IEEE webinar shows how PEER complements other grid standards

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13 Dec 2016
John Kelly

Over 900 energy professionals registered for the IEEE Smart Grid Webinar, held on Oct. 27, 2016, to learn about the PEER rating system and how it compliments IEEE and other key electricity, smart grid and microgrid standards. The webinar positioned utility microgrids as a means for applying performance standards to accelerate investment in smart grids infrastructure.

The PEER rating system establishes a comprehensive set of credits that define sustainable power systems. GBCI rates and verifies the performance of these power systems against the PEER rating system using performance standards and technical standards. Performance standards complement technical standards by establishing units, definitions, attributes and specifications.

Here's a quick breakdown:

  • A performance standard is an established norm or set of requirements for system performance, a formal document that establishes the thresholds, requirements or capabilities for a system.
  • A technical standard is an established norm or requirement for technical systems, a formal document that establishes uniform engineering, criteria, test methods, specifications, procedures, definitions and units.

The PEER rating system is made up of over 40 credits, each with intents and requirements addressing different strategies for sustainable electricity. Many of the credits include elements that are informed by various technical standards, such as:

  • Reliability metrics and thresholds based on IEEE 1366 definitions for interruptions and statistical analysis of industry performance
  • Strategies such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis based on Six Sigma standards
  • Transparency around power quality events consistent with IEEE 519, 1159 and EN 50160

How do grid designers, suppliers and operators start using performance standards? PEER is applied within a microgrid architecture where utilities divide up their vast territories into a network of manageable customer-centric nodes made up of both utility and private microgrids.

This approach provides for local accountability and sharing of resources by enabling local governments to participate in grid modernization. Utility microgrids also leverage the meter resources to manage peak demand, reliability and power quality in real time.

Learn more about the utility microgrid.

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