IEEE Intros P1547.6 Secondary NPS Standard

May 04, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has begun work on a new standard, IEEE P1547.6™, to provide additional information for interconnecting utility distribution, secondary network power systems (NPS) with local electric power systems that contain distributed resources (DR) such as fuel cells, photovoltaics and microturbines.

Distribution secondary network systems were not traditionally designed to accept power from local generating technologies. The IEEE P1547.6, "Recommended Practice for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems Distribution Secondary Networks," will recommend technical criteria, requirements and tests relevant to the performance, operation, testing, safety and maintenance for interconnecting DR on such networks.

The IEEE 1547 standards are sponsored by the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 for Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Dispersed Generation, and Energy Storage.