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from the editor

Michael Henderson

large-scale smart grids
recipes for successful integrations

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Our Large-ScaLe Smart
grid issue discusses several
applications of advanced stateof-the-art technologies. Lessons
learned from demonstration
projects can now be applied over
broad systems to analyze, plan,
and successfully operate distributed resources. the issue discusses ways of
✔ determining acceptable levels of distributed resources
and implementing appropriate control over their operation that maximizes their
benefit to the overall system
✔ understanding load characteristics and using distribution voltage control to
improve the overall reliable
and economic performance of transmission and distribution systems
✔ implementing regulatory reform to
facilitate the successful integration
of distributed resources
✔ applying hierarchical and decentralized distribution automation
and information exchange to improve the overall operation of transmission and distribution systems
✔ utilizing microgrid technologies
to improve resiliency and even
provide primary service in isolated communities.
a special thanks to our issue's guest editor, Luis (Nando) Ochoa, who collected
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2017.2664398
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rely on the grid to serve their
own purposes, such as backup supply and balancing. Since
this affects the distribution and
transmission systems, the implementation of the intelligent grid
requires a comprehensive and
holistic approach and recognition that utilities need to change
their technical, business, and
regulatory models. Several examples are given of where this
evolution is taking place and key
issues that must be addressed
to make it possible. the article
also presents actions that utilities, regulators, and vendors can
take today to achieve the reliable,
resilient, and cost-effective deimage licensed by ingram publishing
livery of electrical energy while
meeting environmental goals for
five articles that discuss how smart years to come.
grid technologies can be intelligently
applied. Nando's guest editorial intro- The "Good" Blackout
duces the articles, which are recipes In the "History" column, author george
for successfully integrating new tech- c. Loehr recounts his experience with
nologies to the benefit of the trans- the 9 November 1965 blackout in the
mission and distribution sy stem and northeastern united States. this column
consumers, who reap the rewards of summarizes some basic explanations of
improved reliability and lower costs. stability phenomena, several of which
graham ault's "In my View" column can be used with audiences not fatalks about the benefits of scaling de - miliar with electric power engineering.
monstration projects more broadly the article also describes the Federal
across systems.
Power commission investigation and
this issue also includes a special identification of the root causes of the
feature article, "modernizing the grid: 1965 blackout. early advances in simuchallenges and Opportunities for a lating stability performance and improSustainable Future," which discusses vements in coordinating planning and
how technology allows for opportuni- operations across utility boundaries are
ties for sustainability, but customers particularly relevant today.
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