In shaping technical and rate policies in the globally emerging Smart Grid, public utility commissions, and other regulators around the world can source IEEE 2030 as a reference document and primer.
Dick DeBlasio, Chair, IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee
The Smart Grid is bringing definitive change to the world of electricity and regulation is one area that will be touched by the transformation. For example, in the United States, regulation of electricity distribution and retail has been historically fragmented among the public utility commissions (PUCs) within each state—just as operation of the electricity grid historically has been “silo-ed” among about 3,000 utilities.
But achieving a seamless, boundary-crossing facility for two-way flow of power and communications will require some level of conformance to a more comprehensive, national regulatory structure around interoperability. Furthermore, there will be decisions to be made around reimbursements for new technologies sought to deliver some of the Smart Grid’s most promising potential benefits in areas such as reducing environmental impact and empowering consumer choice.
In shaping technical and rate policies in the globally emerging Smart Grid, PUCs and other regulators around the world can source IEEE 2030 “Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), End-Use Applications, and Loads” as a reference document and primer.