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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - July 2013

Achieving Smart Asset Management

Smart grid efforts have resulted in the creation of huge amounts of data due to the widespread deployment of automated metering, phasor measurement units and other intelligent electronic devices. Using this data to effectively manage assets with the objective of balancing performance, costs and risks in the context of shrinking budgets and tight regulatory requirements is the ultimate goal of smart asset management.

A Perspective on Enterprise GIS in India

The integration of Enterprise GIS with different aspects of a smart grid can improve the efficiency of a utility’s electrical system, enable intelligent demand side management and enhance energy security through sustainable business intelligence. Wider application of GIS will be particularly useful in India, where consumption monitoring, detection of tampering and reduction of commercial and technical line losses are high priorities.

Industrial Innovation and the Smart Grid

Realization of the smart grid depends on technology development, standards development and policy development. Technical innovation is key but will not yield all possible rewards unless standards are harmonized and national policy is consistently geared to produce all the social benefits desired.

Developing Advocacy for a Smarter Grid

The power grid has not had a transforming step change that is recognized by customers in 100 years. Some new capabilities and technologies have been added along the way, but at the end of the day the consumers get the same service they have been accustomed to and their parents before them. So what can we do to generate the kind of buzz around the smart grid that has accompanied quantum leaps in technology and functionality in other industries?

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

Siri VaradanSiri Varadan, a senior member of IEEE, is a vice president with UISOL, an ALSTOM company, and leads UISOL’s Asset Management Practice.
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Alekhya DattaAlekhya Datta is a research associate at TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute (formerly, TATA Energy Research Institute).
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Parimita MohantyParimita Mohanty is a doctoral research scholar at IIT, Delhi, a fellow at TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute, and an adjunct lecturer at TERI University.
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Danielle MerfeldDanielle Merfeld, an IEEE member, is is Technology Director, Electrical Technologies & Systems at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York.
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William F. Jones, Jr.William F. Jones, Jr. is Director of the Smart Energy Solutions Program for Massachusetts at National Grid.
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