IEEE PES Region-2 Updates

The theme of PES Day 2021 is “Clean Energy Revolution”, which is a timely and important topic for the entire world. By taking advantage of the virtual meetings due to the pandemic, PES Region 2 Representative and PES Day Region 2 Coordinator decided to offer a region-level series of webinars for the entire PES Region 2. Through this effort, we were able to maximize the exposures of the events to more attendees and break the silos among chapters.

As a result, PES Region 2 hosted a webinar series to commemorate PES Day. The webinar series was composed of five sponsored events and three co-sponsored events. Topics include clean energy economics and policies, planning and modeling clean energy resources, and case studies surrounding renewable energy. The following is a brief description of PES Day events held throughout Region 2:

April 7th, 2021

Talk Title: 
Technical Pathways to and Economic Issues with Decarbonizing Electricity Production

Speaker: 
Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi

He is a professor in and associate department chair of Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and an associate fellow in Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University.

Link with details

April 13th, 2021

Talk Title:
The Impact of the Clean Futures Act and FERC 2222 on T&D Engineering

Speaker:
Mr. Doug Houseman

He is a technical consultant with extensive experience in the energy and utility industry. He is the chair of the IEEE PES Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technology (iGET) Coordinating Committee.

Link with details

April 21st, 2021

Talk Title:
Enabling Operational Resilience for the DER-Rich Active Power Distribution System

Speaker:
Dr. Anurag Srivastava

He is an associate professor of electric power engineering at Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System Innovation Center (ESIC). He also has a joint appointment as a Senior Scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL).

Link with details

April 23rd, 2021

Talk Title:
Towards Fully Renewable Power System: Real-world Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Speaker:
Dr. Antonio Conejo

He is a professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He is a fellow of IEEE.

Link with details

April 29th, 2021

Talk Title:
Modeling a Clean Energy Future for the United States

Speaker:
Dr. Yixing Xu

He joined as the Chief Scientist and System Architect of the energy system modeling project at Breakthrough Energy Sciences in 2020.

Link with details

April 7th, 2021

Talk Title:
Kentucky’s Clean Energy Successes, Opportunities, and Challenges

Speaker:
Aron Patrick

He is the manager of Technology Research and Analysis for LG&E and KU.

Co-sponsored with:
IEEE PES University of Kentucky Chapter
Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK)

Link with details

April 23rd, 2021

Talk Title:
Hybrid Energy Systems of the Future

Speaker:
Dr. Jennifer King

She is a senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) working at the National Wind Technology Center on hybrid system modeling and control.

Co-sponsored with: 
IEEE PES Susquehanna Section Chapter
IEEE PES Lehigh Valley Section Chapter

Link with details

Talk Title:
Electric Vehicles for Clean Energy

Speaker:
Dr. Amin Mohammadpour Shotorbani

As seen, the eight listed events were presented by renowned speakers with mixed backgrounds including four from the industry and others from academia. All sponsored events featured professional development hours (PDHs) for attendees who answered to provided poll questions. Furthermore, all events were well received. On average, there were over 50 attendees participating in each event with short gaps between events.  Overall, PES Day was a great success for PES Region 2, which will be continuously celebrated in the future.

Xuan Wu, PhD, PE
Representative, IEEE PES Region 2