31 August 2010
RESOLUTION GSC-15/xx: (Plenary) Smart Grids (New)
The 15th Global Standards Collaboration meeting (Beijing, August 30 – September 2, 2010)
a) that existing electrical grids around the world, from power generation, to transmission
and end-user distribution, management and consumption, will undergo major
infrastructural changes concerning the information management and intelligence built
into the system;
b) that this evolved electrical grid is commonly referred to as Smart Grid;
c) the positive impact of Smart Grids in mitigating climate change, insofar as they offer
efficient alternatives by providing more efficient energy management and distribution
d) that the evolution of electrical grids to Smarts Grids in different countries and in different
regions within a country, are moving at different paces;
e) that a multitude of Smart Grid standardization activities are currently underway around
the world;
f) that power companies, information and communication technologies (ICT) companies,
governments and regulatory agencies will play important roles in Smart Grids
standardization; and
g) that cooperation and partnership among stakeholders are vital to developing effective
Smart Grids standards in an efficient manner.
a) the need for a holistic approach for smart grids standardization to minimize redundant
efforts and maximize synergy;
b) that observations to date seem to indicate a dominance of representatives from the energy
sector and governments in standardization activities, while ICT experts have been playing
a minor role;
c) that Smart Grids are being introduced within an evolving policy and regulatory
d) that ICTs will be one of the most important factors in the overall future grid’s reliability
and dependability aspects;
e) that despite various activities being undertaken around the world, there is no apparent
synchronization and cooperation among them;
f) that a “silo” approach to Smart Grids standardization between the energy and ICT sectors
is apparent;
g) that ITU-T has started a Smart Grids Focus Group which had its first meeting June 14-16
and has begun to prioritize standards needed to promote and facilitate
telecommunication/ICT support for Smart Grids;
h) that ISO/IEC JTC 1 Special Working Group on Smart Grid (SWG-Smart Grid) has begun
to gather Smart Grid standardization requirements; and
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i) that IEC Strategic Group on Smart Grid (SG 3), which was created in 2008, has recently
released its “IEC Smart Grids Standardization Roadmap”.
1) to promote globally consistent standards that facilitate interoperability, innovation, market
competition and infrastructure development to address user needs in a timely and cost
effective basis through cooperation and collaboration among global, regional and national;
SDOs on Smart Grids;
2) to request the ITU, with the assistance of Participating Standards Organizations (PSOs)
and Observer Organizations of the GSC, to develop a comprehensive inventory of national,
regional and international initiatives and activities in the area of Smart Grids that includes
not only telecommunications/ICT, but also energy standardization;
3) to encourage the ITU to cooperate in the development global harmonized Smart Grids
standards, taking into account important work undertaken by other international
organizations including IEC, ISO/IEC JTC 1, and JTC1 SC27; and
4) to encourage PSOs and Observer Organizations of the GSC to engage all stakeholders to
minimize duplication and ensure effectiveness and completeness of Smart Grids standards
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