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Green Ovations: Smart Cities Address an Urgent Need

Date: November 2014
Publication: Electric Energy Online

As urbanization grows, sustainable practices become crucial.

In this article on the evolution of the electric grid to support smart cities, Gilles Betis highlights IEEE's Smart Cities initiative and Guadalajara as the first city selected. Gilles also points out that embracing IoT will be critical to the success of Smart Grids and Smart Cities of the future. Read more

Keeping tabs on emerging trends, Part II: Interconnections, revised standards and communication networks

Date: October 28, 2014
Publication: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In this article, Sam Sciacca reflects on the career of a consulting-specifying engineer—from emerging issues to disruptive trends. Sciacca also discusses all the recent technological developments that have been recently made in the energy industry, specifically solar PV and other advancements in renewable energy tech. Based on the 2015 IEEE-IEEMA Intelect Conference and Expo, Sciacca sees the industry trending to H3O (hospitals, hotels and home/offices). Within this category, new emerging innovations come to light: microgrids, load-control technologies and other self-sufficient solutions. Read more

How Utilities Can Prepare for Extreme Weather

Date: October 27, 2014
Publication: The Institute

As the vice president of innovation and technology for Enernex, an electric power research and consulting company, in Knoxville, Tenn., I have been asked repeatedly to predict whether there is a danger of blackouts when snowstorms hit various parts of the world in the coming months. Weather services have gone back and forth debating how cold these months will be, especially compared to the dramatic drop in temperature many experienced just last year. Read more

Keeping tabs on emerging technology trends: professional development in the face of emerging trends

Date: October 17, 2014
Publication: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Like any expanding and growing industry, it’s the emerging trends that set a level horizon. The energy industry is no exception. In this article, Sam Sciacca reflects on the interconnections of revised standards and communication networks. With increasing interconnections between consumer facilities and the grid, more policies are generated by utilities, governments and commissions to regulate activity. And with new policies come new standards. Sciacca suggests that consulting-specifying engineers not only need to stay abreast of industry shifts and newly published standards but also the challenges that exist—especially as they apply to responsibilities to clients. Read more

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

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