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Next Meeting, Saturday, December 2, Tour of Alcoa Aluminum Three Oaks Mine

We will meet at the Three Oaks mine parking lot entrance at 8:30 AM East of Elgin TX before the tour and eat lunch at Meyer’s Elgin SmokeHouse after the tour. Mike drove out to the mine and provides these directions.

  • From Austin; take 290 east. Go through Elgin.
  • Turn left (north) on FM 696. Landmarks are Gas station and Acme Brick.
  • Travel on FM 696 about 3.5 miles.
  • Turn left on FM 619.
  • Travel 0.5 mile on FM 619. There is a sign for the Alcoa, 3 Oaks Mine Office. Turn right.

The Three Oaks Mine is part of the Alcoa Aluminum Rock dale operation. Alcoa operates the largest aluminum smelter in the U.S., an eight pot-line facility combined with coal mines and power plant. Located 60 miles from Austin in central Texas, the 30,000-acre Rock dale site includes the Three Oaks Mine.

Reservations are required through Rheuben Hair via email or phone, 512-750-2703. For more information please visit the announcement.

Thank you Michael McCluskey

A big thank you to Michael McCluskey, P.E., of Austin Energy, who led our discussion October 24 on the problems associated with recovery of the Texas power grid after a system failure. We appreciate his insight into this difficult problem. Mike was kind enough to provide us with a copy of his presentation.

Continuing Education
Certificates. You may pick up your CE certificates for IEEE meetings at the meeting.

PES eNews
The October issue of the PES eNews Update is now on line. Designed for quick reading, it's interesting and informative

Roy Matthews Receives IEEE Award

Photo of Roy and Mike

Roy Matthews (left) receives an IEEE Appreciation Award on May 23, from Vice Chapter Chair Mike Noth, for service as Central Texas Power Society Chapter Chair for 2005-2006. We all appreciate Roy's hard work and dedication coordinating the PES Chapter's successful activities.


July, 2006, Power Factor and Power Factor Correction
Michael Hillhouse presentation (24.2 Mb PowerPoint File)

February, 2006, Uninterruptible Power Supplies,
Chuck Berry presentation
(2.4 Mb PowerPoint File)

January, 2006, Katolight Generator Sets and Applications
Mike Dauffenbach presentation (9.9 Mb PowerPoint File)

October, 2005, Stored Diesel Fuel Maintenance Standards
Greg Hagopian presentation (0.5 Mb PowerPoint File)

May, 2005, Critical Power Distribution System
Mike Filley presentation
(4.2 Mb PowerPoint File)

April, 2005, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems
Mark Hunter presentation (0.5 Mb PowerPoint File)

October, 2004, Bridge Collapse Monitoring System (5.5 Mb PDF File)
James Mercier presentation background (The article is on pages 28-35.)

February, 2004, Wind Power.
Jules Campbell presentation (5.9 Mb PDF File)
Walter Hornaday presentation (0.3 Mb PDF File)

Analog Newsletter

Some attendees of our meetings have not been receiving their electronic copy of the IEEE Central Texas Section Newsletter, The Analog. If you are an IEEE member, your subscription is automatic to your profile on record at IEEE. IF you are not a member, you may subscribe. Details are provided at the Analog Webpage.

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Updated 2006 November 28 by Don Drumtra

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