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The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to continue its seminar series* regarding energy issues on the University of Kentucky campus. There are also opportunities to participate in online seminars. Details will be provided as they become available. Please join us. All faculty, students, staff, and visitors are welcome.

*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 30th 2018

STUDENT EVENT - Organized by the UK Energy Club

Electricity in Kentucky and Lessons Learned from Operating Kentucky's Largest Solar Facility

Aron Patrick, Manager of Technology and Analysis, LG&E/KU

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Gatton Student Center, Room 331

The University Energy Club is presenting its first annual Fall seminar with guest speaker Aron Patrick, Manager of Technology and Analysis at LG&E and KU. 


November 5th 2018

Engineering Innovation and Recent Developments at LG&E and KU

Lonnie Bellar, Chief Operating Officer, LG&E and KU
Credit: 1.0 PDH
Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Location: WT Young Library Auditorium on UK’s campus (parking info)

Bio: Lonnie Bellar was named to his current position in March 2018. He has over 30 years of experience in the electric and natural gas utility industry.

Bellar joined Kentucky Utilities in 1987 as an electrical engineer. He held several engineering roles in the transmission and generation areas leading up to a position managing the generation planning function. Bellar was promoted to Director of Generation Services in 2000 and subsequently served as General Manager of LG&E’s Cane Run and Ohio Falls generating stations, Director of Financial Planning and Controlling, Director of Transmission, Vice President of State Regulation and Rates and Vice President of Gas Distribution and Senior Vice President Operations.

In his current position, Bellar is responsible for all operations areas including generation, energy supply and analysis, electric distribution and transmission, gas distribution and storage, safety, environmental and customer service.

Bellar participated in a dual-degree program receiving a bachelor’s degree in engineering arts from Georgetown College and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He completed various management and executive training courses sponsored by the E.ON Academy.   He also has completed executive education courses at the Harvard Business School and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Bellar is currently a chair of the company’s Power of One charitable giving campaign, which supports United Way, Crusade for Children and Fund for the Arts organizations. Bellar is a board member of Electric Energy Inc. and Ohio Valley Electric Corporation. He serves on the board of directors for the American Gas Association and Southern Gas Association, along with representation on various AGA and SGA working committees and groups. He also participates on the Greater Louisville, Inc. – board of directors, executive committee and committee membership and the University of Kentucky Engineering School dean’s advisory council.


October 11th-12th, 2018

The Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

On October 11 and 12, 2018 the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK) will be represented at the Kentucky Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center by Dr. Donald Colliver, Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and Director of KIAC, and Jason Souders, PEIK/KIAC/FEEDER Coordinator. PEIK will again have an exhibition booth providing information on the program’s education, outreach and research activities and facilitating engaging discussions with attendees, current and prospective supporters.

As per the event organizers, the Kentucky Governor’s Conference is bringing together some of the state’s top minds in the energy and environment arenas. Some will be speakers and presenters, other will be there to participate and network. Sessions will look at how we can make wise choices about the energy we use on a daily basis, how we safeguard the environment now and for future generations while enabling growth, and how an aging water infrastructure and legacy of waste dumps throughout the Commonwealth are presenting funding challenges. 


October 2nd, 2018

Workshop on the National Electric Code 2017 (NEC) and NFPA 79 (The Kentucky legislature has approved the 2017 National Electric Code to become mandatory on January 1st, 2019.)

Keith Waters Instructor: Keith Waters, Industry Standards Manager

                    Schneider Electric USA

 Credit: 4.0 PDH (NEC)

             2.00 PDH (NFPA 79)

 Fee: $99 NEC only (lunch provided) 

         $49 NFPA 79 only

         $145 NEC and NFPA 79 (lunch provided) 


Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm

          NEC (8:00am - Noon)

          NFPA 79 (1:00 to 3:30pm)

Location: University of Kentucky, Boone Center (Parking and Directions)

Abstract: The 2017 National Electric Code workshop will outline updates to the national electric code for 2017. The update process included 4002 public inputs, 1513 public comments, 5 new articles, 19 code making panels.  The workshop will review the changes and allow for discussion on current activities involving the 2020 NEC.

