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NEMA Smart Grid Interoperability Standard Receives ANSI Approval


7/11/2013 9:10 AM

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) received approval on July 10 from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ANSI/NEMA SG‑IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines.

NEMA has led the effort to develop SG-IC 1, a standard that describes the roles and responsibilities for each of the four main participants in the testing scheme for interoperability and security among Smart Grid products. This guideline brings uniformity and portability to the process, as well as creates the necessary levels of checks and balances for the overall testing process. Contributors include internationally-accredited testing bodies that are also nationally recognized testing laboratories.

Stakeholders in Smart Grid can now validate the interoperability and security of individual grid elements on a consistent, industry-wide basis. The implementation of this guideline promotes the major points that define the Smart Grid adoption process, namely testing and certification, governance, harmonization, and backward compatibility. This guideline represents a major step in addressing one of the challenges defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel in delivering on the promise of Smart Grid.

“The goal of the utilities is to ensure that products are interoperable the day they are installed,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “Prior to the publication of these guidelines, each utility would have been required to develop its own testing procedures for interoperability. This would have created a tremendous burden on manufacturers who sell the same product to multiple utilities.”

SG-IC 1 will be available for purchase on the NEMA website soon. For more information, email NEMA Smart Grid Industry Director Steve Griffith or call 703-841-3297.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $140 billion.

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