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: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/

RSVP:  Registration required http://www.gridtech.eventbrite.com

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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10/26/16 DC Microgrids

Join us October 26, 2016 for a dynamic presentation and discussion on:
DC Microgrids

Speaker: Sharmila Ravula, Bosch

Location: On Semiconductor, 3001 Stender Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Note new location, between Central and Scott. Note “On” logo in front, plenty of parking in back.
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016: 6:00 pm Dinner and Networking, 7:00 PM Presentation
Event Details: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/
RSVP: http://dcmicrogrids.eventbrite.com
Cost: $10 members, $15 non members
About the talk:
Advantages of DC power distribution in C&I buildings: Ms. Ravula’s presentation will discuss the benefits of using 380 VDC power distribution architecture for commercial and industrial buildings to maximize the utilization of on-site solar photovoltaics by directly powering DC loads. DC power minimizes the dependence on grid-based electricity while providing improved reliability and resiliency. This system cost effectively eliminates wasteful AC/DC power conversions while reusing the current AC wiring infrastructure to operate DC loads.
Benefits include 7-10% higher utilization of on-site generation, smoothing of PV output, lower energy losses, no re-wiring requirements, higher reliability, simplified islanding strategies, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
About the Speaker:
As the Director of Business Development for the Building Grid Technologies group at Bosch North America, Sharmila Ravula leads the efforts to bring to market new power distribution technology developed by Bosch, for the C&I segment. In this role, she leads the strategic marketing, sales and business development activities for the Americas. Prior to joining the Bosch Corporate Business Development group, she led the strategy and business development activities at Bosch Energy Storage Solutions group and Bosch Solar Energy North America. She was instrumental in developing project financing solutions (Bosch PPA), project development and sales operations for the Solar Energy team. Prior to moving into the renewable energy space, Sharmila led the software research activities for wireless sensor networks and internet of things topics at Bosch Research and Technology Center. Sharmila has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Operation Research from the University of Delaware.

We look forward to having you join us.

Steve Jordan

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July 28: Understanding the Business Need for a Power Monitoring System

IEEE Members and Friends, please join us Thursday July 28th for a lunch and learn at Santa Clara Valley Water District, courtesy of the Association for Facilities Engineering, APT, and SCVWD.

Location: Santa Clara Valley Water District – 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118 – View Map

When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Subject: Understanding the Business Need for a Power Monitoring System

John Brosnan, Engineering Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Arvind Tailor, Senior Engineer, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Ian Linayao, Technical Sales Engineer, APT

RSVP: Advance Registration required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-the-business-need-for-a-power-monitoring-system-tickets-26579542126?ref=ebtnebregn

Cost: No charge for IEEE members

About the talk:
Santa Clara Valley Water District installed an advanced power quality monitoring system after the 1999 CA rolling outages and western grid energy crisis. The system gathers power and energy data from the water utility’s various treatment plants and pumping stations. Utility staff use the power monitoring system to verify utility bills, respond and diagnose power interruptions, and plan for capacity upgrades and designs. The system has maintained historical data to compare load levels, voltage levels, power factors, and harmonic quality as the district has made electrical improvements. SCVWD and APT work together to maintain the overall system’s 90 plus power quality monitoring devices and to plan improvements and upgrades.

See you there!
Steve Jordan

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PES/IAS June 15: Peak Power Tracking for Solar Arrays

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies
is proud to cosponsor a talk hosted by the

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Control Systems Society

Speaker: Dr. Ping Hsu, Professor, San Jose State

Location: Qualcomm Building B – Café, 3165 Kifer Road, Santa Clara

When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016: 6:30 pm
Event Details: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/
RSVP: Registration required at Eventbrite
Cost: Free with advance registration
About the talk:

This presentation introduces the basic theory and implementation methods of peak power tracking of photo-voltaic (PV) systems.   An overview of major components of such a system and their characteristics and functionality is introduced first.  Different PV loading and power conversion methods and a Perturb-and-Observe peak power tracking scheme is discussed.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Hsu graduated from St. Johns and St. Mary’s Institute of Technology, Taiwan (presently, St. John’s University) in 1978. In 1980, he graduated from Southern Methodist University with MSEE degree and, in 1988, from University of California, Berkeley with Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering. He joined the faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign after graduation from Berkeley. In 1990, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at San Jose State University. At SJSU, he served as the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2007, Interim Dean from 2012 to 2013, and is presently a professor in the EE department. His research interests includes: control theory, robotics, embedded systems, power electronics, and power systems. His recent research work is in the area of wind turbine control.


Steve Jordan
Chairman, IEEE, SCV, IAS/PES

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June 23, FINsix: The Challenges of VHF Power Conversion

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Hosted by SCV Power Electronics Society

The Challenges of VHF Power Conversion

Speaker:  Tony Sagneri, Cofounder and CTO, FINsix


Location:  Texas Instruments
Building E Conference Center
2900 Semiconductor Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95051


Thursday, June 23, 2016:

6:30pm-7pm: Dinner and Networking

7pm-8pm: Talk and Questions

RSVP and event details:  http://ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pels/

Cost:  $3 to $5 depending on IEEE membership

About the talk:
How much could power supply density increase if operating frequency was substantially increased? Not just by a factor of 5 or 10, but into the 10’s of MHz, the frequency band known as Very High Frequency (VHF) in the radio world. Making very high density, high frequency power supplies with sufficient energy efficiency to meet thermal requirements is a significant challenge.

In this presentation, resonant power converter topologies based on class-E inverters will be reviewed. The design challenges of tuning the resonant elements, control, magnetic design, meeting EMI and safety requirements, and packaging for high density will be discussed, along with a vision of the future of high frequency power conversion.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Anthony Sagneri (AKA Tony) is Co-Founder and CTO of FINsix corp, a Menlo Park based startup with the goal of using our technology to build the smallest, lightest, and highest-performing power electronics. Dr. Sagneri also co-founded OnChip Power Corporation and served as its Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Sagneri helped establish the fundamental network principles behind VHF power conversion and designed and built over a dozen high-performance converters. In addition, he established and validated device optimization and transformer synthesis techniques enabling higher efficiency and access to a broader applications space.

Before MIT, he served for five years in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. As a Mission Operations Commander at DGS-2, Beale AFB, he led a team of 70 intelligence operators to 169 collection missions over a number of locations worldwide. He served as a Director of OnChip Power Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer Course. He completed a Ph.D. with the RLE/LEES laboratory at MIT in VHF power.

 We look forward to having you join us. 

 Steve Jordan

Chairman, IEEE, SCV, IAS/PES

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