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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Interview with Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco is the President of EIT ICT Labs Italy and Italy Node Director (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). His background is in math and computer science. Up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America.

QUESTION: Shouldn't concerned departments/companies elevate people’s awareness... starting with speaking their language, and not stopping there?

Interview with Dr. Lucia Gauchia

Lucia GauchiaDr. Lucia Gauchia was appointed in 2013, the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Assistant Professor of Energy Storage Systems at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University.

In this interview, Dr. Lucia Gauchia answers questions regarding a system level approach to energy storage that is particularly useful for grid applications. During Dr. Lucia Gauchia's IEEE Smart Grid webinar, she reviewed the different technologies, and what opportunities and challenges consumers at all levels in all markets face.

QUESTION: How do flow batteries work?

Interview with Laney Brown

Laney Brown is the Director of Smart Grid Planning and Programs at Iberdrola USA. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for the planning and deployment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure ("AMI") program at Central Maine Power.

In this interview, Laney Brown answers questions regarding the importance of grid reliability—particularly as it pertains to outage challenges and more. Iberdrola USA has leveraged the US Department of Energy’s Value of Service model to articulate the value of Smart Grid investments. During Laney Brown’s IEEE Smart Grid webinar, two case studies were presented: One that demonstrates the value of service and reliability as part of a business case to regulators and a second that highlights the use of the model to compare traditional reliability investments to Smart Grid investments for capital planning.

QUESTION: With so many workers telecommuting today, you do not seem to be accounting for the true cost of residential outages. Can you comment?

Interview with Clark Gellings

Clark GellingsClark Gellings is an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and a life fellow of IEEE. An internationally prominent expert on the electricity system, he is well-known for his contributions in demand-side management and smart grid research.

In this interview, Clark Gellings discusses the importance of grid modernization. He emphasizes the role it will play in improving system control and visibility and transforming the industry’s ability to deliver innovative value-added services to electricity consumers. He asserts that an integrated grid is needed to realize the full value of all connected resources and encourages industry participants to collaborate to achieve this vision.

QUESTION: The smart grid is often discussed within the context of grid modernization. How important is modernization compared to a “smart” grid theme, in your opinion?

Interview with Steven Collier – Part 1

Steven CollierSteven E. Collier is Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Milsoft Utility Solutions. Operating from his office in Austin, Texas, he assists Milsoft with corporate business development and industry relations.

In this part one interview, IEEE Smart Grid Expert Steve Collier explains how the Internet, which until now has primarily connected people to other people and things, is rapidly becoming more about connecting things directly to things. The electric utility grids in developed economies are transforming from a few, large loosely connected, monolithic, centrally monitored and controlled grids to many, smaller networks with distributed, autonomous monitoring and control.

QUESTION: Is the Internet of Things (IoT) a concept or a technology? How come IoT is related to the smart grid?

Interview with John McDonald

John McDonaldJohn D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy Management’s Digital Energy business, and has 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry.

In this interview, IEEE Smart Grid Expert John McDonald provides a basic introduction to smart grid from multiple stakeholder perspectives, including the current state of smart grid applications, communications, and a summary of the most successful smart grid implementation to date.

Question: What percentage of customers preferred social media? How was this information obtained? And the sources?

Interview with Veronika Rabl and Damir Novosel on the IEEE Joint Task Force QER response

Veronika Rabl and Damir Novosel

The IEEE draft QER report on the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review is open for comment.

IEEE QER Joint Task Force leaders Veronika Rabl and Damir Novosel discuss IEEE's unprecedented response to the new White House Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) initiative, invited by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), talk candidly about how quickly the IEEE Joint Task Force of knowledgeable volunteers across multiple societies was formed and able to deliver a draft response to the DOE priority issues in record time.

Interview with Mike Andrews

Mike AndrewsMike Andrews is a senior member of IEEE and a Region 6 Director. An active IEEE volunteer, he has served on the IEEE Public Visibility, GOLD, N&A, IB&SC and Awards committees. He has a strong commitment to STEM education programs and serves as president of the Smart Education Foundation, which created and promotes the SMART Competition.

In this interview, Mike Andrews discusses the importance of STEM education for high school students and describes the volunteer-led SMART Competition, which aims to increase understanding of smart grid concepts at the high school level. Mr. Andrews discusses the value of the competition to students and industry and invites IEEE members and societies to lend their support to the program.

Question: You are one of the founders of the SMART Competition for high school students. Could you provide a brief overview of the competition?

Interview with Hugo Bashualdo

Hugo BashualdoHugo Bashualdo is an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and an authority on electrundefinedic utility distribution planning in the new Smart Grid era.

In this wide-ranging interview, Hugo Bashualdo discusses some of the planning and engineering challenges utilities are encountering as they incorporate Smart Grid technologies into their distribution systems. He has advice for addressing voltage and power quality problems, suggestions for creating strong business arguments for Smart Grid applications, and recommendations for maximizing the value of pilot projects. He also emphasizes the importance of communications systems planning, reviews of working procedures, and safety training of technical personnel.

Question: You work closely with utilities that are deploying Smart Grid technologies. What are the most important challenges utilities are dealing with today, and how can they address these challenges?

Interview with Massoud Amin

Massoud AminMassoud Amin, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A senior member of IEEE, he chairs the IEEE Control Systems Society’s Technical Committee on Smart Grids, and serves as the chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.

In this interview, Massoud Amin articulates lessons learned one year after Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impacts on the eastern United States. Amin discusses broad, societal concerns, engineering challenges, consumer issues and grid modernization proposals from two affected utilities.

Question: What did we learn from Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on dozens of utilities and millions of people? Did smart grid play a role in reducing impacts and/or restoring power?