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

Purpose

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.

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Date: First Quarter 2016
Electricity Today
Author: Dr. Massoud Amin

In a world where the microgrid market is forecast to grow to more than 4,000 megawatts in capacity by 2020, it’s become clear that policy and associate regulatory instruments are needed to achieve the full benefits of smart microgrids, and to enable them to be integrated into existing electricity distribution networks. IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin provides an in-depth look into where microgrid implementations are happening today, where they might be headed for the future, business cases and job creation opportunities, and the importance of adopting standards to help create a regulatory environment that supports microgrid adoption and growth.

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Date: 7 March 2016
SmartGridNews.com

Smart Grid News interviewed a panel of experts to discuss the risks the electric grid can be exposed to, from natural disasters to hackers. High impact and low frequency events can do widespread damage to the grid. Panelists Jane Verner, Gary Hoffman and Ramsis Girgis--all with an IEEE affiliation--answered a number of questions that provided their insights on the magnitude of risks, how standards help power grid owners and operators protect the grid, and more.

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