Energy Development and Power Generation Committee IEEE

Technical Subcommittees

The ED&PGC sponsors seven subcommittees.  They are primarily concerned with technical activities in their specialty area as well as remaining cognizant of social implications and professional ethics, the environment, esthetics, and other matters as related to the practice of electrical engineering.

Technologies for GHG Mitigation & Adaptation
Studies existing and evolving electric and transportation mitigation technologies to reduce GHG emissions throughout the complete power generation, delivery and end-use chain.  This includes fuel cells, electric hybrids, and building and infrastructure design. Considers greenhouse gases (six) in the Kyoto protocol, and those under U.S. climate programs (e.g. non-regulated ODS), but will focus on CO2, which prevails in electricity and transportation industries. Includes, but does not limit itself to, existing and evolving mitigation technologies and adaptations that improve the electric industry’s role in climate change abatement. Contributes to better understanding through standards development, technology assessment, and related technical activities.

Chair
N. Lu, Ph.D.
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, USA


Distributed Energy Resources
Reviews and coordinates the development of IEEE papers and panel sessions on the engineering, design, installation, operating practices, and performance of advanced distributed generation (DG) and energy storage (ES) technologies that are commercially available or in the last stages of commercialization. Through subcommittee members, participates in IEEE standards development related to DG and ES. Coordinates with technical committees, groups, societies, and associations as appropriate.

Chair
K. Strunz, Prof. Dr-Ing.
Technische Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany


Excitation Systems and Controls
Studies and reviews engineering and design specifications, installations, and operations of excitation systems for electric motors and generators, including control and protective functions, in liaison with the Station Design, Operation and Control Subcommittee. These functions can incorporate: excitation power source, voltage regulation, power system stabilization, excitation limiters, de-excitation techniques and machine performance. Develops standards, recommended practices, and guides for excitation systems and equipment. Coordinates with other technical committees, groups, societies, and associations, as required.

Chair
Les Hajagos, P. Eng.
Kestrel Power Engineering, Ltd.
Mississauga, ON, Canada


Hydroelectric Power
Studies and reviews hydroelectric generating station systems and equipment including: hydro station design features (conventional, pumped storage, and mini-hydro), hydro station control systems (in liaison with the Station Design, Operation and Control Subcommittee), hydraulic unit speed governing systems, prime movers, and reservoir management and level control systems. Develops standards, recommended practices, and guides for hydro generating station systems and equipment. Coordinates with technical committees, groups, societies, and associations as required.

Chair
E. Vaughn, P.E.
Bureau of Reclamation
Denver, CO, USA


International Practices Subcommittee
Provides and maintains liaison to energy development and power generation professionals worldwide, including associated international technical committees, societies, groups, and associations. Follows technical developments in the international community and brings appropriate items to the attention of the EDPGC and PES, with the concurrence of the EDPGC Chair. Plans, coordinates, develops, and sponsors technical panel sessions, conferences, and standards pertaining to international practices, and policies in energy development and power generation. Promotes the preparation and publishing of technical papers, standards, special feature articles, and special reports pertaining to international practices, standards, and policies in energy development and power generation.

Chair
B. Wojszczyk, Ph.D.
Decision Point Global
Gig Harbour, WA, USA


Renewable Technologies Subcommittee
Studies and reviews the engineering, design, installation, operating practices, and performance of renewable electric generation technologies, including: solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, biomass, geothermal, small hydroelectric, wave and tidal, and other renewable electricity sources. Identifies and studies research and development criteria needed to develop standards, recommended practices, and guides with respect to renewable generating station systems and equipment. Coordinates with other technical committees, groups, societies, and associations as appropriate.

Chair
R. Ramakumar, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK, USA


 

Wind and Solar Power Plant Interconnection and Design Subcommittee
The ED&PGC Wind and Solar Power Plant Interconnection and Design Subcommittee deals with all interconnection and design matters related to the grid integration and delivery of transmission- and distribution-connected wind and solar resources. It provides liaison to and cooperates with other committees, subcommittees, working groups and task forces, including standards making groups, in IEEE and other organizations with similar interests. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Best practices on interconnection performance requirements, testing, and verification of wind and solar plants;
  2. Engineering design of and experience related to wind and solar resource interconnection to T&D systems;
  3. Safety- and protection-related issues of wind and solar resources interconnected to T&D systems;
  4. Technologies related to interconnection such as power electronic conversion, collection systems, and storage;
  5. Analytical and design tools;
  6. Standards, recommended practices, application guides, and education through panel sessions, special publications and tutorials.

Chair
T. Key
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Knoxville, TN, USA


Station Design, Operations and Control
Studies and reviews engineering, design, control, operation and installation practices for generating station power systems and equipment including: auxiliary systems (AC/DC), auxiliary equipment (uninterruptible power supplies, electric heating), wire and cable systems, grounding systems, cathodic protection systems, and NESC/NEC practices. Studies and reviews generating station operational engineering and design techniques, practices and documentation requirements. Studies and reviews energy assessment for generating station systems, equipment, and components, including audible noise control, unique identification systems, preoperational testing, data base management, economics, life management, availability, and reliability. Studies and reviews engineering and design, installation, and other features for the integrated control of generating station boiler, turbine, generator, and auxiliary systems. Included are responsibility for alarm monitoring, expert systems, security, reporting and information systems, regulation and control systems, machine governors, and the treatment of computer systems which support them. Defines electrical and non-electrical protection requirements and integrates them with protective relaying requirements to provide comprehensive protection of generating stations. Develops standards, recommended practices and guides for generating station systems, equipment, and practices. Coordinates with other technical committees, groups, societies and associations, as required.

Chair
P.A. Spotts, P.E.
Worley Parsons
Buckeye, AZ, USA