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General Meeting Overview Schedule (PDF): The meeting in simplified form.


The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is proud to be holding its 2012 General Meeting in San Diego, California USA. The technical program theme of "New Energy Horizons – Opportunities and Challenges" will provide a platform through which to offer new insights, innovative ideas and answers to some of the most intriguing and important questions facing the power industry today.

The Local Organizing Committee and PES Technical Committees welcome colleagues and friends from all facets of the industry and corners of the world to a valuable technical program, productive committee meetings and exciting networking opportunities.

Our Thanks
PES gratefully acknowledges the support of the 2012 General Meeting's host utility, San Diego Gas and Electric, and of all our other generous meeting contributors.

Below is a brief overview of the conference and meeting schedule and a description of each element of the meeting. The descriptions appear here in approximately the same order in which they occur during the meeting. To find more details about a particular event, please see the table of contents of the printed booklet.

Note: Attire for the conference is business casual. No denim jeans or shorts in the technical sessions or committee meetings, please.

The 2012 General Meeting will be held in the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place San Diego, CA 92101. A sleeping room block has been arranged for conference attendees at the hotel.

California's second largest city and the United States' eighth largest, San Diego boasts a citywide population of nearly 1.3 million residents, numerous charming neighborhoods and nearby communities, including downtown's historic Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Coronado, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Escondido, La Mesa, Hillcrest, Barrio Logan and Chula Vista just to name a few.

San Diego is renowned for its idyllic climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches and a dazzling array of world-class family attractions. Popular attractions include the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. San Diego offers an expansive variety of things to see and do, appealing to guests of all ages from around the world. See http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors for more information

Litrenta Foyer, Second Level
Sunday 22 July 7:30AM - 8:00PM
Monday 23 July-Tuesday 24 July 6:30AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday 25 July 6:30AM - 4:00PM
Thursday 26 July 6:30AM – 12:00PM

All attendees are required to register for the 2012 General Meeting and pay the appropriate fee in order to participate in any aspect of the meeting. At the registration counters, you may pick up your advance registration packets, register on-site, purchase tickets for luncheons or companion and evening events (depending on availability), ask questions at both the registration and information counters.

Conference Proceedings: All registrants for the technical program are entitled to one copy of the conference proceedings on a USB flash drive which you will receive with your registration packet. Additional copies of the proceedings may be available for sale during the meeting in the Paper Market and after the meeting through IEEE Customer Service (http://www.ieee.org) if there is sufficient quantity.

Attendee registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, Welcome Reception Sunday evening, full technical session and committee meeting program (including the Poster Session and Reception on Monday evening, and Student Poster Contest on Tuesday morning), a copy of the meeting's proceedings on a USB flash drive, the opportunity to participate in any of the available optional events open exclusively to registrants at the prevailing registrant rate.

Companion and Children registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday in the Companion Lounge, welcome reception on Sunday evening, Poster Session and Reception/ Fellows Reception on Monday evening, companion lounge Sunday-Thursday, the opportunity to participate in companion tours and any of the other available optional events open to registered companions at the prevailing registered companion rate. Companions are not admitted to technical session nor do they receive a copy of the proceedings.

Note: Registered children must be accompanied by a registered companion when in the companion lounge or participating in any conference activities, including tours.

Student registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, welcome reception Sunday evening, full technical session and committee meeting program (including the poster session and co-located receptions on Monday evening and the Student Poster Contest on Tuesday morning), participation in any program elements designed exclusively for students, Student/Industry/Faculty Luncheon and Job Fair on Wednesday at registered student rate, a copy of the meeting's proceedings on a USB flash drive, plus optional events open to registrants at the prevailing registrant rate.

PES-Related Displays: Tables with literature and with materials about PES and IEEE membership, programs, publications and future meetings.

Information Booth: Staffed by local volunteers, you can obtain information about the meeting, the venue and the San Diego area from knowledgeable people.

Message Center: A bulletin board where you can find last-minute changes to the meeting program or room assignments, and leave written messages for other attendees.

Paper Market: Pre-prints of the Transactions papers presented during the meeting, will be available for sale..Please check on-site for hours and exact location.

Conference Shirt: A polo shirt embroidered with the 2012 General Meeting logo will be available for sale in the Paper Sales area for $37. Limited quantities.

Sunday 22 July - 3:00PM and 4:00PM - Del Mar AB, Third Level
A short orientation session will familiarize first-time attendees with PES and the PES General Meeting. The session will be offered twice. Each session will provide an understanding of the various types of technical sessions, committee meetings, tutorials, technical tours, and social events. At the end of the session, the newcomer should be able to navigate confidently through the General Meeting and obtain maximum value from the experience. Each session will include a question and answer period.

Sunday 22 July 6:30-8:30PM USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Navy Pier, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego (Note: Elevator access is available)

Take this opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet more members of the power and energy community. You are invited to enjoy a complimentary hors d'oeuvre buffet and a cash bar. Photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

The reception will be held on the flight deck of the USS Midway, the aircraft carrier where over 225,000 sailors served during the 47 years the Midway was a mainstay of the American aircraft carrier fleet. Because of its vast size and huge floating population whose on-board jobs comprised an extensive variety of functions and responsibilities, the USS Midway, 1000 feet long and 74,000 tons, was known as a "city at sea." Join us on the Midway Museum where you will be able to tour two helicopters, a fighter trainer and the Admiral's and Captain's area which includes the war room, task force command center, message center and living quarters. There will be docents to answer questions and to provide information about the Midway's proud history. Enjoy beautiful water front views of the San Diego coastline as well. No outside alcohol is permitted. The gift shop will be open.

