Smart Grid EMC Standards Harmonization

This presentation describes how the SGIP (Smart Grid Interoperability Panel), under NIST, started work on identifying “gaps” in US immunity testing Standards for smart grid communications networking equipment. The five testing gaps were reported in their SGIP-EMI Issues white paper and used as input for the extension of IEEE-1613(2009), which covered immunity testing of protective relays under the IEEE Power & Energy Society.This extension, IEEE-1613.1(2013), currently covers all utility networking and communications equipment, including protective relays and smart-meter communications cards. It now harmonizes closely to what is required under the IEC. It will soon be expanded in scope to include almost all utility-owned smart grid equipment.(including non-communicating autonomous devices) These five “gap” immunity tests and other features in this new Standard extension are discussed.

Jerry RamieJerry Ramie
Jerry Ramie is a 31-year veteran of the EMC test and measurement equipment business. He is Secretary of the ANSI-ASC-C63® Committee on EMC, a Member of the American Radio Relay League EMC Committee, a 2011 Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE EMC Society on Smart Grid, a Member of the SGIP2-EMI Issues Working Group, the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Substations C2 Working Group, a duo-decade Member of The dB Society, an iNARTE-certified EMC technician and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He can be reached at