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April 30, 2020

PEIK Online Seminar -Harmonics and Mitigation Techniques

Speaker: Mr. Remi Bolduc

Title: Harmonics and Mitigation Techniques

Abstract: During this session you will learn about:

  • The high frequencies voltage and current that exist in our Low Voltage networks,
  • we will review together what harmonics are, how they are generated and how to quantify them,
  • the dominant harmonic standard in North America (IEEE 519-2014) and some of the Utilities grid code requirements for harmonics,
  • then we will proceed to review the harmonic mitigation solutions available on the market,
  • and we will finish with a focus on Active Harmonic Filtering.

Bio: Remi Bolduc is the Competency Center Manager for Digital Power in Schneider Electric. He started his career with the Hydro-Quebec Utility in service and maintenance of HV switchgear, followed by 6 years with S&C Electric in application of MV switchgear. For the past 20 years, he has held various technical and commercial roles for Schneider Electric where he has specialized in Power Quality Correction. Mr. Bolduc graduated with a degree in Electrodynamics and has lectured in over 200 Power Quality seminars around the world.

The presentation can be downloaded here

February 22nd, 2020

2020 Engineers Day at the University of Kentucky

Location: University of Kentucky

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

On Saturday February 22nd, PEIK will exhibit on campus at UK's Engineering Day. Our most popular displays, including the full-size electric bike with flashing lights and the "world's largest wind turbine", which can be seen in the first part of the above video, will be back by popular demand. Other attractive PEIK exhibits comprise a Faraday flashlight, a magnetically levitated electric light bulb, and a large operational drone.

Joint exhibits with long-time supporter, LG&E and KU, include an electric city model and a video display showing real-life utility-size power systems and renewable energy installations, including Kentucky's largest PV power plant. Engineers Day, or E-Day, is a celebration of everything engineering has to offer. For directions, parking, full details about E-Day visit: 







November 25th, 2019

Electricity Sector Trends and the Role of the Kentucky Public Service Commission

Speaker: Talina Mathews, Commissioner, Kentucky Public Service Commission

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: University of Kentucky, WT Young Library Auditorium (parking information)

Abstract: The Kentucky Public Service Commission is a three-member administrative body with quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial duties and powers regulating more than 1,100 utilities. Its mission is to foster the provision of safe and reliable service at a reasonable price to the customers of jurisdictional utilities while providing the financial stability by setting fair and just rates, and supporting their operational competence by overseeing regulated activities. Learn more about the “science and art” of how the PSC performs its regulatory functions, including how the PSC staff and Commissioners stay abreast of technological, economic, and social forces affecting the utility sectors. With special emphasis on electric utilities, this seminar will also provide an overview of wholesale electricity markets; challenges facing utilities amid regulatory change and uncertainty; and the ratemaking process.

Bio: Talina R. Mathews, Ph.D., was appointed to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) by Gov. Matthew Bevin on July 3, 2017. Her term expires June 30, 2021.

Immediately prior to her appointment as commissioner, Dr. Mathews was the executive director of the PSC. She had previously served the PSC as a policy advisor and as staff economist. Commissioner Mathews also has served Kentucky as an economist in the state Office of Energy Policy, as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, and in the Department for Energy Development and Independence as director of the Division of Energy Generation, Transmission and Distribution.

In addition to nearly two decades of government service, Commissioner Mathews has worked in the private sector with an engineering consulting firm and served as the director of member services and advocacy at the Organization of MISO States. She has held several adjunct teaching positions in economics and public policy.

Commissioner Mathews is a member of the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) and serves on its board of directors, as co-vice chair of the Committee on Electricity, and as a member of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Management. She is president of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, president of the Organization of PJM States, a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of MISO States, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners. Commissioner Mathews serves on the advisory board of the Financial Research Institute at the University of Missouri and the advisory council of the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.

Commissioner Mathews earned a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and mathematics from Berea College.

October 8th, 2019

Workshop on the National Electric Code 2020 (NEC)

Keith Waters Instructor: Keith Waters, Industry Standards Manager

                    Schneider Electric USA

 Credit: 4.0 PDH

 Fee: $99

Time: 8:00am - 1:30pm

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

Abstract: The National Electric Code workshop will outline the upcoming changes to the 2020 edition of NFPA 70 NEC©. The update process included 3730 public inputs, 1930 public comments, deleted/added articles, 18 code making panels. The workshop will review the changes and allow for discussion on how those changes will affect the Commonwealth of Kentucky along with other states. The changes made to the NEC© cross all segments of the electrical installations.

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 33 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.

September 20th 2019

The Kentucky Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment

On September 20, 2019 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. Dan M. Ionel, ECE Professor, L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power and Director of PEIK, 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. The materials on display will report on last year's main achievements, including: new faculty, graduate students, and awards, record number of PEIK undergraduate certificates, latest research projects sponsored by DOE and NSF and directly by industry and utilities.

