The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) has released a guideline for the selection and use of Smart Grid standards. The new guideline is intended to provide a framework for electric utilities in selecting standards for modernising electricity infrastructure.

The guideline contains eight fundamental principles and 15 elective criteria to assist manufacturers and users of Smart Grid technologies in developing and integrating new and emerging technologies.

The intent of the underlying principles is to ensure the continued reliability, safety and efficiency of the electricity system.

Ivano Labricciosa, chair of the CEA Smart Grid Standards Task Group, said: “Canadian utilities are investing in Smart Grid development efforts as they begin to modernise the grid for the next generation.

“Many utilities have been working on Smart Grid projects that monitor, interface, interconnect and leverage electronic technology to deliver improvements in grid reliability. However, these projects require investment to develop recognised equipment and systems standards.”

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