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2007 PES GENERAL MEETING
24-28 June
 
Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin Street 
 Tampa, Florida 33602
 USA

HOST UTILITY
Marriott Waterside Hotel
700 S. Florida Ave
 Tampa, Florida 33602 USA
 

NEW! - FREE STUDENT TOUR!

The advance program is now available.  Overflow rooms are now available at the Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center which has spacious 2 room suites available.  They also have Wi-Fi and wired internet connection available in  the guestrooms and Free wireless internet available in  the lobby areas.  When registering, please indicate you IEEE membership to the reservations department.

The Registration site for the General Meeting is now open and can be accessed at www.pesgm07.org.    On-line registration closes 18 June at midnight.  Anyone wishing to register after that will have to register on-site.  A brief listing of registration fees is available in the registration section of this page.  Note:  IEEE PES has instituted a modest charge for advance ($30) and on-site registration ($45) for life members and life member Registered Companions, which matches the student fees for GM 2007.

Reserve Your Room Now for the PES 2007 General Meeting!

This document is a work in progress. It is being updated as more information becomes available.  Please come back often to check for updates.

♦    Attendees Breakfasts ♦    PES and IEEE Booths & Tables
♦    Attire ♦    Plenary Session
♦    Audio/Visual Needs ♦    Poster Session
♦    Awards ♦    Presenters Breakfasts
♦    Committee Meetings (intro) ♦    Presenters Preparation Room
♦    Conference Location and Hotels ♦    Professional Development Hours
♦    Conference Proceedings ♦    Registration Information / Registration Fees
♦    Corporate Support Opportunities ♦    Short Course on Power System Basics
♦    Entry into USA / Visas ♦    Student Program
♦    General Membership Meeting ♦    Tampa, weather
♦    Introduction ♦    Technical Program (intro)
♦    Local Committee ♦    Technical Tours
♦    Message Center ♦    Tourism Opportunities
♦    Networking / Social / Registered Companions ♦    Transportation from Airport
♦    Paper Market ♦    Tutorials

Introduction
The Power Engineering Society is pleased to announce that its 2007 general meeting is scheduled for June 24-28, 2007 at the Tampa Convention Center and the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida, USA *.  The Tampa Convention Center is across the street from the Marriot Waterside Hotel and is a short walk.  The conference, with its theme Powering the Future, Today, will provide an international forum to address policy, infrastructure and workforce issues.

We invite our colleagues from around the world to join us in Tampa for this memorable industry meeting.  During the meeting you will have the opportunity to participate in many high-quality technical sessions and tours, committee meetings, networking opportunities and more.  There will also be special student events and entertaining Registered Companion activities planned throughout the week. 

Tampa
Welcome to Tampa, Florida USA.  The 2007 general meeting promises to be the best ever, with hundreds of technical presentations  and a full schedule of committee meetings, tutorials, networking events and activities for you and your family. Exchange ideas with experts in their fields from across the globe, learn about emerging technologies, new situations and innovative solutions covering all aspects of the power engineering spectrum.  This meeting will be valuable for everyone - whether you have been practicing for decades or are still brand new to the power engineering community. 

Make plans now to join us!  All sessions and meetings will be held at the Marriott Waterside Hotel and the Tampa Convention Center * located conveniently across the street from the hotel, both of which have excellent facilities for our meeting.  More information on room reservations can be found here.

Tampa International Airport (TIA), servicing all major carriers, is approximately 9 miles from the Marriott Waterside Hotel and is a 10-20 minute cab ride away depending on traffic.  Cabs will cost around $22 each way and the shuttle will be around $17 per person each way.  Limited on-site valet and self-parking is available to hotel guests.
 
Convenient to beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches and the many nearby vacation attractions. Tampa is a "destination city" that should be of substantial Registered Companion and family interest. It is only a short distance (10 miles) to Busch Gardens and other various theme parks.  To see more of what the Tampa Bay area has to offer, please visit the Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau

Weather
June is the beginning of the summer. Average daytime temperatures are from 80° - 90° degrees F. The weather in June can change dramatically over the day, so you might encounter lower or higher temperatures as well as wet and dry days. We recommend that you bring a variety of clothing, including a raincoat.

Tourism Opportunities
There will be a wide choice of planned and impromptu activities for attendees and Registered Companions.  You will be able to select from tours and activities of many types. If you want something unusual, there are boat rentals, fishing charters, scuba tours, and tours by land, sea and air!  Please visit the Tampa Bay Visitors Convention and Visitor's Bureau for photos of the city and links to other Tampa web sites.  There is a wonderful selection of Registered Companion Tours that will enhance your visit to the Tampa Bay area. Register soon so your favorite activity is not closed out.

