IEEE Standards Association has announced a workshop addressing the full revision of IEEE 1547™ "Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems." Public utility commissions, utilities, manufacturers and independent power producers worldwide are invited Dec. 3-5, 2013, to the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, New Jersey, to help shape the direction of the revised standard.

A meeting for the IEEE P1547.1a™ "Standard Conformance Test Procedures for Equipment Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems Amendment" Working Group (WG) will be held on Thursday, the last day of the event.

After more than 10 years of successful use in the field (and the grassroots development of new interconnection lessons learned and engineering practices in the real world of implementation), IEEE 1547 today is ready for a comprehensive refresh. This workshop will initiate the process of developing the next version of IEEE 1547. Developing a project authorization request (PAR) is the first step toward launching a formal IEEE standard-development project. Once such a request is approved, a working group develops a draft standard that then goes through a series of ballots.

The IEEE process is a proven and time tested approach to producing standards that expand global markets, contribute to interoperability and innovation and accelerate the pace of technical evolution. Certainly, these dynamics are evident in the story of the ever-growing IEEE 1547 family of standards.

IEEE P1547.1a™ will also be holding its first working group meeting on Thursday, Dec.5.

Questions to be discussed include:

  • Currently IEEE 1547 is used for interconnection for 10MVA or below. Should transmission level voltages be included in IEEE 1547?
  • Should there be an upper limit? If yes, what should it be?
  • What changes are needed to allow for high penetration of distributed resources?
  • Do we need to expand and include more requirements for islanding (microgrids, etc.) in IEEE 1547?
  • Should we expand 1547 to include communication interface requirements and protocols?
  • Would it be more efficient to include with revisions to 1547 -- 1547.1 (testing) requirements all in one document?