A few things to keep in mind:
- Remember your GM badge. You will not be allowed on the Midway without it. Registration will be open until 8:00pm. (Litrenta Foyer, Second Level, Manchester Grand Hyatt)
- Wear comfortable flat shoes – you will be on the aircraft flight deck where there are some grated areas.
- The Navy Pier is a 10 minute walk from the Hyatt. There will be volunteers to show you the way.
- There will be a limited amount of buses available for those who need transportation, departing the hotel from the Seaport Lobby entrance on Kettner Drive.
- There is a $7.00 parking fee if you choose to drive.
- As is true of all elements of the General Meeting, smoking is not permitted at this event.


Monday 25 July 6:45 – 7:45 AM - Elizabeth Foyer and Terrace, Second Level
Tuesday 26 July (with Student Poster Contest) 7:30 – 9:30 AM - Douglas Pavilion AB, Ground Level
Wednesday 27 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Elizabeth Foyer and Terrace, Second Level
Thursday 28 July 7:00-8:30 AM - Elizabeth Foyer and Terrace, Second Level

Complimentary continental breakfasts for all conference registrants will be available Monday through Thursday. Note that a general breakfast is not offered on days other than these.


Monday 23 July 6:45 – 7:45 AM - Elizabeth FG, Second Level
Tuesday 24 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Elizabeth Foyer and Terrace, Second Level
Wednesday 25 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Douglas Pavilion A, Ground Level
Thursday 26 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Douglas Pavilion A, Ground Level

Presenters must attend a special breakfast on the day of their sessions where final plans for the session at which they will present will be made. There is a separate Poster Session Presenter Breakfast on Monday morning in Elizabeth H from 6:45-7:45 AM. See additional information in the "Information for Presenters" section of this program.

Monday 23 July 8:00-9:00 AM Elizabeth ABCDE, Second Level

PES President Noel N. Schulz will provide an update about PES progress and activities of the past year. The candidates for the office of IEEE Division Director-Elect for 2013 Wanda Reder and Noel Schulz, will each make a short presentation of her views and goals for the Society and Institute so you can make an informed decision when you vote during this year's PES election.(Meet the candidates face-to-face at a reception that will be co-located with the Monday Night Poster Session in the Douglas Pavilion, 5:00-7:00 PM, Monday 23 July.)

Monday 23 July 9:00-11:00AM Elizabeth ABCDE, Second Level

PES President Noel Schulz will moderate the Plenary Session which begins immediately following the PES Members Meeting. The notable keynote speakers who will address aspects of the conference theme, "New Energy Horizons – Opportunities and Challenge" are:

Michael Niggli, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric, speaking on Integrating New Technology and Renewable Energy to Create a Utility of the Future;
Mark Lauby, Vice President of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, North American Electric Reliability Corporation*, speaking about A Risk-Based, Strategic Focus to Further Ensure Reliability of the Bulk Power System;
Arshad Mansoor, PhD, Senior Vice President for R&D, Electric Power Research Institute, speaking on Need for Innovation in the Power Industry;
Kanwalinder Singh, PhD, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Qualcomm speaking about Advanced Platforms for Smart Energy Communications.

*Mark Lauby replaces Gerry W. Cauley as a Plenary speaker. This change is not shown in the printed or PDF copy of the Plenary booklet.

Complete 2012 Plenary booklet now available online (PDF): 



Most administrative and technical committee meetings are scheduled from Monday 11:00 AM (following the Plenary Session) through Thursday afternoon. Some additional committee meetings are scheduled on Sunday, 22 July. See the Committee Meeting section of the program for details. Last minute updates to the program will be posted on the message board in the Registration area.


See the "Technical Session and Other Events" section of the program for a complete listing and description of all technical sessions. Descriptions include an abstract of each event and papers presented during each session. Last minute updates to this program will be posted in the Registration area. Technical meetings are planned for Monday afternoon and evening and all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The following types of sessions are scheduled:

Super Sessions: a series of presentations in composite sessions designed to fully explore topics from different perspectives. Experts from several PES technical committees will address subjects that are of significant interest to the profession:

- Late Breaking News
- Wind, Solar and other Distributed Generation & Energy Storage Opportunities and Challenges
- Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles
- Innovations in Communications for Power Systems
- Nuclear Power
- Managing Power Systems Under Changing Conditions

Panel Sessions: Invited papers on a wide variety of noteworthy subjects.

Paper Sessions: Presentation of high quality papers on many issues of significance to energy and power professionals.

Paper Forums: Multiple authors present brief overviews of their quality papers followed by time for a discussion with the individual author(s) of your choice.

Poster Session: A Monday evening special event with hundreds of authors representing all aspects of the industry, each presenting a poster version of his/her paper. Enjoy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and refreshing beverages as you browse the posters and discuss the papers one-on-one with their authors.

Student Poster Contest: For the first time, the Student Poster Contest will be held in conjunction with the Tuesday morning attendee breakfast (on 24 July) in the Douglas Pavilion (Ground Level).

