TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series – Renewable Energy Integrating With The Utility Distribution Electric Power System

Tuesday, March 11 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Onondaga Community College, 101 Whitney Applied Technology Center



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Several local experts will discuss renewable energy sources, trends for integrating renewable energy, technical aspects of distributed power generation with the utility distribution electric power system, and a look at the electric grid of the future.

People interested in learning more about integrating renewable energy are invited to attend the free Sweet Lecture presentation on Tuesday, March 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Whitney Applied Technology Center on the Onondaga Community College campus. Networking and refreshments start at 5:30 p.m., the speaker is introduced at 6 p.m., the presentation is slated to run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. following questions from the audience. Admission is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP here by March 7, 2014. This event is co-sponsored by the CNY Section of the American Chemical Society.

Neil F. LaBrake, Jr., P.E. is the Manager of Retail Connections Engineering covering all jurisdictions in National Grid USA for interconnecting distributed generation. Neil’s career with National Grid and former Niagara Mohawk spans 33 years of electrical engineering experience. He is a licensed professional engineer in NYS and has an M.S. Engineering Management degree from Syracuse University. Also, Neil is National Grid’s representative to Edison Electric Institute’s Electric Light & Power NEC Task Force serving in various technical and leadership roles in the NFPA National Electrical Code Committee since 1995.

Christopher R. Vance, P.E. is a Lead Engineer in National Grid’s Retail Connections Engineering Team. Chris’ career with National Grid and with local engineering consulting firms spans more than 12 years of electrical engineering experience in various technical and lead roles. He is a licensed professional engineer in NYS and LEED Accredited Professional with a M.E. in Electrical Engineering from WPI. Also, Chris is a National Grid representative to Edison Electric Institute’s Electric Light & Power NEC Task Force serving on Code-making Panel 6 of the NFPA National Electrical Code Committee since 2012.

Mohammad Nikkhah Mojdehi is a PhD candidate in department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He has been student member of IEEE since 2011. His research interests include power system operation and economics, distributed energy resources, ancillary services, vehicle-to-grid technologies, and power electronics. His doctoral research addresses technical and economic challenges of utilizing distributed energy resources in the power grid. This research is designed to be an invaluable academic contribution to the integration and operation of distributed energy resources including renewables and storage systems. In the context of the increasing importance of using clean energy, the project will provide a framework of integrating distributed energy resources as well as a market mechanism to improve social welfare. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Neil Webb is Director of Energy Project Development for O’Brien & Gere and has more than 23 years of experience in the energy industry. His understanding and background spans wholesale and retail energy markets in North America in their transition through deregulation. Neil has been engaged by utilities, institutions, municipalities, energy supply companies, management firms, and private equity firms on a wide range of energy topics from energy efficiency to capital planning and commodity risk management. Neil began his energy career at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, now National Grid.

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series

The TACNY John Edson Sweet Lecture Series has annually presented a minimum of six lectures, free and open to the public, continuously since 1913. Former speakers have included Herbert Hoover, R. Buckminster Fuller, and Jacques Cousteau.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York. For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

Central New York Section of the American Chemical Society (CNY ACS)

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. For more information about CNY ACS, click here.

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