NEMA pushes for standards-based product testing

The Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant testing scheme, initiated by NEMA, is meant to ensure that interoperability of individual grid components can be confirmed on a consistent, industry-wide basis.

02/10/2011


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has initiated a new smart grid standards-based testing program for products and devices to ensure that interoperability of individual grid components can be confirmed on a consistent, industry-wide basis.

The new program, the Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant (SGIC) testing scheme, is based on standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. NEMA says the approach is a win for everyone involved: utilities, government, manufacturers and consumers. More specifically, NEMA says SGIC certification will give utilities the ability to better support their investments and meet the needs for interoperable equipment, and will give manufacturers the confidence to create products that will be successful in the market.

The first standards to be addressed will be elements of the ANSI C12 Suite, a group of standards that identifies requirements and performance specifications for electric meters.



No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Water use efficiency: Diminishing water quality, escalating costs; Lowering building energy use; Power for fire pumps
Building envelope and integration; Manufacturing industrial Q&A; NFPA 99; Testing fire systems
Labs and research facilities: Q&A with the experts; Water heating systems; Smart building integration; 40 Under 40 winners
Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Protecting standby generators for mission critical facilities; Selecting energy-efficient transformers; Integrating power monitoring systems; Mitigating harmonics in electrical systems
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.