2012 Events

January 18: Electric Vehicle Charging

February 15: Tour of SLAC

March 22: Future of the Electric Grid

April 18: Microgrid at Santa Rita

April 25: Public Utility Challenges in 21st Century

September 19: Medium Voltage UPS

October 17:        Bloom Energy: Data Center Design with Fuel Cells


Electric Vehicle Charging - Preventing Range Anxiety  

Electric Vehicle Charging - Preventing Range Anxiety January 18, 2012 GE Energy

IEEE Members and Friends,

When: Wednesday January 18th, 2012 Dinner, 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Subject:  Electric Vehicle Charging - Preventing Range Anxiety

Speaker:   Gary Fox, GE Energy


 Abstract:  Electric Vehicle Charging - Preventing Range Anxiety

Ready or not, the San Francisco Bay Area is among the locations where large numbers of early adopters of plug-in electric vehicles reside.  While these users may keep their "range anxiety" to a minimum by keeping round trip travel from home within the vehicle battery range, demand will grow for electric vehicle charging stations in commercial applications to handle the cars of employees, customers, or both. This presentation will dig into the terminology, codes, standards, and application issues that you need to be familiar with to accommodate electric vehicle charging of stations into your electrical distribution designs.


  About the Speaker:  Gary H. Fox, PE. – GE Energy Services
Gary H. Fox, PE, received his BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1978.  He has been employed by General Electric Company for 33 years. His current assignment is a Senior Specification Engineer for GE Energy in Concord, CA, providing application and technical support for power distribution and control equipment.. Mr. Fox is a Senior Member of the IEEE Industry Applications (IAS) and IEEE Power Engineering Societies

  About GE Energy:
GE Energy produces EV Charging Stations for both residential and commercial/industrial applications.  For residential applications, the WattStation wall mount is widely available at popular retail locations.  For commercial applications the DuraStation design is currently available and the WattStation pedestal version will be available in the near future.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012, for a tour of the SLAC facility

Location:  Stanford Linear Accelerator

2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Meet at the Visitor Center Bldg 43


When: Wednesday February 15th, 2012, we suggest you arrive at 1:00 pm at the guard station to allow time for sign in, parking, etc.
No Free Lunch: Guests may also purchase lunch at 12:00 in the SLAC cafeteria, bldg 42; Tour departs 1:30 building 43.


Sponsor:   KS Wong, SLAC

The Future of the Electric Grid

With MIT Professors John Kassakian & Dick Schmalensee

IEEE Members and Friends,

Location: PARC

3333 Coyote Hill Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304


Thursday, March 22, 2012
Dinner 6:00pm followed by 7:00pm Presentation


Future of the Electric Grid


John Kassakian & Dick Schmalensee


What key technologies will drive the evolution of the grid in the coming decades?
What state & federal policies are necessary for efficient development & deployment?
Our current electric grid is fairly robust and efficient, but will need to change significantly
in the next 20 years to meet the emerging opportunities and challenges of distributed & large scale
renewable energy generation, emergence of electric vehicles, dynamic retail pricing,
interregional system planning and data communications privacy & security. Profs. Kassakian & Schmalensee,
co-leaders of the newly released MIT study, The Future of the Electric Grid, will present its findings
on the challenges facing our grid and the recommended technologies and government policies required to meet them.

About the Speakers:

Dr. John Kassakian ’65, EE ’67, SM ’67, ScD ’73 is an MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science and former Director of the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems.
He is the Founding President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is the recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal,
the IEEE William E. Newell Award, the IEEE Power Electronics Society’s Distinguished Service Award,
and the IEEE Millennium Medal. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
John has published extensively in the areas of power electronics and is a co-author of the textbook
Principles of Power Electronics. He is a consultant to industry and government
and serves on the boards of several public companies and ISO-NE, the operator of the New England power grid.

Dr. Richard Schmalensee ’65, PhD ’70 is MIT’s
Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics & Management, a member of the MIT Energy Council,
and Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. He served as the Dean of the
MIT Sloan School of Management from 1998 through 2007 and was a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers
with primary responsibility for energy and environmental policy from 1989 through 1991. Professor Schmalensee has published 11 books
and more than 120 articles; his work focuses on industrial organization economics and its policy applications.
Dick has served as a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy, the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association,
and the EPA’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.

