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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - August 2012

What Next for Energy Storage?

Prospects for wide integration of energy storage into grid systems will be enhanced with the development of market mechanisms that allow for coordinated trading of charge and discharge time. However, introduction of such mechanisms represent a challenge to traditional thinking and require added complexity and computation. Conceptually, energy storage straddles our conventional categories of transmission, distribution and generation.

Smart Grid Implementation in Sacramento

With little prior experience to draw from other energy companies, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District is trying out a wide array of smart grid technologies. The goal is to develop a roadmap for large-scale deployment. Prominent elements include smart metering, time of use and peak pricing, microgrid islanding and energy storage.

Lessons to Be Learned from a Demand Response Implementation

Make sure top management is onboard from the start; spell out all the operational implications of investments made; see that qualified managerial staff are available to complete all required tasks; adopt a business process methodology; and, not least, have a comprehensive plan.

How Advanced Metering Can Contribute to Distribution Automation

Traditional distribution automation typically consists of feeder devices such as reclosers, switches, fault current indicators and capacitor banks, which improve reliability and network performance. However, a major obstacle to realizing many automated functions is the lack of a ubiquitous communications network across the distribution grid. To overcome this barrier, utilities are eying the synergistic benefits advanced metering can bring.

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.

Contributors

Ralph D. MasielloRalph D. Masiello, an IEEE fellow, is Innovation Director and Senior Vice President at KEMA in Chalfont, Pa.
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Jim ParksJim Parks, an IEEE member, is a program manager in the smart grid department at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
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Robert M. Simpson IIIRobert M. Simpson III, a registered professional engineer, is Major Project Manager, Smart Grid—Distribution System Demand Response...
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David G. HartDavid G. Hart, a senior member of IEEE, is Senior Vice President, Systems & Products, at Elster Solutions LLC, in Raleigh, N.C.
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