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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - September 2013

How to Achieve Completely Autonomous Power in the Next Generation of Smart Grids

The paradigm of future power systems described here offers a method of standardizing the interface of all electrical supplies, including conventional power plants and new add-ons, such as wind/solar farms, electrical vehicles and energy storage systems, and a majority of loads with the transmission and distribution networks, by exploiting the synchronisation principle of synchronous machines. This model opens the prospect of achieving completely autonomous operation of power systems.

Holistic Assessment for Enterprise Control of the Future Electricity Grid

Because of many compelling trends in electrical power, the overall dispatchability of the generation fleet is decreasing while the overall dispatchability of demand is increasing. The future electrical grid will benefit from enterprise control techniques that deliver holistic dynamic properties.

Texas Project Transforms How Consumers Interact with Energy Use

By making consumers more aware of their energy usage patterns in real time, the Pecan Street project in Austin, Texas hopes ultimately to achieve a two-thirds reduction in the average homeowner’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Pecan Street’s research focuses on distributed generation, storage, demand response, energy efficiency, new pricing models and other technical and economic innovations in and around the home.

Results of the Kentucky Smart Grid Roadmap Initiative

In 2010, Kentucky began a three-year project to develop a comprehensive smart grid roadmap. Members of government agencies, academic researchers and other grid stakeholders proceeded to craft a smart grid vision that guides utility investment in infrastructure and technology and provides regulators with recommendations and an overview of best practices. In this follow-on to our December 2011 Smart Grid Newsletter article, we report progress in the Kentucky Smart Grid Roadmap Initiative.

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.

Contributors

Qing-Chang ZhongQing-Chang Zhong is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
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Amro M. FaridAmro M. Farid, an IEEE member, is an assistant professor of engineering systems and management at the Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Marita MirzatunyMarita Mirzatuny is a member of the smart power team of the Environmental Defense Fund’s U.S. Climate & Energy Program.
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Matthew TurnerMatthew Turner, an IEEE member, is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering technology at Purdue University.
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James H. GrahamJames H. Graham, an IEEE senior member, is the Henry Vogt Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Louisville.
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Adel S. ElmaghrabyAdel S. Elmaghraby, an IEEE Senior Member, is professor and chairman of the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Louisville.
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