Conference Location and Hotels
The general meeting will be held in the Tampa Convention Center and the Marriott Waterside Hotel *.  Conference registration, major luncheons and receptions, and all meeting sessions will be held in these two facilities. More details on Location and hotels is available at the Location Link. 

Transportation  From the Airport
Cabs, shuttles and public transportation are readily available.

Customs/ Entry into USA
Please check with your travel agent or government bureau to determine what rules will be in effect for entry from your country.  If a letter of confirmation of your meeting registration may aid you in obtaining a visa, you may request one after you have registered for the meeting.  A link to request a confirmation letter can be found at Registration Confirmation Letter to Help Obtain Visa.  More information is available at the IEEE PES Meetings page.
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 General Membership Meeting
The general membership meeting will be held on Monday, June 25th at 8:00AM. The General Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, June 25th at 8:00AM in the Convention Center.  PES President John D. McDonald will provide an update about PES progress and activities of the past year. Candidates for the PES offices of President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer for the 2008-2009 terms will each make a short presentation to familiarize you with their individual views and goals so you can make an informed decision when you vote during the PES elections this fall. (Note:  Meet the candidates face-to-face at a reception co-located with the Poster Session on Monday evening, 5:00-7:00PM in the Convention Center.)
 

Plenary  Session
The plenary session will be held on Monday, 25 June, at 9:00 a.m., immediately following the general membership meeting in the Convention Center. A group of notable, highly-respected speakers will address topics of major concern in the power engineering world from various perspectives.  More information to follow.

Awards   Numerous awards activities will take place during the General Meeting.  Here are two of the highlights:

IEEE Fellows Reception
Please stop by to congratulate IEEE Fellows who were elected to the class of 2007.  A reception will be held in conjunction with the poster session on Monday 25 June from 5-7:00PM in the Convention Center.

Awards Luncheon
The awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, 26 June from Noon-2:00PM in the Marriott Waterside Hotel.  Join us for a banquet luncheon while IEEE and PES award winners are honored for their outstanding achievements. 

Technical
The advanced program is available at http://submissions.miracd.com/pesgm2007/Itinerary/login.asp.  Technical panel and paper sessions are scheduled each day of the conference, from Monday, 25 June through Thursday, 28 June in all locations.  In addition, there maybe some committee meetings scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, 23-24 June. Check back as more detail will be available when the advance program is posted.

The theme of the meeting is:
Powering the Future, Today
The preferential topics are:  
- Understanding and Responding to System Wide Events
- Securing New Sources of Energy
- Improving Reliability and Power Quality
- Using Innovative Measurement and Control Techniques
- Surviving New Markets and New Structures

Please see the Call for Papers for the subtopics.

Poster Session
A popular feature of the PES general meeting technical program is the poster session which will be held on Monday 25 June from 5-7 PM in the Convention Center.  The student poster contest will be co-located with the poster session. Complementary hors d'oeuvres will be served and cash bar will be available. Attendee or Registered Companion badges are required for entrance to the poster session.  
- Co-Located Events:  The following events will be co-located with the Poster Session
   - IEEE Fellows Reception
  Please stop by to congratulate IEEE Fellows who were elected to the class of 2007. 
   - PES Candidates Face-to-Face  
This is your opportunity to meet the candidates running for 2008-2009 PES President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer to find out where they stand on issues of importance about your Society's future.

Committee Meetings
Committee meetings are scheduled for each day of the conference, with the possibility of additional meetings scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday preceding the meeting. More information will be available when the advance program is posted.  Please check back.

Tutorials 
The Power Engineering Education Committee will present a number of tutorials during the meeting.  The preliminary tutorial schedule is posted here.  Below are summaries of some of the tutorials available.

♦    Power Grid Blackouts:  Causes and Mitigation
♦    Asset Management - Maintenance and Replacement Strategies
♦    Harmonics Modeling and Simulation
♦    Probabilistic T&D System Reliability Planning
♦    Distribution Automation
♦    Power System Stabilizer

Please check back at a later date to verify if any changes have been made to tutorial schedule.

