Date: Jan/Feb 2015
Rural Electric Magazine

Celebrating its 100th birthday, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) was established to protect utility workers during their very important work on electric lines in the U.S. After examining the NESC's history in this Rural Electric Magazine article, it's time to look at the code of tomorrow. The NESC committee is currently revising the code to make the proper enhancements to adhere with today's standards--set to go into effect in 2017. And every person involved with the electric grid is invited to the table to debate every aspect of the next generation of NESC. Read more.

Date: Jan/Feb 2015
Publication: Electricity Today

As many know and understand, the U.S. grid is aging--and this is not only a workforce issue but also an infrastructure problem. IEEE Smart Grid President and Expert Dr. Massoud Amin examines the growing demands of an aging grid and what it means for the future of U.S. utilities. Dr. Amin further investigates the issue as one that touches all elements of the economy, which underscores the importance of developing "sound strategies for controlling the symptoms of aging within the utility's overall business plan. Read more.

Date: December 23, 2014
Connect World

Standards, cybersecurity and the grid... they all go together through what's now known as the "connected person." The IEEE Standards Association's Managing Director, Konstantinos Karachalios, dissects how privacy and security have been compromised due to the concerns with how people are "connected ubiquitously across smart cities, smart buildings, smart cars and, perhaps, through sensors...." By highlighting the importance of "OpenStand" principles, information privacy and security are top-of-mind as more and more standards are developed to protect the future of innovation. Read more.

Date: December 17, 2014
MedCity News

Interoperability is the name of the game, as a technology-driven society becomes more and more connected through smart devices, smart vehicles and the smart grid. Bill Ash, strategic program director for the IEEE Standards Association, delves into the enhancements in healthcare and how e-health creates a new avenue of opportunity. IEEE-SA's progress in standardization of innovations in healthcare web off into other areas of interest, such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, networking communications and delivery of electricity. Read more.

Date: December 17, 2014
Electricity Today

Like any responsible (and effective) smart grid expert, Steven Collier looks at the year ahead for the global electric grid. Collier views the future of the electric grid and compares it to how the communications grid changed with the introduction and expansion of the Internet. As new business models take shape and give way to new products, services, applications and more, the smart grid will exist as a cornerstone effort to a foundation that's bright but also a distance away. 2015 is just part of the overall evolution of the grid. Read more.

Date: November/December 2014
Publication: Electricity Today

Steven Collier's expertise in the world of smart grid takes a deep-dive into 2014's successes and failures--all focused on progressing from the traditional grid to a more modern, efficient grid. As Collier suggests, the power grid's "run to fail" mode is not sustainable and reliability continues to decline at a rate that electric utilities can no longer afford (and nor can the U.S. economy). But the optimal word is "progress," which exists in the advent of the Internet of Things, distribution management systems, renewable energy resources and more. Read more.

Date: Nov/Dec 2014
Publication: Electricity Today

IEEE's Steven Collier's article in Electricity Today Magazine entitled "2014 year in Review, Wandering from a Traditional to a Modern, Smarter Grid" discusses past and future elements and challenges of smart grid modernization, including aging assets, more intense weather, increased adoption of renewables, the move towards IoT and other technological innovations that will pave the way to the future. Read more (pages 38 – 44).

Date: November 2014
Publication: Electric Energy Online

As urbanization grows, sustainable practices become crucial.

In this article on the evolution of the electric grid to support smart cities, Gilles Betis highlights IEEE's Smart Cities initiative and Guadalajara as the first city selected. Gilles also points out that embracing IoT will be critical to the success of Smart Grids and Smart Cities of the future. Read more

Date: November/December 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

It takes brains to keep the grid running efficiently and reliably. But zombies love brains. So when the undead strike and aim their collective fury at the nation's electric grid, it takes a village to prepare accordingly. This Intelligent Utility article--in celebration of Halloween--takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what would happen during the zombie apocalypse and how we should protect the generation and distribution of electricity at the source: the utility's infrastructure (the most sensitive to zombie attacks).. Read more.

Date: October 28, 2014
Publication: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In this article, Sam Sciacca reflects on the career of a consulting-specifying engineer—from emerging issues to disruptive trends. Sciacca also discusses all the recent technological developments that have been recently made in the energy industry, specifically solar PV and other advancements in renewable energy tech. Based on the 2015 IEEE-IEEMA Intelect Conference and Expo, Sciacca sees the industry trending to H3O (hospitals, hotels and home/offices). Within this category, new emerging innovations come to light: microgrids, load-control technologies and other self-sufficient solutions. Read more