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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - November 2013

A Multi-Agent Approach to Smart Grid Control Architecture

Control systems play an ever-increasing role in critical infrastructure performance and protection. But today’s designs fall far short of being the widely imagined highly autonomous and flexible systems that are supposed to be at the heart of efficient, effective and resilient critical infrastructure. A multi-agent philosophy has been proposed as a notional architecture to decompose these control system dynamics and interdependencies in a smarter grid.

Harmonizing Edison and Tesla with HVDC and Microgrids

We envision a drastically different electric grid than what exists today, one with efficient markets, idealized grid-pervasive demand-response, rapid real-time end-point control, smart peripheries and fully coordinated networks of microgrids, synergistic electrified transportation, green and automated distribution systems and efficient AC-DC transmission systems. That kind of grid will effectively and securely meet demands of a pervasively digital society in the face of extreme events and climate change while ensuring a high quality of life and fueling economic growth.

Growing Photovoltaic Gardens in Rural America

Some of the more progressive electric cooperatives in the United States are helping their consumers overcome barriers to residential installation of photovoltaic arrays by building solar gardens, also known as community solar projects. Examples are found not just in the sunny Southwest but also in chilly and sometimes sun-starved upper northern states, as well.

Developing the Next Generation Electricity Professional

Inspired by Six Sigma improvement processes and the LEED green building standards, the Perfect Power Institute has developed PEER, a methodology for assessing performance, designing improvements and making the financial case for investment in electric power sustainability. The program helps industry professionals produce higher levels of performance, including grids that are safer, better for the environment, more robust and more efficient.

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

Craig RiegerCraig Rieger, a senior member of IEEE, leads Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
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Massoud AminMassoud Amin is a senior member of IEEE and chairman of the IEEE smart grid newsletter.
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Steven E. CollierSteven E. Collier is Vice President of Business Development at Milsoft Utility Solutions.
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John KellyJohn Kelly is executive director at the Perfect Power Institute.
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