Date: February 2015
As an honor society, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu promotes and encourages the work of outstanding students, educators and members. To promote this work, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu publishes a digital magazine called THE BRIDGE.
In the February 2015 edition, THE BRIDGE's theme is "Smart Grid and Renewable Energy." As a result, many of the feature articles in the magazine describe developments in the electric power infrastructure, the role of information technology, and new workforce needs.
Date: March/April 2015
Urbanization is rapidly growing. To sustain cities that cater to a population that requires ubiquitous connections and access to services such as electricity and water, new initiatives are being created to create and support what is known as "smart cities." The idea of a smart city is becoming more clear as technological advancements continue their upward trend and clean energy becomes more universally available. The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative (SCI) is an example of a new organization that fosters the creation of global smart cities that allow urbanization to flourish and advance. Through IEEE SCI, the Internet of Things, the smart grid and other promising technologies provide the framework for smart cities to take shape, but they also pose many engineering challenges. The future is bright for smart cities; today, new organizations and networks are helping aid its success through interoperability and compatibility solutions. Read more.
Date: March 18, 2015
In a recent announcement by the Energy Thought Summit (ETS), University of Minnesota Professor and IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin received the "Thought Leader of the Year" award. As a first-of-its-kind endowment, the "Thought Leader of the Year" award recognizes "an individual with an inventive, brave vision to inspire the global energy ecosystem," according to ETS. Dr. Amin was selected by a committee of his peers and colleagues from around the world--all who have also made significant contributions to the energy industry.
"I'm humbled and honored by this recognition," Dr. Amin said regarding the award. In addition to his professorship with the University of Minnesota and position with IEEE Smart Grid, Dr. Amin is also the director of the Technological Leadership Institute and Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership.
Dr. Amin is known as the "father of the smart grid" because of his teachings and work on power grid theory and research throughout the past three decades. A long list of his accomplishments includes high-ranking involvement with the IEEE, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Texas Reliability Entity, and Midwest Reliability Organization. Most notably, Dr. Amin's expert knowledge on grid security has led to a recent interview on NPR and many other notable media outlets. He has also advised the White House, governors and other agencies on matters related to cyber security.
The award will be presented during the 2015 Energy Thought Summit (ETS15), which is being held March 25-26, 2015 in Austin, Texas. During ETS15, Dr. Amin plans to deliver the "2020 Outlook" and will participate in a panel discussion.
For more information and a previous interview with Dr. Amin, click here.
Date: February 16, 2015
In this SmartGridNews interview with Professor Saifur Rahman, the issue of smart grid developments is closely examined and scrutinized. Where are we today in the development of a U.S. smart grid solution? Professor Rahman offers his perspective on what the U.S. utilities are doing to implement progress on a step-by-step basis: from installing smart meters to developing software. Furthermore, Professor Rahman provides a global snapshot of the smart grid industry as a means to show how far the industry has come as a whole. Read more.
Date: Feb 2015
India is an emerging economy with great strength, potential and influence. It's also rife with power sector problems--from electricity theft to mismanagement in the power supply. Tommy Wayne, VP of Meetings with the IEEE Power & Energy Society, explores India's current electric grid challenges and poses a new course of action: solving problems with technology. Wayne points out that India's challenges are rather unique--often mired in social anxieties. However, it's combining private sector advantages with government policies that will move India in a forward direction.. Read more.
Date: January 8, 2015
IEEE Fellow and Smart Grid Expert John McDonald appraises the future of energy, its distribution, its management and the overall business of generation. McDonald outlines five requirements for intelligently distributing electricity via the smart grid: smart meters, metering communications, outage management systems, geographic information systems and distribution management systems. And what do these all have in common (aside from the obvious)? Big data and the Internet of Things play lead roles in how they all work together. Read more.
SAFE ELECTRICITY - NESC celebrates a century of safety improvements and looks forward to 100 years more
Date: Jan/Feb 2015
Rural Electric Magazine
Celebrating its 100th birthday, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) was established to protect utility workers during their very important work on electric lines in the U.S. After examining the NESC's history in this Rural Electric Magazine article, it's time to look at the code of tomorrow. The NESC committee is currently revising the code to make the proper enhancements to adhere with today's standards--set to go into effect in 2017. And every person involved with the electric grid is invited to the table to debate every aspect of the next generation of NESC. Read more.