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Multiple IEEE Smart Grid Experts Among FierceEnergy’s “15 Most Influential People in Energy”

Dick DeBlasio, Erich Gunther, John McDonald, Andres Carvallo recognized for their achievements in advancing Smart Grid development and deployment

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 30 November, 2011 – IEEE, the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, announced today that four of its globally recognized Smart Grid experts have been named to FierceEnergy Magazine’s “15 Most Influential People in Energy” list. IEEE Life Member Dick DeBlasio, IEEE Fellows Erich Gunther and John McDonald, and IEEE Computer Society member, Andres Carvallo are among the individuals singled out by the publication as having the greatest amount of influence in the energy industry during 2011.

“IEEE is home to the world’s foremost Smart Grid innovators and experts – talented individuals dedicated to and responsible for architecting inspired, effective solutions that will carry us into a new generation of intelligent power generation, transmission, and distribution. Without their invaluable contributions, we would be without many of the meaningful Smart Grid milestones achieved to-date,” said Wanda Reder, chair, IEEE Smart Grid, and vice president Power Systems Services at S&C Electric Company. “We congratulate Dick, Erich, John, and Andres on this honor, and thank them and all IEEE volunteers for their dedicated efforts in making the Smart Grid a reality.”

Individuals named to the inaugural FierceEnergy list were selected by the publication based on a diverse array of factors, including industry nominations and recommendations, regulatory influence, business acumen, leadership, and technical expertise. Each of the four IEEE experts selected has had demonstrable impact upon the creation and deployment of the rapidly emerging Smart Grid.

Dick DeBlasio, an IEEE Life Member, IEEE 2030 Working Group chair, and a member of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors, is also the chief engineer and principle laboratory program manager for electricity programs with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. As working group chair for IEEE 2030, he was a driving force behind delivering its interoperability reference and knowledge base. The world’s first system-of-systems, the foundational standard was created from the ground-up to ensure Smart Grid interconnection and interoperability.

Co-founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of EnerNex, Erich Gunther is an IEEE Fellow, as well as a member of the IEEE Smart Grid Task Force, chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society's (PES) Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, and an IEEE PES Governing Board member. He has focused on establishing a collaborative environment for the utility community to come together and develop broad requirements for grid modernization in a disciplined, traceable, and defensible way.

John McDonald, P.E., is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors, IEEE PES Past President, as well as director, technical strategy and policy development at GE Energy’s Digital Energy business. He pioneered the definition of Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), as part of IEEE Std. C37.1, and the concept of their two types of data – operational and non-operational, which has been widely adopted by electric utilities and become a key Smart Grid component. Additionally, by providing detailed insight on how to manage these different data types, he has enabled utilities to realize considerably greater benefits from investments made in IEDs.

IEEE Computer Society member and Proximetry Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Andres Carvallo, is recognized as a leading Smart Grid innovator. Co-author of “The Advanced Smart Grid”, he leveraged his expertise while overseeing one of the earliest Smart Grid deployments in the U.S at Austin Energy. He also helped establish the Pecan Street Project, a living Smart Grid lab designed to foster emerging technologies for residential and commercial use.

For FierceEnergy’s complete roster of the 15 Most Influential People in Energy, please visit http://www.fierceenergy.com/slideshow/power-players-15-most-influential-people-energy.

Additional IEEE Smart Grid experts from around the world will be speaking during the second European conference and exhibition on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT-EUROPE 2011), sponsored by the IEEE Power & Energy Society and hosted by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester. Full details about the conference, which is being held in Manchester, England 5-7, December 2011, can be found at http://www.ieee-isgt-2011.eu/.

For more information on IEEE Smart Grid efforts, follow @ieeesmartgrid on Twitter, or join the IEEE Smart Grid group on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/udDFqG.

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