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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - November 2011

Addressing Power Intermittency and Long-Distance Transmission with High-Temperature Superconductor Technology

As energy demand increases and electricity is sourced from alternative resources, grid modernization is a must. Integration of renewable energy into a growing power system brings a host of new challenges, some of which can be addressed with high-temperature superconductor technology.

Why All the Excitement About the Smart Grid?

A portion of Southern California abruptly lost power on September 8, 2011, inconveniencing some 6 million people. Grid-related outages, not counting those affecting the distribution network during storms, hurricanes and tornadoes, occur with regularity and are more than mere annoyances.

Better, Quicker Vehicle-electrification Standards

A strategic partnership in vehicular technology related to the smart grid between IEEE and SAE International is only about a year old but already is producing results. One prime example is SAE International's work on a prototype charging coupler that leverages technology standardized by IEEE.

Data Analytics for Utility Communications Networks

President Harry S. Truman said, "There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know." Knowing how complex data management challenges have been resolved in telecom by means of advanced analytics will help bring smart grid benefits to utilities and consumers.

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 MaguireJim Maguire is Senior Vice President of Engineering and Grid Segment, at American Superconductor.
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Fereidoon P. SioshansiFereidoon P. Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics and the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter. Read More


Jack PokrzywaJack Pokrzywa, as International Director of the SAE Ground Vehicle Standards, is responsible for the overall performance of the SAE Ground Vehicle Standards...
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Mary ReidyMary Reidy is a staff member of National Grid’s Smart Technology Center in Liverpool, N.Y. where she is responsible for identification of...
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Christine HertzogChristine Hertzog, Managing Director of the Smart Grid Library, has over 20 years of experience managing successful introductions of...
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