The 2018 NFPA 79 Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery workshop will outline how to comply with this standard, new requirements for 2018, and the differences between North American and other safety systems.  You will also learn where to find additional resources to help expand your understanding of these requirements.  A discussion on the statutory requirement to meet this standard for projects installed within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Bio: Keith is an Industry Standards Manager for Schneider Electric USA and is based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is responsible for overcurrent protective device and automation/control product standards, installation codes, enforcement, and holds BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky.  Keith is also engaged in applying codes and standards addressing energy efficiency & sustainability.  He also participates in the Power & Energy Institute of Kentucky’s Industry Advisory Council. Keith is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.  Keith has been an employee of Schneider Electric for 32 years as a Product Application Engineer, Proposal Development Engineer, Price Manager, Merchandise Marketing Manager and Multiple Business Development positions including Strategic & Global Account Management as well as managing several strategic segment engineering teams.  Keith frequently speaks on various energy efficiency, sustainability, product application, and code compliance topics.  He is a member of numerous industry technical committees. Keith is a NEMA representative to NEC Code Making Panel 11. He has published articles on Energy Management and Electrical Controls.

This workshop will present the NEC and NFPA 79 workshops and include lunch from 12-1pm. Attendees may register for NEC and NFPA 79 individually or both workshops. Note that lunch is provided and included in the registration fees for the NEC portion and full day only. 

Click here to register!


April 18th, 2018

HVDC Power Transmission and its Future Role for Renewable Energy Generation Development in Europe

Dr. Ion Boldea

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Whitehall Classroom Building – CB 102 (Parking South Limestone Garage)

Bio: Dr. Ion Boldea is a Professor at University Politehnica of Timisoara, Romania, a member of the Romanian Academy, and a Life Fellow of IEEE. Since 1973, when he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at University of Kentucky, he has returned to Lexington more than 15 times as a Visiting Professor and spent here more than 5 years altogether. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Oregon State University, University of Manchester and University of Glasgow in Britain, and Alborg University in Denmark. In 1977, Professor Boldea was part of the original team who established at UK under the leadership of Professor Nasar the Electric Power Components and Systems Journal, now part of the Taylor and Francis collection. He is the director and founder since 2001 of the internet-only international “Journal of Electrical Engineering”, www.jee.ro, and served as General Chairman of the biannual IEEE sponsored International Conference OPTIM in between 1996 and 2010, www.info-optim.ro. Professor Boldea published extensively in linear and rotary motion electric machines design and controls, more than 200 papers, including 6 that received IEEE best paper awards, and 18 books in USA and the United Kingdom. He has been consulting, lecturing, giving keynote addresses, and holding intensive courses in USA, Europe and Asia for the last 25 years. He has been an IEEE-IAS Distinguished Lecturer since 2008 and lectured in this capacity in USA, Denmark, Italy, and Brazil. He is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Nikola Tesla Award.


High and medium voltage DC power transmission is reviving with new power electronics technologies. Its multiple advantages over the legacy AC power transmission system, especially for new applications for distributed energy generation with very high penetration of renewables will be discussed. The presentation covers principles, fundamental structures, components and systems and includes examples of recent developments, especially in Europe.

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

April 4th, 2018

History of rural electrification in Kentucky and East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Denver York – Senior Vice President of Power Delivery and System Operations

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Kincaid Auditorium (Room 111), Gatton College of Business and Economics

Bio: Denver York oversees the operations of EKPC’s portion of the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. His areas of responsibility include Transmission Planning, Design and Construction, Operations, Maintenance and supporting functions.

Mr. York is a registered professional engineer. Prior to joining EKPC, he worked as an Engineer at Harris Corp. in Palm Bay, Fla. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters degree in Business Administration from Easter Kentucky University.


The seminar will include an overview of the resources, history, and activities of the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), which provides service to half a million homes and businesses in 87 Kentucky counties. The presentation of the utility’s capabilities will cover the power plants and generation methods, including the H.L. Spurlock Station located near Maysville and John Sherman Cooper Station located near Somerset. Details about EKPC’s transmission planning, operations, and maintenance will be discussed, including substation layout and analysis. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of the new Cooperative Solar Farm One. Operated by EKPC, it is one of the largest solar projects in Kentucky, producing 8.5 megawatts with 32,000 solar panels.

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