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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

IEEE Members are ‘Powering Up the Next Generation’

Date: 11 August 2015

The 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (GM) in Denver on July 26-30 was a great success. This IEEE-USA InSight article is an excellent wrap-up of all the activities at the event, including some interesting observations on the clean energy future and how policy will shape the grid. Of course, renewables are top of mind in the industry today—with GM sessions and panels citing several important stats. For example, Canada receives 65 percent of its electricity from renewables. Of course, that only scratches the surface. However, EPRI’s Mark McGranaghan believes that today’s energy engineers are “on the precipice of an energy revolution.” He explained: “We have data analytics. We have customer behavior. We have communications. We have power electronics. Almost every IEEE society is supporting the Smart Grid initiative, because it really is a cross-cutting thing.”

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How the smart grid will impact IoT

Date: 19 June 2015

In this blog for ECN, IEEE Smart Grid Expert Steven Collier shares his thoughts on how the Internet of Things (IoT) and the electric grid will work together. While paying homage to the current and historic electrical system, Collier explores what will make the smart grid truly "smart." Even today, the thought of IoT becoming the foundation and supporting infrastructure for the transmission and distribution of electricity seems unfathomable. However, Collier provides all the details on how these systems work together seamlessly to create a harmonious network of consumer services.

"The IoT will be the new reality of the grid," says Collier. "The electric grid will converge with the Internet."

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Marianna Vaiman: Protecting the Power Grid

Date: 16 July 2015
T&D World Magazine

In preparation for the 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society's General Meeting in Denver, which took place July 26-30, Marianna Vaiman will present a tutorial on how to deal with the threat of grid reliability. As the executive vice president and co-founder of V&R Energy, Vaiman presented the following tutorial: "Understanding Cascading Phenomenon: Methodologies and Industry Practice for Analysis of Cascading Failures." Developed by the IEEE Cascading Failure Working Group, the tutorial offers an overview of the cascading phenomenon and explains methods on how to manage system failures.

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Just the FACTS: IEEE recognizes excellence in transmission

Date: 30 July 2015

The 2015 IEEE Power & Energy Society's General Meeting event in Denver welcomed thousands of industry professionals, academics and others on July 26-30. And each year, IEEE PES announces the recipients of its Society-Level Awards, which recognize and credit important technical, educational and service contributions by the global power and energy community. Among the awards, the Nari Hingorani Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) Award was presented to Richard Piwko, senior technical director for GE's Energy Consulting business. interview Piwko about the award, his career, and enhancements to IEEE 80.

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The Man Behind the Self-Healing Grid

Date: 30 July 2015
Metering International

In this Metering International Q&A with IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin, the evolution of the self-healing grid is examined and discussed. Dr. Amin offers his perspective on how the smart grid is progressing. Among the many developments, the next five years will involve microgrids and how they play a role in meeting demand and increasing reliability.

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Read the First IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Compendium!

Date: 4 August 2015

The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Compendium “Smart Grid: The Next Decade” is the first of its kind promotional compilation featuring 32 “best of the best” insightful articles from recent issues of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter and will be the go-to resource for industry professionals for years to come.

The Compendium also introduces for the first time the IEEE Smart Grid domains and sub-domains created by IEEE Smart Grid members who were inspired by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Conceptual Model. Each of the 32 articles is categorized into its appropriate IEEE Smart Grid sub-domain.

For more Smart Grid related articles, please visit the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter. The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter is a complimentary monthly online publication that launched in January 2011 and features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world.

The newsletter is designed to bring clarity to the global smart grid industry and to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, and brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.

Check out the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Compendium today.

Apply to be an IEEE Core Smart City

Date: 16 July 2015

Two New Cities Will Join Guadalajara, Mexico; Trento, Italy; and Wuxi, China

IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is inviting applications from municipalities worldwide already in the process of planning smart cities for growing urban populations. Two cities will be selected from submissions received by 14th August to receive funding and support from IEEE experts to host a workshop in their city before the end of 2015.

