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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - May 2013

How one University Plans to Achieve Zero-Net-Carbon by 2050

The ability to collect real time data from a variety of building automation systems and metering devices, and to integrate that data to provide detailed, campus-wide energy demand and consumption indicators, has been critical to the University of Minnesota’s energy efficiency success and its continued progress towards carbon neutrality.

The Relationship Between Smart Grids and Smart Cities

In a smart city, energy, water, transportation, public health and safety, and other key services are managed in concert to support smooth operation of critical infrastructure while providing for a clean, economic and safe environment in which to live, work and play. Timely logistics information will be gathered and supplied to the public by all means available, but particularly through social media networks. Conservation, efficiency and safety will all be greatly enhanced.

One State’s Model of Collaborative Public-Private Planning

Minnesota’s Xcel Energy has worked closely with state regulators, legislators and planners to help achieve ambitious goals for renewables, energy efficiency and conservation, and emissions reductions. Impressive gains have been made, as scheduled, because of clear goals, a supportive regulatory framework and involvement of all important stakeholders.

The Three E’s of End User Engagement

Utilities need to develop articulated strategies for end user engagement to ensure the success of smart grid rollouts. Only a meaningful customer experience of enablement, empowerment and education will produce the fully engaged end user who fully exploits what the smart grid has to offer and paves the way to the smart city and a smarter planet.

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.


Jim GreenJim Green is Assistant Director of Energy Management at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities Campus. He is responsible for energy efficiency, facilities engineering and building automation.
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Ken GeislerKen Geisler is Vice President of Strategy for Siemens Smart Grid in the United States. He has over 30 years of management and technical experience in defining, designing, developing and implementing large integrated solutions in the energy industry.
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Judy M. PoferlJudy M. Poferl is president and CEO, Northern States Power Company-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy Company. She is responsible for the company’s electric and natural gas operations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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Rahul AggarwalRahul Aggarwal is a Senior Global Product and Marketing Management Executive and has held various positions with Siemens globally. He has lead teams on Strategy, Marketing, Product & Solutions Management and Sales in Asia Pacific and North America.
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