Smart Grid Interoperability Update


Faced with the significant challenges of interoperability, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a member-driven organization comprised of stakeholders from throughout the power and communications industries, continues to tackle the issues presented by the development of the Smart Grid over diverse geographic areas, operating environments and population densities.

Recently, a dedicated SGIP team completed an overview focusing on wireless standards for Smart Grid applications (NISTIR 7761, version 2). This key project is part of the panel’s ongoing efforts “to resolve standards coordination issues and gaps that stymie seamless connectivity,” according to the SGIP web site.

“Obviously, the basic goal of interoperability is to make sure all components are talking to one another in a standard communication format, including transmission and data rates,” said Dave Rowley, Senior PolyPhaser | Transtector Quality Engineer. From a user’s perspective, Rowley also stressed that equipment must “mechanically and electrically fit in the energy grid compatibly.”

Since forming in 2007, the panel has shifted from being government-run to being managed by stakeholders in the industry ranging from equipment manufacturers to standards organizations.

Key interoperability concerns include demand response and consumer energy efficiency, energy storage, electric transportation, advanced metering infrastructure, distribution grid management, network communications, and cyber security are being reviewed by the panel.

With such a diverse range of equipment manufacturers in the industry, interoperability becomes one of the most significant issues in the industry today. Form, fit, function and – critically – security all play substantial roles.

More Information

Click here for a video summary of the SGIP’s November 2013 meeting. (