As per the event organizers, the Governor's Conference brings together some of the nation's and state's top minds in the energy and environment arenas. The conference sessions reflect current issues affecting energy development and environmental stewardship in Kentucky.

April 24th 2019

Integrated Resource Planning at Tennesse Valley Authority 

Amy Henry, Sr. Manager, Enterprise Relations and Strategic Partnerships - Tennessee Valley Authority

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: White Hall Classroom Building -Room 122 (parking in South Limestone Garage PS #5)

Abstract: TVA is currently developing its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) through a process that involves wide participation and engagement inclusive of stakeholders, experts, and the public. The IRP provides long-term direction on how TVA can best meet future demand for electric power and shapes how TVA provides low-cost, reliable electricity; supports environmental stewardship; and fosters economic development in the Tennessee Valley for the next 20 years. TVA is updating its 2015 IRP due to continuing changes in the utility industry. Such changes include abundant, lower-cost natural gas, decreased cost of renewable generation, and increased focus on energy conservation efforts. The PEIK seminar presentation will discuss the current draft IRP, which has been released for public review. 

Bio: Amy manages TVA’s Enterprise Relations & Strategic Partnerships team, which is responsible for strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, energy efficiency, distributed generation, natural resource stewardship, and other key issues.  Amy and her team work to build mutual understanding with stakeholders, enhance relationships, and align programs with stakeholder needs.  She facilitates the engagement of TVA’s Federal Advisory Councils, the Regional Resource Stewardship Council and The Regional Energy Resource Council.  Engaging stakeholders in TVA’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process is one of her key efforts in 2018-2019.  She is also responsible for working with organizations as TVA further develops partnerships with innovation centers and companies in the Valley. 

Previously, Amy worked in TVA’s Environmental Compliance organization.  For three years, she led TVA’s policy and practice for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires TVA to assess environmental impacts of proposed projects.  In that role, she led environmental analyses for a wide variety of projects supporting TVA’s broad mission of Energy, Environment, and Economic Development.   

Prior to joining TVA in 2009, Amy worked for BHE Environmental Inc., where she consulted on environmental impact assessments, endangered species surveys, and land management planning.  She holds a BS degree in Biology from Wake Forest University (North Carolina), and an MS degree in Zoology and Wildlife Science from Auburn University (Alabama). 

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.

April 13th 2019

UK Solar Car Team Open House

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

LocationCats Den

The University of Kentucky Solar Car Team is 20-years old. To celebrate, the team is hosting an open house April 13, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., at the Cats Den inside the Bill Gatton Student Center. Refreshments will be served.

The team’s current car, Gato del Sol VI, will be present, as will former iterations of the car, Gato del Sol IV and V. Solar Car Team memorabilia will be on display and T-shirts will be available for sale.

In addition to remarks from current team members and UK Engineering faculty, former team member Nick Such will share reflections from his days on the team. Such is co-founder of Awesome Inc in Lexington. The public is welcome to attend. The link to RSVP is available here.

Launched in 1999, the UK Solar Car Team is just the eighth team nationally to reach the 20-year milestone. It began racing competitively in 2003.

The team achieved significant success from 2008-2010. In 2008, it completed the American Solar Challenge (ASC) road course for the first time in its history. The trek took team members at Gato del Sol III from Plano, Texas to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2009, finished second in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP); and in 2010, it not only competed in FSGP, but also completed the ASC road course—this time from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Naperville, Illinois—finishing ninth. In 2011, the team had the unique experience of competing in FSGP at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This July, The UK Solar Car Team will take Gato del Sol VI to FSGP at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. 

March, 27th 2019

Renewable Energy Large Variable Speed Generators - European Trends

Dr. Ion Boldea, IEEE Life Fellow

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: White Hall Classroom Building -Room 122 (parking in South Limestone Garage PS #5)

Abstract: This seminar presents a panoramic view of various renewable energy large power variable speed electric generator designs and their control in hydro and wind energy conversion, especially in Europe. With hydropower currently being the largest renewable source for electric power generation, this work explores the benefits of integrating variable speed generators such as Doubly Fed Induction Generators (DFIG), Cage Rotor Induction Generators (CRIG) and Permanent Magnet Synchronous generator (PMSG) in such systems.

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 more than 15 times as a Visiting Professor, spending more than 5 years altogether in Lexington. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Oregon State University, University of Manchester and University of Glasgow in Britain, and Aalborg 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” and served as General Chairman of the biannual IEEE sponsored International Conference OPTIM in between 1996 and 2010. Professor Boldea published on topics of rotating and linear motion electric machine 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. 

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

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.