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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - September 2011

Putting into Practice the Dream of a Self-healing Smart Grid

A team at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has developed and tested advanced decision support tools for power system restoration based on adoption of a pre-formulated strategy with defined "milestones." System operators adopt a an approach for system restoration and identify markers along a path so that goals can be achieved efficiently.

Residential Power Trading Will Depend on Wireless Sensor Networks

Wireless sensor networks provide numerous opportunities for smart grid applications including demand-side energy management, power system monitoring, coordination of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and integration of renewable energy generators. Because of their low cost, intrinsic redundancy and ease-of-deployment, they will be useful on a large scale in power grids.

Handling the Data Explosion in Tomorrow’s Power Systems

With grid monitoring systems in various areas already taking billions of data samples each day, and with the numbers sure to become even more gigantic in the near future, development of more sophisticated analytical methods for power system monitoring is imperative. Such work is proceeding apace in the context of the North American Synchrophasor Initiative, as well as at universities and research institutions.

Transaction-based Techniques for Bulk Power Operation Will Be Useful in Distribution

The usual smart grid vision implies a huge increase in the number of entities that will communicate and interact in both the distribution systems and bulk power operation. This requires new methods of management and system operation. But, we need not start from scratch. Tools developed to run competitive wholesale electricity systems provide useful models.

About the Smart Grid Newsletter

A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.


Aranya ChakraborttyAranya Chakrabortty is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, where he is also ... Read more


Chen-Ching LiuChen-Ching Liu is a professor and Deputy Principal of the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at University College ... Read more


Yunhe HouYunhe Hou, a research professor at the University of Hong Kong, earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate at Huazhong University of Science ... Read more


Wei SunWei Sun works for Alstom Grid as a power system engineer and in summer 2010 was a regional transmission planning engineering for the California ... Read more


Shanshan LiuShanshan Liu is a senior project engineer scientist at the Electric Power Research Institute, where she works on interactive system restoration ... Read more


Farrokh RahimiFarrokh Rahimi, an IEEE senior member, is Vice President of Market Design and Consulting at Open Access Technology International, Inc ... Read more


Ali IpakchiAli Ipakchi is Vice President of Smart Grid and Green Power at OATI. He has over 30 years of experience in the application of information technology ... Read more


Melike Erol-KantarciMelike Erol-Kantarci is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She ... Read more


Omar AsadOmar Asad received his master of science degree from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa ... Read more


Hussein T. MouftahHussein T. Mouftah joined the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa in September 2002 as a Canada Research ... Read more