IEEE Std 1547-2018 (Revision of IEEE Std 1547-2003)

IEEE Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources with Associated Electric Power Systems Interfaces


This standard provides interconnection and interoperability technical and test specifications and requirements for distributed energy resources (DERs). Additionally, several annexes are included in this standard that provide additional material for informative purposes, but are not required to be used in conjunction with this standard.


This standard establishes criteria and requirements for interconnection of distributed energy resources with electric power systems (EPSs) and associated interfaces. The stated technical specifications and requirements are universally needed for interconnection and interoperability of distributed energy resources (DERs) and will be sufficient for most installations. The specified performance requirements apply at the time of interconnection and as long as the DER remains in service.


This document provides a uniform standard for the interconnection and interoperability of distributed energy resources with electric power systems. It provides requirements relevant to the interconnection and interoperability performance, operation and testing, and, to safety, maintenance and security considerations.

Leadership Team

David J. Narang, Chair

Thomas (Tom) Basso, Past Chair

John Berdner, Jens C. Boemer, Babak Enayati, Bob Fox, Mark Siira, Vice Chairs

Charles K. Vartanian, Secretary


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An errata (published in June 2018) is available that corrects a sign error in the frequency-droop (frequency-power) formula in table 23 in section (Frequency-droop (frequency-power) operation):

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Further Reading

NRECA (2019): Guide to IEEE 1547-2018 Standard for DER Interconnections. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Available online at .

IREC (2019): Making the Grid Smarter. Primer on Adopting the New IEEE 1547-2018 Standard for Distributed Energy Resources. Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Available online at .

EPRI (2018): IEEE Standard 1547™ – Power Quality Considerations for Distributed Energy Resources. White Paper. 3002010282. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Palo Alto, CA. Available online at

NRECA (2018): The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) published four articles in January 2018 that focus on the IEEE 1547’s impact on the electric grid and electric cooperatives:

EPRI (2017): IEEE 1547 – New Interconnection Requirements for Distributed Energy Resources. Fact Sheet. 3002011346. 2nd revision. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Palo Alto, CA. Available online at

EPRI (2017): IEEE Standard 1547™ – Communications and Interoperability. New Requirements Mandate Open Communications Interface and Interoperability for Distributed Energy Resources. 3002011591. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Palo Alto, CA. Available online at

EPRI (2015): Recommended Settings for Voltage and Frequency Ride-Through of Distributed Energy Resources. Minimum and Advanced Requirements and Settings for the Performance of Distributed Energy Resources During and After System Disturbances to Support Bulk Power System Reliability and Their Respective Technical Implications on Industry Stakeholders. 3002006203. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Palo Alto, CA. Available online at



2018 WIRAB Webinar: Implementation of IEEE 1547 Standard – Interconnection of DERs and Utility Electric Power Systems. August 21, 2018. Available online at

2018 EPRI Webinar: Overview on IEEE Std 1547-2018. Available online at 3002014545

2018 EPRI Webinar: DER Ride-through Performance Categories and Trip Settings 3002014546

2018 EPRI Webinar: T+D Coordination for DER Ride-Through and Trip Requirements 3002014547

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