|[August 21, 2014]
IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Consumers Energy to Provide Synchrophasor Conformance Testing
PISCATAWAY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
IEEE (News - Alert), the world's largest professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE
Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Michigan-based Consumers Energy. The MoU supports development
of a synchrophasor conformity assessment program to provide testing of
phasor measurement units' (PMUs') compliance with respect to IEEE
C37.118.1™ "Standard for Synchrophasor Measurements for Power Systems."
Synchrophasors provide real-time measurement of electric power grids to
help ensure stable operations and avert blackouts.
"The signing of this memorandum with Consumers Energy represents a
significant milestone toward the establishment of a synchrophasor
conformity assessment program. Consumers Energy's experience and
technical acumen were consistent with the demands and goals of this
industry-supported synchrophasor conformity assessment testing program,"
said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE-SA. "One way the
IEEE-SA supports industry stakeholders throughout the standards
lifecycle, even beyond development of a standard, is with the IEEE
Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) and its globally recognized testing
and certification that drive accelerated deployment of products based on
Measurements recorded by synchrophasors include power flows, voltages,
frequency and phase angle. The
North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) Report of Task Force on
Testing and Certification Final Report strongly recommends that
users of synchrophasor measurements require that the PMUs producing the
measurements be certified compliant with IEEE C37.118.1.
"The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been a
contributor to the development of IEEE C37.118.1 standard and the
synchrophasor Test Suite Specification (TSS)," commented Gerald
FitzPatrick, group leader,�Quantum (News - Alert) Measurement Division, NIST. "NIST
strongly supports the establishment of the ICAP program for PMU testing
and certification. This�synchrophasor�certification program, adopting
the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's (SGIP's) Interoperability
Proces Reference Manual (IPRM), will advance our goals to support a
resilient grid that�can accommodate�high penetration�of renewable
resources and yet maintain high reliability."
Synchrophasor technology enables power system operators to accurately
model and predict electrical deviations in the power grid, and
manufacturers are quickly developing cost-effective PMU products to
address this issue. The development of a test methodology based on the
IEEE C37.118.1 standard, TSS, is intended to assure the PMU's claim of
compliance to the standard. The TSS was drafted by the Synchrophasor
Conformity Assessment Steering Committee (SCASC), which is comprised of
technical experts from the power grid industry. The primary role of the
SCASC is to provide technical direction and guidance on the program
"Key stakeholders such as utilities and manufacturers recognize and
support the need for an industry-recognized PMU conformity testing
process," commented Robert Sawyer, department head, laboratory
spokesperson, Consumers Energy. "We welcome the opportunity to
collaborate in this program, and believe we can meet and deliver the
services as required by this evolving market."
ICAP will provide program management oversight, in addition to the
development of policies and procedures that govern the operational
characteristics of a certification program. ICAP (http://www.ieee-isto.org/icap)
is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization
(IEEE-ISTO). For further information on the syncrophasor conformity
assessment program, contact ICAP via email at email@example.com.
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