The test was part of the ENTSO-E Common Grid Model Exchange Standard (CGMES) development process, which is ongoing since 2009. The key goals were to test and validate the latest International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) draft Common CIM standards on which the new version of the ENTSO-E CGMES is based.

BCP Busarello + Cott + Partner AG, CESI, DIgSILENT GmbH, DMS Group and EKC, GE Energy, Nexant, Open Grid Systems, PSE Innowacje, RTE, SISCO, Siemens, Tractebel, and VentyxABB participated in the testing.

The future ENTSO-E CIM-based data exchange format for grid models exchange, which complies with the latest draft (IEC) CIM standards 61970 (parts 301, 452, 453, 456, 457, 552), was tested on a large number of products. The correct implementation of the 1st edition of the ENTSO-E CIM Profile, which is currently used for some of the ENTSO-E data exchanges, was also tested with some of the vendors. A first analysis of the test outcomes confirms the new modelling approaches used to represent HVDC links and dynamics behaviour of a power system. Discussions during the test led to agreements to be implemented in the post-IOP versions of the IEC standards and the CGMES. The implementation schedule for the tested CGMES is subject to ENTSO-E decision later this year. The final test report will be published in September 2013.