IEEE addresses energy challenges with three new whitepapers


The IEEE Power & Energy Society Industry has issued three technical whitepapers, identifying solutions to potential challenges faced by utilities today and in the future.

The whitepapers include:

  1. The Impact of IEEE 1547 Standard on Smart Inverters, which has been provided to the Department of Energy, focuses on the use of smart inverters to optimise the operations of solar photovoltaic systems.

The report comprises features which utilities, manufacturers and regulators can use to address challenges associated with grid operations due to increasing implementation/ integration of distributed energy resources.

IEEE started working on the paper at the end of 2017 through to mid-May 2018.

  1. The Impact of Inverter Based Generation Dynamics and Short-Circuit Performance was developed jointly with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

The report was compiled between Q4 2017 through to June 2018 to provide a better understanding of the implications of potential low fault current and short circuit strength conditions on the bulk power system.

The paper helps grid operators to accommodate a changing resource mix and explores how large penetrations of inverter-based resources affect the total system inertia and frequency.

  1. The Definition and Quantification of Resilience provided to the Federal Regulatory Commission was compiled in less than one month. The report looks at the important industry topic of resilience of the electric grid.

Damir Novosel, IEEE PES ITS Task Force chair, said: “The accelerated publication of these three technical papers demonstrates how quickly IEEE volunteers can respond to important industry needs.

“IEEE PES is home to the world’s leading innovators, architects and implementers in the power and energy sector and the PES ITS Task Force better serves government and regulatory agencies’ growing need for unbiased, independent and objective technical leadership and support on key electric power and energy topics.”

The launch of the three papers follows IEEE PES establishing a framework under its More Power to the Future initiative to advance energy standards, leadership, education and global participation in development.

The organisation is making sure its standards comply with regulatory initiatives by signing  Memoranda of Understandings with several national and international government and regulatory agencies; including the US Department of Energy (DOE), the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MEER).