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Eclipse and Planning

How did California Grid Operators Manage the Eclipse? This is the kind of thing our power companies plan for… While school kids were gathered to “see the sun go out” others were making plans to provide power from list solar generation.
Grid managers knew exactly when the moon would transit the sun’s path, blotting out gigawatts of solar power generation along its path. California was not in the path of totality, but it was projected that the eclipse would knock out about 5,600 megawatts of solar power supplied by utility-scale power plants and rooftop solar panels. Utilities, however, were prepped and ready to replace the shortfall. IEEE has meetings and a monthly magazine that explains and discusses engineering and more.

IEEE Event, Speaker Heath Blount, Brightworks

49ers’ New Levi’s Stadium: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at This Impressive Green Stadium
Monthly Meeting – Jan. 27, 2015 – TUESDAY

WhereSinbad’s Restaurant
Pier 2 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
United States 94111

Speaker: Heath Blount, Brightworks
All sports fans are excited about the newly constructed Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. But facilities engineers will be especially interested to hear about the many green features of the impressive new stadium. This presentation will provide a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Levi’s Stadium an important green stadium. Topics will include the stadium’s 1,162 solar panels; the high-efficiency, water-conserving toilets and sinks; the vegetative roof utilizing native plants; the use of recycled construction materials; the installation of high-efficiency LED lighting; and the electric vehicle charging stations. The speaker also will discuss that the stadium is working toward LEED for New Construction Gold certification, and may become the first NFL stadium to achieve that distinction.

SF IEEE IAS Chapter Upcoming Events: Monthly Meetings and Seminars
IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) San Francisco Chapter

SF IAS Workshop – Feb. 27, 2015 – Seminar

Seminar agenda

It’s a Day Long Seminar with many useful and current Topics:
An Introduction to NFPA 70E – 2015 Gary Fox (GE)
ATS Science Jay Tucker (GE)
Medium Voltage Generator System Grounding Chris Small (Laeverco, Post Glover)
NEC Code Article 250 – Grounding Mike Stone (NEMA) John Taecker (UL)
Utility Interconnection for Alternate Power Sources Chase Sun (PG&E) Hamid Matinpour (Mazzetti)
Elect Eng’s Solutions to T24 Compliance John Griffiths (Mazzetti) Geoffrey Yamasaki (Mazzetti)
Electrical Engineer’s Solutions to T24 Compliance Rick Miller (RNM Eng)
The Electrical Engineer’s BIM Technology Jessie Avery P.E., LEED (Mazzetti)


WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2014 – Hilton Pleasanton

SIGN UP ON-LINE AT: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_view/list_meeting/22801

There will be 5 presentations in this all-day event in Pleasanton. You’ll want attend because each presentation offers the current information in ENERGY SAVINGS and CODE Updates.

Session 1 – Title 24 Code Update

The morning presentation will cover four important topics relating to the code requirements being implemented in 2014.

Speaker:  Eric Leber, Cree Lighting

Abstract: Why is LED lighting important today?  Subjects Covered: LED considerations for power efficiency, heat dissipation, optics, and systems integration.  Current market trends and opportunities.  How to identify quality LED lighting and understanding LED ratings.  Last portion of the lecture will focus on LED applications and case studies showing the impact of LED.

Speaker:  Ron France, Leviton

Abstract: Overview of the new Title 24 code, summarizing changes and the impact and concerns on the design of commercial buildings, parking garages, and site lighting.  Design impacts on dimming systems, daylight harvesting systems, overall lighting controls, sub-metering, plug load control, and demand response will be discussed.

Speaker:  Halley Fitzpatrick, Arup

Abstract: The new version of Title 24 code is light on LPD changes but comes with major changes to minimum lighting control requirements. These changes will affect lighting control systems and zoning, the light fixture specified, and lighting layouts. This presentation is a brief – but detailed – look at how these changes will affect lighting system design for several project and space types.

Speaker:  Rick Miller, RNM Engineering

Abstract: “Paperwork” – The Bane of the New Title 24

So you think you know what Title 24 is all about?  You know about the allowable watts for lighting and about the required controls for lighting, now learn about the required paperwork!  Yes, Title 24 requires paperwork and lots of it.  “Passing grades” are required by the designer, commissioning agent, manufacturers and vendors, installing contractor, and acceptance testing technician.

Rick Miller will share how to survive the Title 24 paperwork tide.  A quick review of the thirteen Certificates of Compliance that the design engineer needs to complete and place in the drawings in order to submit for a building permit will be followed by an explanation of the Commissioning process and its five Certificates of Commissioning Review to be completed by the commissioning agent.  Learn about the eleven Certificates of Installation that are required to be completed by the installing contractor or the construction foreman.  Rick will finish his session by explaining the job of the newly created Certified Lighting Controls Acceptance Testing Technician and the four Certificates of Acceptance that are required to be completed.  If everyone has done everything right then all that the Building Inspector is required to do is to verify that all the Certificates are completed with a passing grade.

 Session 2:  Code Update: Engineering Design to comply with the NEC and CEC


Speakers:  John Taecker, P.E., Underwriters Laboratories and  Mike Stone, NEMA

Abstract: John and Mike will present an overview of the significant changes to the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), which is the basis for the 2013 California Electrical Code (CEC).  Changes include service definitions, labeling requirements for available fault currents, fine stranded conductor terminations, grounding electrode requirements, reorganization of Article 310, health care facilities, and three new NEC articles.

Session 3:  Q & A with Your Favorite Electrical Equipment Supplier Reps.

