Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Invite you to join a special presentation and panel discussion:



Hosted by the

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

At the Computer History Museum

Speaker: Ed Cazalet, Founder & CEO, TeMix Director/Founder, Transactive Energy Association (TEA)

Panel Discussion with:
Mike Burke, Founder & Executive Director, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROJECT
Rish Ghatikar, Technical Executive, EPRI
Tim Keating, Executive Director, DYNAMIC GRID COUNCIL
Todd Strauss, Senior Director, Grid Strategy & Analytics, PG&E
Ryan Wartena, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, GELI
Geoff Sharples, Energy Sales Director, IOT Strategy, Energy & Industrial, INTEL 


Location:  Computer History Museum

Mountain View, CA

Event Details:


RSVP:  Registration required

Cost:  Registration through 02/19/2017:  $35.00 for IEEE members, $95.00 non-members, plus fees.  Select the nonprofit registration option and enter the code “IEEE” in the nonprofit identification section (Not the promotional code).



About the event

Stratton Report’s launch panel in Sacramento in January profiled a diverse cross-section of approaches to the emerging distribution grid with very high renewables penetration. 10 speakers assessed the three main “models” for grid ownership and operation – Utility-centric, Third-party-centric, and Customer-centric. In our second session, held in Silicon Valley, we will focus in on the “Customer-centric” side, with a presentation from California electric grid expert and pioneer Dr. Edward Cazalet. Cazalet’s company TeMix is currently engaged in a “Retail Automated Transactive Energy System (RATES)” pilot project with SoCalEdison and Universal Devices funded for $3.2 million by the California Energy Commission. Cazalet is a long-time thought leader in the California grid, formerly a Governor of CAISO, and the initial advocate of AB2514, Californa’s Storage Mandate bill.

“The CEC’s purpose for this Grant is to develop and pilot-test behind-the-meter load management systems, operational strategies, and retail tariff options that minimize the cost and complexity of customer participation in electricity markets, and engage participants from any customer sector, but focus on residential and small commercial customers. Universal Devices Inc. (UDI) and TeMix Inc were competitively awarded this grant for approximately $3.2 million for the period June 2016 to March, 2019. Non-financial support letters were provided by Southern California Edison (SCE), the California Independent System Operator (CASIO) and the OpenADR Alliance. UDI and TeMix will develop and pilot a retail transactive energy platform, automated end device controls, and an innovative two-way subscription tariff. The pilot is with about 200 SCE residential and small commercial customers. The transactive platform interfaces with the SCE distribution and energy service providers and the CAISO market.”


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Steve Jordan


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The Impending Revolution In Transportation

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Courtesy of the MIT Club of Northern California, co-sponsored by IEEE SCV PES/IAS
Join us January 24th 2017 for a special presentation:

 The Impending Revolution In Transportation

 Autonomous vehicles, sharing, connectivity & EVs will change our lives for the better!

 Dr. Stefan Heck

Founder & CEO – NAUTO

Former Consulting Professor – Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Dinner 6:30-7:30pm

Program 7:30-9:30pm

3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304


$30 MITCNC members / $35 IEEE members / $45 non members

Use code: IEEE124 on the  MIT Site   

Have you driven the freeways around the Bay Area lately, wondering how we will ever get out of this mess?  Commute traffic continues to worsen.  Car pooling and HOV lanes have not worked.  Light rail has not worked.  BART is expanding but has limited coverage. What hope is there?

Dr. Stefan Heck, co-Founder & CEO of Nauto, a Palo Alto-based autonomous vehicle software company, will kick off a new series on the Future of Transportation in the Bay Area, produced by the MIT Club of Northern California’s Energy & Environment team.

Dr. Heck, a true visionary and a dynamic speaker, believes that a convergence of innovative new technologies, consisting of autonomous driving, vehicle sharing, connectedness and rapid growth of electric vehicles will create a revolution in how today’s current single car drivers will view their transportation options in the near future and that, although implementation will sometimes be challenging, there is room for cautious optimism in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

Dr. Heck is CEO and co-Founder of Nauto, a Palo Alto-based autonomous vehicle technology company.  Nauto connects fleet managers, insurers, commercial vehicles and drivers through a deep learning platform that makes roads safer and helps businesses run more effectively.  At Nauto’s core is a perpetually learning artificial intelligence system and network which learns from drivers and events in real time, allowing drivers to stay one step ahead and gain a precise, comprehensive view of driving activity and behavior.

Until recently, Dr. Heck was Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, teaching courses and conducting research on innovation, energy and resource economics.

Previously he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey and co-founded and led their Cleantech and Sustainability practice, working with many large companies globally.

He is on the Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is an angel investor in disruptive technology companies.

Stefan received his PhD in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a BS with honors in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. His research there focused on deep learning.

