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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - May 2012

What the Semantic Web Will Mean for Smart Grids

A really smart grid will, among other things, allow network control strategies to be adjusted to a dynamically changing environment so as to meet the requirements of all stakeholders. The adoption of advanced techniques that are being developed in the semantic web initiative will make grids more intelligent by automatically adjusting the situation of the network to the connection and to the removal of resources available to participate in the operation of the network.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure Using Wireless Broadband Networks

Advanced metering with two-way communications has the potential to make meters a core element of an integrated system to better manage utility services. But what kind of communications are appropriate? Smart meter traffic is characterized by small session duration, limited mobility and large number of devices, and as such is not handled efficiently by existing wireless broadband access networks run the usual way.

Challenges of Generation Dispatch for Smart Grid

As power resources become more distributed, systems more conducive to demand-response, and generation more intermittent, efficient and robust system operation will depend critically on the ability of new dispatch methods to provide a better predictive, forward-looking and holistic view of system conditions and generation patterns.

The Complexity of Smart Grids

As generally envisaged, the smart grid is not only a complicated system made of many parts, but also a complex system—one in which overall behavior cannot not be directly inferred from the behavior of the individual components, and one that no single entity can control, monitor and manage in real-time. Because it is complex, distributed control is more than a convenience; it is required.

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.


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Ronald MaoRonald Mao is a member of IEEE and a contributor to 3G/4G wireless standards. His research interests include communication protocols and...
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Vibhor JulkaVibhor Julka received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has over 17 years of...
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Kwok W. CheungKwok W. Cheung is the R&D Director, Market Management Systems at Alstom Grid in Redmond, Washington...
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Antonello MontiAntonello Monti, a senior member of IEEE, received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering...
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Ferdinanda PonciFerdinanda Ponci, a senior member of IEEE, received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering...
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