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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - April 2013

True Grid: A look at New York’s Smart Grid Initiative

Providing grid operators a true picture of system conditions with technology that enhances visibility and situational awareness will strengthen the reliability, security and efficiency of the electric system. The New York Independent System Operator’s Smart Grid Investment Grant project and its new state-of-the-art power control center integrate phasor measurement units and capacitor banks with grid operations.

Conservation Voltage Regulation: An Energy Efficiency Resource

With the adoption of smart grid technologies, Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) promises greater efficiencies than ever before. But because its benefits accrue mainly to customers and its costs to utilities, CVR is not being adopted as widely as it could be. Allowing CVR energy savings to be treated as a certified energy efficiency resource can change that picture for the better.

One Man's Journey to the Self-Healing Grid

While developing mathematical models for keeping aloft individual aircraft, whole squadrons, or end-to-end systems for the U.S. DoD logistics networks after suffering damage, Massoud Amin, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, discovered how power systems and interdependent coupled networks for fuel supply, energy and power, communication and energy markets could be retrofitted or designed to automatically stabilize and correct themselves. He carried those ideas first to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and then to the University of Minnesota, where he holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership.

Power Industry Is Embracing Automated Demand Response Standard

Automated demand response connects utility needs with customers’ resources and is a win-win for both parties. Peak loads are being shaved, grid reliability is being enhanced, the share of renewable generation footprints is increasing, utility costs are dropping, and customers—commercial, industrial and residential—are seeing reductions in costs as well. Meanwhile, a comprehensive standard for automated demand response is rapidly gaining popularity.

About the Smart Grid Newsletter

A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.


Stephen G. WhitleyStephen G. Whitley, an IEEE member, is NYISO President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining NYISO in July 2008, he served for seven years as senior vice president and COO of ISO New England.
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Kellogg L. WarnerKellogg L. Warner, an IEEE member, is Executive Vice President, Applied Energy Group, and has more than 30 years’ experience in energy services for the electric and gas utility industry, and 15 years as chief executive of major energy consulting and service firms.
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Ron WilloughbyRon Willoughby , a senior member of IEEE, is an executive consultant with more than 39 years’ experience in electric power systems planning and operation, focusing on reliability, power quality, energy efficiency and automation.
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Massoud AminMassoud Amin, a senior member of IEEE, chairman of the IEEE smart grid newsletter, and a fellow of ASME, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota.
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Ed KochEd Koch is Senior Fellow in Honeywell Building Solutions and is a co-founder of and chief technology officer at Akuacom, Inc., a leader in automated demand response software, which Honeywell International acquired in May 2010.
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Tariq SamadTariq Samad, an IEEE Fellow, is Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions and the Vice President for the American Automatic Control Council. He is a board member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and a former member of the IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee.
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