Tutorials: Ten tutorials will be presented during the meeting. Classes are taught by eminent professionals in the field. Earn PDHs and CEUs for your attendance (see below for an explanation of PDHs and CEUs). Full or one-day conference registration plus an additional fee is required in order to attend any of these courses. For complete information about the tutorials including pricing, information about the instructors and schedule, see the Tutorial section of the program in the pages that follow. Tickets may be purchased at the Registration desk if seats remain. Topics covered will include various aspects of:

- Smart Grid
- Power Quality
- Standards in Power System Modeling
- Static Var Compensators
- Electricity Markets

Technical Tours: Five half-day inspection trips are offered. Registration is permitted through 11 July only. No on-site technical tour registration is available. Valid photo ID must be presented at the beginning of each tour. See the Technical Tour section of the program for descriptions and details of each tour.

Monday, 23 July 5:00-7:00PM Douglas Pavilion, Ground Level
(co-located with the Fellows' Reception, the Meet the Candidates Reception and an opportunity to meet the donors who have contributed to the PES Scholarship Plus program)

A popular feature of the PES General Meeting technical program is the Poster Session, where papers from each represented committee and all topics will be presented. A complimentary hors d'oeuvre buffet will be served and cash bar will be available. Attendee or Companion badges are required for entrance to the Poster Session; Photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages at the bar. (The Student Poster Contest will be held Tuesday morning, 7:30 -9:00 in the Douglas Pavilion, during which an enhanced attendees' breakfast will be available.)

Monday, 23 July 5:00-7:00PM Douglas Pavilion Foyer, Ground Level
(co-located with the Poster Session and New Fellows Reception and the Scholarship Plus Donor Reception)

Take this opportunity to speak with the candidates for the office of 2013 Division VII Director-Elect. PES President Noel N. Schulz and PES Past President Wanda K. Reder are vying for the position. This is your chance to discuss the future of PES with the society leaders one on one. (The Candidates Reception is co-located with the Poster Session and the New Fellows Reception)

Monday, 23 July 5:00-7:00PM Douglas Pavilion Foyer, Ground Level
(co-located with the Poster Session, Candidates Reception and the Scholarship Plus Donor Reception)

As part of PES's recognition of extraordinary achievements in the technical and professional fields of energy and power, during the reception held in their honor you are cordially invited to stop in and congratulate the IEEE Fellows elected to the class of 2012 who are members of PES. (The New Fellows Reception is co-located with the Poster Session and the Candidates Reception)

Monday, 23 July 5:00-7:00 PM Douglas Pavilion Foyer, Ground Level
(co-located with the Poster Session, Candidates Reception and New Fellows Reception)

Meet the people who have generously contributed to the society's Scholarship Plus Initiative, and take this opportunity to learn what the program is all about.

Tuesday 24 July 7:30-9:30 AM Douglas Pavilion AB, Ground Level
(co-located with enhanced attendee breakfast)

Take this opportunity to see the work done by hundreds of the top students in our field. Plan to spend some time discussing topics of mutual interest with the participants.


Tuesday 24 July 7:00—9:30 PM Douglas Pavilion AB, Ground Level
US$60; After 25 June US$75

Join us for a banquet dinner where IEEE and PES award winners are honored for their outstanding achievements. Vegetarian/vegan meals are available upon request. Seating is limited. You may purchase tickets on-site at the Registration Desk if there are seats remaining. A cash bar serving beer and wine will open at 6:30 pm and be available thru dinner. Photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.


An exciting student program for IEEE PES Student Members includes a Poster Contest, and the Student/Industry/Faculty luncheon and Job Fair. Student members are invited to participate in all other aspects of the General Meeting as well. After registering for the General Meeting, students may visit http://pes-gm.org/2012/index.php/student-program for more information about the program and poster contest.

Students must be prepared to verify their status by providing their ID and IEEE Membership number when picking up their registration packets on-site.

Wednesday 25 July 11:45-3:00PM Douglas Pavilion BC, Ground Level
US$40; After 25 June US$45
Students US $20; After 25 June US $25

Student/Industry/Faculty Luncheon: Attend a luncheon designed to bring together students, industry representatives and faculty advisors. The winner of the IEEE PES Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes and the winners of the Student Poster Contest will be honored. All meeting registrants are invited to purchase tickets and join the luncheon as long as there are seats remaining. Seating is limited.

International Job Fair for Students: A luncheon ticket enables employers and university graduates and undergraduates to participate in an International Job Fair for Students that follows the meal. This job fair will provide a forum for employers and students who share a common interest in the power and energy industry to meet and discuss career opportunities. It enables one-to-one conversations between company engineers or recruitment professionals and students who will soon be in the job market. Students will sit with a potential employer during lunch. After lunch, students may circulate among recruiting tables for further conversations. Attendance at the job fair is limited to those holding tickets for the luncheon.

Wednesday July 25 5:00 – 6:30 PM Manchester A, Second Level

All registered attendees are invited to this complimentary informal reception held to encourage networking between industry, government and university participants. This year, an exciting new format is being introduced. From 5:45 – 6:45 PM, interact with one or more of the woman successful in the power industry who have been invited to share experiences and wisdom with those attending the reception. There will be plenty of opportunity to network with other attendees at the reception as well. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday July 25 6:00 – 7:30 PM Manchester D, Second Level

The Graduates of the Last Decade reception and seminar provides an opportunity for all conference attendees, in particular, current students and engineers that have graduated within the last ten years to network, meet officers of IEEE PES, and to make contacts among their peers in the Power & Energy community. Find out how you can contribute to PES and how it can help you. All registered attendees are invited. Light refreshments will be provided. A 20 minute seminar will begin at 6:45 PM.