Technical Tours     
Four innovative tours will be offered. One-day or full conference registration is required to participate in these tours.   Early registration is recommended since tours seats are limited, and all tours are first come, first served. Valid photo ID must be presented at the beginning of each tour.  Full descriptions of technical tours are available online.  The tours will be;

GE Instrument Facility,                                                Wed, 27 June, 12:30PM-4:00PM, $25 US
GE Transformer Repair Facility (lunch included),             Tues, 26 June, 9:30AM-3:30PM, $35 US
Beckwith Electric,                                                        Tues, 26 June, 12:30PM-4:00PM, $25 US
TECO Coal Gasification Plant (lunch included),              Wed, 27 June, 9:30AM-3:30PM, $35 US

PES and IEEE Booths and Tables
Displays of literature and material about PES programs and future meetings, and a booth devoted to IEEE membership,  products and publications will be available near the registration area in the Convention Center. 

Short Course on Power Basics
The IEEE power engineering society is please to offer a one-day short course in Power Systems Basics for Non-Engineering Professionals to be held concurrently with the PES general meeting.  Policy makers, regulatory and energy agency leaders, power marketers and brokers, and those in the legal professions who deal with energy issues would benefit greatly from this short course. The course will provide non-engineering professionals who work within the power industry a better understanding of electric power systems, planning, operations and regulatory frameworks, enhancing communication with engineers and decision-making capabilities.  Concepts are explained in simple to understand terms. Conference registration is NOT required to attend.

Student Program
Students members are invited to participate in all other aspects of the general meeting as well.  Students must register for the meeting at a nominal fee in addition to registering for the student program at no charge,   Please note that student registration requires filling in a form online in addition to the meeting registration form. See Registration for more information and links.
   

NEW! - FREE STUDENT TOUR!

Tampa Armature Works (TAW) Tour TAW was founded in 1921 to serve a regional need in the phosphate industry. It has evolved into one of the nation’s leading motor repair facilities, and has expanded over the years to include five departments located throughout Florida , Georgia , and South Carolina : Equipment Services, Custom Equipment, New Equipment Sales, Power Systems, and Mechanical Services.

Our tour will begin at the motor shop, where small and large (fractional horsepower through 10,000+ HP) AC and DC motors are completely remanufactured using state-of-the-art materials, processes, and testing methods. Mechanical repairs to pumps and gearboxes are also done here. Then, the tour moves to the new Power Systems department, where switchgear, motor control centers, and skid-mounted power centers are fabricated and wired.

Networking Opportunities and Social Occasions

Welcome Reception
A welcome reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar is open to all registered attendees and registered companions from 5-7:00 PM on Sunday, 24 June in the Convention Center.   Take this opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet more members of the power engineering community. Attendee or Registered Companion badges are required for entrance to the reception.

Registered Companion/Leisure Activities
Registered companions are invited to mingle and relax in the companion hospitality lounge in the Marriott Waterside Hotel.  Complimentary breakfast will be served Monday through Thursday.  The lounge will be the gathering point for all Registered Companion tours and activities. Additionally, the lounge will be staffed each day during scheduled hours for information about tours, shopping and local advice.  A Registered Companion's badge is required for admittance.

A full program of tours and activities has been planned for registered companions.  For a listing of Registered Companion tours, please select Registered Companion Tours Flyer. A Registered Companions badge is required in order to participate. Following is a list of dates and times of planned companion tours;

  • Rosa Fiorelli Winery                                          Sun, 24 June 11:30AM-4:30PM  $57 US (Adults only)

  • Lowry Park Zoo                                                 Mon, 25 June 9:00AM-1:00PM   $43 US (Children 3-11, $36)

  • Salvador Dali Museum & St. Pete Tour                Mon, 25 June 1:30PM-5:30PM   $44 US (Children 3-18, $35)

  • Tampa City Tour                                                Tue, 26 June 9:00AM-1:00PM    $33 US (Children 3-11, $29)

  • Museum of Science and Industry                        Tue, 26 June 1:30PM-5:30PM    $40 US (Children 3-11, $34)

  • Columbia Restaurant / Flamenco Dancers           Tue, 26 June 6:00PM-10:00PM  $75 US (Children 3-9, $39)

  • Tarpon Springs Tour / Sponge Boat Exhibition     Wed, 27 June 9:00AM-4:00PM   $50 US  (Children 6-13, $44)

  • Star Ship Dining Yacht                                      Wed, 27 June 6:00PM-10:00PM $75 US (Children 4-12, $61)

Registration
All attendees are required to register for the 2007 General Meeting and pay the appropriate fee in order to participate in any aspect of the meeting. 

