July 28. 2020 Technical Meeting “Commercial Lighting Controls – The Path to Code Compliance and an Amazing User Experience”

Abstract: Say farewell to your toggle switches!  The future is here and like so many other things, lighting is becoming automated.  Driven by government mandated energy programs, lighting control requirements are becoming more stringent but also more useful. This presentation was fascinating as Douglas Braun went through the evolution of lighting control stages from the early days of… Read more

June 16, 18, 23 and 25, 2020 IEEE (PI)2  virtual  Workshop on Energy Storage

The COVID health emergency forced the postponement of the planned 8-hour in-person Workshop on Energy Storage scheduled for March. Rising to the challenge, (PI)2 officers James Mercier and Andrew Bluiett worked with David Hood and Daniel Youngs of Saft Battery Systems and Thomas Domitrovich of Eaton to reschedule the Worksop into four 2 ½ hour segments on Tuesday and… Read more

JUNE 23, 2020 , Technical Meeting: Distributed Residential Generation

Scott Hinson, CTO for Pecan Street, Inc, provided insights on energy use changes due to the COVID pandemic “Stay-At-Home” orders.  The Pecan Street unique Real-Life test bed is ideally suited to provide detailed data on residential energy usage changes. The Pecan Sweet staff conducts groundbreaking data research and product testing that accelerates the development and… Read more

May 26, 2020 Tech Meeting: The Role of Sector Coupling in Renewable Integration

Webex Meeting Dr. Ross Baldick, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin  introduced changes to the traditional planning and operation of the electricity system to motivate consideration of sector coupling in the context of increased renewables, that is combining complementary methods to increase the benefits of… Read more

April 28, 2020 Tech Meeting: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Usage for an Electric Utility

Webex Meeting Steve McMinns, LCRA Remote Sensing Specialist presented the ways in which UAVs have been implemented at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to assist in structure inspections, mapping, thermal inspections, videography, and safety. UAV’s reduce the cost and risks of inspections and can effectively track equipment condition. In addition, UAVs can save time and money the… Read more

February 25, 2020: IEEE (PI)2 Austin Technical Meeting: Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure

Michael Allgeier,  Critical Infrastructure Security Director, ERCOT, gave an interesting and informative talk about protecting our Critical Infrastructure and understanding the various threats to it.  He described what Critical Infrastructure is and why should we care, and discussed what’s being done about it and what still needs to be done.  His review of  recent attacks from around the… Read more