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2012 General Meeting

New Energy Horizons

The fourth week of July has become an important time for the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). It is the time of our annual General Meeting, and 2012 was no exception. The 2012 event was held in San Diego, California, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. On the first day of onsite registration, the previous year’s record attendance was surpassed. The attendance continued to rise throughout the week, reaching a final figure of 3,129. This included representation from 54 countries. As always, the program was filled with world-class technical sessions on planning, research, manufacturing, installation, operations, engineering, and design of power systems.

Welcome to San Diego

The week began with a welcome reception on the picturesque deck of the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Throughout the week several exciting technical and social gatherings and tours were available to attendees. On the technical side, one tour took attendees to the University of California in San Diego’s microgrid, regarded as one of the most efficient in the United States. Another tour visited one of San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E’s) premier substations. Retrofitted in 2004 with 500 kV GIS, it is a major energy gateway to San Diego. Of course, there was time for some relaxation for companions and attendees with a wine tasting tour, a tour of San Diego, and a Hornblower dinner cruise that cruised the beautiful San Diego Bay.

New Energy Horizons

This year’s theme, “New Energy Horizons—Opportunities and Challenges,” brought with it many great presentations, ideas, and discussions. Some of the featured super sessions were:

  • Opportunities and Challenges of Integrating Wind, Solar, and other Distributed Generation Energy Storage
  • Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles
  • Innovations in Communications for Power Systems
  • Nuclear Power
  • Managing Power Systems Under Changing Conditions.

The meeting was hosted by SDG&E. Michael Niggli, SDG&E president and chief executive officer, welcomed everyone to San Diego and spoke during the plenary session, “Integrating New Technology and Renewable Energy to Create a Utility of the Future.”

Other plenary speakers were

  • Mark Lauby, vice president of Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, “A Risk-Based, Strategic Focus to Further Ensure Reliability of the Bulk Power System”
  • Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president for R&D, Electric Power Research Institute, “Need for Innovation in the Power Industry”
  • Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of business development, Qualcomm, “Advanced Platforms for Smart Energy Communications.”

As always, there were many great tutorials and an expanded list of courses from the PES Plain Talk curriculum. This year’s topics included smart grid, power quality, standards in power system modeling, static var compensators, and electricity markets, just to name a few.

A Great Job

PES would like to thank the San Diego Local Organizing Committee for all of the local arrangements as well as assistance with the technical program, the PES Technical Council for an outstanding technical program, and the PES Executive Office staff for all of their support.

Canada in 2013

If we missed you this year, don’t worry! There is always another chance. Join us at the PES General Meeting 2013 during the week of 21 July 2013 in beautiful Vancouver, Canada!

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