ECN Magazine
April 4, 2017

Dr. Mahmoud Daneshmand, member of the IEEE Big Data Initiative Steering Committee and professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Dr. Kenneth J. Lutz, IEEE Life Senior Member and adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, view the emergence of grid modernization as a core component in the future of big data. Plus, with the increase in distributed energy resources (DER), control over the grid's data is imperative. Dr. Daneshmand and Dr. Lutz summarize the strategies needed and the overall business case in confronting the challenges of big data in a smart grid era. To read this article in full, click here.
September 14, 2016

IEEE Smart Grid member Ângela Paula Ferreira explains how smart microgrids use conservation voltage regulation (CVR) to reduce energy consumption. From the point of view of utilities, CVR implementation presents the opportunity for peak shaving and grid loss reduction, taking into consideration both transformers and distribution lines. On the other end, due to the reduced energy consumption, it may represent a loss of revenue, as occurs with many demand response programs. To read this article in full, click here.

MIT Technology Review
September 14, 2016

The technological components of a “smart city,” including everything from smart grids and driverless cars to automated buildings and advanced sensors, can be complicated. But the core question behind the purpose of a smart city is quite simple: does it make human lives better? That’s the key theme explored in the webcast “The Connected City: Trends and Developments Driving Smart City Innovation,” produced by MIT Technology Review and IEEE Collabratec. Three influential subject matter experts with different backgrounds in developing smart cities delve into how these cities influence their human populations.

Read more here.

Intelligent Utility
September 12, 2016

The stochastic nature of loads has been a major concern and a persistent challenge both for power system operators and the involved regulating authorities. However, the ever increasing penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) during the recent years has introduced additional factors of stochastic behavior, which affect severely the economics, the technical limits and the operating capability of the power system. Assuming on operator initiatives and/or stricter regulating frameworks implies that the deregulated energy market model will be inconsistent (conventional generators catering for stochastic sources) or that there will be (eventually) a roof to RES penetration. To read the full article, click here.

Intelligent Utility
August 18, 2016

The increasing adoption of variable DERs challenges the traditional planning and operation practices of utility distribution systems. These systems have been traditionally radial and had single directional power flows and protection schemes, whereas with DERs, the power flows will become bi-directional and impact the circuit protection and control schemes. Like other utilities, ComEd is examining the potential of a DSO pilot implementation to investigate the relationship between DER deployments and DSO, as well as the potential DSO applications that can facilitate DER integration and benefit both end-use customers and the system. Similar to transmission system operators, the DSO would act as an independent aggregator by interfacing distributed generators and network owners and by managing a distributed generation market.

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August 9, 2016 interviewed the chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, Dr. Massoud Amin, to discuss not only his professional accomplishments but also how the smart grid has evolved over his career. Dr. Amin answers questions related to infrastructure, how to create a self-healing grid, and how IEEE is addressing the transition to a smart grid.

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November 16-18, 2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The aim of this workshop is (1) to establish an initial consensus among industry and academic participants on the appropriate components of a “building code” that would be appropriate to reduce significantly the vulnerability of cyber components of electric grids to malicious attacks, and (2) to establish a research agenda for the creation of evidence that could justify the inclusion of additional elements in such a code. The workshop will be held under the auspices of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, IEEE Smart Grid, and IEEE Power and Energy Society, with participation from UIUC’s Information Trust Institute; additional support is being sought from the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program.

The workshop proposal describing the scope, objectives, and the building code metaphor is included as an appendix to this call for contributions and participation.

Date: June 15, 2016
Intelligent Utility
Author: Brian Bunte

Did you know the electric power industry has a rating system in place to help consumers, policy makers and power suppliers make better and more informed decisions? It’s true. The Power Supply Performance Index (PSPI) is based on the Energy Efficiency and Environment category of the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) system. The PEER system helps states better understand the environmental impacts of their power generation portfolio and how they are progressing towards renewable energy goals. Do you know where your state falls in the PEER system? This Intelligent Utility article by Brian Bunte sheds some light on how the system works and why it’s in place.

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Date: May 12, 2016
Environmental Leader
Author: Ken Silverstein

The future of the grid depends on the ability to adopt and adapt new technologies, which includes the advent of microgrids and renewables. In his Environmental Leader article, Ken Silverstein discusses the importance of microgrids and energy storage to solving the current grid’s outage problems and adopting climate-friendly clean energy solutions. Silverstein notes Sally Jacquemin’s article in the May 2016 edition of the IEEE Smart Grid newsletter—offering new thoughts in the world of microgrids and their “green energy” benefits.

Read more here.