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.



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