IEEE Smart Distribution Working Group

Task Force on Volt-VAR Control 


Look at how volt/var control needs to change for the smart grid. Start by looking at how volt/var control is presently implemented with and without DAC for example and how it needs to change for the smart grid.


We need to understand how new technologies such as distributed resources, renewables, plug-in hybrids and their increased penetration in the distribution system will impact volt/var control and how it needs to change for the future. Also, the smart grid can benefit from technologies such as smart inverters that can not only provide active power but also non-active power control and thus provide volt/var control. Along with the technology issues, we need to drive how the standards need to evolve or shift to account for needed technology and system changes..


Larry Conrad, P.E.

Conrad Technical Services LLC
7609 Williamsburg Dr.

Plainfield, IN, USA 46168

Telephone: 317.431.1866


Vice Chair
Mike Simms

Duke Energy



Telephone: 513.287.2922

John Sell

GE Grid Solutions

10865 Willows Road NE

Redmond, WA  98052

Telephone: 425.250.2518

List of members

For any change in the list, please contact the secretary (The VVTF mailing list will be updated accordingly)

Next Meeting

The working group regularly meets with the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee. See the schedule for the subcommittee's next meetings.

Meetings agendas and minutes

Please forward any suggestions or comments to Larry Conrad

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