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Green Ovations: Smart Cities Address an Urgent Need

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 14:06

Date: November 2014
Publication: Electric Energy Online

As urbanization grows, sustainable practices become crucial.

In this article on the evolution of the electric grid to support smart cities, Gilles Betis highlights IEEE's Smart Cities initiative and Guadalajara as the first city selected. Gilles also points out that embracing IoT will be critical to the success of Smart Grids and Smart Cities of the future. Read more

Keeping tabs on emerging trends, Part II: Interconnections, revised standards and communication networks

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:06

Date: October 28, 2014
Publication: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In this article, Sam Sciacca reflects on the career of a consulting-specifying engineer—from emerging issues to disruptive trends. Sciacca also discusses all the recent technological developments that have been recently made in the energy industry, specifically solar PV and other advancements in renewable energy tech. Based on the 2015 IEEE-IEEMA Intelect Conference and Expo, Sciacca sees the industry trending to H3O (hospitals, hotels and home/offices). Within this category, new emerging innovations come to light: microgrids, load-control technologies and other self-sufficient solutions. Read more

How Utilities Can Prepare for Extreme Weather

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 13:06

Date: October 27, 2014
Publication: The Institute

As the vice president of innovation and technology for Enernex, an electric power research and consulting company, in Knoxville, Tenn., I have been asked repeatedly to predict whether there is a danger of blackouts when snowstorms hit various parts of the world in the coming months. Weather services have gone back and forth debating how cold these months will be, especially compared to the dramatic drop in temperature many experienced just last year. Read more

Keeping tabs on emerging technology trends: professional development in the face of emerging trends

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:06

Date: October 17, 2014
Publication: Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Like any expanding and growing industry, it’s the emerging trends that set a level horizon. The energy industry is no exception. In this article, Sam Sciacca reflects on the interconnections of revised standards and communication networks. With increasing interconnections between consumer facilities and the grid, more policies are generated by utilities, governments and commissions to regulate activity. And with new policies come new standards. Sciacca suggests that consulting-specifying engineers not only need to stay abreast of industry shifts and newly published standards but also the challenges that exist—especially as they apply to responsibilities to clients. Read more