April 18: First of Kind MicroGrid at the Alameda County – Santa Rita Jail

Please join us Wednesday April 18th, 2012, for a dinner & presentation by Chevron Energy Solutions and Applied Power Technologies, Inc.

When: Wednesday April 18th, 2012 Dinner, 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Subject:  MicroGrid and Distributed Energy Resource Management at Santa Rita Jail

Speakers:   Tim Brown, Chevron Energy Solutions and Richard Celio, Applied Power Technologies

Abstract:  Electric MicroGrid and Distributed Energy Resource Management at Santa Rita Jail
The Alameda County and Chevron Energy Solutions joined federal, state and local officials recently to unveil a CERTS MicroGrid that enables the County's Santa Rita Jail to sustain power should its connection to the utility grid be interrupted.  The jail is one of the largest of its kind, housing approximately 4,000 inmates.  The $11.7 million project, known as a SmartGrid, integrates a 2 MW Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with Utility (PG&E), Solar, Fuel Cell and Wind energy sources.  This system will allow Santa Rita Jail to ensure it has a supply of reliable electricity for its daily operations and security, and will save the county over $100,000 per year in energy and demand costs.  The smart grid is the first of its kind in the country.

About the Speakers:
Richard C. Celio, PE: is founder, CTO of Applied Power Technologies, Inc (APT).  Mr. Celio is a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of California.  He is a member of IEEE, PES and is the Chairman of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.  He has over 25 years experience in helping industrial/commercial customers solve difficult electrical systems problems.  He has a BSME from San Jose State University where he also performed graduate work and taught as lecturer.  He has played significant roles at PG&E, Basic Measuring Instruments and Sirrine (now Jacobs) Engineering.  He founded Applied Power Technologies in 1994 and has guided the company from a single person consulting firm to a premier systems integration contractor providing special expertise to customers such as Stanford University, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Facebook, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, State of California, County of Santa Clara, Microsoft, etc.  In addition, Mr. Celio is on staff at De Anza College teaching electrical power systems courses for the Energy Management Technology Program within the Environmental Studies Department.
Tim Brown:
Tim is Project Engineer, LEED AP at Chevron Energy Solutions.  Chevron Energy Solutions develops and builds sustainable energy projects that increase energy efficiency and renewable power, reduce energy costs, and ensure reliable, high-quality energy for government, education and business facilities.  Its parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of alternative and renewable energy technologies.  Chevron spent approximately $4.4 billion on developing these technologies since 2002.


April 25: Public Utility Challenges in the 21st Century

Tony Earley, CEO of PG&E

IEEE Members and Friends, Santa Clara Valley PES/IAS:

We have a limited number of spots available on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, for a dinner & discussion by Tony Earley, CEO of PG&E, courtesy of the MIT Club of Northern California and Morrison & Foerster

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Dinner & Networking: 6:00pm; Program: 7:00pm


Public Utility Challenges in the 21st Century

Speaker: Tony Earley, CEO, PG&E


America’s energy industry is experiencing increasing pressures for change. Today’s public utilities must map out their power generation and distribution strategies in an increasingly complex web of high-stakes challenges and opportunities. Key issues include new questions about nuclear safety, the emergence of inexpensive natural gas, implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), the advent of electric vehicles, the rise of distributed energy generation and the need to adopt new technologies to properly deal with them.
Tony Earley, PG&E’s new CEO and one of the energy industry’s most experienced chief executives, will share his perspectives on the major trends that he believes will shape the future of the industry and for PG&E and its 15 million customers. Mr. Earley will address key issues such as:
> How will implementation of the RPS change the generation mix and affect the cost & distribution of electricity?
> How will a “smart grid” help implement and manage intermittent energy sources, distributed energy generation, demand response and dynamic pricing, while keeping electric energy affordable and reliable?
> How does a public utility work with its regulator to accomplish this kind of dramatic change?
Hear first-hand how Tony Earley will tackle these and a number of other key challenges in this look to a rapidly approaching energy future!