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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - January 2013

Cooperative Wireless Networking for Smart Grid

With cooperative wireless networking—a model allowing for coordinated operation among two or more wireless networks outfitted with dual or multi-mode communication devices—utilities are able to improve power system operation efficiency and reliability by acquiring more accurate and timely information. At the same time, customers can benefit from reduced energy bills and higher power quality.

DOE’s Strategic Plan for Grid Modernization

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Tech Team, utilizing the convening power of government, the capabilities and expertise within DOE and targeted RD&D investments and initiatives, is building collaborations and catalyzing the industry to modernize the grid by enhancing the visibility, understanding and flexibility of the electric power system.

Substation-Scale and Community Energy Storage

Energy storage systems, essential for balancing dynamic sources and loads across electric power grids worldwide, can address renewable energy intermittency and integration, manage larger and less predictable peak demands from electric vehicles and other loads, and enable secure microgrids. Community Energy Storage, in particular, and substation-scale batteries, have a key role to play.

How Smart Devices, Online Social Networks and the Cloud Will Affect the Smart Grid's Evolution

Information and communication technologies will play an essential role in the next-generation electrical grid system—the smart grid. And yet at the same time, information and communication technologies are themselves in the midst of a sea change, driven by market transformations in smart devices, online social networks and the cloud.

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.


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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