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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - January 2014

The IEEE Smart Grid Initiative: What’s Ahead in 2014?

The New Year brings many exciting opportunities and changes for the IEEE Smart Grid Community. Former Chair Ms. Wanda Reder, under whose leadership the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative has thrived for four years, stepped down in December. Since 2009, Ms. Reder’s leadership helped grow a small group of smart grid experts into a full-fledged IEEE community with over 5,340 members. Her open and collaborative approach has enabled wholesome participation across IEEE. Please join me in thanking her for pioneering the IEEE initiative through her vision and leadership.

Assessing Market Power in Deregulated Electricity Markets

Examples of market manipulation in deregulated power systems abound, and so we need to be able to identify market power and prevent its exercise. Market power analysis needs to be put on a firmer foundation, one that connects short-term and long-term perspectives and takes into account both economic fundamentals and the physical characteristics of transmission systems.

Distribution System Synchrophasor-based Control Systems

Demonstration projects in the UK are evaluating the use of phasor measurement units in wind generation control and microgrid management. But the potential of PMUs in distribution systems does not end there. They also will find application in phase balancing using three-phase measurement, improved state estimation, locating faults in distribution systems with generation, short circuit capacity identification, and improved modelling and efficient reinforcement planning, among other things.

Integrating Distributed Resources into Wholesale Markets and Grid Operations

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) encompasses distributed generation including combined heat and power, wind and photovoltaic systems, demand response, energy storage, vehicle-to-grid systems and microgrid. DER will have impacts on system operations and energy markets, which will require grid and energy market operations to embrace it. But what will be DER’s impacts, and how can we model DER economics and adoption from the user point of view?

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

Massoud AminMassoud Amin, a senior member of IEEE, is chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative.
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Subhonmesh BoseSubhonmesh Bose is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
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Chenye WuChenye Wu is a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Adam WiermanAdam Wierman is a professor in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology.
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Hamed Mohsenian-RadHamed Mohsenian-Rad is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of California at Riverside.
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Jay GiriJay Giri, an IEEE Fellow, is Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at ALSTOM Grid in Redmond, Washington.
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Douglas WilsonDouglas Wilson is Chief Technology Officer for Psymetrix Ltd, an Alstom company.
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Dr. Ralph MasielloRalph Masiello, an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and an IEEE Life Fellow, is DNV GL’s Innovation Director and Senior Vice President.
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