A Special issue on IEEE Smart Grid Standards

The smart grid, as with all engineering concepts, requires standardization to be widely understood on a common basis across the platforms and perspectives of all stakeholders. At the same time, standardization ensures that the directions of research on the relevant field may be more clearly specified. In this issue of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, our authors guide you through the latest IEEE standards and standard working groups that are paving the way for the wider adoption of smart grid paradigms, equipment and applications. These articles reveal the value of developing standards and will hopefully motivate many in addressing working group leads for volunteering as active participants.

By Bill Ash

Over several decades, electric utilities have installed hundreds of thousands of electronic devices that monitor the vital signs of their transmission and distribution systems to modernize the power grid. The proliferation of detailed information about voltage, current and other system parameters can tell utilities a lot about the state, stability and efficiency of transmission and distribution networks, thus providing more insight to the performance and control of the grid.

By Paulo Leitao

Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) is a paradigm derived from the distributed artificial intelligence field that offers an alternative way to design complex large scale systems by decentralizing the control system by distributed, autonomous and cooperative entities. This approach is particularly differing from the conventional approaches due to its inherent capabilities to adapt to emergence without external intervention. Industrial agent-based solutions, aligned with the cyber-physical systems concept, expand the potential application domains of MAS and at the same time, adds the required flexibility, robustness, and responsiveness to industrial automation systems.

By Mangaya Sivagnanam and Dr. Massoud Amin

The Smart Connected Buildings (SCB) represent a convergence of latest cutting-edge technologies including Self-awareness, Predictive Maintenance, Convergent Networks, Wireless Retrofits, and Biometric, all with security built-in as a design criterion. They continuously integrate and interact with the Smart-Grids and Micro-Grids to optimally achieve functions such as Combined Cooling-Heating-Power, Solar-Photovoltaic, Wind Generation, Energy Storage and sophisticated grid controls and optimization software.

By Wayne Gutschow

Many areas in the world suffer from lack of electricity. India alone has 400 million people without power. The IEEE P2030.10 standard will address the need for energy resources like solar and wind to be in proper use, so as to provide power for remote and rural applications. Governments and other supporting agency are looking for standardized products and services to address these needs. This standard will help address this issue.


IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Editors

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Dr. Ebrahim Vaahedi
Chair, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

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Dr. Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis
Managing Editor
IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter

IEEE Smart Grid Publications Editorial Board

Frances Bell
Pardis Khayyer
Sathish Chandran
Mehrdad Rostami
Mehmet Cintuglu
Geev Mokryani
Jose Medina

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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Compendium

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