Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky

 
 
 

PEIK Seminar Series

The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to be continuing it’s seminar series* regarding energy issues during the Fall 2014 semester. Details will be provided as they become available. Please join us. All faculty, students, staff, and visitors are welcome.

Fall 2014 Seminars:

 

October 17, 2014 – Renewable Energy – Opportunities and Limitations

Mr. David Link, Manager of R&D, LG&E/KU

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: UK Student Center Worsham Theater (Please note different location)

Biography: Dr. David Link manages the Research and Development Department at Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU), part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies.  LG&E and KU are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia.

Dr. Link’s areas of research include renewable and distributed generation, carbon capture and sequestration, environmental controls and technology, and advanced water treatment systems.  He also manages a portfolio of research projects conducted by researchers throughout the organization that cover all aspects of power generation, transmission, distribution, and end use.  The goal of all their research is to enable LG&E and KU to provide lower cost, cleaner, and more reliable electricity to their customers.  Dr. Link received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Berea College and his doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Kentucky.



This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.


 

September 19, 2014 – The Case for Fossil Fuels

Mr. Heath Lovell, Vice President – Operations with Alliance Coal 

Time: 2-2:50 pm

Location: UK Student Center Theater

Biography:  Heath Lovell is Vice President – Operations with Alliance Coal overseeing Indiana, Illinois and parts of Western Kentucky.  This includes River View Coal in Waverly KY, White County Coal in Carmi IL, Gibson County Coal in Princeton IN and the Mt. Vernon Indiana Transfer Terminal.  Alliance Coal is currently the largest coal producer in the Illinois Basin.

Prior to his current position, Heath has served as the General Manager of River View Coal and the General Manager of Webster County Coal.  Prior to working for Alliance Coal, Heath was a founding member and Vice President of operations at Dodge Hill Mining which was later sold to a subsidiary of Peabody Coal Company.

Heath has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky where he was both a Singletary Scholar and Singletary Fellow.  Currently, Heath is serving on UK’s College of Engineering Deans’ Advisory Council.

Heath is a board member of the Illinois Coal Association and the Indiana Coal Council and has been a past board member of both St. Anthony’s Hospice and Union County First, Union County’s Economic Development Board.  He has also served as a past President of Union County First.

Heath resides in Evansville, Indiana with his wife, Lori, and their two sons, Aaron and Austin



This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.


 

Spring 2014 Seminars:

March 28, 2014 – Bulk Electrical Transmission Today

Mr. Derek Rahn, LG&E/KU Manager of Policy & Tarriff

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: Student Center Theater

Topic: What is Transmission overall and in Kentucky? (Transmission Overview)

Biography: Derek has more than 9 years’ experience in the utility industry.  He leads in the interactions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the LG&E/KU Transmission Team, that include FERC mandates of compliance with all NERC Standards and FERC Orders.   Some of the most interesting and recent activities that transmission is participating in are equipment temperature rating verification and compliance with FERC Order 1000.   From Derek’s work in transmission and in power plants, prior to joining the transmission team, he has lead the full restack/rewind of a +500MW generator, implementation of digital controls for generator and transmission equipment, developing an operations engineering team process for evaluating day to day and future activities, and participating in the restoration work on the transmission system during the 2008 Ice Storm.

He is a University of Kentucky EE grad of 2003 originally from Houston, TX. He received his MBA from Bellarmine University in 2009.

Derek is married to a wonderful U of L grad, so yes red and blue can mix, and they have a 2year old daughter named Kylie and 3 month old son named Jacob.


This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



 

February 28, 2014 – Kentucky’s Energy Landscape
Dr. Leonard K. Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Energy and Enviroment Cabinet

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm

Location: Classroom Building room 114

Biography: Appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008 to oversee Kentucky’s energy, environmental protection and natural resources programs, Dr. Len Peters has developed and implemented Kentucky’s first comprehensive strategic energy plan to address the state’s growing demands for energy in an environmentally sustainable and economically effective manner. He also has been instrumental in creating a unique partnership opportunity among the Argonne National Laboratory, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and two of the state’s leading research institutions, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, to advance lithium battery manufacturing research and development.

Dr. Peters is a recognized leader in research, academia and management. He served at the Battelle Memorial Institute, a leading nonprofit applied science and technology development company, where he was senior vice president and director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From 2003-2006, Dr. Peters led the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s 4,200 staff at the multi-program national laboratory to apply their broad scientific and technical capabilities, not only to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science, but also to those of DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Defense, the Department of Defense, and other agencies.