IEEE Smart Cities has already provided investment to three selected IEEE Core Smart Cities – Guadalajara, Mexico; Trento, Italy; Wuxi, China, which are municipalities that have successfully demonstrated plans to invest human and financial capital into their smart city project. Two additional IEEE Core Smart Cities that are able to demonstrate a comprehensive plan and funds for their smart city evolution effort to join these municipalities will be selected.

Municipalities interested in applying to become an IEEE Core Smart City and host an inaugural workshop in 2015 can download an application form here.

The deadline to submit completed applications is Friday 14th August 2015. Successful submissions will provide clear, compelling evidence that the applicant municipality is well-positioned to utilize the resources offered through the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, that its evolution into a smart city has the potential to substantially enhance a city's capacity to act on key issues, and that the city can demonstrate plans to invest human and financial capital into the project.

Municipalities not selected in this round will be eligible to become IEEE Affiliated Smart Cities. As a member of a worldwide network of cities, IEEE Affiliated Cities receive several benefits and raise discussion on the smartification topics that are at the heart of the city’s smartification plan.

For more information on the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, including criteria and how to apply, visit the web site at Completed applications should be submitted via email to Harold Tepper, IEEE Smart Cities Program Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the Friday 14th August deadline.

The Case for Smart Grid: Funding a new infrastructure in an age of uncertainty

Date: 17 June 2015
Public Utilities Fortnightly

The future of the electric grid and its growing and evolving infrastructure exists in the convergence of energy with telecommunications, transportation, Internet, and electronic commerce. In his Public Utilities Fortnightly article, IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin examines the past, present and future of the electric grid. While a self-healing smart grid could be the answer to providing stable infrastructure, it's the efficiency of the system that is of primary benefit. Dr. Amin highlights that real-time monitoring and reaction, anticipation, and rapid isolation is at the core to detect, reduce and minimize the effects of power outages. Ultimately, a smart grid system--in Dr. Amin's assessment--can detect when people use electricity the most, study usage behaviors, and then help the entire system better manage and efficiently use electricity. Read more.

Securing the Smart Grid: Questions and answers on consumer privacy and threats to the grid - both physical and cyber

Date: 17 June 2015
Public Utilities Fortnightly

While the smart grid is a viable solution to the current issues surrounding the unreliability and inefficient electric grid, security should be at the forefront of development. "Security cannot be added as an afterthought," said Dr. Amin. "We need to start from scratch, at the very beginning." In this Public Utilities Fortnightly article, Dr. Amin offers his insights for each of the industry's top concerns: defining threats; assessing risks; regulatory impediments; consumer privacy; and price, service and value. Over time, in order to modernize the grid, investments need to be made and a systematic approach is required. Read more.

Dr. Massoud Amin Provides State of Reliability Opening Session Briefing at the FERC Reliability Technical Conference

Early in June 2015, IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin provided a state of reliability report at the FERC Reliability Technical Conference. In his statements, Dr. Amin discussed the current state of the nation's electricity system and the activities, accomplishments, and challenges ahead.

Dr. Amin's remarks included acknowledging that the industry has achieved significant milestones over the past five years, with more to come. To look ahead, he highlighted key drivers for changes in the electric power sector, which include:

  • Acceleration of efficiency (energy intensity dropping 2%/yr.);
  • Distributed generation and energy resources (DG & DERs), including energy storage & microgrids;
  • More cities interested in charting their energy future;
  • District energy systems;
  • Smart Grids;
  • Electrification of transportation;
  • New EPA regulations, such as for greenhouse gases under Section 111(d) of Clean Air Act;
  • Demand response (and 3rd-party aggregation of same);
  • Combined heat & power (CHP), plus waste heat recovery; and
  • The increasingly interstate and even trans-national nature of utilities (and contractors too, which leads to security concerns).

Read Dr. Amin's entire FERC conference keynote.

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