Access to the activities described below is limited to registered companions and registered children in the company of a registered companion.

Registered companions and children are invited to mingle and relax in the Companion Hospitality Lounge, located in the Gallery right outside the Harbor Tower exit to Seaport Village The lounge will be open Sunday from noon until 5:00, Monday through Wednesday, 7:00AM through 5:00PM, and Thursday 7:00AM through noon. Complimentary breakfast will be served Monday through Thursday, 7:00-9:30 AM.

The following fun activities are being planned for the lounge. Please check on-site in the lounge for more details and activity sign-up and payment where required (asterisked activities require payment). Zumba*, Yoga*, Beaded Necklace Making, Fruit and Veggie Carving Demo, Scrapbooking, Cooking Demonstration*


A full program of optional tours has been planned for registered companions. Descriptions of the tours follow in chronological order. Registered children are welcome on the tours but must be accompanied by a registered parent. Tickets for each tour are sold at a single rate regardless of the age of the person participating. A companion or child's badge is required in order to participate. You may purchase ticket onsite if there are seats available. Please visit the registration desk to check availability.

Please arrive at the pick-up point 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the tour, All tours depart from the hotel's Seaport Lobby entrance on Kettner Drive

Note: The buses used for the tours have storage for a wheelchair or mobility scooter, but do not have a wheelchair lift. Guests must be able to enter and exit the buses without the aid of a lift.

Winery and Tasting Tour
Sunday, July 22, 2012, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pricing: $80 (Minimum Drinking Age: 21)

The Temecula Valley Wine Country is located in a veritable paradise encompassing over 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards, and offers the irresistible charm of their friendly tasting rooms where you can savor the hundreds of award-winning wines offered by their 35 member wineries. The tour price includes your transportation (including bus driver tip), three winery visits, two souvenir wine glasses, Brie Sourdough Bread samples, and tapas. There will be opportunities to purchase additional food and beverage at each of the wineries. The bus ride to Temecula will take approximately one hour. You will be able to enjoy your first winery for 45-60 minutes and then your bus will take you to your next winery. Once the group has visited all three wineries, we'll caravan back to the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Two of the wineries will have outdoor seating for you to enjoy the Brie Bread and tapas.

- Activity level: 85 % on-bus riding, 15% walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Wine Tasting Tour Details Website: http://www.temeculawines.org/

San Diego Zoo
Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Pricing: $44

The zoo is 100 acres in size and houses over 4,000 animals comprising more than 800 species from the forests and jungles of the world. It can be experienced in several ways, first and foremost by walking along pathways, into aviaries, and through bioclimatic zones. There is a 35-minute Guided Bus Tour that gives a good overview of the zoo, along with an Express Bus that stops at several locations to assist guests in accessing different areas.

- Your ticket includes unlimited use of Guided Bus Tour, Express Bus, Skyfari Aerial Tram
- Activity level: 50 % on-bus riding, 50% walking. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended
- Food is neither provided nor included, however, there are many restaurants at the zoo
- For the disabled the zoo offers an "Easy Access Pass" that allows you to go to the head of the lines at the Zoo's Bus Depot and Skyfari aerial tram.

- Wheelchairs, electric scooters and strollers are available for rent. The daily rental fee varies from item to item
- The Zoo offers quarter locker rentals, located behind the Reptile House. Small lockers, $ .75/ Large lockers $1.50

San Diego Zoo Website: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/

City Tour
Monday, July 23, 2012, 11:00AM - 2:00PM, 2:30PM – 5:30PM
Pricing: $46

What better way to experience San Diego than with a city tour that will take you to unique spots and little known areas. This is a high energy, interactive bus tour that will feature several stops so the group can walk around, take photographs and discover some of San Diego's more unique and popular points of interest spots. During this adventure, we'll explore wonderful neighborhoods such as Bankers Hill, Old Town, Mission Hills and Balboa Park. Beautiful historical homes & hidden footbridges are just some of the things your group will see. We'll also pay a visit to the historic Gaslamp Quarter in the downtown area, Seaport Village and Coronado. California themed music and fun trivia about movies filmed in San Diego & other interesting local tidbits.

- Activity level: 75 % on-bus riding, 25% easy walking, mostly wheelchair accessible. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Food is neither provided nor included

San Diego City Tour Website: http://www.wheretours.com/tours

Active Aircraft Carrier (USS Makin Island)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 10:30AM - 1:30PM
Pricing: $10

Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of the US Navy's active commissioned aircraft carriers. Visitors will enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of thousands of sailors.

- Activity level: 10% on-bus riding, 90% easy walking, NOT wheelchair accessible. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, NO open toe shoes allowed.
- Lunch is included

USS Makin Island Website: http://www.navy.mil/local/lhd8/

Balboa Park and Museums
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Pricing: $50 – Adult, $26 – Child (Ages 3-12)

The "Soul of San Diego," Balboa Park ranks as one of the most significant urban parks in the United States, covering 1,200 acres with more than 80 cultural, conservation, and recreation organizations. Major destinations at the park include the world-famous San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Museum of Art, The Old Globe Theatre, and The San Diego Natural History Museum.