Dr. Peters has held senior academic and administrative positions at leading universities, including the University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech.

He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by that university. He has been recognized for his achievements with honors ranging from the National Science Foundation Award for contributions in science and technology, to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Outstanding Leadership Award.


This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



 

January 17, 2014 – Workshop on National Electric Code (NEC) 2014

Alan Manche PE, Director, Industry Standards, Schneider Electric

Fee: $75

Credit: 4.0 PDHs

Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: Hilary J. Boone Center 500 Rose St. Lexington, KY 40506

Registration is required to attend.

When using a credit card, you must register online. If you need to register using a check, please contact Cassandra Rogers at 859-257-1834 or croge3@uky.edu

Topics: Industry standards, installation codes, and enforcement will be covered.

Alan Manche, an employee at Schneider Electric for 20 years, is responsible for leading company activities relative to product standards, installation codes, and enforcement. His background in product design, certification, and industry standards afforded him many hours in Schneider Electric testing labs reviewing product performance characteristics, and conformity assessment. He has been involved in  the National Fire Protection Association, National Electric Manufacturers Association, National Electric Code, and Underwriters Laboratories. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

For more information contact Cassandra Rogers. Lunch will be provided immediately following.

 


This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.



 

November 22, 2013 – EKPC Air Quality Systems

Steve Ricker-Senior Engineer at EKPC

3:00 pm in the UK Student Center Theater

The seminar will cover the Eastern Kentucky Power Coop Air Quality Systems. The topics will include Major environmental milestones: Historical perspective, Legislative which was passed in a bi-partisan fashion, and Controversial issues which have been addressed by court order or executive action and not by Congress. Mr. Ricker will also present an introduction to EKPC generation facilities, air quality control systems currently installed at EKPC and potential future systems for Carbon Capture and Sequestation.

Biography: Mr. Ricker has been employed at EKPC for 25 years and is a Senior Engineer. He has managed a number of plant improvement projects, including emission reduction systems and distributed control systems. He is from Montgomery, AL and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Energy Engineering and also an MBA from Morehead State University.

He spent the first five years of his career with Combustion Engineering as a Field Service Engineer. CE is now a part of Alstom Power. CE/Alstom boilers supply roughly 40% of the power generated in the US. He was responsible for the maintenance of existing facilities and the commissioning of new facilities. His assignments included working in Spain, Venezuela, India and Iraq.


This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



November 6, 2013 – Electric Utility Regulation:  An Alphabet Soup

Talina Mathews

This seminar will be at 3:00 pm in the UK Student Center Theater

The Seminar will begin with a brief history of electricity infrastructure development and ensuing regulation of the industry.   The discussion will include economic or monopoly regulation, primarily the history and role of state and federal regulatory commissions.  We will briefly discuss the role of other governmental agencies and their evolving interaction with electric utilities.  Finally, we will conclude with emphasis on the regulatory landscape facing today’s electric utilities in the near future, with an emphasis on environmental regulations.

 

Biography: Talina Mathews is currently the Special Assistant for Policy for the Chairman of the Public Service Commission.  She received a BA from Berea College in Math and Economics and an MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky in Economics.   Dr. Mathews has extensive experience in state government, in the energy and environmental area, having spent time in the Department for Environmental Protection, in the State Energy Office and in the Public Service Commission.


*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



November 1, 2013 – Unlocking the Small Hydro Potential in Kentucky

David Brown Kinlock – Locke 7 Partners

This seminar will be at 3:00 pm in 207 RGAN (Ralph G. Anderson Engineering Building)

Directions to RGAN Building

This presentation will be an overview of Small Hydropower development in Kentucky and its potential for the future. Mr. Kinlock and his company renovated Locke 7, and it is now called the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station. More information can be found at this link: http://www.kyhydropower.com/index.html.

Biography: David Brown Kinloch received two Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy and two Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Science, Technology and Values from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leaving college he served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He then returned to Louisville and set up his own business, Soft Energy Associates, which develops renewable energy projects.

David Brown Kinloch has worked in renewable energy development in Kentucky for the last 30 years. He has worked primarily on small hydroelectric projects, but also in solar and wind. In 1989, he and his partner Bob Fairchild installed Kentucky’s first small hydroelectric project at the Weisenberger Mill in Midway. Currently he and his partners are restoring the abandoned 2 Megawatt Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station at Lock 7 on the Kentucky River, and are in the process of licensing two new 2.64 Megawatt hydroelectric plants at Lock 12 and Lock 14 on the Kentucky River.


