Date: May 23, 2014
Publication: Consulting - Specifying Engineer

IEEE Power Industry Expert Dick DeBlasio offers his perspective on what drives systems-level standards innovation. With electricity demands becoming more and more challenging today, the world’s power grids are becoming stressed and require robust, up-to-date facilities and technology for delivering electricity. But it’s all about funding. Where will it come from? DeBlasio connects the dots by observing historical evidence of when governments and industries have met to deliver what’s necessary to achieve the next level of success. Read more

Date: May 22, 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

Known as the “Smart Grid Man,” Steven Collier explores the impacts that exponential urban growth has on delivering utility services, particularly electricity. Collier poses that the “smart grid” is vital to urban areas for reasons of providing reliable and sustainable electric power and energy. Electric storage management systems will be deployed at what Collier refers to as the “Grid Edge”—the inevitable transformation of the electric grid via innovation and new technologies. Read more

Date: April 2014
Publication: Electricity Today

This article looks at several of the issues that moving from overhead to underground need to confront and some of the ways that companies are starting to deal with making underground systems more intelligent as well as more resilient. It includes discussions about connecting to storage systems, distributed generation and other aspects of the smart grid. Read more (pages 26 – 32).

After celebrating a successful Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-22, 2014, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) received a summary report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding their participation in the event.

IEEE PES invited the DOE to organize six ISGT panel sessions featuring presentations and results from 17 smart grid projects from the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) and Smart Grid Demonstration Programs (SGDP), both supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. In addition, the DOE helped organize a panel that explored future smart grid initiatives—“New Frontiers of Smart Grid”—which set the stage for the ISGT conference and encouraged participants to discuss new opportunities and emerging challenges.

Many of the DOE’s observations on the ISGT panels and sessions focused on several U.S.-based utilities and their successes with installing smart grid technologies. While many of their programs are in the early stages and still require development, the DOE recognized the effectiveness of both the SGIG and the SGDP in advancing smart grid initiatives in the United States.

To read the DOE’s report on the six presentations and their key findings from the ISGT conference, click here.

For more information and to view additional presentations from the 2014 ISGT North America Conference in D.C., please visit The Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference website.

Date: March 16, 2014
Publication: Utility Horizons Magazine

The electric utility industry is approaching 'singularity' because of advances in energy, electronics, telecommunications and information technologies which are revolutionizing how electricity can be produced, transmitted, distributed and used. The one hundred year old industry paradigm, centralized, cost-plus monopolies supplying power one way to load centers from large remote fossil and nuclear fueled generators will be eclipsed by a decentralized, market-driven, industry in which power flows not only from the grid to customers, but from customers to the grid. Read more

Date: March 16, 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

Energy storage is in the spotlight today at the residential and commercial level not only for grid support in utility-scale applications, but because storage efficiency is a key component in making solar energy viable for end-users. Efficient storage increases system profitability as well as end-user self-consumption by enabling use of solar energy loads at night. At the same time feed-in tariffs for solar energy are decreasing, and electricity tariffs are increasing. Self-consumption of the energy produced by the PV plant is increasingly becoming the business model to make the investment on solar viable in different regions, especially throughout Europe. Read more

Date: February 19, 2014
Publication: FierceSmartGrid

IEEE member, Oleg Logvinov offers his insight to Barbara Lundin, Fierce Smart Grid Editor. In this article "The Horizontal Nature of the Internet of Things," Oleg share his description on what the Internet of Things is discusses the hand in hand in hand relationship IoT has with the Smart Grid. Read more

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IEEE PES 2014 ISGT Conference to highlight Smart Grid Investment Grant projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the electric power industry

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 18 February 2014 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will deliver the keynote address at the fifth annual IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference on Wednesday 19 February, 8:30 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Date: January 2014
Publication: ECN Magazine

An ECN reader wanted to know if solar energy will ever be a viable alternative to traditional power. And IEEE Smart Grid Expert Steven Collier happily responded. Collier noted a key argument that has plagued the solar industry for years: it’s too expensive. However, with government grants, tax credits and other incentives, solar has proved its viability. While solar provides the ideal energy resource for billions of people without access to a traditional power gird, it’s a highly attractive resource that’s sustainable, clean, reliable and independent of the grid. Read more

Date: January 2014
Publication: American City & County

IEEE Smart Grid Expert Steven Collier offers his viewpoints on the importance of recent smart grid developments and how they affect local governments and the current electric utility business model. A modern, intelligent grid—according to Collier—is dependent on distributed energy generation and storage and the Internet of Things. Both of these burgeoning markets will immensely impact today’s smart grid industry by introducing the new “Grid Edge” — the future’s connected grid and the world’s need for cheap, clean energy. Read more