IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - May/June 2014 - 4

from the editor

Mel Olken

a potpourri of eight
articles cover grids, reliability, improvements

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As most of our reAders
know, most IEEE Power & Energy
Magazine issues are devoted to a
single preselected theme. However, we also welcome submissions related to the technology we
represent. those submissions are
subjected to a rigorous peer review
process, and, although many do
not survive, those that do are well
worth sharing with you. this issue
is quite eclectic and features eight
accepted articles covering a potpourri of subjects. I am pleased
to offer them with apologies to a
number of the authors for the delay
they have experienced prior to
publication.

In This Issue
Here is a brief introduction to the articles in the order that they are presented.
our first article, "the Grid of the
future," presents trends and their potential impact on shaping the grid of the
future. these include coal plant retirements, solar and wind and gas generation, electric vehicles, electric storage,
distributed generation, dynamic reactive
power, and demand management. these
factors together with new technologies,
changing market conditions, and new
regulations and policies all shape the
future of the grid both in emerging and
developed economies.
"form follows function" offers a
view of smart grid issues as seen by a
communications expert. It presents a
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communications-oriented framework
as an introduction to the design of a
communications system to govern
actions within the system. three design
entities, business networks, consumer
networks, and interentity communication systems, are identified as the keys
to implementing the design of the communications system.
the criticality of power plant models as planning and operating tools is a
long-established practice. However, the
values that are used to establish these
models may change as conditions in
the plant change. "Improving reliability through Better models" applies
the use of phasor measurement units
(Pmus) and synchrophasor data to analyze machine responses that open the
doors to validation models using Pmus
to supplement and potentially defer certain staged tests. these validation techniques could ultimately reduce outages,

increase reliability, and reduce
costs associated with power plant
model validation testing.
"A road map to Integration"
is an overview of the application
of smart meters and an indictment of the practice as we know
it today. After a detailed analysis, the article concludes that the
metering aspect must be linked
directly to the substation and
prices pegged to that substation, i.e., the advanced metering
infrastructure must be the communication gateway between
the substation and its termination points.
"Powering through
the
storm" is a primer covering the definition and global applications of
microgrids. the article then focuses on
natural disasters, citing detailed descriptions of these events and then offering
commentary on how microgrids may
have mitigated the extent of the event.
the conclusion reached by the authors
is that the planning process for the
future grid should take into account the
coordinated operation of microgrids
during disasters as one of their many
potential benefits.
"forewarned Is forearmed" presents BC Hydro's approach of mitigating
long-term disturbances by using an overall remedial action scheme (rAs) that
involves multiple rAss and a systemwide rAs arming system. the BC Hydro
system has been modeled for the presentation of the tests and results obtained.
With testing completed, the proposed system is being implemented by the utility.
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