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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Will Renewable Energy Usher In A New Dawn For HVDC Systems?

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

Smart Grid Reality Check, Part III: Microgrids

Date: June 26, 2013
Publication: Renew Grid

This third and final article in Renew Grid is written by IEEE Smart Grid expert John McDonald and focused on microgrids and their use by consumers and utilities. The use cases for microgrids, growth opportunities, implementation opportunities, and the role of standards for the years ahead are examined within the context of the IEEE Smart Grid survey with additional insight by John McDonald and Eliot Assimakopoulos, microgrid commercial leader for GE Digital Energy. Read more

Smart Grid Reality Check, Part I: The Future Of Distributed Generation

Date: June 12, 2013
Publication: Renew Grid

IEEE Smart Grid expert John McDonald discusses the drivers and constraints and market expectations around distributed generation in this first of three articles that originate with the IEEE Smart Grid survey. Read more

Smart Grid Reality Check, Part II: Energy Storage

Date: June 19, 2013
Publication: Renew Grid

This second in a series of three articles based on the IEEE Smart Grid survey focuses on energy storage. The article by Smart Grid expert John McDonald, with input from Ali Nourai and Rick Fioravanti of KEMA, addresses the four W's of energy storage – Who should pay for and own it? Who benefits? What are the applications? Where does regulatory fit? When will it happen? Read more

Integrating DA With AMI May Be Rude Awakening For Some Utilities

Date: February 20, 2012
Publication: Renew Grid

The many benefits of distribution automation (DA) - visibility, fault detection and isolation, energy efficiency, and asset management - are creating a "second wave" of smart grid investments and integrations, following the widespread adoption of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Currently, in fact, the business case for DA is better than for any other single system in the phased steps of grid modernization. Read more