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Unformatted text preview: H 4 IEEE power & energy magazine september/october 2008 HOW PROPHETIC IT WAS! In 1977, Prof. Fred C. Schweppe of MIT was elected an IEEE Fellow for contributions to the application of state esti- mation, load forecasting and system dynamics to the con- trol electric power systems. His initial interest in power systems was motivated by what was, at that time, the big- gest power failure in history, the Great Northeast Black- out of 910 November 1965. To learn about the industry, Fred spent a year in resi- dence at American Electric Power Service Corp. (AEP). His initial work involved the application of modern con- trol theory to power system control and stability. Eventually his inter- ests expanded into a broad array of power systems issues, including the development of analytical methods for optimizing power system opera- tions and planning with emphasis on environmental constraints, and short- and long-term load demand modeling. Having had the privilege of working with Fred during the year he spent at AEP and subsequent con- tacts, I can readily understand him being regarded as an individualist, almost a renegade, with new and highly creative ideas, and someone who was determined to bring these ideas to fruition. Fred Schweppes seminal work provides the basis for many of the technological innovations that we accept today. Surely, the links exist for relation to hierarchical wide area measurement system (WAMS) to be centrally collected from vari-...
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