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from the editor

Mel Olken

transactive energy
providing an enabling environment
Mel Olken

T

offers a comprehensive, informative, and illustrated presentation
that illuminates a previously little-known aspect of Pes.

TransacTive (a word my
browser adamantly refuses to
recognize) energy (Te) is fast
emerging as one of the more
novel and interesting approaches to the grid of the future. in
simplistic terms, Te is an enabling environment for any
number of users to partner with
traditional providers to produce, buy, and sell electricity
using automated control. The
ensuing results should produce
a grid offering reliability, affordability, sustainability, and
efficiency. Projects related to
Te are well underway in new
york, california, and Texas
and have generated keen interest by the U.s. department of
energy as well as in europe. The
Gridwise architecture council
(Gwac) has been created and
is taking a leading role in the
study of Te projects and issues.
you will learn more about the
Gwac in our articles.

In This Issue
i am grateful to ralph masiello who,
with assistance from Gerry sheble, assembled the seven feature articles of
our issue, which offer a comprehensive
look at the structures and complexities that may possibly be involved and
review the benefits that could ensue
in this grid of the future. The feature
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2016.2525878
Date of publication: 19 April 2016

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ieee power & energy magazine

PES Members
Receive IEEE Awards
in "society news," we are proud
to announce that two stalwart
Pes members have been chosen
as the recipients of prestigious
2016 ieee awards. arun Phadke
will receive the ieee Power engineering medal for his seminal
contributions to synchrophasor
technology, and Hermann Koch
is being recognized for his work
in the standards area as the recipient of the ieee charles Proteus steinmetz award. Their
citations and photos can be found
in the column.

©graphicstock

articles themselves, and the closing
"in my view" column by Gerry, are
introduced by ralph in his "Guest editorial" column.

A View of
the Financial Side
The "Leader's corner" column, by ieee
Power & energy society (Pes) Treasurer chris root, presents an opportunity
for our members to familiarize themselves with the details and nuances of
the financial state of our society. chris

The Standard
in Circuit Breakers

The "History" column, authored
by russ yeckley and Jerry colclaser and edited by carl sulzberger,
describes the development of the sulfur
hexafluoride (sF6) high-voltage circuit
breaker in the 1950s at westinghouse
electric. That technology remains the
standard to this day. The story is a most
interesting one and will certainly appeal
to our readers. a special note of thanks
to the facilitator of the piece, John Paserba, who was instrumental in its
composition.
p&e
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