- Included with your ticket is one admission to each of Balboa Park's 14 museums (Zoo not included) - Activity level: 15 % on-bus riding, 85% easy walking, mostly wheelchair accessible. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Food is neither provided nor included, though food is available for sale in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Website: http://www.balboapark.org/

Hornblower Dinner Cruise
Wednesday, July 25, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Pricing: $110

Salty bay breezes, sparkling waves and matchless natural beauty make San Diego perfect for cruising. Hornblower guests enjoy gracious hospitality and impressive views of the Coronado Bridge, Cabrillo National Monument and playful California sea lions. This three hour private yacht cruise and dinner is exclusive to PES General Meeting registrants and guests. We sail from a dock located on the waterfront just across from the Hotel. Please gather in the lobby by 5:45 PM. Check on-site for exact location. Complimentary glass of Champagne when boarding and cash bar for those over 21.

Paradise Buffet Dinner Menu includes:
- Buffalo mozzarella & grilled red onions
- Grilled vegetables (mushrooms, eggplant, red peppers tossed with balsamic vinegar & olive oil)
- Toasted asiago crostini with boursin
- Sauté of haricot vert with toasted almonds
- Penne pasta with roasted garlic, shallots & sun-dried tomatoes in a merlot sauce
- Grilled free-range chicken breast garnished with ragout of exotic mushrooms in chardonnay cream sauce
- Grapevine and white oak smoked salmon glazed with Champagne and mustard finished with saffron cream
- Various dessert bites

Hotel Del Coronado Private Tour
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon OR 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Pricing: $30

Enjoy the beauty of the Hotel del Coronado, and learn the story of how it came to be built in 1887 on what was then a barren island. This famous landmark has also been featured in a number of movies and television shows such as Some Like It Hot, Stunt Man and Baywatch.

- Activity level: 15 % on-bus riding, 85% easy walking, mostly wheelchair accessible. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Food is neither provided nor included

Hotel Del Coronado Website: http://www.hoteldel.com/


IEEE PES PLAIN TALK courses for the power industry professional will help you to understand technical aspects of the electric power industry, even if you do not have an engineering background. You will gain insights into the concerns of engineers, the demands of regulators and consumer groups, and the factors and trends that impact the operation of today's electric power systems. These courses are also appropriate for new engineers to the industry, or for engineers in other fields who are transitioning to the electric power industry. These courses aim to increase your understanding of the electric power system by providing you with practical knowledge that you can use as you work in or with this important industry.

IEEE PES PLAIN TALK courses are co-located events rather than parts of the General Meeting, and thus, conference registration is not required to attend these courses. The fee to register for the courses on-site is US$2,150 for three courses, US$1.510 for two courses and US$795 for a single course. (If you register on or before 26 June, prices are lower. See the Plain Talk web page noted below for specifics.) The course fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and all course materials. Breakfast and registration: 7:30-8:00AM. Courses start promptly at 8:00AM. Additional information can be found on-line at http://www.ieee-pes.org/plain-talk-sandiego-2012 You may register on-site if seats are available.

Power System Basics – Understanding the Electric Utility Operation Inside and Out
Tuesday, 24 July 8:00AM - 5:00PM - Manchester B, Second Level

The focus of this course is to provide a fundamental foundation in electric power systems, from basic formulas to the planning, operations, and equipment involved in generating, transmitting, and distributing electric power. Basic electrical terminology will be explained in simple to understand language with regard to design, construction, operation and maintenance of power plants, substations and transmission and distribution lines. Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the fundamentals and basic formulas of electricity as well as the equipment involved in the electric power system. An overview of generation, substations, transmission, distribution, and utilization is provided. Protection, reliable operation, and safety are among the topics covered.
Instructor: William J. Ackerman

Distribution System – Delivering Power to the Customer
Wednesday, 25 July 8:00AM - 5:00PM - Manchester B, Second Level

The focus of this course is to provide attendees with an overview of the issues associated with the planning, engineering, design, operation, and automation of electrical distribution systems. Types of distribution systems and network circuits, as well as engineering issues related to distribution systems will be explored. New concepts in the design, challenges, and operation of smart grid will be addressed. This course is intended for those who are not familiar with the delivery of electricity to the end user.

Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the types of distribution systems, issues associated with distribution planning such as outages and reliability, distribution engineering considerations relating to radial and secondary networks, and distribution automation. The course also provides an overview of electrical distribution operations, including the roles of utility personnel, construction and maintenance considerations, and trends in the industry. Smart grid and its impact on the distribution system will be explored.
Instructors: Joseph L. Koepfinger and Maurice Ney

Transmission System – The Interconnected Bulk Electric System
Thursday, 26 July 8:00AM - 5:00PM - Manchester B, Second Level

(Prerequisite for this course is Power System Basics or a familiarity with basic formulas and power system equipment.)

The focus of this course is to provide participants with knowledge of how electric power is transferred from generation sources to distribution systems via the interconnected electric bulk power system known as "the grid." Basic physical laws governing the grid will be introduced, as well as the regulatory agencies involved in its governance. The great blackouts will be explored. This course is intended to increase participant's understanding of the electric grid and how it functions in the electric power system.

