Date: 5 May 2015
IEEE Smart Gird

IEEE announced its support of the first installment of the White House Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) report developed under the leadership of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council. Development of the QER involved 22 federal agencies and was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The first installment of the QER was released on April 21, 2015 and highlighted at an event in Philadelphia by Vice President Joe Biden and DOE Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz on behalf of the Obama administration.

The IEEE and its membership were actively engaged during the development of the QER. In October 2014, the IEEE Joint Task Force on QER— spearheaded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE-USA and the IEEE volunteer community, under the leadership of co-chairs Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and Damir Novosel, president-elect, IEEE PES—submitted a report to the DOE that addressed a specific set of priority issues.

An example of IEEE involvement and plans for on-going cooperation with DOE is underscored in the Chapter III “Recommendations in Brief” section on Modernizing the Electric Grid:

Improve grid communication through standards and interoperability.

In conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other Federal agencies, DOE should work with industry, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, state officials, and other interested parties to identify additional efforts the Federal Government can take to better promote open standards that enhance connectivity and interoperability on the electric grid.

Access the full version of the final QER report.

Via C-SPAN, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified at a hearing on the first installment of the QER. Watch the video now.

Read the press release on the launch of the QER report.

Date: 14 April 2015
Smart Grid News

Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara Vergetis Lundin recently interviewed IEEE Fellow Wanda Reder to get her insights on the power and energy sector, as well as IEEE's role in its ongoing development. In this Q&A, Reder shares her thoughts on the following topics, to name a few: IEEE's role in the evolution of the power and energy market, specific changes or transitions happening in the sector and IEEE’s role in ensuring an educated workforce to support future growth and development.

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Date: 2 April 2015
Intelligent Utility

As part of Intelligent Utility’s women-in-energy series, Wanda Reder, chief strategy officer at S&C Electric Company and board member of both the IEEE and IEEE Foundation, contributed her outlook on how to bring the power industry the best workforce possible. As she looks for ways to “power up” the next generation of industry workers, Reder describes the need to examine what younger workers want, what mid-career workers need and how the industry should be planning to balance both, along with the aging workforce. The article gives a glimpse into what organizations need to be planning for this generational workforce shift on a strategic level.

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Date: February 2015
The Bridge

As an honor society, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu promotes and encourages the work of outstanding students, educators and members. To promote this work, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu publishes a digital magazine called THE BRIDGE.

In the February 2015 edition, THE BRIDGE's theme is "Smart Grid and Renewable Energy." As a result, many of the feature articles in the magazine describe developments in the electric power infrastructure, the role of information technology, and new workforce needs.

Read all THE BRIDGE articles by clicking here.

Date: March/April 2015
EmbeddedComputingDesign

Urbanization is rapidly growing. To sustain cities that cater to a population that requires ubiquitous connections and access to services such as electricity and water, new initiatives are being created to create and support what is known as "smart cities." The idea of a smart city is becoming more clear as technological advancements continue their upward trend and clean energy becomes more universally available. The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative (SCI) is an example of a new organization that fosters the creation of global smart cities that allow urbanization to flourish and advance. Through IEEE SCI, the Internet of Things, the smart grid and other promising technologies provide the framework for smart cities to take shape, but they also pose many engineering challenges. The future is bright for smart cities; today, new organizations and networks are helping aid its success through interoperability and compatibility solutions. Read more.

Date: March 18, 2015

In a recent announcement by the Energy Thought Summit (ETS), University of Minnesota Professor and IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin received the "Thought Leader of the Year" award. As a first-of-its-kind endowment, the "Thought Leader of the Year" award recognizes "an individual with an inventive, brave vision to inspire the global energy ecosystem," according to ETS. Dr. Amin was selected by a committee of his peers and colleagues from around the world--all who have also made significant contributions to the energy industry.

"I'm humbled and honored by this recognition," Dr. Amin said regarding the award. In addition to his professorship with the University of Minnesota and position with IEEE Smart Grid, Dr. Amin is also the director of the Technological Leadership Institute and Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership.

Dr. Amin is known as the "father of the smart grid" because of his teachings and work on power grid theory and research throughout the past three decades. A long list of his accomplishments includes high-ranking involvement with the IEEE, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Texas Reliability Entity, and Midwest Reliability Organization. Most notably, Dr. Amin's expert knowledge on grid security has led to a recent interview on NPR and many other notable media outlets. He has also advised the White House, governors and other agencies on matters related to cyber security.

The award will be presented during the 2015 Energy Thought Summit (ETS15), which is being held March 25-26, 2015 in Austin, Texas. During ETS15, Dr. Amin plans to deliver the "2020 Outlook" and will participate in a panel discussion.

For more information and a previous interview with Dr. Amin, click here.

Date: Jan/Feb 2015
Publication: Electricity Today

Did you know that in the U.S., the average power system age is 40 to 60 years old? About 25% of the nation's power assets, according to Dr. Amin, are of an age in which condition is a great concern. In this Electricity Today article, Dr. Amin examines the current state of the U.S. power grid. Using report submitted by the IEEE Joint Task Force to the U.S. Department of Energy for the White House's Quadrennial Energy Review and other research findings, Dr. Amin suggests that every utility develop "sound strategies for controlling the symptoms of aging within the utility's overall business plan." Read more.

Date: February 16, 2015
SmartGridNews

In this SmartGridNews interview with Professor Saifur Rahman, the issue of smart grid developments is closely examined and scrutinized. Where are we today in the development of a U.S. smart grid solution? Professor Rahman offers his perspective on what the U.S. utilities are doing to implement progress on a step-by-step basis: from installing smart meters to developing software. Furthermore, Professor Rahman provides a global snapshot of the smart grid industry as a means to show how far the industry has come as a whole. Read more.

Date: Feb 2015
Electric Monitor

India is an emerging economy with great strength, potential and influence. It's also rife with power sector problems--from electricity theft to mismanagement in the power supply. Tommy Wayne, VP of Meetings with the IEEE Power & Energy Society, explores India's current electric grid challenges and poses a new course of action: solving problems with technology. Wayne points out that India's challenges are rather unique--often mired in social anxieties. However, it's combining private sector advantages with government policies that will move India in a forward direction.. Read more.

Date: January 8, 2015
Intelligent Utility

IEEE Fellow and Smart Grid Expert John McDonald appraises the future of energy, its distribution, its management and the overall business of generation. McDonald outlines five requirements for intelligently distributing electricity via the smart grid: smart meters, metering communications, outage management systems, geographic information systems and distribution management systems. And what do these all have in common (aside from the obvious)? Big data and the Internet of Things play lead roles in how they all work together. Read more.