IEEE Power Perspectives: What decreased R&D funding means for the Smart Grid
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
Smart Cities and the Smart Grid
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
Intelligent Underground Distribution – Unearthing the Potential in Smart Grid Technologies
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).
The U.S. Department of Energy Summarizes Their ISGT Conference Sessions and Participation
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.
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.
A Look Into the Future of Grid Transformation: Are You Ready for Singularity?
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
Efficiency: a critical success factor for solar storage systems
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
The horizontal nature of the Internet of Things
Date: February 19, 2014
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
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SECRETARY, DR. ERNEST MONIZ TO KEYNOTE AT FIFTH ANNUAL IEEE POWER & ENERGY SOCIETY (PES) INNOVATIVE SMART GRID TECHNOLOGIES (ISGT) CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Will solar energy ever be a viable alternative to traditional power?
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
What’s coming in the Smart Grid?
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