Design Considerations for Generator Distribution Switchboards 🗓

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies
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Design Considerations for Generator Distribution Switchboards Speaker:  James Alvers, Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry

Virtual, Complimentary Presentation.  Bring your own lunch!

Date: Thursday, October 07, 2021, 12:00PM-1:00PM PDT

Event Details:

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About the talk:

Electrical engineers and contractors have various options to comply with the National Electric Code 2020 requirements for designing generator distribution switchboards for Emergency and Healthcare applications.  It is the intent of this presentation to review the applicable codes and arrive at solutions consistent with requirements.

NEC Articles 700, 701 and 702 specify the requirements to install generator systems for Emergency, Legally Required and Optional Loads.  These include loads for egress, first responder, and user desired loads.  Article 517 specifies the requirements Life Safety, Critical Systems and Equipment Branch loads for Healthcare.

While properly configuring the generator distribution switchboards for these systems is crucial, it can be a source of apprehension.  This session clarifies some areas of confusion as at times more than one interpretation of the code is possible, requiring the owner and AHJ to decide on a preference.

Learning objectives:

Discuss examples in detail and review projects that illustrate the concepts discussed, such as:

  • Which 70X loads can we combine? Are there any restrictions?
  • Are elevators emergency loads or are they legally required?
  • If we have a load bank, does that go into its own section?
  • Does a fire pump feed need its own section?
  • Is there a difference between “Life Safety” and “Emergency”?

About the Speaker:

James Alvers has been a Business Development Manager for Siemens Low Voltage Distribution Products since June of 2018.  He assists the electrical consultants in Northern California apply and configure cost effective, efficient, and compliant electrical distribution solutions for major infrastructure projects.

Previously James worked as a Data Center Electrical Engineer at Hewlett Packard/EYP Mission Critical Facilities.  He has also worked for Schneider Electric as a Global Account Manager helping clients configure electrical infrastructure for data centers.

James received an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Degree from University of California at Berkeley.  As an active member of Santa Clara Valley IEEE, James is Vice Chairman for IAS/PES and previously was Chairman.

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Project Drawdown: Climate Change Solutions Today 🗓

Speaker: Jamie Alexander, Director, Drawdown Labs
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: Presentation at 5:00 PM (PDT)
Cost: $6 (use General Admission with Promo Code IEEE717 for a $14 discount; funds go to scholarships)
Summary: We are in a pivotal and potentially transformative moment in human history. New US climate targets announced by the Biden-Harris administration. A huge percentage of American voters supportive of ambitious climate action. Bold climate ambition and plans from large corporations and investors globally. And a suite of climate solutions already in hand to address the climate crisis at the scope and scale required, led by the research of the nonprofit Project Drawdown.
We know what needs to be done and we have the solutions to do it. What we all do next to meet this moment, inside our companies, organizations, communities and spheres of influence is existential to our chances of limiting global warming to the level the science calls for.
In past discussions, many of you have asked “what can I do?” Many of the answers will be covered in this talk by Jamie Beck Alexander. We will take a tour of the suite of climate solutions researched by Project Drawdown, explore the biggest leverage points needed to scale these climate solutions in the world and we’ll hear the latest updates on our global effort to achieve DRAWDOWN, quickly, safely and equitably.

Bio: Jamie Beck Alexander is a climate activist and founding director of Project Drawdown’s Drawdown Labs — a consortium of private-sector partners working to go beyond ‘net zero’ to scale climate solutions in the world, within and outside their own operations. Jamie joined the Project Drawdown team from Ceres, where she led corporate engagement on the West Coast, working with companies to set ambitious emission reduction targets and leveraging their influence in support of strong climate and clean energy policies.
Previously, Jamie served as a civil and foreign service officer with USAID in Bangladesh, India, and Tanzania. Focused on malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases, she led an agency-wide effort to better integrate local solutions and voices into foreign aid programming and decision making. She has also worked with the UN Office of the Secretary-General and indigenous peoples in the US, Amazon, and Andes.


SCV Power & Energy/Industry Applications Chapter
Seattle Electrical Conference 
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Time: 7 AM – 4 PM (PDT) – “check in” for the talks you’d like to hear
• Thomas Domitrovich, ‘NFPA 70 2023’ Technical VP, Eaton
• Hamzah Shanbari, HERO: Virtual Reality Safety Training Assessment
• Terry Becker, ‘Electrical Safety in the Workplace’ TW Becker

ARPA-E: Developing Sustainable Energy Solutions for the Future 🗓

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:00 to 5:00 PM PT
Event Details   or  RSVP:  Registration
Cost:  Free: Registration required
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, Acting Director and Deputy Director for Technology, ARPA-E
  Summary: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy.

Could California Have a Texas-Sized Power Outage? 🗓

When: Thursday, March 18, 2021 5:00 to 6:30 PM PT

Event Details   or  RSVP:  Registration

Cost:  $5 for IEEE Members, please register using this registration link and enter the IEEE PES promotion discount IEEE318: Registration required

Virtual Panel Discussion Open to the Public

Last month a weather driven sequence of events left millions without power for multiple days in Texas, America’s energy heartland.  The last two years have also exposed vulnerabilities in California’s power supply infrastructure, with both elective Public Safety Power Shutdowns and capacity-driven forced rolling blackouts.  Is California on a path to have a Texas sized power disaster?


