Date: 3:30pm, March 31, 2017
Location: 414 CEPSR (Sindeband East)
Speaker: Damian Sciano, PhD and Andrew Reid, Consolidated Edison
Abstract: For over a century, electricity has increasingly powered our lives from lighting, to refrigeration to appliances that deliver information and entertainment never envisioned by the pioneers of electric power. The future promises even more to come; electric vehicles, resilient energy storage systems and electric heat pumps to name just a few. Contrastingly, the way electricity is produced and delivered has changed much more slowly over time and its only in the 21st century that newer and cleaner technologies like renewable energy, fuel cells and clean distributed generation are promising to transform the way we generate and deliver electric power. This lecture will describe the evolution of the largest machine in the world today, the electrical system, and discuss why it remains largely a product of the central plant paradigm, available resources and geographic constraints. A brief comparison of the Paris and New York City electric distribution systems will illustrate how different forms of government policy and geographical realities resulted in two very different systems to deliver the same basic product to customers. Finally, we will explore New York State’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) to build a greener grid, create value for customers and opportunities for new entrants.