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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Interview with Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy

Dr. Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy is Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Chairs the Intelligent Systems Subcommittee and Intelligent Control Systems Working Group of IEEE’s Power and Energy Society. He also has been appointed by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) as Chair of the IEEE CIS's Smart Grid Task Force...

Dr. Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy discusses how Smart Grid will create new lifestyles for consumers.

Question: How do you define Smart Grid?

Interview with Mark McGranaghan

Mark McGranaghan is involved with the PQ Subcommittee, Harmonics, Distribution, Intelligent Grid, and Distribution Automation within IEEE and Vice President of Power Delivery & Utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He is also active in CIGRE and IEC.

Mark McGranaghan sheds light on the communications and power delivery infrastructure that provides the critical underpinning for Smart Grid.

Question: What is your definition of Smart Grid?

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?