Announcements


2015 Event!!

Solar Design Considerations

The IEEE PES Baltimore Chapter is pleased to announce our first technical meeting of 2015 with guest speakers Gabriel Velicu of B&R Construction Services and Daniel Wallace of BITHENERGY, Inc. The presentation will cover solar installations including topics such as design considerations, metering, and payback period.

Anyone interested can register in advance here

Lunch will be served at 11:00 AM and the meeting will conclude at 1:00 PM. This meeting will be held at a Baltimore Gas & Electric Facility. The address and contact information for access can be found in the above link.

We look forward to seeing you on March 19th!


Another PDH Opportunity!!

Transformer Design and Design Parameters

This presentation will be on the basics of transformer design. The presentation will explain how a transformer designer interprets parameters such as MVA, lightning impulse, switching impulse, and percentage impedance supplied by a customer. It will touch on power rating[MVA], core, rated voltages, insulation coordination, short-circuit impedance, short-circuit forces, loss evaluation, temperature limits, cooling, sound Level and other concepts.

One (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be offered for this presentation and lunch will be provided.

The cost for the event is $5 for students, $10 for IEEE Members, and $20 for non-members. Please RSVP by October 20, 2014 here.

Lunch will be served at 11:00 AM and the meeting will conclude at 1:00 PM. This meeting will be held at a Baltimore Gas & Electric Facility. The address and contact information for access can be found in the above link.

We look forward to seeing you on October 22!


Baltimore-Area Engineering Job Opportunity!

The Maryland Public Service Commission has a posting for Public Service Engineer III on their website.

The main purpose of the position is to monitor and inspect the safety and reliability performance of electric utility distribution systems operating in Maryland for compliance with COMAR and accepted industry standards. Qualified applicants should visit http://jobaps.com/md/jobs/psc/ to apply for this position.


Protective Relaying Principles and Philosophy Course

Please join the IEEE PES Baltimore Chapter for a 6-session evening course covering the philosophy and principles of protective relaying for electric power systems. Eighteen (18) PDHs will be offered for this course.

Topics shall include protective relaying philosophy, single line diagrams and zones of protection, circuit breakers and other interrupting devices, instrument transformers and types of relays, DC and AC relay schematics, fault analysis and symmetrical components, distribution line protection and reclosing, transmission line protection and reclosing, transformer and bus protection, capacitor protection, generator & motor protection, breaker failure protection, and relay testing and commissioning considerations.

Dinner will be provided as part of the registration fee. The cost of this 6-session course sequence is $100 for Student IEEE Members, $200 for all other IEEE Members, and $300 for Non-Members. Please RSVP by September 29, 2014.

Please contact baltimorepes@ieee.org with any questions or concerns.

Session Overview:
Session 1 – Thursday, 10/2/14
Protective relaying philosophy; single line diagrams; zones of protection; the role of circuit breakers and other interrupting devices; substation battery systems.
Session 2 – Thursday, 10/9/14
Current and potential transformer operating principles and considerations; electromechanical, static, and microprocessor relays; AC and DC relay schematics.
Session 3 – Thursday, 10/16/14
Fault analysis and symmetrical components as tools of the relay engineer; distribution line protection – fuses, sectionalizers, reclosers, overcurrent relaying, and reclosing.
Session 4 – Thursday, 10/23/14
Transmission line protection – distance, overcurrent, differential, pilot schemes, reclosing.
Session 5 – Thursday, 10/30/14
Transformer protection – fuses, differential, and overcurrent; Bus protection – overcurrent and differential; capacitor protection – voltage differential and neutral overcurrent.
Session 6 – Thursday, 11/6/14
Generator protection – differential, loss of field, neutral overcurrent; motor protection – fuses, overcurrent, differential; breaker failure protection; relay testing and commissioning considerations.

Session Format:
5:30 – Social/Dinner served
6:00 – Class begins
9:00 – Class ends

Anyone interested can register in advance here. Registration fees apply. Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM each class session and the instruction will take place from 6 PM to 9 PM.

This meeting will be held at a Baltimore Gas & Electric Facility. The address and contact information for access can be found in the above link.