Questions?  Please contact Douglas Spreng at

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DC Microgrids and Standards Webinar

For Early birds:  Friday, 13 January 2017 – 5:30AM PST


Off-grid microgrid applications can provide power where infrastructure costs or other issues are prohibitive for a fully connected system. IEEE has an initiative in place to make this a reality.

This webinar will:

  • Address the needs of the electrical power industry to provide safe and economic access to electricity in areas of developed and developing countries where centralized electric power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure does not exist.
  • Provide examples for deployment of distributed generation, storage and use of electricity based on existing technology.
  • Facilitate the use of clean renewable generation of electricity in these applications through standards like IEEE P2030.10™.
  • Highlight development of IEEE P2030.10 that covers the design, operations, and maintenance of a DC microgrid for rural or remote applications.

Presentations will further highlight IEEE P2030.10 project requirements for providing low voltage DC and AC power to off-grid loads.


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Corporate Sponsorship for September 21st 2016 special event

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Society Chapter

Regulatory Aspects of Implementing Advanced Technology in the US Electric Grid

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Bian, Manager, FERC and 2016-2017 IEEE PES Secretary 

The Santa Clara Valley PES/IAS chapter is seeking a few corporate sponsorships for our talk by a noted FERC manager and current IEEE PES Officer, Dr. Jessica Bian.  Our objectives are:

  1. Encourage a few companies in Silicon Valley with an interest in new electric grid technologies to send several people to the talk
  2. Improve networking among companies
  3. Allow our chapter to reduce the cost of attendance to encourage broader attendance.

The sponsorship packages are:

  1. Platinum level
    1. 8 seats, all at one table if desired
    2. Link to your Company URL posted on our SCV chapter web site for the rest of 2016, along with an acknowledgment note.
    3. $350
  2. Gold level
    1. 4 seats, not necessarily at one table
    2. Link to your Company URL posted on our SCV chapter web site for the rest of 2016, along with an acknowledgment note
    3. $200


Thank you for your consideration! 

IEEE PES/IAS web site

Event URL


Steve Jordan, Chair; email:  sjordan(at)eeedotorg

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9/21/2016 Implementing Advanced Technology in the US Electric Grid, Dr. Jessica Bian, FERC

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Cosponsored by Santa Clara Valley Women in Engineering

Join us September 21st 2016 for a special presentation:

Special thanks to our  other sponsors for this event :

OpTerra Energy Services


Silicon Valley Power


Regulatory Aspects of Implementing Advanced Technology in the US Electric Grid

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Bian, FERC, 2016-2017 IEEE PES Secretary 

Would deploying energy storage and/or other innovative technology alter business models and the utility of the future? We are experiencing significant changes in energy supply due to a number of factors, including the increased availability of natural gas; the growth in renewable, demand-side and storage technologies; and new environmental requirements. This lecture provides an overview of US federal regulation of public utilities, including rate revision, challenge process, and the landmark orders that shaped energy industries we have today. In addition, the lecture offers insights of why energy industries moved from traditional cost-based regulation to competitive markets in an open access environment, and how regulators encourage the use of advanced technology in new transmission projects. Advanced transmission technologies increase the capacity, efficiency, or reliability of an existing or new transmission facility while continuing to ensure that consumers have access to sustainable energy at a reasonable cost. Current regulations establish incentive/performance-based rates for the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce by reducing transmission congestion, and stimulate investment in new transmission facilities.

Location:  Biltmore Hotel

2151 Laurelwood Road

Santa Clara, 95054


When: Wednesday, September 21st 2016: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Event Details:

RSVP:  Registration required

Cost:  Registration through 09/21/2015:  $20.00 for IEEE members, $40.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $35/$45 non-members

Jessica Bian, Manager, FERC, and 2016-2017 IEEE PES Secretary Elected Officer


Dr. Jessica Bian is a visionary leader and architect. She has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. She is currently with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Prior to FERC, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).  As the 2014 recipient of the IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award, she have been an active PES volunteer and leader with diverse leadership experience from industry and a career spanning over 30 years.  Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators and three composite indices were established the first time to determine the reliability, adequacy, and associated risks to the interconnected North American bulk power system.  The related publications have been cited by many organizations, including CIGRE, RTOs/ISO, North American Transmission Forum (NATF), Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and US Department of Energy (DOE).

Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM Interconnection and ERCOT, responsible for real-time operations support, resource economic dispatch and operator training simulator projects. She started her career at Westinghouse Electric; was involved in generator design and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) applications.  She holds two patents and published over 70 articles in transactions, journals and proceedings.  She earned her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, M.Sc. degree from Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing, China, and B.Sc. degree from Taiyuan University of Technology, China.  She is the 2016-2017 IEEE PES (Power and Energy Society) Secretary.




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