Welcome to e-Energy 16′ & Keynote

General Chair of seventh ACM e-Energy Dr. Keshav would like to thanks everyone for coming, and hope every enjoy the conference with coming good weather of conference duration. This year there are around 85 attendees in the conference, 24 full papers, 2 keynotes, 4 workshops, 13 posters and 1 panel.

Dr. Steven Low and Dr. Minghua Chen who are Technical Program Committee chairs provide detailed information of the submissions and reviews in the conference. Basically, each paper received 3-5 reviews and the average score is 3.21 out of 6, where the average review score of accepted paper is 3.98.

Keynote and Panel chair Dr. Catherine announces the best paper award this year which goes to the paper titled An online incentive mechanism for emergency demand response in geo-distributed colocation data centers. There are three papers went into the final round:

  1. Online microgrid energy generation scheduling revisited: the benefits of randomization and interval prediction
  2. An online incentive mechanism for emergency demand response in geo-distributed colocation data centers
  3. Energy-efficient timely transportation of long-haul heavy-duty trucks

 

Keynote:

The first keynote is presented by Doug Thomas who is Vice-President of Information and Technology Services, and Chief Information Officer, IESO. The title is Ontario’s Changing Electricity System and the Role of Data. The IESO is the reliable coordinator for Ontario and works closely with other jurisdictions to ensure energy adequacy across North America, and now the number of micro grid contracts has reached 20 thousands.

The change of Ontario is obvious these decades. Ontario has seen the phase out of coal-fired generation, tremendous growth in renewable generation sources at both the transmission and distribution level, and a strong focus on conservation and demand management initiatives. The first wind farm commissioned in 2006 and final coal plan was closed in 2014.

Distributed generation now has material impacts on how Ontario’s power system is managed – $2 trillion is expected to be invested globally over the next decade to modernize grid infrastructure, and the future grid will manage centralize generation in concert with hundreds of thousands of distributed energy resources.

Besides, 21st century customers also change, they expect more from utilities, including clean, reliable, affordable electricity and services, they are shifted form passive to proactive. Therefore, the IESO launch two Demand Response (DR) projects which enable customers to react to the dynamic electricity prices.

To implement DR project, the smart metering system is installed, basically, the system collects the electricity usage data and provides customers the billing information as the feedbacks.It is believed such an intelligent system would help to enhance the energy efficiency of the electric grid and make the environment better. However, the privacy issue is expected and how to working through it will be the next challenge.

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