Sunday, June 12, 2011

Building the 21st Century Grid – The White House reports today

On June 13, 2011, the White House will hold an event on "Building the 21st Century Grid." Starting at 10 a.m., the event can be watched live at

Federal Smart Grid Initiatives highlights key government-sponsored programs and activities related to the development and modernization of the electric grid in the United States.

One of the four pillars of the future grid is:

Unlock the innovation potential in the electricity sector with a continued focus on open standards.

I hope that the electric power industry will follow a few open standards instead of a myriad of solutions. Could you imagine a situation were each state or county would have a different frequency and voltage of the electric system!??

There are two main standards: 230V/50Hz and 110V/60Hz … but there should be one standard to exchange information (measurements and statuses, …). The MMXU (a measurement model of 3 phase electrical system defined in the open standard IEC 61850-7-4) could be used for any kind of 3 phase system.

Click HERE for some more models.

If you are interested you may watch the event today.

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