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Mtg: Power System Reliability Analysis and Artificial Intelligence

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THURSDAY July 14, 2011
SF Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Zach Cramer, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Time: Food and networking at 12:00 PM; Presentation at 12:15 PM
Cost: Free for IEEE members, $5 for non-members
Place: CA Public Utilities Commission, Golden Gate Training Room, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
RSVP: by July 12 to John Joven, 415-973-4873
In the early 1990â??s many utilities chose a strategy of maximizing return on equity. Under this strategy very little capital investment was made, leading to increased asset utilization and decreased contingency reserves. At the same time much of the existing infrastructure was nearing end of life. As a result, customer reliability was severely degraded. When it became apparent that such poor reliability isnâ??t economically attractive to service providers or their customers, utilities began aggressive reliability improvement programs. Unfortunately, many utilities lacked the expertise required to manage these programs effectively.

The goal of this presentation is to communicate the information necessary for the implementation of a successful reliability engineering program. The will be a focus on two topics: 1) a simple organized approach for computing the cost of customer reliability, and 2) discussing how techniques from artificial intelligence can be applied to improve power system planning and operations. Part 1 will cover reliability analysis in detail and will have several transmission reliability examples. A substation reliability decision matrix will also be presented. Part 2 will be more of a high level discussion of popular artificial intelligence techniques and how they can be applied to reliability engineering. This section will also have some interactive demonstrations.

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