CEA Smart Grid Products Added to Catalog of Standards

Posted: April 7, 2015 in Science Breakthroughs
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CEA Smart Grid Products Added to Catalog of Standards

CEA Smart Grid Products Added to Catalog of Standards

Arlington, VA — According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Recommended Practice for the Installation of Smart Grid Devices, CEA/CEDIA-CEB29, has been added to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s Catalog of Standards. Today’s homes include many products that connect to each other over a variety of networks, and to operate reliably, both the products and the wiring to which they connect must be well protected and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

While CEB29 was written as a recommended practice for the installation of communicating smart grid devices in the home, all communicating products — including home controls, AV, HVAC, computers and appliances — are connected to the same electrical wiring and networks, and face the same installation challenges. To remedy this, CEB29 combines information from many sources into a simple, accessible format that assumes no prior knowledge of the subject matter.

“Whether you’re an electrician, professional installer, consumer, or work for a manufacturer or a utility, this guide will provide the basic knowledge you need,” said Walt Zerbe, product manager, audio, OnQ Legrand and NuVo; and Chairman of CEA’s R10 Residential Systems Committee. “CEB29 will help ensure your communicating products and the wires they connect to are installed properly and protected against lightning, electrical surges and electrical noise generated by other devices in your home.”

“As more smart grid devices are connected, the importance of proper installation practices grows,” said Brian Markwalter, senior VP of research and standards at CEA. “Although there are many sources for information on installation, most of them are written for trained professionals. Those sources are narrowly focused, typically addressing only a single area, so the reader must master many of them to get the complete story. CEB29 ties everything together for the installation professional.”

CEB29 includes the most important installation requirements and recommendations from the National Electric Code (NEC), UL, wiring standards and other expert sources covering a wide range of subjects including the proper installation of high- and low-voltage wiring, grounding, lightning and surge protection, and many of the installation problems encountered by today’s wired, wireless and power-line carrier networks.

To order a copy of CEA/CEDIA-CEB29, call TechStreet 800-699-9277 or 734-780-8000, or visit techstreet.com/publishers/285894 to order online.

CEA leads technology manufacturers in fostering CE industry growth by developing industry standards and technical specifications that enable new products to come to market and encourage interoperability with existing devices. CEA’s Technology & Standards program maintains an unmatched reputation as an effective and flexible standards-making body accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information on Technology and Standards at CEA and how to get involved, please visit http://www.CE.org/standards.

The SGIP Catalog of Standards serves as a compendium of standards, practices, and guidelines considered relevant for the development and deployment of a robust and interoperable Smart Grid.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 directed the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) in 2009 to form the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) as a public-private partnership. SGIP was charged to coordinate standards work to ensure interoperability and security as the grid is modernized. In 2012 the SGIP transitioned to SGIP 2.0, Inc., a member-funded organization that carried forth its predecessor’s original mission.

Contact: Consumer Electronics Association, 1919 S. Eads St., Arlington, VA 22202 Web:


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