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Collaboration to Perform, Educate and Promote Power System Testing

MoU Signed to Develop Conformance Framework for Synchrophasors
The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) and Washington State University Laboratory through its smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation lab (SGDRIL), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and implement a standards-based, Smart Grid related test program.

The program focuses on IEEE C37.118(TM) synchrophasor performance, accuracy, and certification testing – providing utilities with important information to validate the manufacturer’s synchrophasor claims. Synchronized phasor measurements (synchrophasors) provide real-time measurement of electrical quantities across a power system. Applications of synchrophasor measurements include system model validation, determining stability margins, maximizing stable system loading and system-wide disturbance recording.

Under the terms of the MoU, the scope of this strategic partnership will include cooperative marketing and educational activities and to engage in open dialogue to further IEEE standards conformity in global markets.

“The Smart Grid arena is in need of such an activity to help foster a reliable testing and conformance methodology. We are proud to be working in lockstep with Washington State University Laboratory on this important synchrophasor activity,” commented Peter Lefkin, Managing Director of the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program. “This collaboration will combine proven methods to test synchrophasor with IEEE certification offered through ICAP. We believe this will be of great value to utilities and manufacturers.”

ICAP is designed to be flexible and participant-driven, while creating innovative programs that address industry requirements. In addition, ICAP is focused on bridging IEEE standard development with the conformity assessment activities that accelerate market acceptance and enablement of new products and technologies.

“Our collaboration with ICAP offers the ability to leverage IEEE’s global position as a standards leader with Washington State’s University Lab’s proven expertise creating leading-edge test environments for the Smart Grid market,” said Anurag Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Washington State University. “With a number of key players actively supporting this activity today, synchrophasor testing will provide the validation and assurance, measurements are accurate.”

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