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IEEE P1547 Draft Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources with Associated Electric Power Systems Interfaces
(full revision of IEEE Std 1547)

Standard Title:
IEEE P1547 Draft Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources with Associated Electric Power Systems Interfaces

Scope:
This standard establishes criteria and requirements for interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER) with electric power systems (EPS) and associated interfaces.

Purpose:
This document provides a uniform standard for the interconnection and interoperability of distributed energy resources (DER) with electric power systems (EPS). It provides requirements relevant to the interconnection and interoperability performance, operation and testing, and, to safety, maintenance and security considerations.

Definitions of key terms used above (from IEEE Std 2030):

  • Interface -- a logical interconnection from one entity to another that supports one or more data flows implemented with one or more data links
  • Interoperability -- the capability of two or more networks, systems, devices, applications, or components to externally exchange and readily use information securely and effectively.

IEEE 1547 Officers

Chair
Thomas S. Basso
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401-3305
303 275 3753 (phone)

SCC21 Chair and Past 1547 Chair
Richard DeBlasio
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401-3305
303 275 4333 (phone)

Secretary
Don Gwinner
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401-3305
303 384 6570 (phone)
IEEE Standards Liasion
Justin Caso
IEEE
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08845
732 562 6596 (phone)

Background
The U.S. Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 calls for state commissions to consider certain standards for electric utilities. Under Section 1254 of the Act: "Interconnection services shall be offered based upon the standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers:
IEEE Standard 1547 for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems
, as they may be amended from time to time."

IEEE 1547 was first published in 2003, reaffirmed in 2008, and Amendment 1 published in 2014 as an outgrowth of the IEEE-hosted SCC21 May 2012 Workshop. More than 80 industry participants collaborated in the IEEE-hosted SCC21 December 2013 workshop, and recommended a revised title, scope, and purpose to launch an IEEE SCC21 project and working group to complete a full revision of the IEEE 1547 standard before 2018, but preferably sooner. 


(Last modified 4/1/2014 Don Gwinner)