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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - October 2011

Arrival of Smart Appliances Is a Milestone on the Path to the Smart Grid

Smart appliances are providing residential power consumers with insight into their energy use, facilitating energy-efficient and eco-friendly behavior. As such appliances become widespread, we may see residential consumers reduce demand on a large scale without being unduly inconvenienced.

Keeping Guard on Power Quality for Better Quality of Service

With much more comprehensive data and faster, denser communications, it is possible now to keep a much closer watch on volts and Vars (Volt-amperes reactive). The implications for grid stability and quality of service are more far-reaching than you might suppose.

The Role of Demand Side Management

Whether in the form of direct load control or real-time pricing, demand-side management should be an essential ingredient of the smart grid. To induce residential consumers to participate, energy companies may need to offer billing discounts and be sensitive to how electricity consumption preferences vary with time of day.

Future Grids Will Not Be Controllable Without Thinking Machines

The monitoring, optimization and control systems for smart grids will require computerized intelligent systems to handle the increased variability and uncertainties caused by increased penetration of intermittent renewable energy resources. What principles will govern the design of such systems and where do we find them?

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.


Abiodun IwayemiAbiodun Iwayemi is an IEEE Student member and PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago...
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Chi ZhouChi Zhou received bachelor’s degrees in automation and business administration from Tsinghua University...
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Richard WalshRichard Walsh is an application services director in the global strategic solutions group at S&C Electric Company...
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Pedram SamadiPedram Samadi received bachelor's and master's degrees from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran...
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Hamed Mohsenian-RadHamed Mohsenian-Rad received a master's degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University...
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Vincent W.S. WongVincent W.S. Wong is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering...
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Robert SchoberRobert Schober is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Electrical...
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Ganesh Kumar VenayagamoorthyGanesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy a senior member of IEEE, is a professor of electrical and computer engineering...
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