IEEE Smart Grid "Ask Me Anything" with John D. McDonald

26 June 2013 from 12pm to 1pm

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Distributed generation (DG), or energy generation resources within the distribution system, is playing a progressively more important role in today’s more intelligent power systems. According to BCC Research, the global distributed energy generation market will reach $140.7B by 2015. Drivers behind this accelerating growth are the increasing integration of renewables into the energy mix, including wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric sources, as well as electric vehicles. With its wide variety of benefits, like better power reliability, reduced costs, and increased consumer choice, DG is often regarded as a potential solution to many of the ills facing aging power infrastructures.

Despite myriad benefits, there are business and operational challenges that must be addressed before DG becomes a ubiquitous part of the power infrastructure. Among these are disruptions to the traditional utility industry, technology complexities, and difficulties in planning for and integration of renewable energy sources into existing systems.

IEEE Fellow, past president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES), and past chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, John D. McDonald is a recognized electric utility industry and Smart Grid expert. With more than 39 years industry experience and as the Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Digital Energy, he is uniquely qualified to discuss the role and impact of renewable energy sources in DG strategies. During his AMA, he will define DG, offer a snapshot of today’s DG market, and address how and where renewables fit into the power landscape.

This IEEE Smart Grid AMA will begin at 12:00pm EDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group. Please note that this is an online-only event; a LinkedIn account and membership in the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group is required to participate. Becoming a member of the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group is easy and free. Join the group today by visiting http://bit.ly/IEEE-SGI_LinkedIn.

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  • John McDonald IEEE Fellow; Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development, GE Digital Energy

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  • Melissa Drozdowski

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