Special Committee 1 - Smart Grid - About Us


There is a major thrust in the world to make more efficient use of the power in the power grid. This will entail control of power entering the house and ultimately entering appliances and large power loads within the home. If there is any storage batteries or the like in the home, there may be the opportunity to provide into the power grid unused energy. This system is referred to as “Smart Grid”. As can be imagined, these controls which may be mounted on the outside of the house at the point of power entry or may be built directly into the larger power loads of electrical products in the home. Hence these so called “meters” will exist in the RF ambient both outside and inside the home. Similarly, these meters may be sources of RF emissions to the nearby RF environment either directly or by pickup and insertion into the external connected power line. Thus this is a classical case for the need for EMC.


EMCS contribution:

Based on the above background, it is clear that to make the Smart Grid operate as intended and not cause interference to other nearby electronics, EMC has to be applied. It appears that at least these TC specialties can be used for formulating the EMC Society focus on this subject.

TC 2 EMC Measurements
TC 3 EM Environments
TC 4 EMC Design
TC 5 High Power EM
TC 7 Low Frequency EMC
TC 9 Computational EM
Standards Development Committee (SDCom)

In addition, EMC standards are needed to determine adequacy of the EMC design of these meters and controllers. Note that presently SDCom is active in IEEE standards activity in this new application and hence should be part of the EMCS focus.



There is an obvious need for a coordinated view of the EMCS activity in Smart Grid which will be an activity that is expected to last well over a decade.

With this in mind, this Special Committee will provide the necessary EMCS coordination of Smart Grid EMC activity among the 5 TCs and the Standards Development Committee (SDCom). There is another special committee that has been formed on low frequency EMC which is included in this coordination activity. This then will be an activity of seven EMCS entities.

Deliverables will be a “road map” of the contributions from each of the 7 EMCS committees noted above and the establishment of how each will work together and present a consolidated contribution to the EMC aspects of the Smart Grid.

SC1 be initially headed by a small group of EMCS members drawn from the 7 committees to manage the contributions to the appropriate organization in the US at first.  The chair of TC2 will be the initial chair of SC1. Note that these organizations are the IEEE Standards Association and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Work of the International Electrotechnical Commission will also be monitored.