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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - January 2012

From Today's Distribution System to Tomorrow's Smart Distribution

Emerging smart grid technologies are accelerating the transformation of the distribution system into the smart distribution system of the future. New operating techniques and design practices will be developed to continue improving the reliability of the distribution system. Engineers will develop tools and applications to be integrated with today's technologies so as to ensure the resilience of the distribution system and to achieve a self-healing grid.

KEMA’s New Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory

As we all know, today's smart grid initiatives have given rise to multiple emerging products and services from a growing number of suppliers. Utilities want choices among vendors' products. As smart grid technologies mature, the need to ensure interoperability of products from multiple vendors will become significant. Although standards-setting organizations strive to provide a level of safety, quality and consistence in their products, traditional laboratory environments cannot guarantee that products form multiple vendors will interoperate smoothly when combined in the real world. As smart grid interoperability standards are relatively new on the scene, it is all the more important to ensure the end-to-end integration and compatibility of technologies to be deployed.

A Migration Path for Legacy Distribution Protection and Control Systems

In the journey towards a smarter and more dynamic operational future, distribution utilities will have to significantly modify traditional practices of protection and control. Fortunately, existing and emerging standards offer a clearly demarcated pathway to the new world of automated power delivery.

What the Power Industry Has to Learn about Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure

Although advanced metering infrastructures enable more dynamic generation, distribution and consumption, smart meters, wireless repeaters and routers must operate in physically unprotected environments and communicate with potentially hostile consumer systems. What is more, expanded bandwidth requirements tempt system designers to rely on non-dedicated and often un-trusted networks because of their lower costs. A combination of expanded cyber dependencies and greater public exposure will increase potential impacts from software vulnerabilities discovered within these systems. Thus, software vulnerability management is more problematic than ever.

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

Georges SimardGeorges Simard, an IEEE senior member, is a power engineer consultant. He worked in distribution network development for more than 30 years...
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George Larry ClarkGeorge Larry Clark, an IEEE senior member, is principal engineer, power delivery, with Alabama Power Company, where he supports distribution SCADA...
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Robert UluskiRobert Uluski, an IEEE member, is technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he leads R&D activities in advanced...
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Harry StepheyHarry Stephey is an IEEE member and has over 40 years of experience in engineering management, product development and project management.
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Nirmal-Kumar C. NairNirmal-Kumar C. Nair, a senior member of IEEE, is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering...
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Momen BahadornejadMomen Bahadornejad, a member of IEEE, works as a research associate at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering...
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Manimaran GovindarasuManimaran Govindarasu is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University...
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Adam HahnAdam Hahn, a student member of IEEE, is a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering...
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Contributors

Hao LiangHao Liang, a student member of IEEE, is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo.
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Weihua ZhuangWeihua Zhuang, an IEEE fellow, has been a professor at the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, since 1993.
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Xuemin (Sherman) Shen Xuemin (Sherman) Shen is a professor and University Research Chair in the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada.
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Kerry CheungKerry Cheung is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow. He has an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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William ParksWilliam Parks serves as the Principal Technical Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE).
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Anjan BoseAnjan Bose is a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Energy at DOE. He is on leave from Washington State University where he is Regents Professor.
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Xi FangXi Fang (IEEE Student Member) received his B.S and M.E from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
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Satyajayant MisraSatyajayant Misra, an IEEE member, is an assistant professor in computer science at New Mexico State University. He serves on the editorial boards for several IEEE journals.
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Guoliang XueGuoliang Xue, an IEEE fellow, is a professor of computer science at Arizona State University. He is an associate editor of two IEEE publications.

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Dejun YangDejun Yang (IEEE Student Member) received his B.S. from Peking University, Beijing, in 2007. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University.
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RobertsBrad Roberts, a senior life member of IEEE, is the Power Quality Systems Director in the power quality products division at S&C Electric Company.
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