Roadmap objectives

This set of pages results from the IEC SyC Smart Energy experts’ assessment (based on the former IEC SG3 and SEG2 group experts), and is intended to depict the portfolio of International Standards which may be used to support Smart Grids/Energy deployment worldwide.

The goal of this information is to facilitate interoperable solutions based on standards. This framework will assist Smart Grid system owners and others to specify their smart grid solutions corresponding to their own requirements and taking into account specific national legislation and local situations.

This document provides a selection guide, setting out, for the most common Smart Grid systems (see further),

the set of possible “System Capabilities” they can support,

which standards may be used, where, and for which purpose.

Limits of the exercise

Here are some limits the reader of this document should be aware of:

  • The list of Generic System Capabilities per sub-system cannot be exhaustive.
  • The standards listed in this document represent a selection according to the rules set in section and The list is not comprehensive.
  • Detailed “application notes” for the standards are not in the scope of this document.
  • The generic UCs are limited to “typical” applications. Special customized applications are not considered.
  • Proprietary or non-standardized solutions covering the generic UCs are not considered in this document.
  • This document represents the current status of the available and upcoming standards (considering their “maturity” level indicated – see below).
  • Standardization projects which do not fulfil the maturity-time constraints defined further are not part of this document.

Selection of standards

All standards identified in this document have been selected by applying the following rules.

Standardization body ranking

In order to identify a standard fulfilling a defined set of requirements, the following procedure has been adopted.

  • The report has identified standards from the IEC, where available.
  • Where no standards were available from 1), then the report has considered ISO, or ITU standards.
  • If no standards from either 1) or 2) were available to support a particular set of requirements, then “open specification” (see criteria below) can be considered.

“Open specifications” that are considered applicable from this document’s point of view, comply with the following criteria

  • The specification is developed and/or approved, and maintained by a collaborative consensus-based process.
  • Such process is transparent.
  • Materially affected and interested parties are not excluded from such process.
  • The specification is subject to RAND/FRAND Intellectual Property Right (IPR) policies in accordance with the IEC Patent policy
  • The specification is published and made available to the general public under reasonable terms (including for reasonable fee or for free).

Maturity level

Two maturity levels of the standards are considered:

  • A deliverable that has reached its final stage (IS, TS, TR, etc.) by Dec 31st 2019, is identified as “AVAILABLE”.
  • A deliverable that has successfully passed the NWIP process (or any formal equivalent voting gates if NWIP is not within the standard process for issuing the considered deliverable) by Dec 31st 2019, is identified as “COMING”.

Further sets of deliverables (including newly developed ones) should be available in due course.