Date: June 15, 2016
Intelligent Utility
Author: Brian Bunte

Did you know the electric power industry has a rating system in place to help consumers, policy makers and power suppliers make better and more informed decisions? It’s true. The Power Supply Performance Index (PSPI) is based on the Energy Efficiency and Environment category of the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) system. The PEER system helps states better understand the environmental impacts of their power generation portfolio and how they are progressing towards renewable energy goals. Do you know where your state falls in the PEER system? This Intelligent Utility article by Brian Bunte sheds some light on how the system works and why it’s in place.

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Date: May 12, 2016
Environmental Leader
Author: Ken Silverstein

The future of the grid depends on the ability to adopt and adapt new technologies, which includes the advent of microgrids and renewables. In his Environmental Leader article, Ken Silverstein discusses the importance of microgrids and energy storage to solving the current grid’s outage problems and adopting climate-friendly clean energy solutions. Silverstein notes Sally Jacquemin’s article in the May 2016 edition of the IEEE Smart Grid newsletter—offering new thoughts in the world of microgrids and their “green energy” benefits.

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Date: First Quarter 2016
Electricity Today
Author: Dr. Massoud Amin

In a world where the microgrid market is forecast to grow to more than 4,000 megawatts in capacity by 2020, it’s become clear that policy and associate regulatory instruments are needed to achieve the full benefits of smart microgrids, and to enable them to be integrated into existing electricity distribution networks. IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin provides an in-depth look into where microgrid implementations are happening today, where they might be headed for the future, business cases and job creation opportunities, and the importance of adopting standards to help create a regulatory environment that supports microgrid adoption and growth.

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Date: 7 March 2016

Smart Grid News interviewed a panel of experts to discuss the risks the electric grid can be exposed to, from natural disasters to hackers. High impact and low frequency events can do widespread damage to the grid. Panelists Jane Verner, Gary Hoffman and Ramsis Girgis--all with an IEEE affiliation--answered a number of questions that provided their insights on the magnitude of risks, how standards help power grid owners and operators protect the grid, and more.

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Enernex CTO reports at IEEE event on DER planning

The deployment of DER on power grids around the nation is happening much faster than most experts expected just a few years ago, and the tools needed adjust for the changes in many cases do not yet exist, Eric Gunther said yesterday in an IEEE webinar as the sole presenter. Some vendors will say their tools do everything but in his work as the chief technology officer of engineering consultancy Enernex, working with Southern California Edison (SCE) and others, Gunther knows the growing complexity of the grid requires multiple new tools and systems that will require R&D.

Date: 9 February 2016
Intelligent Utility

As part of its women-in-energy series, Intelligent Utility interviewed Sainab Ninalowo, smart grid engineer in the Smart Grid and Technology Group at ComEd (and also a driving force in the IEEE Power and Energy Society's Women in Power program). Sainab discusses her the state of the smart grid industry, women in engineering, STEM programs, her career with ComEd, and the forward-thinking path of the IEEE Power & Energy Society—particularly with the IEEE WiP program.

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Date: 1 February 2016
Electric Energy Online

As an IEEE Smart Grid Expert, Steve Collier knows a thing or two about the evolution and history of the U.S. grid and electric utility. In his Electric Energy Online article, Collier not only provides a thorough summary of the past but also what’s to be expected in the future. With the introduction of the Internet of Things and Big Data, the sky’s the limit… in terms of how the modern utility can become more modernized (and the power grid with it). Collier’s key term and differentiator is distributed energy resources (DER). While combining DER with new technologies and other new innovations—such as EVs, microgrids, and much more—the electric grid will soon become the grid of today, as we learn from the experiences of yesterday’s grid.

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Date: 20 January 2016
Public Utilities Fortnightly

The era of the microgrid and energy storage is here. And it’s become quite popular among the clean energy crowd, forward-thinking utilities and like-minded energy pundits. IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin is definitely in that group and through his article on Public Utilities Fortnightly he communicates all the benefits and policy progress to date. Dr. Amin also provides a nice snapshot of the future of microgrids and energy storage via batteries. As more and more companies step up in this arena and the technology becomes more refined, the overall approach to the smart grid will improve. All in all, this points to better adoption and acceptance.

IEEE is currently recruiting members to join as mentors or judges for the Smart Competition. To learn more, click here.

Date: December 1, 2015
Sustainable Cities Collective

Because the smart grid is such an innovative and foundational technology--along with the many standards it invites--all signs point to building sustainable smart cities. More and more people are flocking to the world's cities and connectivity is a big part of what's required, primarily through what's offered via the Internet of Things. But smart grid technology and the standard-development projects that support it will become a cornerstone for sustainability in cities around the world. Already today many cities are using smart grid tech to reposition the transmission and distribution of electricity so that consumers can more intelligently consume energy. And IEEE is at the forefront of this smart cities movement with standards such as IEEE 2030®, IEEE Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), End-Use Applications, and Loads, and IEEE P2413™, Draft IEEE Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Date: 23 November 2015

In a world increasingly dependent on energy efficiency, material sustainability and redesign and reuse rather than new design, the SMART Competition invites high school students to become part of the solution. By undertaking the project described in the competition’s problem statement, the students will have the opportunity to use professionally available design software while also having access to international experts who will support their efforts as mentors and sponsors.

Teams are comprised of 3-4 students and an educator sponsor. Registration begins in October and ends in January. Registered teams will then be given a deliverables schedule which will help them prepare for participation in the competition.

During the competition finals, the student teams will make their presentation using Internet based video technology. All elements of the competition deliverables will be discussed by the teams with the panel of subject matter expert judges. Team presentations will be scheduled during April.

IEEE is currently recruiting members to join as mentors or judges for the Smart Competition. To learn more, click here.

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