Smart Grid Challenges Facing the Electric Utilities

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This is a technical talk, free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. Please use the link below to register.

Title: Electricity Grid Challenges and Supply Reliability

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth J. Lutz

Abstract:  Utilities’ incorporation of new electric grid technologies and increased use of communications and information technologies will cause major shifts in the way electricity is delivered. Utilities will need all of these technologies to build a smart grid: a complex system of systems that will create a modern electrical infrastructure to supply reliable power. New electric-grid technologies, including renewables, energy storage, distributed generation, microgrids, and demand-response, need to be incorporated into the electric grid seamlessly, requiring new grid sensors, new control elements, and secure communications. Some of the most important technological challenges include developing effective grid-control algorithms, processing huge amounts of data, and ensuring that the supply of electricity is secure. The implementation of a smart grid presents several other engineering challenges. Utilities need to find ways to build and operate smart grids and deal with major changes in the grid, such as two-way power flow, distributed generation, and electric vehicles. Another challenge is to remove regulatory barriers to the smart grid at both the state and federal levels.

The many efforts by utilities to deploy a smart grid have resulted in a largely piecemeal approach. Some, for example, have deployed smart meters; others, distribution automation. Most utilities have approached the smart grid as an incremental change to their grids; yet few have tried to address the full impacts on their businesses and on their customers. Because the smart grid has the potential to radically change the electricity sector in the same way that new technologies changed the telecommunications sector, it is important to look at not just the smart grid technologies, but the transformational impacts of the smart grid, from the industry structure to public policy and to the business of delivering electricity. A successful smart grid implementation requires a holistic systems engineering approach that encompasses all aspects of technology, business, and public policy.



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  • 1001 Route 35
  • Shrewsbury, New Jersey
  • United States 07702
  • Building: Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch
  • Room Number: Meeting Room

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  • Questions can be directed to the NJ Coast PES Chapter Chair, Mihaela Dinu, at mihaela.dinu.us@ieee.org or 732-939-1543

    Organizer: The Power and Energy Society Chapter of the IEEE NJ Coast Section

  • Co-sponsored by the NJ Coast Section PES Chapter PE31
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  Speakers

Dr. Kenneth J. Lutz

Topic:

Smart Grid Challenges Facing the Electric Utilities

Biography:

Kenneth J. Lutz has had decades of experience in energy, telecommunications, and public policy. He has developed and is teaching a new course on the smart grid at the University of Delaware, where he is an adjunct professor. For the past two summers he served as the faculty-member-in-residence for the Washington Internship for Students of Engineering (WISE) in Washington, DC. In 2009 Dr. Lutz was awarded an IEEE/AAAS Congressional Fellowship and worked for United States Senator Ron Wyden, where he was instrumental in writing federal legislation for renewable energy and energy efficiency. He then founded AMR Strategies, LLC, to help utilities modernize their grids, with smart grid technologies, renewable energy sources, energy storage, and other technological improvements. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Lutz was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research) and at Bell Telephone Laboratories. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.E.E. from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Kenneth J. Lutz

Topic:

Smart Grid Challenges Facing the Electric Utilities

Biography:





Agenda

6:00-6:30 PM - Registration, networking, and light refreshments

6:30-7:30 PM Presentation and Q&A