Standards and Test Procedures for Interconnection and Interoperability

Next-generation smart grid technologies include distributed generation, battery storage, electric vehicles, and dispatchable loads, among others. To achieve widespread deployment of these technologies on the electric grid without compromising grid reliability, safety, or security, the devices must coordinate among each other. Standards for interconnection and interoperability enable coordination, allowing devices to smoothly connect and communicate with the electric grid during normal operation and unexpected events. However, in such a connected grid, standards must not only be consistent across all devices of a single technology, but across different technologies that interact on the grid.