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Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee Report

IEEE Power Engineering Society Entity Annual Report

Entity: Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee

Chair: Steve Pullins
Vice-Chair: Doug Houseman
Secretary: TBD

1. Significant Accomplishments:
GridVision 2050 was published by IEEE SA and a small number of copies have been sold. PES was the first society to complete the task and publish, it was followed in late summer by the Communications Society and then by the Computer Society. The versions from the Controls Society and the Vehicle Society are both pending.

More than 20 presentations on GridVision 2050 were given at various industry events, providing a basis for work like the Transactive Energy Framework from the GridWise Architecture Council. The US Department of Energy (USDOE) and China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) both have adopted the Make-Move-Use ideas from GridVision 2050.

ICAID for DC@Home was approved in late July 2013. A call for participation (CFP) was circulated by PES, SA, The Computer Society, The Power Electronics Society, and several other organizations in late August 2013. The DC@Home effort will be co-chaired by Ernie Wiebe and Doug Houseman. The CFP received over 2,000 response emails from over 400 unique email addresses. A survey of the respondents was sent out in late December.

DC@Home has agreed to create formal Liaison with EMerge and three other industry organizations. EMerge has a number of commercial building standards that they would rather let PES maintain in the future.

The PES Smart Grid Roadmap progressed through the year with 3 meetings on the topic with the IGCC Smart Grid Roadmap Task Force (32 members), 4 major revisions of the document were completed, with a goal of having a final document in time to present at the T&D Show in Chicago. IGCC would like to have a PES level presentation of the Smart Grid Roadmap at the 2014 PES General Meeting.

The IGCC ran a pair of surveys at the request of PES and the Technical Council to look at the committee coverage, the first looked at emerging technologies that are being to be installed or used in or with the grid. The second was done based on the list of topics that PES tells authors that they accept technical papers on. Both surveys were completed and are ready to be presented to the Technical Council/Board of Directors at the JTCM in New Orleans.
The IGCC received over 200 papers for the General Meeting and an additional 100 papers for other conferences that they were responsible for. More than 700 reviews of these papers were completed by IGCC members. A pair of paper forums and 2 paper sessions were run by the IGCC at the 2013 PES GM, and other conferences in 2013. The IGCC has already received more than 300 papers for conferences in 2014, including more than 100 for the T&D show.

The IGCC’s rules for running a paper forum were adopted by the Technical Council and used at the 2013 PES GM. Because the forums were successful, it looks like the paper forum will be the primary venue for the presentation of papers in 2014.

Three more Smart Grid tutorials were completed in 2013. They were run at various regional, national and international meetings. A total of 70 sessions of PES tutorials (e.g. Smart Grid 101) were presented. More than 1,000 students attended these sessions. Four tutorials were transitioned from the development team to long-term presenters. The topology has 5 more topics added with the goal to complete at least 2 of those tutorials in 2014.
The leadership of the IGCC did more than a dozen student chapter presentations during the year for various university-based chapters, as well as a microgrid tutorial for the Los Angeles section of PES.

The IGCC has 225 members.

2. Benefits to Industry and PES Members from the Committee Work:
The GridVision 2050 document offers the industry a clear vision of the future, with areas where work will pay off in the future and where work may not pay off in the future. It integrates many views from different organizations and simplifies the future view into something that can be discussed with non-technical people, including regulators, legislators, teachers, and lay people. This offers an ability to communicate the impact of the changes on everyday life for people and helps them understand what will change.

Given the rapid deployment of rooftop solar and electric vehicles in some areas, the DC@Home work will help get more of the energy generated into useful locations with less in the way of jury-rigging by home owners and installers that do not have appropriate safety guides.

The Smart Grid Roadmap offers PES and industry members a chance to offer comments on future standards needed and to get a consolidated view of where effort is needed to commercialize the ideas that are driving the future.

The tutorials and student chapter presentations offer education to people in the industry in need and assist in branding PES as a leader in smart grid related issues.

While the IGCC no longer is the lead on the ISGTs globally, those conferences were created by the IGCC and are still heavily supported by the IGCC.

3. Benefits to Volunteer Participants from the Committee Work:
IGCC volunteers have had more than 100 speaking opportunities on tutorials, the Smart Grid Roadmap, the GridVision project, and DC@Home, helping them both raise the visibility for IEEE and to raise the visibility of the IEEE PES work. The work has also created a feeling that the IGCC is back on the leading/bleeding edge of grid modernization, giving volunteers a leg up in their own companies.

Because of the work on the roadmap, several volunteers are now laying out how they want to lead the effort on specific future standards, giving them a chance to become deeply embedded in the work ahead of their peers.
With DC@Home there is an opportunity to open a whole new area of standards and research, the fact that over 400 people from more than 44 countries have volunteered for the effort indicates the broad appeal of the effort, and the opportunity to help people develop their own careers.

4. Recognition of Outstanding Performance:
The most outstanding work was done by the members of the GridVision 2050 team:

  • Georges Simard, Georges Simard Smart Grid Inc.
  • Grant Gilcrest, EnerNex
  • Geza Joos, Mc Gill University, Canada
  • Roy Alexander, RWA Engineering LLC
  • Chad Abbey, Hydro-Quebec / IREQ
  • Doug Houseman, EnerNex


  • Ernie Wiebe, Ernie Wiebe Consulting, Inc.
  • Sam Sciacca who is a IEEE SA associate
  • Doug Houseman, EnerNex

The Smart Grid Roadmap Task Force:

  • Steve Pullins, Green Energy Corp
  • Erich Gunther, EnerNex
  • Doug Houseman, EnerNex
  • Jeff Nelson, TVA
  • Theo Laughner, TVA
  • Wanda Reeder, S&C Electric
  • Joseph Januszewski, WD-TEK
  • Nikos HATZIARGYRIOU, National Technical University of Greece
  • Pat Ryan, PES


  • Laurie Miller, PNNL
  • Wanda Reeder, S&C
  • Ron Farquharson, EnerNex
  • Doug Houseman, EnerNex
  • Steve Pullins, Green Energy Corp

The various IGCC tutorials were used to generate more than $9,000 for the scholarship fund in 2013.
These people made most of the work during the year possible.

5. Coordination with Other Entities (PES Committees, CIGRE, standards, etc.):
IGCC coordinated with most of the PES committees and subcommittees on the Roadmap, with CIGRE, IEC, EPRI, DOE, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Controls Society, the IEEE Vehicle Systems Society, the Standards Association and a host of others on the Grid Vision – a total of 90 organizations were included in workshops, review rounds and other activities related to the GridVision draft. Another 80 were to be offered review opportunities on the final draft.

The DC@Home has participation from EMerge, IEC, USDOE, the European Union, 17 governments from outside of North America, and others.

6. New Technologies of Interest to the Committee:
There are more than 200 technologies in the Roadmap survey, all of them are “of interest” to the IGCC.

7. Significant Plans for the Next Period:
1) Complete Phase I of the DC@Home ICAID
2) Complete the PES Smart Grid Roadmap
3) Launch a paper drive for DC related papers and research projects for the GM in 2015
4) Gain liaisons from all committees and sub-committees in PES
5) Spark a PES discussion on the expansion of PES to more fully embrace the customer side of the meter.
6) Complete 2 to 3 more smart grid tutorials

Submitted by: Doug Houseman and Steve Pullins Date: 13 Jan 2014