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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for ANSI/NEMA SG-IC 1-2013, "Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines."

SG-IC 1 is a standard that describes the roles and responsibilities for each of the four main participants in the testing scheme for interoperability and security among smart grid products. This guideline brings uniformity and portability to the process, as well as creates the necessary levels of checks and balances for the overall testing process. Contributors include internationally accredited testing bodies that are also nationally recognized testing laboratories.

Smart grid stakeholders can now validate the interoperability and security of individual grid elements on a consistent, industry-wide basis. The implementation of this guideline promotes the major points that define the smart grid adoption process - namely, testing and certification, governance, harmonization, and backward compatibility.

"The goal of the utilities is to ensure that products are interoperable the day they are installed," says Evan R. Gaddis, NEMA's president and CEO. "Prior to the publication of these guidelines, each utility would have been required to develop its own testing procedures for interoperability. This would have created a tremendous burden on manufacturers who sell the same product to multiple utilities."

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