Utilities & Energy compliance & Ethics Conference

Bryan Gwyn, Region 1 Representative

The impact of renewables is one of the greatest challenges facing the power industry today and Region 1, in the Northeastern part of the United States, is no exception. With a growing number of States introducing legislation for renewable sources of energy and storage along with Grid Modernization plans, engineers are facing new and exciting challenges. Region 1 has just seen the first offshore wind farm in the United States come on line, a number of solar facilities integrated with battery storage, microgrids and many other clean energy projects.

The Chapters in Region 1 are well positioned to help engineers understand these new challenges and the new technology that comes with them. Many of the monthly Technical meetings are now focused on renewable energy related technology subjects.

LOC Members Jack Martin, Subhadarshi Sarkar, and Bala Kotharu

LOC and Chapter Chair Babak Enayati

Region 1 was proud to host the PES General meeting in July 2016 in the historical city of Boston. The main theme of the meeting was “Paving the way for Grid Modernization”. More than 3,200 delegates attended and enjoyed a well-organized meeting, with great events and tours thanks to the local organizing committee (LOC) that included of many of the PES Boston Chapter members.

Mike Franchek, Weidmann Electrical Technology (ret.)

As well as playing a major role in organizing the General Meeting, the Boston Chapter had a very busy year. They attracted large numbers to several technical meeting lectures by industry leaders, as well as IEEE Distinguished Lecturers. The Chapter provided several courses over the year under the Education Program that received high ratings from attendees. They continued to reach out to the student community to promote power engineering and helped organize a new student chapter at Tufts University while working with the PES Student Chapters at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus and at Northeastern University. In addition, they have contributed $55,000 to the PES Scholarship fund to date, and continue to promote the scholarship at local schools.

The Vermont (Green Mountain Section) Power & Energy Society Chapter is relatively small of about 70 members, but is the largest IEEE society (chapter) in the Green Mountain Section, which has approximately 450 members. Due to their size, they hold their annual Awards Banquet (Dec 2nd 2016) in conjunction with the other societies in the state; below are images of the award winners each receiving their PES certificate or plaque from our Section Chair, Jeff Carrara.

Despite their small size, they have good attendance at their Technical Events, which they typically hold about every two to three months. The topics vary from subject to subject based on attendee feedback, in the hopes of covering the issues that are most important and interesting to our members.

Phasor Measurement Applications Seminar
UVM in Burlington, VT
October 12, 2016
Presentations by:

  • Jeff Carrara, VELCO
  • Chumki Basu, IBM
  • Paul Hines, UVM
  • Frankie Qiang Zhang, ISO-NE

Weidmann Factory Tour & Transformer Presentation
St. Johnsbury, VT
May 13, 2016
Presentation by: Jason Beaudoin and Jinesh Malde (Weidmann)

The Connecticut Chapter has held several activities over the past year, where Professional Development Hours credits were also available, including:-

  • Auto-Transformer Fundamentals & Preparation of Transformer Specifications – Lecture. United Illuminating and Eversousre
  • Fundamentals of AC Machines and VFDs – University of Connecticut – – Dr. Ali Bazzi
  • Gas Insulated Switchgear Technology – Burns & McDonnell
  • Electricity Auctions for Deregulated Electricity Markets – University of Connecticut – Dr. Peter Luh (Life Fellow)

The University of Connecticut Electricity Auctions event was requested by many of our members. Topics covered were; how many ISOs are in the nation, what kinds of markets are there to ensure reliability of electricity services, how are auctions formulated and how they are solved. Wholesale market structures and auction mechanisms were also presented. Mathematical formulations of day-ahead energy markets and corresponding solution methodologies were highlighted and UCONN’s latest results in collaboration with ISO-New England, MISO Energy, General Electric, and Southern California Edison, including consideration of combined cycle units and integration of renewables such as wind and solar were discussed. During the event many students attended. PES membership benefits were discussed and presented to the students.

In April of 2016, we presented former IEEE-PES Chapter Chair George Berntsen with an Outstanding Engineer Award. See photo below, with George and current chapter chair Jason Philhower.

The North New Jersey Chapter hosted fifteen technical seminars and eventslast year. One of the most popular events was on Mass Storage Technologies. Many Sates within Region 1, including New Jersey, are planning to install several Gigawatts of battery storage over the next few years. The seminar discussed the applications for which large storage battery systems make economic sense, and solve a technical issue created by the introduction of renewables’ generation; the design considerations of large battery storage systems; analysis, implementation and maintenance of the coming wave of battery installations both “in front of and behind the meter.”

Large scale battery storage systems for energy demand management, peak energy shaving and shifting, capacity deferments, “firming” of renewables, creation of Micro-Grids:

  • Market and Technology Overview
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Design considerations
  • Battery and Balance of Plant technologies
  • Installation, Service, Maintenance, retirement

Other active Chapters in the Region, New Hampshire, Rochester NY, Syracuse NY and Springfield MA also held Technical events and functions. One essential thing that all Chapters across the Region are doing enthusiastically is engaging with the student community at many Universities and Colleges that have a growing number of Power programs. This of course is an essential part of growing our future membership and ensuring we are addressing the needs of our members.