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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - June 2012

Largest U.S. Smart Grid Demo Project Is Set to Roll

With all system infrastructure in place and utilities finishing up the installation of smart grid asset systems across the Pacific Northwest region, a transactive control system will "go live" this fall, allowing the installed assets to start responding to electric power conditions. Though questions will remain, we believe we are taking a significant step that will move the nation closer to a more efficient, sustainable and resilient power system.

Virtualization of the Evolving Power Grid

Power grid information processing is becoming increasingly important as we transition to smart grid architectures that collect and analyze massive data. Groups at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed tools to help utilities manage the greater flows of information. But the data collection and analysis center itself could become a failure point during major disruptions when situational awareness is most desperately needed. Ultimately, cloud-computing infrastructure will allow for secure virtual information and analysis centers that can distribute results to a large number of analysts, including operational personnel, regardless of their physical locations.

How Can We Profit from Operational Monitoring of Key Smart Grid Components?

The power system infrastructures in Europe and the United States have attained a venerable age, and as a result, many components are due for replacement. At the same time, the way in which components are operated changes drastically in a smart grid setting. How then can we ensure sufficient reliability for the grid of tomorrow? We claim that operational monitoring of key components is a necessary requirement.

What Can Distribution Planning Learn from Transmission?

The challenges to distribution planning in harnessing some smart grid technologies are described at a high level, with observations about the potential impacts and lessons that distribution utility executives and planning engineers can expect in the years ahead. In effect, distribution planning faces complex analytical challenges of a kind long familiar to transmission planners.

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.


Carl ImhoffCarl Imhoff manages the electricity infrastructure market sector within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Energy and Environment Directorate.
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Olufemi OmitaomuOlufemi Omitaomu is a research scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Alexandre SorokineAlexandre Sorokine is an R&D research member in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Varun ChandolaVarun Chandola is a research scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Andrea CavalliniAndrea Cavallini, an IEEE member, has been an associate professor at Bologna University since 1998, and worked as a researcher at Ferrara University...
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Gian Carlo MontanariGian Carlo Montanari, an IEEE fellow, is professor of electrical technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Bologna...
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Peter MorshuisPeter Morshuis, an IEEE member, is an associate professor of high voltage engineering at the Delft University of Technology.
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Hugo R. BashualdoHugo Bashualdo, an IEEE member, is Senior Manager, Smart Grid Consulting, at Siemens Power Technologies International.
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Brian D. GemmellBrian Gemmell, an IEEE member, is General Manager of Siemens Power Technologies International, in Schenectady, N.Y.
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