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]

[quote] 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 organizations 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.”

Collaboration through knowledge-sharing

The MOU states that the IEEE PES and DOE will share technical needs for grid interoperability requirements. This includes collaboration in helping to identify technological gaps and approaches for addressing them. This also includes developing, disseminating and sharing information on advancements in technology and associated practices for planning, operations, and maintenance.

“This was a milestone effort for IEEE because it demonstrated and reinforced the open consensus process for standards development, primarily through our work with the DOE,” said IEEE PES executive director, Patrick Ryan.

Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, commented: “Balancing Market and Reliability: Roles of ISOs and DSOs, Policy and Regulatory Aspects - signaling the society's role in unifying industry to collectively pursue progress.”


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