Final IEEE Report to DOE QER on Priority Issues
President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum in January 2014 directing several Federal agencies to undertake a Quadrennial Energy Review and report back in January 2015. The US DOE, under the leadership of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council, has requested IEEE to provide insights on a specific set of priority issues: effects of renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage; utility and energy company business cases related to microgrids and distributed generation, such as rooftop photovoltaics; the technical implications of electric vehicle integration; asset management including aging infrastructure; metrics for Smart Grid; skilled workforce issues; and condition and performance of the electric grid.
Indeed, the questions raised by DOE span some of the major issues facing the electric power sector world-wide. The National Academy of Engineering considers electrification as the first of twenty engineering achievements that have had the greatest impact on quality of life in the 20th century. Presidential Policy Directive 21 identifies the Energy Sector as uniquely critical because it provides an “enabling function” across all critical infrastructure sectors. Modern society has reached a point where virtually every crucial economic and social function depends on the secure, reliable operation of the power and energy infrastructures. These infrastructures provide huge societal benefits but also face big challenges. International energy industry has been experiencing significant changes caused by new technology trends, environmental concerns, new weather patterns, changing consumer needs, and regulatory requirements. The electrical power and energy sector will continue evolving as consumer expectations and options will change, technology breakthroughs will happen, and energy sources and their usage will be transformed. Use of electricity is expected to grow even with improvements in energy efficiency as it is expected that electrical energy will replace other forms of energy (e.g. transportation).
IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, utilizes synergies among private and public sectors (utilities, vendors, academia, national labs, regulatory organizations, and other industry participants) to provide unbiased and independent technical leadership to electrical power and energy industry worldwide. Spearheaded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and IEEE-USA, IEEE Joint Task Force leaders engaged a large IEEE volunteer community to compile and review this report. Contributors to this report include:
Joint Task Force Leads
Damir Novosel, Veronika Rabl, Jeffrey Nelson
Tom Schneider/Julio Romero Agüero; John McDonald; Doug Houseman; Massoud Amin/Thomas Pierpoint; Veronika Rabl; Robin Podmore
Patrick Ryan, James Savage, Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Shay Bahrimarad, Dan Brotzman, Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos, George Ballassi, ML Chan, Mike Dood, Roger Hedding