This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



 

October 9, 2013 – Richardsville Elementary: The 1st Net Zero Energy School in the United States

The seminar will be held at 3:00 pm in the Center Theater in the University of Kentucky Student Center

Kenneth L Seibert, PE, LEED, AP, President, CMTA

Mr. Seibert is President of CMTA Inc., a 90 person consulting engineering firm located in Kentucky, Texas and Indiana. He is a 1983 mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky. During his tenure as President, CMTA has gained a national reputation in the area of high performance buildings and net zero energy designs. Mr. Seibert was recognized by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear with the 2009 Governor’s Energy Leadership Award. Mr. Seibert has published four articles in ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings magazine.


*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



 

September 25, 2013 – Transition in the Energy Industry, Causes and Effects

The seminar will be held at 3:00 pm in the CRMS Building (RMB) Room

Roy M. Palk, President & CEO, New Horizons Consulting

Mr. Palk, a 42 year veteran of the energy industry, is a retired President and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), having served in that capacity for 13 years. During his tenure he he led a $2.5 billion generation and transmission program to meet its future power supply requirements, including coal-fired baseload, natural gas and oil-fired peakers, renewable power resources (landfill gas to electricity and residential geothermal installations) and the associated fuels and transmission facilities. Palk also led a successful effort to syndicate a $650,000,000.00 credit facility to fund capital improvements for the cooperative.

Prior to joining EKPC, Palk served as the director of internal operations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national trade association of electric cooperatives, in Washington, DC and, subsequently, became its assistant general manager in 1991. Palk, an attorney, also served as NRECA’s corporate counsel.

Mr. Palk is now the president and CEO of New Horizons Consulting with offices in Bradenton, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky. He represents and advises various energy and energy-related clients on matters regarding new and expanded business development, energy production technologies, project development, strategic planning, corporate governance and policy matters, staff development, fuel issues, environmental issues, legislation, public policy topics and financing resources.


*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.



March 25, 2013 – Lifting the Hood on Campus Energy Use: Myths, Metrics, and More

Shane Tedder, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Kentucky

Shane holds a BA in Anthropology and a MS in Forestry from UK. Key areas of responsibility are:

  • Communicating to the University Community about UK’s sustainability-related initiatives and efforts
  • Serving as staff to the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee,
  • Serving as the staff adviser to the Student Sustainability Council
  • Chairing the Facilities Team for the Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Special assistant to campus sustainability projects as needed
  • Tracking sustainability metrics and measuring campus progress

The seminar will be held at 2:00 pm in CRMS 323 (RMB 323).


MancheMarch 20,2013 – Workshop on National Electric Code (NEC) 2014 Changes

Alan Manche PE, Director, Industry Standards, Schneider Electric

Fee: $50

Credit: 4.0 PDHs

Time: 8am-12:00pm

Location: Hilary J. Boone Center
500 Rose St.
Lexington, KY 40506

Registration is required.

Industry standards, installation codes, and enforcement will be covered. Changes will be discussed section by section.

Alan Manche, an employee at Schneider Electric for 20 years, is responsible for leading company activities relative to product standards, installation codes, and enforcement. His background in product design, certification, and industry standards afforded him many hours in Schneider Electric testing labs reviewing product performance characteristics, and conformity assessment. He has been involved in  the National Fire Protection Association, National Electric Manufacturers Association, National Electric Code, and Underwriters Laboratories. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Registration is required.
For more information contact Cassie Rogers. Lunch will be provided afterwards.


February 26, 2013 – Nuclear Energy/Engineering Workshop

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

As part of their Spring 2013 meeting on UK Campus, ASME board members are conducting a Nuclear Energy/Engineering Workshop. Topics covered include:

  • Brief Intro to Standards and Certification
  • Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster (+ design of a BWR system)
  • Nuclear Fusion Devices
  • New Nuclear Construction
  • Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

The workshop will be offered twice and are scheduled to fit into the normal Tuesday/Thursday class scheduling, 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. It will be held in the Lexmark Room of the Main Building.


February 25, 2013 - EPA Impacts to KY Coal Generation

Jerry B Purvis, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC)

Jerry Purvis reports to the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) Chief Operations Officer with responsibility for environmental affairs. EKPC generates over 3,000 megawatts of coal-fired, natural gas/renewable energy through 2900 plus miles of transmission serving 87 of the 120 counties in Kentucky. The company is the last remaining KY-owned electric utility company. His environmental role and experience of late includes permitting coal gas-fired generation stations, coal combustion landfills, and supplemental environmental impact statements under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The meeting will be held in Room 359 UK Student Center. Lunch will be served.


