Date: 1 February 2016
Electric Energy Online

As an IEEE Smart Grid Expert, Steve Collier knows a thing or two about the evolution and history of the U.S. grid and electric utility. In his Electric Energy Online article, Collier not only provides a thorough summary of the past but also what’s to be expected in the future. With the introduction of the Internet of Things and Big Data, the sky’s the limit… in terms of how the modern utility can become more modernized (and the power grid with it). Collier’s key term and differentiator is distributed energy resources (DER). While combining DER with new technologies and other new innovations—such as EVs, microgrids, and much more—the electric grid will soon become the grid of today, as we learn from the experiences of yesterday’s grid.

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Date: 20 January 2016
Public Utilities Fortnightly

The era of the microgrid and energy storage is here. And it’s become quite popular among the clean energy crowd, forward-thinking utilities and like-minded energy pundits. IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin is definitely in that group and through his article on Public Utilities Fortnightly he communicates all the benefits and policy progress to date. Dr. Amin also provides a nice snapshot of the future of microgrids and energy storage via batteries. As more and more companies step up in this arena and the technology becomes more refined, the overall approach to the smart grid will improve. All in all, this points to better adoption and acceptance.

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

Date: December 1, 2015
Sustainable Cities Collective

Because the smart grid is such an innovative and foundational technology--along with the many standards it invites--all signs point to building sustainable smart cities. More and more people are flocking to the world's cities and connectivity is a big part of what's required, primarily through what's offered via the Internet of Things. But smart grid technology and the standard-development projects that support it will become a cornerstone for sustainability in cities around the world. Already today many cities are using smart grid tech to reposition the transmission and distribution of electricity so that consumers can more intelligently consume energy. And IEEE is at the forefront of this smart cities movement with standards such as IEEE 2030®, IEEE Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), End-Use Applications, and Loads, and IEEE P2413™, Draft IEEE Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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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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