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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

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

IEEE provides guidance on president’s energy review

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:06

Date: October 8, 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

The IEEE Power & Energy Society’s President-elect Damir Novosel discusses the IEEE’s efforts to respond to President Obama’s request for a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). As a result, the U.S. Department of Energy asked IEEE to comment on seven critical areas of interest—from renewable energy to smart grid issues. Novosel provides a brief recap on the IEEE’s findings after the organization conducted an extensive look at all the issues outlined by the President. In the article, published by Intelligent Utility, a link to IEEE's final report is available. Read more

IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Submits Final Report to the U.S. Department of Energy

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 13:06

Date: October, 6 2014

QER report provides perspective on the effects of renewable intermittency on the electric power grid, the potential role of energy storage and more

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 6 October 2014 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the IEEE Joint Task Force on Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) submitted its final report to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a specific set of priority issues related to the following:

  • Renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage;
  • Utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop photovoltaics;
  • The technical implications for the grid of electric vehicle (EV) integration;
  • The implications and importance of the aging infrastructure and the overall asset management;
  • Recommendations for metrics for addressing smart grid;
  • Skilled workforce issues; and
  • Condition and performance of the electric grid

The report is in response to an initiative created by President Obama via a Presidential Memorandum he issued in January 2014. The President directed several U.S. Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report their findings in January 2015. Subsequently, the U.S. DOE selected several priority topics and requested that the IEEE provide its insights.

In July, the IEEE Task Force—consisting of IEEE volunteers and co-chaired by Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, and Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society—delivered a draft report addressing the U.S. DOE’s priority issues, which was open to the public for comment. And as part of the final report, the IEEE Task Force incorporated the comments, provided further detail to the specific priority issues outlined by the U.S. DOE and added an executive summary along with a set of presentation slides.

Access the full version of the final QER report submitted by the IEEE Joint Task Force and the presentations highlighting the report’s six core topics.

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Is IT eating T&D?

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:06

Date: September/October 2014
Publication: Intelligent Utility

Intelligent Utility’s Kathleen Wolf Davis conducts a Q&A with the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s President, Miroslav Begovic. In the interview, Begovic discusses the history of IT and how it’s transformed industries. Today, big data has an ever-increasing influence on transmission and distribution systems—from system monitoring to protection and control. The use of synchrophasors to support the system at the transmission level has created an incredible amount of data. Begovic also covers current industry concerns such as cybersecurity and the physical security of energy infrastructure. Read more