Date: 23 November 2015

In a world increasingly dependent on energy efficiency, material sustainability and redesign and reuse rather than new design, the SMART Competition invites high school students to become part of the solution. By undertaking the project described in the competition’s problem statement, the students will have the opportunity to use professionally available design software while also having access to international experts who will support their efforts as mentors and sponsors.

Teams are comprised of 3-4 students and an educator sponsor. Registration begins in October and ends in January. Registered teams will then be given a deliverables schedule which will help them prepare for participation in the competition.

During the competition finals, the student teams will make their presentation using Internet based video technology. All elements of the competition deliverables will be discussed by the teams with the panel of subject matter expert judges. Team presentations will be scheduled during April.

IEEE is currently recruiting members to join as mentors or judges for the Smart Competition. To learn more, click here.

Date: 16 October 2015

At the Cyber Security Summit on Oct. 20-21, the event's producers will present the Summit's first "Visionary Leader Award" to IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin. To honor and support Dr. Amin's role in conceiving the Summit and taking its mission to the next level, the award recognizes his extremely important role in moving cyber security into the spotlight. Today, the threat of cyberattacks and hacking are a major threat to every corner of a country's infrastructure, physical and digital. Congratulations to Dr. Amin for this deserving recognition.

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Date: October 2015
IEEE IoT Portal

In an edition of IEEE Talks IoT, Steve Collier--Director, Smart Grid Strategies, at Milsoft Utility Solutions and is an IEEE Smart Grid expert--offers his insights on how smart grid and the Internet of Things (IoT) and how the Internet and IoT are essential to the success and security of a smart grid. He also provides some essential insight into how these technologies interconnect and interrelate. "The IoT has achieved true integration, seamless interoperability, limitless scalability, and convenient upgradeability. There’s really no better or even equally good way to do it," said Collier.

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Date: 29 September 2015

IEEE is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the WiFi standard, IEEE 802.11. In this article, interviewed Tim Godfrey, chair of the IEEE 802.24 Technical Advisory Group, who began working with the IEEE 802.11 standard in 1994. Godfrey offers his insights on the importance of standards and how the WiFi standard affects smart grid technology. "...several systems are marketed for smart grid and smart city types of networks that can build a mesh based on IEEE 802.11," said Godfrey.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) release of the Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) was held September 10, 2015 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The QTR 2015 builds upon the first QTR in 2011 focusing on the role of technology in the energy sector.

The first QTR defined a framework for understanding and discussing energy system challenges, established a set of priorities for the Department, and explained to stakeholders the roles of DOE and the national laboratories, the broader government, the private sector, academia, and innovation in energy transformation.

The 2015 QTR describes the current energy landscape, the potential for improvement in systems and technologies, and a wide-ranging set of related research, development, demonstration, and deployment opportunities.

The QTR 2015 also complements the work of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which examined the energy infrastructure and government-wide energy policy. The report was in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum wherein he directed several U.S. Federal agencies to report their findings to DOE’s identified priority areas. As part of the final report, the IEEE Task Force provided feedback to the DOE which incorporated the IEEE comments including further detail to the specific priority issues outlined by the DOE and added an executive summary along with a set of presentation slides. Access the full version of the final QER report submitted by the IEEE Joint Task Force and the presentations highlighting the report’s six core topics.

Four overarching themes emerged from the QTR and associated technology assessments:

  • The convergence of energy systems across sectors
  • Diversification within energy supplies and services
  • Confluence of R&D, computational tools, and analysis of complex systems
  • Energy efficiency

To read the QTR 2015 in full and for more information: