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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - August 2013

Delivering Customer Value by Using Performance Metrics

The grid is made to serve electricity consumers. They deserve to know how they can benefit, both individually and as a group, from innovations. What is more, they deserve to be shown how they actually are benefiting in practice. Three states are demonstrating how development of consumer metrics can get that vital job done.

A Medium-term Vision for Grid Controls

A new report from IEEE, “Vision for Smart Grid Controls: 2030 and Beyond,” explores what is implied by a power system that can gather any and all available information, facilitate the functioning of resilient transmission and distribution networks, shape any and all loads that are responsive, and allocate all dispatchable generators, storage and electric vehicles to deliver reliable and affordable power everywhere and at all times.

Power System Flexibility

Increasingly, power systems will incorporate distributed “smart technologies,” flexible communication, a wide variety of digital devices on the power systems, and distributed command and control systems. In this new world, flexibility will be key—flexibility of generation resources, flexibility of the transmission and distribution system, flexibility at the consumer level, and flexibility of the market to incentivize the power system to account for variability.

The Case for a Distributed Communications Architecture

To date, for both technical and economic reasons, the distribution grid has provided utilities with the least visibility regarding operations. Distributed intelligence allows utilities to operate most efficiently, in effect “delegating” decisions that can be made autonomously in the field rather than backhauling volumes of data to make a simple decision and issue a command accordingly.

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.


Patty DurandPatty Durand is the Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a consumer-focused nonprofit.
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Anuradha AnnaswamyAnuradha Annaswamy, is Director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory and a Senior Research Scientist in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT.
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Clark W. GellingsClark W. Gellings, a fellow at the Electric Power Research Institute, has had a long career in technical management at EPRI, serving in seven vice-presidential positions.
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Arshad MansoorArshad Mansoor is Senior Vice President, Research and Development for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
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Ron SchoffRon Schoff is the manager of the Technology Innovation (TI) program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
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Donald PollockDonald Pollock is Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ambient Corporation, a smart grid communications firm in Newton, Massachusetts, and supplier of the Ambient Smart Grid Node.
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