5th Annual IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies

Washington, DC - February 19-22, 2014

Here are 4 great reasons why you should attend ISGT 2014:

• You will learn about real-practice technology, deployment experience, and customer acceptance issues related to smart grid.
• You will have the opportunity to meet and speak directly with industry leaders, regulators and entrepreneurs working with the smart grid.
• You will hear from international speakers reporting on real success stories and pitfalls – as well as current business.
• You will engage with noted academics and practitioners talk candidly about their work in making smart grid a cost-effective proposition.

To Register Now, Please Visit http://isgtreg.com/ISGT2014/

Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with over 550 smart grid practitioners - industry professionals, executives, researchers, and policy makers - to discuss groundbreaking innovations in smart grid technologies.

ISGT attendees will hear from these keynote speakers:

• Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, US Department of Energy
• Philip B. Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and President of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners
• Mark McGranaghan, Vice President, EPRI

Additional information on speakers, plenary sessions and panel sessions can be found at http://ieee-isgt.org/

We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC!


2014 IEEE PES Baltimore Engineer's Week Dinner

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Speakers: Professor Ben Hobbs (JHU) and Brad Davis (BGE) 

$10 for IEEE Student Members, $20 for IEEE Members, $30 for non-members

UMBC Campus - University Center Building
University Center Ballroom
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21244

The Baltimore Chapter of the IEEE Power & Energy Society is proud to announce our upcoming Engineers Week Dinner during National Engineers Week. We invite engineering professionals, high school students, college students, parents and educators to enjoy dinner and an outstanding program of speakers with us.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM at UMBC's University Center Ballroom at 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland. Metered visitor parking is available at the Administration Drive Parking Garage. A Parking Map for UMBC is provided in the map included in the location information below.

The purpose of this annual event is to expose students to the engineering field and to provide a unique opportunity for networking and mentorship. Arrive at 5:30 for refreshments and an opportunity to speak with prospective engineers, their educators and their parents. Presentations for the evening will include the IEEE Robotics Challenge, Opportunities and Challenges of an Engineering Education, and Physical Design and Construction of an Electric Transmission Substation. We will also honor the Power & Energy Society’s 2013 Outstanding Engineer Award recipient.

The cost of the event is $10 for IEEE student members, $20 for IEEE members and $30 for non-members.

This year, we will be utilizing the vTools software to accept payments through credit cards and PayPal. Educators are not required to use vTools, but should respond to baltimorepes@ieee.org to make reservations.

Please click here to register by Feb 14

RSVP required by February 14th to baltimorepes@ieee.org if payment will not be made in advance.


Smart Grid Distribution Automation and Grid Modernization

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Speaker: Aleksandar Vukojevic, Principal Engineer – Baltimore Gas & Electric 

$5 for IEEE Members, $10 for non-members

Baltimore Gas & Electric
RBC South Conference Center
7225 Windsor Blvd Baltimore, MD 21244

This presentation is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Smart Grid Distribution Automation and Grid Modernization, which includes Volt/VAR control and smart fault circuit indicators. Our speaker, Aleksandar Vukojevic, will be sharing his extensive experience on this topic as a Manager within the Smart Grid Distribution Automation and Technology department at BGE.

The cost for this event is $5 for IEEE Members, and $10 for Non-Members. Pizza and drinks will be provided as part of this cost. If you have any dietary restrictions that should be considered, please let us know by emailing baltimorepes@ieee.org.

1 PDH will be offered for this event for those who are interested.

Please click here to register by Jan 13


Integrating Smart Grid and Distribution Automation System

with Traditional System and Service Restoration Planning approaches from Maryland PSC

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Speaker: Calvin Timmerman, Assistant Executive Director – Maryland PSC 

At no charge

Baltimore Gas & Electric
RBC South Conference Center
7225 Windsor Blvd Baltimore, MD 21244

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Baltimore Chapter invites you to join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn how utilities are integrating Smart Grid and Distribution Automation systems with traditional system and service restoration planning approaches from the perspective of the Maryland PSC.