January 24, 2013Breaker Coordination – Selectivity

James Howlett PE, Specification Engineer, GE Energy

Selective Coordination Defined, Interpretations and Current Trends, Best Practices for Design & Selective Systems, How Circuit Breakers Coordinate, & Using Selective Coordination Tools.

James Howlett, P.E., has 14 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer, and 2 plus years as a Specification Engineer. He is based out of Columbus, OH, but covers Lexington, Cincinnati, Columbus & Dayton.

The meeting will be held in Room 359 UK Student Center. Lunch will be served.



Fall 2012


November 14, 2012TVA’s Changing Generation Mix

John J. McCormick Jr., Senior Vice President of River Operations and Renewables, TVA

John McCormick, as Senior Vice President of River Operations and Renewables at TVA, is responsible for the operation and maintenance of TVA’s 29 hydroelectric dams, 20 non-power dams, one pumped-storage plant, 14 navigation locks and over 5,600 MW capacity of renewables in operations.


Special Seminar Luncheon Event

11:30-1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, UK Student Center, Room 359

Lighting Control for Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Steve Watson, Schneider Electric

With industrial buildings consuming 31 percent of our total energy usage, it is no wonder that energy efficiency has become a major focus of today’s egineers and our government policy makers. As indicated in IEEE USA’s National Energy Policy Recommendations, the cheapest and cleanest energy is that which does not have to be produced.

Lunch will be provided, but to help in planning, please either notify Kris Gilbert (859-257-1834, krisgilbert@uky.edu ) that you will attend, or register online. You may also contact Kris Gilbert for additional information.


Special Date and Location

3:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012, W. T. Young Library* Auditorium

Energy Empire:  Russia, Europe, and the Politics of Energy Interdependence

Stacy Closson, PhD, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

Dr. Stacy Closson is a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations. She came to UKY from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. where she was a fellow researching Russian energy politics. Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany.  From 1996-2002 she worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst, entering as a Presidential Management Fellow, and focusing on the former Soviet states. Dr. Closson has published in several academic and professional journals on energy security, state weakness, and unrecognized states. Her forthcoming book is entitled Energy Empire: Russia, Europe, and the Politics of Energy Interdependence. Dr. Closson was most recently named an “Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy” by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.


October 3, 2012 – Monopolies and Regulators – The Retail Pricing of Electricity

David Samford, Goss Samford, PLLC

David Samford practices law with Goss Samford, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky.  He previously served as the General Counsel, Deputy Executive Director and Policy Analyst for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.  David has experience in a wide variety of energy and utility law subjects and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Science and the College of Law.


September 19, 2012 – East Kentucky Power Cooperative – Generation Resources and Energy Issues

Craig Johnson, Senior VP for Power Production, East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Mr. Johnson oversees the operation and maintenance of EKPC’s three coal fired power stations, combustion turbine generating station, and six landfill gas renewable energy stations. He has the responsibility for setting the strategy for the generation assets that ensures safe, reliable, environmentally compliant, and economical operations. He is responsible for major construction projects and engineering. He directs a staff of 360 people and has 23 years of experience at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. Johnson holds a Master of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Kentucky. He has served as Production Engineer, Project Manager, Plant Manager, and Vice President prior to being promoted to Senior Vice President in January of 2010.



Spring 2012


February 22, 2012 – Fracture Stimulation in Kentucky

Brandon C. Nuttall, Geologist, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky

Brandon Nuttall received a BS in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1975. He joined the Kentucky Geological Survey 34 years ago where he concentrates on oil and natural gas resources, activity and development, database and GIS, and related research.


March 21, 2012 – Policy Decisions for Uncertain Times

Greg Pauley, President & COO, AEP – Kentucky Power Co.

Greg Pauley is president and chief operating officer for Kentucky Power. As president he oversees distribution operations serving 175,000 AEP customers in Eastern Kentucky as well as the operating unit’s safety, customer services, marketing, communications, community affairs, governmental affairs and regulatory functions.  Pauley was previously director – Public Policy for AEP since 2006, working on policy issues impacting the electric utility industry on a national level.


March 28, 2012 – Introduction to the Power Market

Dr. Yuan Liao, Assc. Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UK

This seminar provides an introduction to the electric power market structure, plus modeling and simulation. Major power markets in the United States are introduced. Both electricity pricing based on the security-constrained unit commitment and the economic dispatch process are illustrated.

Dr. Yuan Liao is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is also the Associate Director for the Graduate Program of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky. His research interests include smart grid and renewable energy.


*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.