid, sensors, electric metering, broadband over power line, and systems engineering—together, this body of knowledge has no match.

IEEE has more than 100 standards and standards in development relevant to smart grid, including the over 20 IEEE standards named in the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0. The NIST report describes a high-level reference model for the Smart Grid, identifies nearly 80 existing standards that can be used now to support Smart Grid development and identifies high priority gaps for which new or revised standards are needed.

The American National Standard document development process is based on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Essential Requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) oversees the IEEE standards development process.

The IEEE-SA Standards Development OnLine, SDOL, provides a step-by-step description of the IEEE standards development process, including forms and tools. Standards projects are started in the IEEE-SA with the approval of a PAR (Project Authorization Request). PARs define the sponsor, scope, purpose, and contact points for the document project. In the IEEE-SA list of active PARs all those with a sponsor code starting with PE/ are PES Technical Committees document projects.

Published and withdrawn IEEE Standards can be obtained from the IEEE Shop. In some cases, draft documents can be purchased.

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