21 Privacy Preserving Power Charging Coordination Scheme in the Smart Grid

Ahmed Sherif1, Muhammad Ismail2, Marbin Pazos-Revilla1, Mohamed Mahmoud1, Kemal Akkaya3, Erchin Serpedin4, and Khalid Qaraqe2

1 Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, USA

2 Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar

3 Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

4 Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

21.1 Introduction

Smart grid is a progressive upgrade to the existing power grid. It consists of sophisticated systems of smart electronic devices, dispersed generators, and loads (Brusco et al., 2014) and can give two‐way power exchange among various components. Several functionalities of the smart grid require major dependence on an intelligent communication infrastructure. However, such a dependence makes the smart grid vulnerable to tremendous risks as well as hard challenges in protecting the smart grid from cyber‐security threats (Khurana et al., 2010). Compared with the existing communication networks such as the Internet, the smart grid communication systems have different objectives, architecture, and concerns about what need to be protected (Yan et al., 2012). For example, in the smart grid, we need to guarantee the real‐time performance and the features of the continuous operations. The smart grid is more concerned with the message delay than the data throughput due to the timing constraint of messages transmitted over the power networks. As a result, the existing ...

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