Topics covered in the course include an introduction to the fundamental concepts of power, energy, and power system stability as they relate to the grid. The grid is explored in terms of its interconnections, power flow, North American interconnections, and governing bodies such as NERC/ERO, ISOs, and RTOs. Reliability standards and contingency analysis are addressed. Issues related to the planning and operation of the grid, such as transmission and economic constraints, determining transmission transfer capability, and dealing with congestion are reviewed. The course also discusses the great blackouts, their root causes, and lessons learned.
Instructor: Robert W. Waldele



Presenter/Chair Breakfasts

All presenters, panelists and session chairs MUST meet at breakfast the day of their session(s) to discuss session arrangements. Attendance is required. All presenters should have received e-mails providing the dates of their sessions and breakfasts.

Presenter Breakfasts
Monday 23 July 6:45 – 7:45 AM - Elizabeth FG, Second Level
Tuesday 24 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Elizabeth Foyer and Terrace, Second Level
Wednesday 25 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Douglas Pavilion A, Ground Level
Thursday 26 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM - Douglas Pavilion A, Ground Level

Poster Session Presenter Breakfast
Monday, 23 July 6:45-7:45 AM - Elizabeth H, Second Level


Technical Session rooms will be equipped with an LCD projector and screen, power and extension cords, podium, microphone if appropriate, and a wireless mouse. Speakers who wish to use a computer during their presentations are required to provide their own laptop computers and are responsible for ensuring compatibility with on-site equipment.

Committee meeting rooms will be equipped with a cart (for any electronic equipment you may provide on your own), screen, and power and extension cords. No projector or computer will be provided. Arrangements, including payment via credit card, for any additional audio-visual equipment you wish to rent from the meeting's AV provider must be made in advance.

The Presenters Prep Room, located in the Registration area, will be equipped with an LCD projector with the same specifications and compatibility as those in the Technical Session rooms. The equipment is provided to allow presenters to become familiar with, and to ensure that, their laptop computers are compatible with on-site equipment provided. Please check at the Information Booth or Paper Sales area for exact location, hours and access.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered by IEEE

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible, qualified direction and instruction. A unit generally consists of courses of study that refresh, update and enhance knowledge, skills and experience of professional personnel.

Providers of CEUs must be approved by an accrediting body within a jurisdiction such as state/province or country. IEEE is an Authorized Provider of CEUs through The International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and has adopted IACET guidelines and criteria for all its continuing professional development programs. Authorized Providers of the IACET must reapply every five years and undergo a rigorous assessment to maintain their status.

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Any course that offers CEUs which is presented by an IEEE entity has been reviewed and approved according to standards set by IACET. All registered students who complete an IEEE course offering CEUs will receive a certificate from the IEEE attesting to the CEUS earned by the attendee.

It is up to each student to determine if a specific course or program fills the needs of the discipline or certifying body for which the CEUs are intended.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Continuing professional education for licensed engineers is measured in Professional Development Hours (PDH). A PDH is one contact hour of instruction or presentation. Currently, approximately thirty states mandate Professional Development Hours to maintain P.E. licensure, each with varying requirements.

CEUs readily translate into PDHs (1CEU=10 PDHs), though PDHs do not convert automatically to CEUs.

The licensee is responsible for maintaining records to be used to support PDH credits claimed. PES does not track this information, and no certificates are provided. Unlike the precedure for CEUs, courses are not pre-approved by the IEEE for PDHs.

At many PES meetings, forms are readily available that can be completed by attendees of any session and signed by the session chair to verify attendance. The completed forms are held by each attendee. They are not submitted to IEEE. It is up to each licensee to provide the forms to the certifying body or employer, and to determine if a specific course or program fills the needs of the discipline or certifying body and/or employer for which the PDHs are intended.


Technical tours are a unique element of the PES General Meeting technical program. This year, the following tours are being offered to registered attendees of the General Meeting. All tours depart from the hotel's Seaport Lobby entrance on Kettner Drive. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than the posted departure time. Advance registration for all technical tours is required.

There is no on-site registration for technical tours. Tour conditions require that attendees wear clothing with long sleeves/long pants.

NOTE: Due to the live working environment through which the tours are conducted, the tour routes may take the visitor over unpaved surfaces and onto elevated platforms.

University of California San Diego Microgrid
Monday, 23 July, 2012: 1 – 4 PM US$45

The San Diego Chapter of the IEEE Power & Energy Society in cooperation with UCSD is very proud to have arranged for a presentation and tour of UCSD's microgrid for PES General Meeting attendees and friends. The UCSD microgrid is regarded by Power Magazine as one of the most efficient in the US. UCSD self generates 82% of its electricity and 95% of its cooling and heating requirements. UCSD received the 1st Annual Climate Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership from the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) based upon its mix of generation, storage and load management. The tour will provide an informative presentation followed by a shuttle field trip to the highlights of the campus including the CHP plant that received an EPA Energy Star Award in 2010 for achieving 66% combined efficiency along with a variety of solar generation and energy storage technologies. The UCSD Microgrid is a "living laboratory" and is constantly looking at new ideas and technology to reduce UCSD's energy and CO2 footprint by pioneering innovative technologies and adopting and integrating renewable resources.

SDG&E Miguel Substation GIS
Tuesday, 24 July: 11 am – 4:00 pm US$45
Closed-toed shoes and long-sleeved cotton pants/shirts are required for this tour.

