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IEEE PES Region 1 Updates

The impact of renewables continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing Region 1, in the Northeastern part of the United States.

Several States in the region continue to increase targets for renewable energy. For example:

Massachusetts

  • Proposals to set a target of 1.77 GW of energy storage by 2025.
  • The state passed new legislation in August 2018 that would double the offshore wind target to 3,200 MW by 2035.

Rhode Island

  • In May 2018, Rhode Island selected 400 MW from Deepwater Wind’s Revolution Wind project through a competitive procurement process in collaboration with Massachusetts.

Connecticut

  • In January 2018, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued a generation-based RFP for renewable energy, including offshore wind.
  • The state selected 200 MW from Deepwater Wind’s Revolution Wind project as a winner in June 2018.

New York

  • A state-wide energy storage goal of 3 GW by 2030 with an interim goal of 1.5 GW by 2025
  • New York announced a commitment to develop up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

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 continue to focus on renewable energy related technology subjects. In the summer we will be able to report on our first Region Workshop, to be held on June 3rd at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that will be focusing on the impact of renewables in the region.

Chapter Activities

Boston Chapter

Last year the Boston Chapter held ten technical meetings and, an Annual Banquet.  They provided two popular technical courses, cosponsored two meetings for Women in Power, and held a joint meeting with Boston IAS. The Chapter continues to work with PES Student Chapters at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and UMass Lowell. The Chapter contributed $10,000 to the IEEE PES Scholarship Fund and promoted the scholarship to increase awareness and local support for donations, mentorships and internships.

Boston Chapter Annual Awards Dinner with Guest Speaker Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Boston Chapter Annual Awards Dinner with Guest Speaker Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

North New Jersey PES Chapter

The chapter continues to sponsor the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and their challenge to build a solar vehicle.  The NJIT Solar Car Team is a student-run organization, the team is an interdisciplinary, project-based learning community which seeks to provide undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in all departments with real-world experience in systems engineering.

In order to prepare the students to be the innovators of tomorrow, their team emphasizes sustainable energy, taking initiative, providing experience for future career preparation, and the development of technical and soft skills in engineering, research, design, and business.

The NJIT Solar Car Team competed with other collegiate teams and their electric vehicles in the summer of 2018 in the The American Solar Challenge, a 2,000 mile cross-country time/distance rally event.

For this purpose the Chapter has given a grant of $2,000.00 to the student chapter of the PES.

NJIT Solar Car Team

NJIT Solar Car Team

Awards Reception May 2018

The chapter held their annual awards reception in May where they presented several awards for Outstanding Engineer, Service award, new Fellows, and Outstanding Support for the Mission of IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and Section.

Awards Reception May 2018

New York Chapter

The New York Chapter held a Technical Meeting in September on Submarine Cable 101 – How to Plan & Execute a Successful Submarine Power Cable Project. The speaker was Bill Wall, Project Director Ls Cable America.

Submarine power cable systems have regularly been a sector of utility construction which is often overlooked due to their “few & far between” occurrences when compared to overhead & underground cable systems. With the crowded underground space and the ever more difficult OH permitting process submarine cables are often an attractive alternative. Add to this the advent of Offshore Wind projects along the East Coast and suddenly HV & MV submarine cable systems become an important issue to utility planners and engineers. The presentation provided a comprehensive overview of the issues to be addressed when planning, designing and implementing a submarine power cable system.

Maine PES/IAS Joint Chapter

In December the Maine Chapter held a seminar on Understanding the Value of Electrical Testing for Power Transformers, presented by Charles Sweetser of OMICRON. Topics included the IEEE Transformer Committee, life expectancy, moisture, and testing.

Springfield Chapter

In November the Chapter visited the The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a joint project between MIT, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and Northeastern University to build a data center that is dedicated to research computing. The center is located in Holyoke Mass, which has an abundance of locally generated hydropower and access to a nearby fiber hub, making it ideal for housing inexpensive, easily accessible computing resources. John Goodhue, Executive Director of the MGHPCC presented their experience with the implementation of the data center design and progress on research and education activities within the MGHPCC Consortium.

 

Bryan Gwyn
IEEE PES Region 1 Representative