July 2015 Technical Society Programs

12 Jul

July 20, 2015 Matt Wakefield of EPRI will speak on the topic “Smart Grid” (PDH)

In November 1965 the Great Northeastern Blackout left 30 million people in the United States without electricity, starkly demonstrating the nation’s growing dependence on electricity and vulnerability to its loss. It marked a watershed for the industry and triggered the creation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Since its beginnings in 1972, EPRI membership has grown to represent approximately 90% of the electricity generated in the United States and extends to more than 30 countries internationally. The EPRI research portfolio addresses a range of issues that change with the times and the technology, even as the underlying expectations remain constant for electricity that is affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible. Matt Wakefield is Director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include furthering the development of a modernized grid with a strong focus on leveraging emerging information and communication technologies that can be applied to the electric grid infrastructure. He and his team are focused on Smart Grid Research that enables advanced applications. He wishes to apply emerging technologies innovatively with a focus on cost benefit .

He has a BS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

Cliff Hawks, CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corp., a joint project of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be the speaker on July 27, 2015 . He will describe the Cherokee Farm development that formerly housed the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Dairy Farm. The centerpiece of Cherokee Farm is the 142,000-square foot Joint Institute for Advanced Materials building, which is nearing completion and should be ready for use by the end of the year.(PDH

Mr Hawks previously was involved in two large developments in Middle Tennessee- the stadium that houses the Tennessee Titans and the track in Wilson County that hosted NASCAR races.

 He is a Humboldt native and Lipscomb University graduate.

Mr. Hawks has also agreed to a Technical Society tour of Cherokee Farm during the week of August 24 (when the Technical Society will not have a Monday meeting).

On July 13, 2015.  Tom Rice will speak on the TVA Energy Resources Plan (PDH)

Maintaining the diversity of TVA’s energy resource options is fundamental to the ability of providing low-cost, reliable power. In order to fill a forecasted capacity gap TVA considered the addition of a wide range of supply-side generating resources as well as energy efficiency and other demand-side resource options. TVA’s future portfolio of generating assets consists of various fuel sources and diverse technologies that support varying power demand and the other services required for reliable operation of the power system. TVA’s resource portfolio also includes power purchases through both short- and long-term contracts, as well as increasing the use of renewable resources and demand-side options (i.e.,  Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program (EEDR)).

Tom Rice is Senior Manager, Capacity Planning & Fleet Strategy at TVA. His office is in  Chattanooga. He has been with TVA since 2002. 

He has a BA in Economics from King College and a MBA from the University of Tennessee.

The future energy plans of the largest public power company will have a major effect on the Tennessee Valley and this is an opportunity to make us all aware of what is planned- and hopefully we can have an impact if we think something needs changing.

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