The Evolution of Electric Power Systems

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.

Biography: Damian Sciano is Director of Distributed Resource Integration at Con Edison where he oversees the company’s evolving Distributed System Implementation Plan (DSIP) and Distributed Service Platform (DSP) designed to integrate distributed energy renewables like solar energy into the traditional electric distribution business. Damian has over 25 years of utility experience working as a developer of cogeneration projects for Trigen Energy as well as working in large power plants, electrical engineering and, most recently, as Senior System Operator at Con Edison responsible for operating the bulk electric system. Damian is a professional engineer and holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College.
Andrew Reid is a Senior Engineer in Con Edison’s Research & Development department in New York City where he shapes, executes and manages projects that adopt new technologies to address strategic needs and operational sustainability for the electric business. Prior to joining Con Edison, Andrew worked in Japan for Yokagawa Electric Company in their Industrial Automation department designing new analytical products for process control. He has also worked at Infineon Technology’s Wireless Solutions Business, later acquired by Intel, performing field tests of baseband software for many popular mobile phones on the market today. During his role at GE Global Research, Andrew’s technical focus included Control & Communications Systems for Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for Smart Charging and embedded electronics for Distribution Network Observability & Controllability. Andrew graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Japanese.
Hosted by Professor Matthias Preindl

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