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IEEE provides guidance on president’s energy review

Date: October 8, 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

The IEEE Power & Energy Society’s President-elect Damir Novosel discusses the IEEE’s efforts to respond to President Obama’s request for a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As a result, the U.S. Department of Energy asked IEEE to comment on seven critical areas of interest—from renewable energy to smart grid issues. Novosel provides a brief recap on the IEEE’s findings after the organization conducted an extensive look at all the issues outlined by the President. In the article, published by Intelligent Utility, a link to IEEE's final report is available. Read more

IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report to the U.S. Department of Energy

Date: October, 6 2014

QER report provides perspective on the effects of renewable intermittency on the electric power grid, the potential role of energy storage and more

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 6 October 2014 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) submitted its final report to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a specific set of priority issues related to the following:

  • Renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage;
  • Utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop photovoltaics;
  • The technical implications for the grid of electric vehicle (EV) integration;
  • The implications and importance of the aging infrastructure and the overall asset management;
  • Recommendations for metrics for addressing smart grid;
  • Skilled workforce issues; and
  • Condition and performance of the electric grid

The report is in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum he issued in January 2014. The President directed several U.S. Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report their findings in January 2015. Subsequently, the U.S. DOE selected several priority topics and requested that the IEEE provide its insights.

In July, the IEEE Task Force—consisting of IEEE volunteers and co-chaired by Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, and Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society—delivered a draft report addressing the U.S. DOE’s priority issues, which was open to the public for comment. And as part of the final report, the IEEE Task Force incorporated the comments, provided further detail to the specific priority issues outlined by the U.S. DOE and added an executive summary along with a set of presentation slides.

Access the full version of the final QER report submitted by the IEEE Joint Task Force and the presentations highlighting the report’s six core topics.

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Is IT eating T&D?

Date: September/October 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

Intelligent Utility’s Kathleen Wolf Davis conducts a Q&A with the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s President, Miroslav Begovic. In the interview, Begovic discusses the history of IT and how it’s transformed industries. Today, big data has an ever-increasing influence on transmission and distribution systems—from system monitoring to protection and control. The use of synchrophasors to support the system at the transmission level has created an incredible amount of data. Begovic also covers current industry concerns such as cybersecurity and the physical security of energy infrastructure. Read more

Onsite Energy Generation Is Nice But Centralized Transmission Is Here To Stay

Date: June 19, 2014
Publication: Forbes

IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin provides his perspective in this Forbes article by Ken Silverstein that focuses on rising energy demand. With the availability of renewable technologies and energy efficient systems, the idea of producing onsite electricity is taking market share from the utilities. Dr Amin offers his viewpoint on wind energy and its requirements, as urban populations grow and expand. Read more

Cloud Technology in E-Health

Date: June 6, 2014
Publication: Medical Design Technology Magazine

Coordinated standards development among technology areas such as personal health device communications, cloud computing, and a host of other interrelated technology areas including smart grid and cyber security, is helping to accelerate the rollout of whole new approach to supporting people in staying well. Read more

Want a Successful Smart Grid Implementation?

Date: May / June 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

Smart Grid implementation is still in early stages. While knowledge of smart grid has improved significantly amongst consumers continued efforts to educate and engage consumers is needed to ensure a partnership in smart grid efforts. In its new report, “IEEE Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid,” IEEE provides a range of consumer knowledge of and sentiment towards smart grid in an effort to continue this education. Read more

The Smart Grid Is Inseparable from the Internet

Date: May 28, 2014
Publication: Utility Horizons

IEEE's Steven Collier has penned the second part of a two-part editorial on why the Smart Grid is inseparable from the Internet. Steven's thought provoking views offer a refreshingly different way to look at grid transformation and evolution, and why the Internet of Things will soon be the new reality of the grid. Read more

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

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.

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.

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