REGISTRATION FEES – NOTE: On-line registration closes 18 June at midnight. Anyone wishing to register after that will have to register on-site.
Registration Category On or before
28 May
After
28 May
PES Members $360 $460
IEEE Members $390 $490
Non-members $525 $625
IEEE Student Member $30 $45
Companion $110 $160
IEEE Life Member $30 $45
IEEE Life Member Companion $30 $45
IEEE and/or PES Member - one day $150 $200
Non-member - one day $200 $250

Registration is available online at  www.pesgm07.org Note: IEEE PES has instituted a modest charge for advance ($30) and on-site registration ($45) for Life Members and Life Member Registered Companions, which matches the student fees for GM 2007.
On-site registration will be located at the Convention Center in ballroom A, and will open Sunday morning, exact time to be announced, with plenty of time to pick up your packets or register on site prior to the first tour at 11:00AM.
Cancellation Fees:  A processing fee of $50 will be charged for cancellation requests received in writing and accompanied by the original receipt by the registration company on or before 28 May 2007.  After that date, refund requests will be considered on an individual basis, with a response provided by 28 July. Refunds pertain only to registration fees.  Ticket for events, such as luncheons, tours and social occasions are not refundable unless there is a waiting list for the event involved.

Reserve Your Room Now for the PES 2007 General Meeting!

REGISTRATION FEES --

Delegate registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, welcome reception Sunday evening, full technical session and committee meeting program, one copy of the meetings proceedings on CD, the opportunity to participate in any of the available optional events open to registrants only, at the registrant rate.

Companion registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, welcome reception on Sunday evening, poster session and fellows reception on Monday evening, companion lounge Monday-Thursday, the opportunity to participate in companion tours and any of the other available optional events open to registered companions only, at the registered companion rate.

Student registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, welcome reception Sunday evening, full technical session and committee meeting program, participation in the student program, use of the student lounge, student/faculty/industry luncheon on Tuesday, and all other planned student activities.

Attendee Breakfasts    
Complimentary continental breakfasts for all conference registrants will be available Monday through Thursday in the Convention Center prior to the first scheduled event of the day. Note that breakfast is not offered on days other than these.

Presenter Breakfasts   
Presenters, authors, panelists and session chairs MUST meet at breakfast the day of their session to discuss session arrangements.  Attendance is required.  The presenter breakfast will be held daily from 7am to 8am in the convention center.  All authors will be sent an email with notification of presenter breakfast details.

Conference Proceedings
All registrants for the technical program are entitled to one copy of the CD of the conference proceedings.  Additional copies of the proceedings will be available for sale during the meeting in the paper market and after the meeting through IEEE customer service ( www.ieee.org)

Paper Market    
Preprints of the transactions papers presented during the meeting, copies of the meeting's proceedings and special publications/tutorials will be available for sale near the registration area, specification location to be announced.  Please check on-site for hours.

Audio-Visual Presentation Needs
Each technical session room will be equipped with an LCD projector and screen.  Speakers who wish to use a computer during their presentation, are required to provide their own laptop computers and are responsible for ensuring compatibility with on-site equipment. 
If you require an overhead projector, it will be provided free of charge so long as your request is given to your session chair by 25 May 2007.

Presenters Preparation Room
The presenter preparation room (located in the paper sales area in the Convention Center) 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.  Please check on-site for hours and accessibility.

Message Center
A message center will be set up in the conference registration area.

Professional Development Hours
Professional Development Hours (PDH) forms will be available at the registration desk and other locations throughout the conference for the use of conference attendees.

Attire
Attire for the conference is business casual.  No denim jeans in the sessions, please.

Corporate Support Opportunities
There are numerous corporate support opportunities for your company to put its name in front of the people who matter. There is a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Level as well as specific event support opportunities.  To view specific details of corporate support opportunities, please view the list of events and levels.
  Hospitality Suites - Please contact Jim Beall at j.beall@ieee.org as the number of room are limited.

Please check back to this page for additional information about the meeting.  
It will be posted as it becomes available
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Send any requests for information about sessions, papers, presentations to Maria Proetto at m.proetto@ieee.org
Send any requests for information about requests for confirmation of registration letters to help with visa application to Shanon Nason at s.nason@ieee.org.
 
*:  There are four meeting rooms at the Embassy Suites hotel where a limited number of tutorials, technical sessions or committee meetings may be held."
 
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