Miguel is one of San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) premier substations. Retrofitted in 2004 with 500kV GIS, it is a major energy gateway to San Diego. Located in the rural subdevelopment of Bonita, Miguel is a 500/230/138/69kV substation. On this tour you will be escorted through an operational substation through the 500,000V bus work and have an opportunity to examine the Condition Based Monitoring equipment currently installed on the 500/230kV transformers. You will learn the unique perspectives of SDG&E; from permitting challenges, engineering philosophy, seismic design, construction methods, to operational concerns.

SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
Wednesday, 25 July, 2012: 1 – 4 PM US $45

­Explore the latest green technologies and learn about energy efficiency at the Center, designed to be one of San Diego's first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum buildings open to the public.

Here are a few of the special features at the Center:
• Limit the waste. About 85% of the original building's materials were reused or recycled.
• The roof isn't just a roof. It's covered with special materials that reflect heat and help the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) system not to work so hard.
• One big battery—the sun. The solar panels do things like offset the building's energy use by 34% and heat their water.
• The sky is a reservoir. The roof has a rain water collection unit that stores water used for their irrigation system.
• Go with the low-flow. All of the water fixtures are ultra low flow, helping to reduce water consumption up to 30%.
• Bright ideas. The Center features the newest technology in lighting, reducing its energy use. Each room is equipped with sensors that automatically turn off the lights when it's not being used.
• Smart air. The state-of-the-art HVAC system has sensors that shut off the A/C when windows are open.
• The carpet's a retread. Literally, it's made from recycled tires. Most of the items you see in the Center are made from recycled materials, including our furniture.
• The ozone is our friend. The Center features only low-emitting materials — paint, sealants, adhesives, and coatings.
• Even the trees are solar. The parking lot features Solar Trees® — covered parking areas with solar panels on top that provide both shade for your car and power for the region.

General Atomics Fusion and Electric Transportation
Thursday, 26 July, 9 am – 12 pm - Price: US$45

The Electromagnetic Systems (EMS) Group of General Atomics is a supplier of advanced electromagnetic systems and related power equipment for a variety of defense, energy, and commercial transportation applications. EMS has leading-edge expertise in the design and fabrication of linear motors, superconducting and conventional rotating motors, power inverters, high-voltage DC power distribution systems, and numerous other energy conversion, distribution, and storage systems. General Atomics' Electromagnetic Systems (EMS) Division is developing a range of technologies to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of modern power generation and energy conversion systems.

Join us for a briefing and tour of the General Atomics Tokamak DIII-D facility and Maglev and linear motor technologies. General Atomics has been conducting magnetic fusion research since the 1960s, and was a pioneer in the toroidal magnetic confinement device called the "tokamak." Their work has included a focus on non-circular cross-section tokamaks, including Doublet II, Doublet III and today's DIII-D. The DIII-D Program is a large international program, with 90 participating institutions and a research team of 515 users. General Atomics has developed a family of advanced Maglev Linear Motor systems including: FTA Urban Maglev for port transportation; LIM-Rail™ - Truck Carrier Concept Runs on standard rails – elevated or at grade; MagneTruck™ Concept; ECCO™: Maglev for Freight Movement; and MagiCarpet™ZC.

SDG&E Operation Center and Smart Grid
Thursday, 26 July, 1 – 4 pm - Price: US$45

This tour will include both a tour of SDG&E's operating center for its electric transmission and distribution system and a short tour of new smart grid equipment that is being tested at our Skills Training center. The tour of SDG&E's operating center will include a short overview the real time operating center for managing the electric transmission system and the real time dispatch and control system for operating the electric distribution system. SDG&E is implementing a state of the art Outage Management System (OMS) and Distribution Management System (DMS) that will operate and control the electric distribution system and take advantage of new smart grid technology. A short tour will also be provided of new smart grid technology that is being tested at our Skills Training center.


Meeting registration plus an additional fee is required to attend any of these courses. Earn CEUs and PDHs for your attendance. You may register on-site if seats and materials are available.

Half-Day Tutorials
Tuition: Advance US$195, Regular US $240 Student Advance US$50, Student Regular US$75.

Smart Grid 101 – The Basics of Smart Grid

Date/Time: Sunday 22 July, 2012, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Manchester A, Second Level
Erich Gunther, EnerNex

The introduction to the smart grid and its technology, including:

• What is smart grid and who benefits from it
• Key definitions of smart grid terms
• Introduction to the smart grid interoperability model
• Smart grid building blocks
• Why is smart grid important
• Key example projects
• Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in smart grid who wants to gain a basic background in smart grid.

Smart Grid 201 – A Deeper View of Smart Grid

Date/Time: Sunday 22 July, 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester A, Second Level
Doug Houseman, EnerNex

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

• What is the business case for smart grid
• Who are the stakeholders for smart grid
• What is the requirement for customer involvement in smart grid
• Why is smart grid required
• Integration of new technologies into the smart grid (e.g. PHEV, DER, etc)
• Who should attend: People who are interested in smart grid from a business standpoint and who have a basic understanding of what smart grid is.

Smart Grid 301 –Security

Date/Time: Monday 23 July, 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester A, Second Level
Bobby Brown, EnerNex

The basics of smart grid security, including:

• Regulations for grid security
• Vulnerabilities and risks in smart grid systems
• A systematic approach to smart grid security
• Lessons learned in smart grid security
• Key standards for smart grid security
• Who should attend: Security Specialists who want an understanding of cyber security for smart grid.

