IEEE PSCC Update Industry Updates


by James Formea, Eaton, USA

The IEEE PES Power System Communications and Cybersecurity Committee (PSCCC) held its regular fall meeting with the Power System Relaying and Control Committee (PSRCC) as a joint collection of virtual meeting sessions September 20-24, 2021.

As with other meetings in the recent past, the virtual format has brought some advantages, including participation of many new attendees who have not been able to join our meetings in the past.

More than thirty PSCCC working groups, task forces, study groups, and subcommittees met throughout the week, with the main committee meeting on Friday to close out the busy week with reports from each its subcommittees.

The Power Line Carrier Subcommittee (C0) reported that a corrigendum had been prepared for IEEE Std C93.5, IEEE Draft Standard for Power Line Carrier Transmitter/Receiver Equipment used to Transfer Discrete Teleprotection Signals, to address a table that was omitted from the draft which was approved through balloting. The Main Committee approved C0’s request to submit Corrigendum 1 to the IEEE-SA for ballot.

C0 also reported on the continuing work to revise IEEE Std 643, Guide for Power-Line Carrier Applications, and that the process of revising IEEE Std C93.4, IEEE Standard for Power-Line Carrier Line-Tuning Equipment (30 kHz to 500 kHz) Associated with Power Transmission Lines, was kicked off with a working group meeting earlier in the week.

The Wire Line Subcommittee (E0) reported continued progress on revisions and addendums to multiple standards documents, including:

  • IEEE Std 820, Standard Telephone Loop Performance Characteristics
  • IEEE Std 1692, Guide for the Protection of Communication Installations from Lightning Effects
  • IEEE Std 487a, Standard for the Electrical Protection of Communications Facilities Serving Electric Supply Locations — General Considerations
  • IEEE Std 367, Recommended Practice for Determining the Electric Power Station Ground Potential Rise and Induced Voltage from a Power Fault, and
  • IEEE Std 487.3a, Standard for the Electrical Protection of Communication Facilities Serving Electric Supply Locations Through the Use of Hybrid Facilities

The Optical Fiber Subcommittee (F0) announced the successful initial balloting of IEEE Std 1595, Standard for Testing and Performance for Optical Phase Conductor (OPPC) for Use on Electrical Utility Power Lines, in addition to the board approval and publishing of IEEE Std 1138, Standard for Testing and Performance of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) for use on Electric Utility Power Lines in late September. The subcommittee plans to continue its work into the harmonization of the 1591 family of standards.

The Protocols and Communications Architecture Subcommittee (P0) reported that the working group for PC37.238a, Draft Standard Profile for Use of IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol in Power System Applications Amendment 1: Adding a Type-Length-Value (TLV) to indicate the latest International Earth Rotation Service (IERS)-specified Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) Leap Second Event, is working through comment resolution.

P0 also reported that the dual-logo maintenance team (DLMT) for IEC/IEEE 61850-9-3, International Standard – Communication networks and systems for power utility automation – Part 9-3: Precision time protocol profile for power utility automation has been meeting regularly since May of this year and has worked through multiple draft revisions.

Finally, it was reported that the study group investigating standardization of the Universal Utility Data Exchange (UUDEX) was asked by the subcommittee to continue working through topics of contention with a new goal to submit a PAR for approval in January 2022.

The Cybersecurity Subcommittee (S0) reported that the initial ballot was completed for IEEE Std 1686, Standard for Intelligent Electronic Devices Cyber Security Capabilities, and that comment resolution is underway. Other working groups continue to work on their respective projects, but some work has been delayed due to quorum challenges.

The PSCCC will meet again as part of the PES Joint Technical Committee Meeting (JTCM) in Garden Grove, CA, January 9-13, 2022, with virtual options available for subcommittee and main committee meetings, along with many working group and task force meetings.

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James Formea earned his BSEE from Marquette University and is Engineering Manager for Control Systems & Technology in the Power Systems Division of Eaton, where he leads a diverse team of engineers in the specification, implementation, and field support of system protection, communications, automation, and cybersecurity features across Eaton’s portfolio of medium voltage distribution system controls. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is the Vice Chair of the IEEE PES Power System Communications and Cybersecurity Committee. He is also a member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 15. When not working on utility solutions or industry standards, he can be found supporting public safety communications interoperability and incident management initiatives as an officer with his local fire department.