This opportunity is being offered at no cost, with pizza and refreshments provided. Please contact baltimorepes@ieee.org with any questions.

Please click here to register by Dec 12


IEEE PES Scholarship Plus

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Baltimore Chapter is exited to announce the availability of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships to qualifying US & Canadian electrical engineering undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to three years of funding—US$2,000 the first year, US$2,000 the second year, and US$3,000 the third year—interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience.

Please click here for more information

Annual Engineers Week Dinner 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Johns Hopkins University - Shriver Hall

3400 N.Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218

The Baltimore Power & Energy Society is proud to announce our upcoming Engineers Week Dinner during National Engineers Week! We invite engineering professionals, high school students, college students, parents and educators to enjoy dinner and an outstanding program of speakers with us.

The purpose of this annual event is to expose students to the engineering field and to provide a unique opportunity for networking and mentorship. Arrive at 5:30 for refreshments and an opportunity to speak with prospective engineers, their educators and their parents. Presentations for the evening will include the IEEE Robotics Challenge and Smart Grid concepts. We will also honor the Power & Energy Society’s 2012 Outstanding Engineer Award recipient.

The first 12 schools to respond are invited to send two students, an educator and chaperons free of charge. The cost of the event is $10 for IEEE student members, $20 for IEEE members and $30 for non-members.

This year, we will be utilizing the vTools software to accept payments through credit cards and PayPal. Click here to register in advance.Those that register before February 15 will receive a $5 discount!

RSVP required by February 14th to baltimorepes@ieee.org if payment will not be made in advance.


Metropolitan Area Workshop in Region 2

November 2-3, 2012 at the Westin at BWI

The Baltimore Section is hosting the first Metropolitan Area Workshop in Region 2 on November 2-3, 2012 at the Westin at BWI. There will be a Smart Grid track with the topics "Smart Grid - Microprocessor Based Protection of Power Systems: Distribution and Transmission Lines" and "Introduction to Smart Grid".

Additional details and registration information can be found at http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/mga_maw_baltimore.html#sect2

Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Requirements and the Licensure Process for the State of Maryland

Monday, October 8, 2012

6:00 PM - A light dinner will be available starting at 6, and the presentation begins at 6:30 PM

Speaker: Skip Harclerode II, P.E. President of KBD Engineering Company, Inc.

National Electronics Museum

1745 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, MD 21090

Presentation:Maryland has new requirements for P.E. license renewal involving Continuing Professional Competency (CPC); also known as Continuing Education. The talk will include the phased timetables for the new requirement, type, and number of PDH (Professional Development Hours) units required as well as acceptable course providers. The three paths to professional licensure in the State of Maryland and the specific requirements for each path will also be covered.

Speaker:Skip Harclerode II, P.E. is the President of KBD Engineering Company, Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering firm providing engineering services to commercial, institutional and industrial clients. He is the Chairman of the Maryland State Board of Professional Engineers and the NCEES Northeast Zone Vice-President.

Cost: Guests: $6; IEEE members: $5 Payment at the door will be accepted. There is no cost if you only attend the presentation, but RSVPS are still required.

You can contact Rachel Krepps at randre@ieee.org if you have any questions, but please respond through the website if you plan to attend

The IEEE Baltimore Power & Energy Society and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Present

The Role of Distributed Power Systems in the U.S. Electricity Sector

Dinner and Lecture Meeting

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 (6:00 - 8:00 pm)

Speaker: Bradley Schoener, Ph.D.; Energy Program Director - MITRE Corporation

Bradley Schoener, Ph.D.

Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel MD 20723 (Main Entrance - Lobby 1)

Presentation: The US power sector is undergoing the largest overhaul in its history. Despite significant public and private investment in large-scale renewable-energy installations and enthusiasm for an electric vehicle fleet, the U.S. grid infrastructure looks very similar to its 19th century design, unsuited for 21st century supplies and demands. The integration of information technology into the power system will also make the electricity supply more vulnerable to network-wide cyber-attacks or infiltration by adversaries. Policymakers have shown increased interest in Distributed Power Systems (DPS), a combination of distributed generation sources and grid storage. DPS technologies include rooftop solar-cell systems, and combined heat and power applications. They also incorporate distributed energy storage systems, including advanced batteries and vehicle to-grid systems. By using localized sources of generation, electricity consumers in the commercial and residential sectors have an opportunity to bypass the centralized system of generation and dispatch and to meet their own electricity needs and play a role in stabilizing and supporting the grid. DPS also has the potential to decrease electricity-supply vulnerability through the “islanding” of generation and distribution.

