IEEE partners to launch first forum on smart grids for smart cities 15 SEPTEMBER 2016

The IEEE Smart Grid Initiative has teamed up with Think Smartgrids to launch the first IEEE International Forum on Smart Grids for Smart Cities (SG4SC).

Think Smartgrids is an an international organisation that supports the growing demand for a reliable smart grids. According to a release, the programme will address the pivotal role of smart grids in technology for the development of smart cities around the globe. [IEEE helps China and Italy to plan smart cities]

The conference is set to take place from the 16-18 October 2016 at the Hôtel des Arts & Métiers in Paris, France.

IEEE Smart Grid Chair Dr. Massoud Amin, said: “Part of furthering the global smart grid movement is to convene industry experts to share best practices and take advantage of education opportunities. The development of energy conservation and enabling the integration of more renewable energy is paramount to a reliable, self-healing smart grid and the advancement of smart cities around the world. The next few years are crucial—for every grid-connected person—as we continue to make strides as an industry.”

IEEE and DoE partner on smart grid

In another collaboration, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and the US Department of Energy have signed an MoU to address grid modernisation challenges at distribution level.

The Memorandum of Understanding focuses on the planning and operational challenges that include integrated resource planning and schemes for coordination, control, and information management. [Smart grid domains: IEEE’s new ways to access intelligence]

According to a release, IEEE USA, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), IEEE Smart Grid, and other IEEE societies will join IEEE PES in collaboration on the MOU. The four primary collaboration areas include standards, technology, conferences, and education.Damir Novosel, IEEE PES President and Lead Officer for the DOE cooperation, said: “IEEE is pleased to, once again, join forces with the DOE and benefit our industry with an unbiased and independent industry perspective and global reach by jointly undertaking the initiatives that will positively affect the way we live in the future.”

Technical support in the implementation of the MoU’s objectives will be provided by the IEEE PES Policy Technical Support Task Force. The goal of the TaskForce is to provide support and cooperate with governments and regulatory organisations globally on technical issues, which includes the DOE via the recently signed MOU.

Novosel added: “[The] IEEE is a valuable resource for government entities invoking positive regulatory and policy changes. This MOU is an example of the role we serve to bring together like-minded communities and agencies to have a helpful impact on the global energy challenges we face today.”