For the previous two IEEE Seminars, the four “Fixtures” from GE, Eaton, IEM, and Schneider Electric have reviewed power distribution equipment basics, and discussed specifications.  This year, the GE and Eaton Representatives will stand before the seminar attendees with open minds to answer your questions.  So, bring some hard questions pertaining to electrical distribution equipment, products and applications, codes and standards, and they will do their best to address your industry issues and concerns.


Chris Lovin, Eaton:  Mr. Lovin holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and is a registered PE in the state of Illinois.  With over 24 years at Eaton, Cutler Hammer / (Westinghouse) he has held positions in sales marketing, operations as well as engineering.

Gary Fox, PE, General Electric:  Mr. Fox received his BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1978.  A 35 year veteran of GE, he is currently a Senior Specification Engineer, providing application and technical support for power distribution and control equipment.

There are Vendor Exhibits, lunch is included and each participant will get a copy of  “NEC 2011 Analysis of Code Changes” as well as the speakers’ presentation notes and handouts.

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Green Events for Engineers

We can all do our part. Even engineers. We plan events every year that help our group in IEEE learn the latest practices and procedures, new regulations and codes and collaborate on engineering ideas and challenges. We need these events to “stay current” because our world is always changing.  We can have green events…. often we don’t think about it… but here are some easy-to-implement ideas for “greening” your event:

  • IF you are working with event planners, you can begin by asking the questions that lead to LESS WASTE. Each event can start with an increasing interest for environmentally friendly, less waste, less plastic and more green event services for any occasion. Simple things that are easy to implement can make a difference: 
    • use paper cups not plastic or Styrofoam
    • ordering food from a list of RSVP’d guests to get what you need
    • making centerpieces, take-aways, and gift bags from low impact materials
    • putting all PowerPoint presentations online rather than printing
    • compost your food waste (most event venues can do this if you ask)
    • give your uneaten food and non-perishable items to a food bank. You’ll have to arrange “pick-up” in advance but it is possible and rewarding.
  • From backyard parties to multi-day sporting events and community festivals – pick your locations carefully, near mass transit, encourage carpools. 
  • Use compostable product distribution and outreach for any occasion, with great results.
  • Lighten your event’s footprint for maximum fun and minimum impact, by letting your participants know you are “going green”. They may come up with some great ideas too! 
  • Add a green article or topic to your seminars, or invite a Investing company that specializes in Environmentally Friendly inventions to speak
  • Record your conferences and offer them to students and those that cannot attend in person after the event, you may save an engineer’s life by sharing information on the potentially dangerous Arc-Flash, New Standards in LEED building or Warnings that groups like IEEE work so hard to share with their members.
  • OK – so we don’t do yoga at our events or have granola, but we do have a great time and learn from each other.

What do we want from our Energy?

We all seem to enter an Energy discussion with blinders on, even the most open-minded people have decisions made and strong opinions about what they understand. Another words,  we start with a solution first and data we have already reviewed.  Looking at past data, does not leave much room for new data (I do this too) which does not lead to the best projects or answers to our Energy problems.

Let’s start here. What do you want from the you energy you use? Here is my list. What I want… rather than what I do now.

  1. Safe
  2. Clean
  3. Available 24×7
  4. Made of local materials and sources
  5. Not hazardous to surrounding area
  6. Efficient
  7. Affordable
  8. Scalable, small or big power generation, usable in remote areas, usable in cities

On Wednesday, 11/20 I attended a very intriguing energy seminar from the lifetime members of IEEE. The discussion was on LIQUID FLOURIDE THORIUM Reactors (LFTR). The history of nuclear reactor design was fascinating. The discussion of safety, lower cost, higher efficiency and accessible fuel in the United States made me SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION. Then when you add that the fuel does not turn into “dirty bombs” and we have reserves of Thorium I was really curious.

Some other facts:

  • 4000 times less mining waste than coal, and 1000 to 10,000 times less nuclear waste
  • no possibility of core meltdown
  • waste products have a much faster half-life and are safe within 10 years (instead of life-times as with Uranium/Plutonium)

I am not a nuclear scientist, but I am very concerned with our increasing carbon footprint and the increasing acidity of our oceans from the use of gasoline and carbon based fuels.  I want to learn more.  They are using this technology THAT WAS DEVELOPED in the UNITED STATES in China. And in China, Billions have been invested in further research.

Curious? Here is the title of the DVD: “Thorium Remix 2011”  HERE is a LINK TO MORE INFORMATION (white paper).

I want energy independence. I want my ocean to be healthy. I will continue to learn more. Please join me.

Algae – An Energy Boon?

Picture this: you’re riding out the crystal blue of the Pacific Ocean when BAM, algae entraps you in it’s disgusting green web. Why would you want that anywhere near you? Well, the question should be: why wouldn’t you?

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization, has recognized these simple autotrophic organisms as the most promising source of sustainable energy to meet increasing global demands.

Algae-based biofuels provide a robust and clean source of energy, delivering a sustainable alternative for the production of crude oil, jet fuel and aviation gases. Use of algae is advantageous due to its extremely high concentration and IEEE Senior Member and Algaeon Inc., William Kassebaum, is able to discuss these advantages in depth.

IEEE and its members are also driving significant advancements in more established technologies, including wind power and smart grid, to provide reliable, consistent environmentally friendly energy around the globe. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, global energy usage will increase 53 percent by 2035. This projection has sparked the need for innovation in sustainable energy, from both conventional and unconventional sources. The following experts are also available for commentary:

  • Wind Energy, Peter Tavner, a UK-based IEEE Senior Member and President of the European Academy of Wind Energy
  • Smart Grid, Cyro Boccuzzi, IEEE Senior Member and Executive Vice President at Brazil-based Enersul