Monday Jun 24, 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - USA
Data Informed´s Marketing Analytics and Customer Engagement provides marketing, sales, and customer support managers with the information they need to create an effective data-driven customer strategy. more...
Monday May 20, 2013
- Saturday May 25, 2013
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Stowe, Vermont - USA
Legal Essentials for Utility Executives: May 19 to 25, 2013 and October 6 to 12, 2013 This rigorous, two-week course will provide electric utility executives with the legal foundation to more fully understand the utility regulatory framework, the role of more...
Dr. Alberto Ramirez Orquin is an energy expert with industrial experience encompassing a vast international utility engineering practice, including extensively the US and Canada; he held the project-engineer responsibility of one of the world’s foremost transmission developments ever made in Argentina, for what he was distinguished by IEEE T&D Committee. His research interests are in energy systems reliability and the rational use of energy in a multidisciplinary context. He currently teaches Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico. Professor Ramirez Orquin has also taught both at Texas (UTA) and Lamar Universities. He is a co-author and general reviewer of the first edition of the EPRI book ‘EHV Transmission Line Reference Book 345 KV and Above’, a world standard reference; having also authored many IEEE (PES) Transactions Papers; he is an IEEE Senior Member and Member/Observer of NERC Task Forces and Device Groups dealing with Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) grid security. Dr. Ramirez holds a ME from RPI; and a PhD from the University of Texas (UTA).
He holds several US Patents on technology for GMD mitigation phenomena and device and methods to mitigate surges on compensated networks.
Solar Storms and Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) disturbances have the potential to paralyze critical technologies throughout the world. These can be as sophisticated as the satellites that control the nation's most classified intelligence to the rudimentary act of turning on the lights. Without proper measures, no industry will remain unaffected by these phenomena.
Different from the past, the upcoming cycle-24 solar maximum is currently surrounded by an unprecedented general expectation. Indeed the so-called solar tsunami has now come to the forefront of interest turning into a household word; what for decades was strictly a scientific matter has now transcended this dominion to fall into the popular realm; this happening follows to some extent the sets of predictions and omens reported almost on a daily basis from all kind of sources.
Our ever-increasing dependence on technology makes the notion of bearing any long-term lack of service from our precious critical infrastructures socially unthinkable. On the other hand, there is an atypical, nature-made scenario which we have been warned may pose a severe challenge to this proposition.
The whole economy is clearly striving today and its energy sector is no exception. Soaring prices together with the perception of a deteriorating service/product quality contribute to this notion. For the electric power system this trend is particularly worrisome given its vital implications to society.
This century brings about new elements, which constantly modify well-established paradigms. A good example can be found on the notions of society's critical infrastructures. The electric grid has been increasingly regarded as very important, typically at the same hierarchy as communications, roadways, water supply, etc. But its emerging critical dimension has only recently been revealed.
The compounding energy crunch, with soaring prices, is calling for a systematic improvement of all the relevant components of the processes involved. This has become an imperative, minding the competitiveness of the manufacturing/service sectors, the consumer, and ultimately society's welfare.
As well known, generation was the first business segment where deregulation was attempted. The approach was fostered at the turn of the century by both US federal policy and technological development . . .