Optimal electricity delivery
Why you should use International Standards
You are a Smart Grid Project Manager
Updating your grid is going to be a huge task in itself, and there is always the temptation to do this in isolation. But in the future many national and regional grids, even if they are seemingly geographically isolated, will need to be able to communicate with each other across borders and even continents.
By using international, consensus built standards you get built-in interoperability on a global scale.
You know that the investment into your Smart Grid is huge and will need to last for many years to come. That's why it is important to use standards that have been created under the same conditions and are monitored and updated through the same continuous processes.
Why do we say that?
Well, standards created by different SDOs (Standards Development Organizations) are all built differently. So, even if you carefully pick and choose elements from different standards that seem to fit, chances are that, 10 or 20 years down the road, that fit will have eroded. By the way, insidiously many standards may look like they match but because they deal with concepts at many different levels and from different view points they actually do not.
And then there is the fact that each SDO develops its standards from a different vantage point, with different interests and criteria, updating and reviewing it based on different protocols. In the case of the IEC the approach is global and consensus-based. In others it may be linked to an industry or interest group that has regional or national relevance only, which will however not stop it from calling its standards "international".
Let us reassure you, the IEC already offers the large majority of technical standards you need. And we work closely with other SDOs to fill any gaps in our portfolio. We do so by bringing these standards into the international consensus system. A fast-track review allows removal of any potential bias while avoiding having to rebuild a standard from scratch. The end-result is a truly relevant International Standard.
Another advantage of using International Standards is that you will have many more suppliers to choose from and competition is a good thing, when you need to control costs.