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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