Date: October 21, 2013
Publication: National Geographic

Many consumers are interested in participating in the generation and use of renewable energy but it can be challenging to do. This blog post by IEEE Smart Grid expert Steven Collier give examples of two energy cooperatives that are leading the way in deploying ingenious new programs to get more community members involved. Solar gardens let rent or purchase solar shares or panels. Read more

Date: October 10, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

Emerging economies are in an interesting position; they desire electric power, yet they cannot provide it via a centralized grid as developed countries do. However, these emerging countries potentially will shape the future electric grid as they seek alternatives. In this article, Steven Collier, IEEE Smart Grid expert shares his thoughts on the role emerging economies will play in the development of the future grid. Read more

Date: October 9, 2013
Publication: Fierce SmartGrid

As support grows for the smart grid, many elements must be further developed and implemented to create the best grid. Computational intelligence (CI) is one of those elements. In this article IEEE Smart GridTechnical Expert, Shawkat Ali discusses the many applications for CI in thesmart grid. From optimization and planning to security applications to cloud computing and data mining, CI’s applications are vast. Read more.

Date: October 2, 2013
Publication: Renew Grid

IEEE Smart Grid expert Nick Abi-Samra takes the AC vs. DC discussion deeper to identify use cases for HVDC in the bulk power distribution of remote renewable energy resources, regional interconnected grids, and international connections. Necessary developments in technology and progress in economies of scale are acknowledged. Read more

Date: August 22, 2013
Publication: Power Electronics

Author John McDonald describes an emerging issue in a San Diego Power & Electric case study on how solar power stresses electro-mechanical devices associated with voltage regulation in the grid, which will need to be re-constructed most likely using a power electronics approach. Read more.

Date: September 11, 2013
Publication: Breaking Energy

The state of California is assisting its local governments to proactively plan for energy needs in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, adopting a tiered plan structure that proscribes pre-event testing and compliance, prioritized restoration, and assurance of the communities’ socio-economic well-being. Read more.

Date: August 21, 2013
Publication: Fierce SmartGrid

In this Q&A session with FierceSmartGrid's editor Barbara Lundin, Erich Gunther continues his discussion on Smart Buildings. While “Smart Buildings 1.0” focus on reducing energy costs for commercial buildings, “Smart Buildings 2.0” address energy planning for the future- business continuity. Gunther explains that the technology is not the only thing that needs further change and development; utility business structure must change as well. Read more.

Date: August 21, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

With the current energy trends, change is inevitable. In this article Steve Collier continues his discussion on consumer energy independence. Collier looks to Moore’s Law, Wright’s Law, Kurzweil’s Law, and Metcalfe’s Law to predict the future of the grid and utilities. Read more

Date: August 5, 2013
Publication: The Energy Collective

Energy consumption is on the cusp of many changes. As outages from extreme weather events, the demand for “clean energy”, and electricity costs continue to increase, consumers are incentivized to find alternative, more independent sources for their electricity needs. In this blog post Steve Collier, Smart Grid expert discusses these drivers of consumer energy independence. Read more

Date: July 9, 2013
Publication: National Geographic

After the news of US program to help develop sub-Saharan Africa's energy grid, IEEE Smart Grid expert Massoud Amin compares and contrasts the technological and investment tasks of upgrading the US energy infrastructure vs. establishing new infrastructure as in the target areas of the program. He also discusses the link between energy infrastructure investments and economic prosperity. Read more.