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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Interview with Stefano Galli

Stefano Galli is an IEEE Fellow, and an elected member-at-large of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Board of Governors. He is chair of the IEEE ComSoc Ad-Hoc Committee on Smart Grid Communications; director of Smart Grid activities for the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Power Line Communications; and a member of the Energy and Policy Committee of IEEE-USA.

In this interview, Dr. Stefano Galli discusses the need for a holistic understanding of Smart Grid. He explains that a system-wide view of Smart Grid is fundamental to effective research and development and to network design.

Question: Smart Grid means different things to different people. How do you view the Smart Grid and how do you define it?

Interview with Russell Lefevre

Russell Lefevre is Chair of the IEEE Steering Committee on Electric Vehicles. He is a Fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past president of IEEE-USA and the Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society. In these and other roles at IEEE, he is helping the organization and the industry understand the opportunities and challenges EVs will bring to the Smart Grid.

In this interview, Russell Lefevre discusses the roles electric vehicles play in the Smart Grid, the benefits they provide to the environment and national security, and the technical, commercial and regulatory challenges that influence EV deployments and acceptance.

Question: Why are electric vehicles important to the Smart Grid?

Interview with Kai Strunz

Kai Strunz is Vice Chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Distributed Generation and Energy Storage subcommittee and Secretary of the Research in Power and Energy Education subcommittee. He also is Professor of Electrical Engineering at Berlin University of Technology. Kai Strunz is helping Berlin University of Technology to organize the IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe 2012 conference in October 2012.

Kai Strunz describes the many advantages of eMobility and how it will integrate with Smart Grid.

Question: How is Berlin University of Technology involved in Smart Grid?

Interview with Saifur Rahman

Saifur Rahman is an IEEE Fellow. He also serves as Vice President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society. He is the Joseph R. Loring Professor at Virginia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Saifur Raman's research interests include Smart Grid, alternate energy, demand response and critical infrastructure assessment and modeling.

Saifur Rahman talks about the importance of education, awareness, best practices and communicating with consumers about the possibilities that Smart Grid can make available to them.

Question: What is Smart Grid?

Interview with Cheri Warren

Cheri Warren serves as Division VII Director Elect for IEEE Board of Directors, Power & Energy and Vice President of Asset Management for National Grid where she is responsible for investing about a half a billion dollars each year on Tandy assets...

Cheri Warren explains how Smart Grid is going to touch every person on the planet in some fashion or another and provide consumers with more choice.

Question: What is your definition of Smart Grid?

Interview with Bill Ash

Bill Ash is Strategic Program Manager of the IEEE Standards Association. Ash leads the IEEE Standards Association's Smart Grid efforts by providing strategic oversight and collaborating the association's activities internally and externally.

Bill Ash discusses the importance of the standards process and the need for collaboration and partnerships in order to establish Smart Grid technologies and accelerate their market acceptance.

Question: Is the IEEE Standards Association only involved in standards development with respect to Smart Grid, or is it involved other activities?

Interview with Lina Bertling

Lina Bertling has been nominated as Treasurer of IEEE Power & Energy Society 2012/2013. She holds the Chair of Professor in Sustainable Electric Power Systems and is the Head of the Division of Electric Power Engineering, at the Department of Energy and Environment, at Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Lina Bertling sheds light on the critical need for Smart Grid's developers to embrace flexibility and think about what Smart Grid will look like tomorrow as they develop and implement it today.

Question: What role does the IEEE play in Smart Grid on a global basis?

Interview with Bob Saint

Bob Saint is Chairman of the IEEE P1547.2 (Application Guide for IEEE 1547 Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems) Working Group, IEEE P1547.7 (Draft Guide to Conducting Distribution Impact Studies for Distributed Resource Interconnection) Working Group...

Bob Saint provides perspective on the unique relationship that utility cooperatives enjoy with their customers and how improved communication and trust between consumers and service providers will smooth the road to Smart Grid.

Question: What does Smart Grid mean to you?

Interview with Chuck Adams

Dr. Adams served as President of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in 2009-2010, chaired the IEEE-SA’s Board of Governors and represented the IEEE-SA on the IEEE Board of Directors. Today he serves the IEEE Board of Directors as Chair of Public Visibility. He is also distinguished standards strategist at Huawei. .

In this interview, Chuck Adams discusses regulatory factors influencing Smart Grid’s development in Asia, Europe and the United States. He explains the IEEE Standards Association’s role to help create Smart Grid standards and the need for better coordination among standards groups for Smart Grid.

Question: We are beginning to see notable variations in how some regions and countries are preparing to evolve to Smart Grid. What are the most important strategic trends to be aware of right now?

Interview with Daniel Kirschen

Daniel S. Kirschen was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009 and Chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Computer and Analytical Methods Subcommittee from 2004-2009. In 2011 Daniel was appointed Close Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. From 1994 to 2010, he was Professor of Electrical Energy Systems and Head of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems research group at the University of Manchester (previously UMIST) in the U.K.

Daniel Kirschen speaks about Smart Grid’s important role in combating climate change and how its technology can help people adopt new energy saving lifestyles.

Question: How do you define Smart Grid?