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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - December 2011

Playing in the Smart Grid Sandbox to Achieve Zero Net Energy

The University of Minnesota has built a microgrid at its Morris campus that is a microcosm of what eventually could be the norm everywhere. The campus, highly reliant on locally generated renewable energy, is almost self-sustaining in terms of energy and net-zero in terms of carbon. The next step will be to reduce energy use and improve efficiency, with the introduction of time-of-day pricing schemes.

Cross-layer Design and Control for Smart Grid

Power systems can be seen as having vertical technical layers and horizontal management layers; for overall optimization, each set of layers needs a cross-layer control mechanism. In designing such controls for a variety of functions, care must be taken to respect the integrity and independence of the vertical and horizontal stacks.

Resolution of Interference Issues Will Make Power Line Communications an Attractive Option

The smart grid will employ many kinds of communications technologies, ranging from fiberoptics to wireless and to wireline, including Power Line Communications and broadband access modes like xDSL. Among the wireline options, several PLC technologies are already available or being standardized. But this wide availability of PLC technologies also has some drawbacks.

Kentucky’s Smart Grid Roadmap

In an effort to reduce its near-total dependence on coal, prepare for the prospect of lower coal exports, diversify its generation mix, modernize its grid and serve as a model to other states, Kentucky has been developing a comprehensive smart grid roadmap. Already, the roadmap team has obtained illuminating input from the state's utilities.

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.


Massoud AminMassoud Amin is a senior member of IEEE, chairman of the IEEE smart grid newsletter, and a fellow of ASME.
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Anthony M. GiacomoniAnthony M. Giacomoni, a student member of IEEE, is currently a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota. Read More


Yukio HiranakaYukio Hiranaka is a senior member of IEEE and a professor at Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Japan.
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Stefano GalliStefano Galli is the Director of Technology Strategy at ASSIA, leading overall standardization strategy and contributing to its efforts in wired & wireless access...
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Adel S. ElmaghrabyAdel S. Elmaghraby, an IEEE Senior Member, is professor and chair of the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Louisville.
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James H. GrahamJames H. Graham, an IEEE senior member, is the Henry Vogt Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Louisville...
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Matthew TurnerMatthew Turner is a post-doctoral associate at the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.
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