The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has approved guidelines providing design characteristics for an interoperable smart grid.

The IEEE 2030 standard covers three technical areas: power systems, communications, and IT. These create an umbrella document to help guide smart grid development, said Dick DeBlasio, who chaired the working group that created the standard.

“It is very simplistic and not strong on technical requirements,” he said. “This is still an evolving area, and guidelines should not be restrictive.”

The new standard provides guidance rather than technical directives, creating a reference model for interconnection and interoperability, according to the IEEE. It identifies hundreds of interfaces that are required in a smart grid system.

Industry is intended to use the document in order to create technical standards that will enable engineers to be able to choose from in designing infrastructure.

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