Smart Grid 203 - Distribution Systems

Date/Time: Tuesday 24 July, 2012, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Manchester A, Second Level
Doug Houseman, EnerNe

The distribution impacts of smart grid, including:

• Smart Distribution Systems Fundamentals
• Smart Distribution Systems Applications
• Distribution Automation
• Volt and Var Control
• Distribution System Monitoring (Sensors, fault location, waveshape analysis)
• Distribution Management System
• Distributed Resource Integration
• Telecommunication for Smart Distribution Systems
• Distribution System Applications Integration
• Who Should Attend: Smart Distribution System educators, developers, engineers and managers who are considering the deployment of Smart Distribution System technology. The participants will be involved in the complete chain of energy delivery from generation, transmission and distribution to the customers.

Smart Grid 308 - Distributed Energy Resources

Date/Time: Tuesday, 24 July 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester A, Second Level
Doug Houseman, EnerNex

This tutorial will cover the following topics:

• Overview of DER and its components
• Understanding variable generation issues
• Limits to DER implementation in a conventional distribution grid
• Interconnect and other standards for DER
• Engineering considerations for DER planning and approval
• Issues in customer owned DER (e.g. maintenance, overrides, etc)
• Who Should Attend: Anyone who is interested in Distribution level DER, its impact on the grid and limits in the distribution grid today.

Smart Grid 401: Operations

Date/Time: Wednesday, 25 July, 2012, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester G, Second Level
Doug Houseman, EnerNex
Laurie Miller, EnerNex

Smart grid operations topics, including:

• What is smart grid operations and how does that differ from what utilities do today
• What are the requirements for operations
• What would a smart grid operations center and team look like
• What kinds of operations will this team perform
• What are the benefits and concerns regarding smart grid operations
• What impact does operating the smart grid have on equipment deployment
• What are the impacts on jobs and training for utility personnel
• Who should attend: Individuals who are interested in developing a smart grid operations capability in order to manage deployed equipment in the grid.


Tuition Advance: US$295; Regular: US$395. Student Advance: US$100: Student Regular US$150

Power Quality – From Lightning and Harmonics To Variable Energy Resources

Date/Time: Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester C, Second Level
Surya Santoso, University of Texas at Austin
Roger C. Dugan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Mark McGranaghan, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Operation of Electricity Markets – Technical and Economic Aspects

Date/Time: Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester B, Second Level
Kankar Bhattacharya, University of Waterloo

The focus of this course is to provide attendees with an overview of the issues associated with operation of electricity markets from a broad perspective. Market design and structure, price settlement processes, and transmission system issues will be discussed and the fundamental concepts of market auctions will be explored. The course will encompass both the technical and economic aspects of the operation of electricity markets for a multi-disciplinary audience. The topics included are, markets design, types of market auctions and electricity price formation, role of the Independent System Operators in different markets, transmission pricing paradigms, congestion management, firm transmission rights and ancillary services management. Various operational practices adopted by electricity markets in North America are discussed in the context of the above topics.

Static Var Compensators Co-sponsored by the Substations Committee

Date/Time: Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester AB, Second Level
Hubert Bilodeau, TransÉnergie, Hydro-Québec
Mikael Halonen, Saudi Electricity Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Chris Horwill, Alstom Grid, UK
Daniel J. Sullivan, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. Heinz Tyll, Siemens
Rajiv K. Varma, The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Canada

Fast control of reactive power by means of shunt-connected static devices is a proven technology. Working group I4 on Static Var Compensators of the High Voltage Power Electronics Stations Subcommittee has maintained a list of industrial and utility Static Var Compensator (SVC) installations around the world and found more than 500 of these installations still in service after 25 years of operation. SVCs are still considered today as a competitive solution to meet future needs of reactive power compensation.

Past tutorials offered on Static Var Compensators have focused mainly on power system aspects and on justifying the need for SVCs. This tutorial is focusing on equipment design and operations. A brief review of system aspects which justifies the need for fast reactive power compensation and a description of various applications are presented. It is intended to provide participants with a solid understanding of basic components and their integration in substation design, of control system and its dynamic performance and commissioning of SVCs.

This tutorial targets engineering personnel, plant and design engineers, and anyone responsible for: (1) validating the dynamic performance during the design stage and (2) ensuring reliable operations of Static Var Compensators.

Application of IEC CIM Standards in Power System Modeling, Smart Grid and Enterprise Integration

Date/Time: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Manchester G, Second Level
Jay Britton, CIM Task Force member
Alan McMorran, CIM Task Force member
Margaret Goodrich, CIM Task Force Vice Chair
Enamul Haq, CIM Task Force Chair

This tutorial is organized by the CIM task force on power system information modeling under CAM subcommittee.

The common information model (CIM) is an established IEC standard for modeling power system data and information. Recently the CIM standard has been adopted by many utilities worldwide for exchanging power system network models and enterprise wide integration. It is necessary to educate the power system engineers, data modelers and IT integration personnel on the various aspects of this CIM standard so that more and more utilities worldwide can adopt this standard. This tutorial will provide the basic understanding of power system information modeling using CIM. It will provide in depth knowledge of power system model exchange between utilities and enterprise integration using CIM standard.

The attendees of this tutorial will become familiar with the use of the CIM standard as it relates to the various applications including smart grid. It is expected that the attendees will gain sufficient knowledge about the various aspects of CIM so that they can facilitate the adoption of the CIM standard in their respective enterprise.


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