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May 2012 Meeting Thursday, May 17 in Salem

Tour of Salem Electric Department
Presented by: Mr. A.K. Briele III, Director of Salem Electric Department


While many electric power customers are serviced by large investor-owned utilities like AEP and Dominion, many customers are also serviced by local power cooperatives and also by electric departments of various municipalities. This presentation will showcase the engineering challenges of providing power to the residents of a municipality, the City of Salem. A brief outline of the meeting follows.

  • Electric Department History and background
  • Tour of Facility
  • Calhoun St. substation
    • Diesel generator and switchgear
    • High voltage test room
    • Wire storage
    • Warehouse
    • Meter and Traffic signal shops
    • Data center
    • SCADA Room
      • GIS
      • SCADA
      • Power Quality
      • Fault records


A.K. graduated from Virginia Tech in 1981 with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Upon graduation, he went to work for TVA at Phipps Bend and later Watts Bar Nuclear power plants. He came to work for the City of Salem at the end of 1982 as an Electrical Engineer and has been here since. With the retirement of Doug Smith at the end of 2001, A.K. was named Director of the Electric Department. A.K. is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.

Meeting Details:
Thursday May 17, 2012
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 7:30 PM
Members & Guests $10.00, Students $5.00

Dinner will be boxed lunches provided by Macados; please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy allergy, etc)


City of Salem Electric Department
730 W. Main Street
Salem, Virginia

Directions to Salem Electric Department:
From I-81, take exit 137 (first Salem exit if traveling north, third and last Salem exit traveling south)

Turn right onto Wildwood Rd (VA 112) at the end of the exit, travel 0.4 miles

Turn left at stoplight (near Hardees) onto US-460 East/US-11 North/West Main Street, travel 1.4 miles

730 W. Main Street is at the intersection of W 4th Street and Main Street, across 4th Street from the new Lowes and across Main St from Lake Spring Park. Parking is available in the front parking lot. Please arrive between 6:30 and 7 PM.

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, May 14, 2012. Please specify the number of attendees.

Joe Hartwell, or
John Dilley,

An Invitation for IEEE VMS members

The Blue Ridge Chapter of AIA, The American Institute of Architects, has invited IEEE VMS members to their networking event,

“Spring Time in the Mountains”
A Green Continuing Education event for SWVA Construction Professionals

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2011, 5:30 -9:00 PM.
Location: The Vinton War Memorial, 814 Washington Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179
Cost: $20 for members and guest
Registration (available May 1)

AIA CE units and GBCI ERB approved credits for LEED AP Credential Maintenance Program will be offered, for an additional fee.

For more information:


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