Significant resources are being deployed to enable the future smart grid. To help achieve this ambitious objective, distribution management systems (DMS) are expected to provide a growing number of applications, including real-time control and monitoring, distribution transformer usage optimization, volt/VAr control, feeder reconfiguration and restoration, control of switches and reclosers, demand side management, and capacitor switching. The interconnection of distributed generation and renewable energy sources, which is crucial for enabling the future smart grid, also poses new challenges, such as the occurrence of overvoltages at the distribution level. Since distribution system state estimation (DSSE) provides the initial state/condition of numerous DMS applications (including real-time monitoring), its accuracy and reliability will have a significant impact on the operation of the future grid.
An IEEE Foundation Signature Program originally established by the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) and the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) as the Community Solutions Initiative (CSI), IEEE Smart Village aims to bring basic electrical and educational services by 2025 to more than 50 million people in today’s off-grid regions of the world.
While information and communication technologies seem ready for the reliable support of smart grids applications, most of them are not yet sufficiently mature for significant sales in Europe. In the FP7 EU funded project INTrEPID, a pilot has been set up and currently involves over 50 houses spread over Denmark and Italy.
In January 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing several federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under the leadership of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council, requested IEEE provide insights on a specific set of priority issues. In response, the IEEE Joint Task Force on QER— spearheaded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE-USA and the IEEE volunteer community —was formed. On April 21, 2015, the task force submitted the first installment of the QER report.