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9:45-10:15 assemble in upper level parking lot and shuttle down to Plant

10:15-12:15 CMS Energy Presentation and Tour of LPS Facility

12:45-1:45 Optional Luncheon at James Port Brewing Co, Ludington

Co-sponsored with the WMS Life Members Affinity Group


Yes, after 15 years the West Michigan Section IEEE will again tour the CMS Energy Ludington Pump Storage facility at 3525 S. Lakeshore Drive, just south of the city, on the shores of Lake Michigan.  It has been extensively renovated since that late October Saturday in 2001 and CMS Energy is anxious to show it off to selected governmental, industrial, and professional groups like our WM Section.  However, we had to take a weekday this time for the tour to fit in with their busy operations schedule.  The meeting is also co-sponsored by the newly formed West MI Section’s Life Members Affinity Group. We have tried to pack everything into a 4-hour window from 10 AM to 2 PM including a luncheon afterwards with the Section buying for IEEE members and our CMS hosts. 

Our host for this tour will be Mr. Brian Zatloukal P.E…  Brian is the CMS project engineer for the renovation as well as the LPS Operations and Maintenance Manager.  He will be assisted by his staff as necessary.  The plan is to assemble at an upper level parking lot just north of the bridge on Lakeshore Dr. overlooking the plant between 9:45 and 10:15 AM and shuttle people down to the main gate some 200 feet below the bridge.  (We will send a parking map to each RSVP attendee and it will also be posted on our WMS website. There is limited parking down below – drop offs are fine however.)  The tour will last about two hours beginning promptly at 10:15 AM.  Afterwards we will caravan up Lakeshore Drive to Pere Marquette road and north to Ludington for an optional luncheon at the Jamesport Brewing Co, 410 James Street, for those not needing to get back to work. Lunch will run from roughly 12:45 to 2:00 P.M. with the Section buying for all members and our CMS hosts.  Member guests will pay cash or by a check made out to the West MI Section IEEE of course.

Brian has space for ~ 25 people including any guests.  We already have members coming from Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Crystal Mountain so please RSVP ASAP.  Just E-mail the chair of our new Life Member affinity group Mr. Larry Postema at You must RSVP to attend and the deadline for signup is 8:AM Monday the 10th. One or two guests per member are OK, more must wait to the end to be added. Further, because LPS is still a worksite no skirts or high heels or open-toe shoes are allowed (people will be walking over gratings).  Jeans and tennis shoes are fine. 

When you E-mail Larry include your name, and a way to get in touch with you if needed that morning (cell phone is best) and the names and citizenships of you or your guests not U.S. citizens (the default).  Also indicate if you and any guests will be joining us for the luncheon afterwards.  We will E-mail you a map of the LPS parking.  Note the site is about an hour and 30-minute drive from Grand Rapids, almost two hours from TC or Cadillac, and 2 hours and 30 minutes from Petoskey or Kalamazoo. Please allow time to get there so we can start promptly at 10:15. 

Any questions call or E-mail me, the LPS meeting organizer.  I will have my Chrysler van (license K8DMR) for shuttling people the morning of the meeting and my cell will be on.   

Again to RSVP E-mail the WMS LM Chairperson Larry Postema at This is a Section event open for all including students, not just for our Life Members.

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There is also a second color tour meeting coming up for the West Michigan Section in October.  It will be of the main control center for the Wolverine Power Cooperative on M-55 just east of 131 and Cadillac.  It’s scheduled for Saturday October 29th and will run from 11-2 including another Section sponsored luncheon at the Cadillac Grill and Eldorado golf course at the US-131 and M-115 interchange.  If our new joint Power Energy Society and Power Electronics Society Chapter is approved by IEEE H.Q. by then we will make it a jointly sponsored meeting.  Look for more details in a couple weeks from me.

There is also a “senior member rodeo” event being planned for November, 2016 in which regular members can meet with senior members to complete the application process for senior membership status.  Details to be provided soon.

EMC Chapter Events:

Our EMC Chapter has a meeting scheduled at the GVSU EMC Center on West Fulton for Thursday October 13, 2016.  It will start with sandwiches at 5:30 and Mr. Steve Laya from Elite in Chicago will be speaking on Wireless Connectivity, the IoT, and Transmitter Regulatory Compliance at 6:30.  All IEEE members and their guests are invited.  There is no charge for anyone to attend. Please go to to read the details and RSVP.

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