IEEE 2030 — IEEE Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System, End-Use Applications and Loads — has been approved. IEEE 2030 establishes a globally relevant smart grid interoperability reference model and knowledge base that can be used by utilities that are developing their infrastructure road maps, by manufacturers that are planning smart grid systems and applications, by scientists who are conducting research, by governments that are crafting regulations and by standards-development organizations that are writing additional standards for the smart grid.

“This is the world's first system-of-systems foundational standard that has been created from the ground up to inform smart grid interconnection and interoperability, and it happened in a rapidly paced, two-year development environment that demanded the integrated contributions of hundreds and hundreds of people from across the smart grid's three primary disciplines: power systems, communications and IT,” said Dick DeBlasio, IEEE 2030 Working Group chair, chief engineer at the National Renewable Energy Lab facility of the U.S. Department of Energy and IEEE Smart Grid liaison to the NIST. “IEEE 2030 is poised to support the accelerated rollout of the smart grid and realization of the revolutionary benefits — greater consumer choice, improved electric-system reliability and increased reliance on renewable sources of energy — that it promises for people worldwide.”