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Oops – where is the Events Calendar? We know about the problem and are working with IEEE to resolve – it’ll be back soon! In the meantime, check the last Newsletter for future events, or email the Communication Chair at pi2-comm-chair@ieee.org if you have any burning questions. Thanks for understanding!


July Change: The Technical Meeting date has changed

to July 30th – the fifth Tuesday


July 30th Technical Meeting: Applications of Synchrophasor Technology for Grid Operations

Speaker: Sarma (NDR) Nuthalapati, PhD,  Supervisor, EMS and Advanced Network Applications,  Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, Texas

Abstract:
To realize the vision of the future smart electric grid, advanced technological solutions such as real-time measurements of synchrophasors need to be integrated into the existing power system operation and control practices.  Phasor measurement units (PMUs) provide synchronized measurements at high rates for enhanced wide area situational awareness and decision support using new applications. There have been several large scale implementations of synchrophasor technology in managing the grid across the world. Efforts are in place to take this technology into control room operations and develop good operational procedures to better manage the grid with wide area visualization tools using PMU data. This talk presents some basics of synchrophasors and discusses some use cases of synchrophasors in managing the grid.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Sarma is currently the Supervisor for the EMS and Advanced Applications at LCRA Transmission Services Corporation in Austin. Prior to joining LCRA in Oct 2018, he was for about 8 years at ERCOT and for about 2 years at PEAK Reliability. He is very active in the IEEE Working Groups for State Estimation and Smart Distribution Systems. He is currently leading the IEEE Task Force on ‘Real-Time Contingency Analysis’. He is also active at the NASPI Working Group meetings and was given North American Synchrophasor Initiative (NASPI) Control Room Solutions Task Team (CRSTT) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, October 2015 and CRSTT Volunteer of the Year Award, April 2018, by Department of Energy.  He has several publications in IEEE Transactions and Conferences. He is the editor for the Book on ‘Power System Grid Operation Using Synchrophasor Technology’ by Springer, July 2018. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). He is also Distinguished Lecturer in IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP).  Dr. Sarma Nuthalapati obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and his Ph.D. degree from IIT Delhi, India.

Location: Cover 3, 2700 W Anderson Lane, #202, Austin

Check In, order dinner – 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Social/Business Items – 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Program  – 7:30 to 8:30 PM

RSVPs appreciated: Email pi2-secretary@ieee.org

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendees help defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $20 cover charge.

IEEE student members: We will reimburse up to $20 of meal expense for IEEE student members; take your receipt to the Treasurer after the meeting

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Recent Event: May (PI)2 Tech Meeting:
On June 25th, Burton Fitzsimmons, Chief Meteorologist for Spectrum News, gave an interesting talk on Modern Weather Forecasting.  The large group in attendance learned about the technologies that have dramatically improved weather forecasting over the past few decades and where those technologies are going in the future to improve it even more.

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Recent Event Also at the June (PI)2 Tech Meeting:   Awards!

The Chapter presented its 2019 awards to three well-deserving members:

Dr. Hao Zu, University of Texas – Outstanding Engineer of the year award (15 years of experience or less)

Bracy Nesbit PE, LCRA – the Outstanding Engineer of the year award (15 years of experience or more)

James Mercier PE, (PI)2 Treasurer, Workshop Chair and Rock Hound – the Outstanding Chapter Volunteer of the year

Congratulations to you all!

Check out our History page to see a photo of James Mercer, the 2002 Chapter Chair, with the Chapter Committee!
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Recent Event:  TECO-Westinghouse Tour & PELS Day Celebration
On June 20th, a good-sized group attended a mid-day lunch and tour at TECO-Westinghouse, which included a cake in celebration of PELS Day – on the anniversary of the founding of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. While no photos were allowed of the manufacturing facilities, the attendees were treated to an exceptional guided tour!
Treasurer and Workshop Chair James Mercier and Chapter Chair Andrew Bluiett:
The tour group celebrating:

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Upcoming Events

Tue 30

Applications of Synchrophasor Technology for Grid Operations

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Austin TX
United States
Tue 30

IEEE PI2 Austin, July 2019, Tech Meeting, “Application of Synchrophasor Technology for Grid Operations”

July 30 @ 11:00 pm - July 31 @ 1:30 am CDT
2700 W Anderson Lane TX
United States
Aug 08

IEEE PI2 Austin, August 2019, ChapComm, Officers Meeting

August 8 @ 4:59 pm - 6:30 pm CDT
2700 W Anderson Lane TX
United States
Aug 27

Lightning Protection 101

August 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Austin TX
United States
Aug 27

IEEE PI2 Austin, August 2019, Tech Meeting, “Lightning Protection 101”

August 27 @ 11:00 pm - August 28 @ 1:30 am CDT
2700 W Anderson Lane TX
United States