Speaker:Bradley Schoener, Ph.D. is the Energy Program Director for The MITRE Corporation. In this capacity provides executive leadership, managerial direction, and innovation over substantive classified and unclassified work and activities for at the Department of Energy as well as other Federal Agencies in the energy domain that strengthen integrity and improve stability of the national economic infrastructure. Dr. Schoener is responsible for MITRE sponsored research in the Energy Domain. Serving as Principal Investigator for a portfolio of research projects, Dr. Schoener guides research in energy modeling, emerging technologies and energy, natural resources, and economic infrastructure. Dr. Schoener also has taught in Johns Hopkins University's MBA program at since 1995. In this capacity, he has instructed courses, guided curriculum development of all concentration areas, and shaped the program design.

Cost: Guests: $25; INCOSE and IEEE members: $20 if payment is received by June 15th, 2012, $25 afterwards. There is no cost if you only attend the presentation, but RSVPS are still required.

Door Prize for this month, Smart Grid: Fundamentals of Design and Analysis by James Momoh

You can contact Rachel Krepps at randre@ieee.org if you have any questions, but please respond through the website if you plan to attend

RSVP

For more information, please see the Flyer.

The IEEE Baltimore Power & Energy Society and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Present

Life after the Northeast Blackout of 2003

Dinner and Lecture Meeting

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Michael J. Kormos, Senior Vice President - Operations of PJM Interconnection

Michael J. Kormos

Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel MD 20723 (Main Entrance - Lobby 1)

Presentation: PJM Interconnection, founded in 1927, is the oldest continuing power pool in the world and the largest electric power grid in North America. Its grid management operations integrate into one coordinated system, multiple transmission systems and independently operated generating stations and other supply resources. The blackout of 2003, one of the greatest challenges to face PJM operators, was weathered through advance system planning. Recently, PJM implemented the world’s most advanced energy management system. It not only replaces legacy systems but provides real-time operational redundancy and better facilitates the integration of new resources such as demand response, energy efficiency and distributed resources. Today, PJM is addressing the challenges of intermittent renewable resources, impending retirements of large amounts of coal-fired generating capacity because of the cost of complying with environmental regulations, the approaching transformation of the generation fuel-mix as a result of low-priced shale gas, and the challenges of accommodating public policy while maintaining reliability.

Speaker: Michael J. Kormos, senior vice president - Operations of PJM Interconnection, is responsible for all services that touch reliability, including System Operations, System Planning, Information and Technology Services, Security and Regional Coordination. Previously, Mr. Kormos was the vice president of System Operations and has served in various management and engineering positions in the Operations Division. Mr. Kormos earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a master of business administration from Villanova University. PJM Interconnection ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system serving 60 million people in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region’s transmission grid, which includes 61,000 miles of transmission lines; administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion.

Cost: Guests: $25; INCOSE and IEEE members: $20 if payment is received by April 13th, 2012, $25 afterwards. There is no cost if you only attend the presentation, but RSVPS are still required.

You can contact Rachel Krepps at randre@ieee.org if you have any questions, but please respond through the website if you plan to attend

RSVP

For more information, please see the Flyer.

Engineers Week Dinner 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Simply Elegant Gray Rock Mansion

400 Grey Rock Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

The Baltimore Power & Energy Society is proud to announce our upcoming Engineers Week Dinner during National Engineers Week! We invite engineering professionals, high school students, college students, parents and educators to enjoy dinner and an outstanding program of speakers with us.

The purpose of this annual event is to expose students to the engineering field and to provide a unique opportunity for networking and mentorship.

Stay tuned for more E-Week Dinner details in January!


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