January 17, 2006
The ECE Department co-sponsored Carnegie Mellon's second conference in electric power systems last week, themed "Monitoring, Sensing, Software and its Valuation for the Changing Electric Power Industry." Other sponsors included the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, the Carnegie Mellon CyLab, the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), and the Tepper School of Business.
Organized by Marija Ilic, Professor of ECE and EPP, and Lester Lave, University Professor, Higgins Professor of Economics, and Professor of EPP, the conference focused on the software aspects of transmission and on improving electric systems through better sensing and computer control. Researchers proposed innovative ways of increasing the capacity or reliability of the power grid without requiring a significant investment in hardware. Participants discussed the technical and economic policy enhancements that are needed to facilitate spreading the most promising technologies.
Approximately 65 people attended, arriving from the U.S. and abroad with backgrounds in academia, government, and industry. Last year's conference focused on electricity transmission in deregulated markets.