Industrial and large commercial facilities that make use of distributed energy resources (DER) for reliability and sustainability must interconnect those resources with the local electric utility due to a load-shedding agreement or power purchasing agreement with the local utility. The utility may need visibility and/or control functions inside the industrial facility’s substation.
As Sam Sciacca writes in his weekly blog Insights on Power, the IEEE SCC21 1547 Series of Interconnection Standards can identify the functionalities needed in the industrial facility’s control systems. Using 1547, the consulting engineer can devise a common approach to deal with the different electric utilities in multiple states.
Thus 1547 simplifies the approach for the industrial facility and enables it to establish uniformity in purchasing equipment, which provides economies of scale, and to establish standard operating procedures across multiple facilities, which benefits training efforts and operations and maintenance activities.
Read the full article: Industrials and the Utility: Standards for Interconnection Save Money
Sam Sciacca, is an IEEE senior member, who currently serves as chair of two IEEE working groups that deal with cyber-security for electric utilities: the Substations Working Group C1, which is working on P1686; and the Power System Relay Committee Working Group H13, which is working on PC37.240. Sciacca currently is CEO of SCS Consulting, LLC, and writes a weekly blog for Consulting Specifying Engineer.