Pioneer of Clean Energy Lynn Jurich 🗓

Please join us March 25 to Honor MIT’s 2021 Pioneer of Clean Energy:

Lynn Jurich, Co-Founder & CEO of Sunrun on the Internet

When: Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:00 to 6:30 PM PT

Event Details   or  RSVP:  Registration

Cost:  $5 for IEEE Members, please register using this registration link which contains the IEEE PES promotion discount: Registration required

Virtual Fireside Chat Open to the Public


10/22/20: Powering a Datacenter/Base Station-on-Wheels

Cosponsored by Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies

Sponsored by IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS)

Please join us October 22, 2020 for Powering a Datacenter/Base Station-on-Wheels

Speakers: Brian Zahnstecher, Principal, PowerRox LLC

Location:  WebEx on the Internet

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:00 to 1:30 PDT

Event Details   or  RSVP:  Registration

Cost:  Free! Registration required

We are in the process of transforming the average, consumer vehicle into an all-encompassing super machine with ubiquitous sensing, telecom


  • We are in the process of transforming the average, consumer vehicle into an all-encompassing super machine with ubiquitous sensing, telecommunications, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), and infotainment. There is some discussion on how all these will increase the energy density footprint of AV/EVs, but rarely is it clearly articulated how dramatic this change will be and how it will impact the world around us. If a person said they were going to build a Datacenter/Base Station/Sensor Network/Theatre-on-Wheels, the concept may get brushed off as absurd. However, that is exactly what we are ALL talking about today, whether we are aware of it or not!
  • This talk will help to break down each of these functional areas (i.e. – data analytics, broadband integration, on-board sensor networks, and infotainment/IoT) and explore energy consumption implications (yesterday, today, and tomorrow). We shall build the linkages and interdependencies of these areas on one another, then work our way out to impacts/risks at the overall vehicle, network, and utility grid levels. Lastly, we shall explore potential changes in each of our key focus areas to set the world on a better trajectory than the one it is on today.

Brian Zahnstecher, Principal, PowerRox LLC

Brian Zahnstecher is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Chair (Emeritus) of the IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS), sits on the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Board of Directors, is Co-founder & Co-Chair of the PSMA Reliability Committee, Co-Chair of the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee, and is the Principal of PowerRox LLC. He Co-chairs the IEEE Future Directions (formerly 5G) Initiative webinar series and is the founding Co-Chair of the IEEE 5G Roadmap Energy Efficiency Working Group and has lectured on this topic at major industry conferences. He previously held positions in power electronics with industry leaders Emerson Network Power (now Advanced Energy), Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard. He has been a regular contributor to the industry as an invited keynote speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator, and volunteer. He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds Master and Bachelor degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

See you on the WebEx!

Steve Jordan

051520: Response to COVID-19 Special Webinar

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies have suspended our onsite technical meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  However we have a free Webinar this Friday night.  You will be able to text questions to the moderator during the Q&A portion:

If you are a SCV PES/IAS member you should have received an invitation to the meeting with the Zoom ID and password. If not, you can email us and ask for an invitation.

5/15/2020, PST 7 PM to 8:30 PM; EST 10 PM; 5/16/2020, Beijing TIME: 10 AM; 

PART 1: Challenges of Electrical Energy’s Response to COVID-19 (40 min.)

Moderator:Xiaofeng Zhang, President of Global Green Development Alliance (GLOGDA); Chair of IEEE PES China Smart Village Committee

Professor Daniel Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California, Berkeley; The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; Strategy Development Consultant of GLOGDA.

Dr. Jessica Bian, President-Elect of the IEEE Power & Energy Society. Vice President of Grid Services at Grid-X Partners.  She is a visionary leader and architect, has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment.

PART 2: United, We Are Taking Actions (30 min.)

Moderator:Jeff Weng,Managing Director of BRI Capital

  1. Jing Ma, President & Secretary-General, U.S.-China Health Summit, Harvard Professor
  2. Dr. Shucheng Liu, Principal, Market Development, CAISO
  3. Jane Wu, Executive Director of GLOGDA;Managing Director of BRI Capital
  4. Xiaofeng Zhang, President of GLOGDA; Chair of IEEE PES China Smart Village Committee

PART 3: Q & A (10 min.)


US-China Health Summit, Global Green Development Alliance (GLOGDA)

Hanhai Silicon Valley Center, Association of Innovation and STEM Education, Governance Institute

IEEE SCV Power & Energy Society

11/1: IEEE PES Silicon Valley Workshop No. 2

Santa Clara Valley IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications Societies
Please join us for: IEEE PES Silicon Valley Workshop No. 2

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Bian, PES President Elect 2020-2021

Location:  GEIRI North America, 250 W. Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA 95134

DateNovember 1, 2019 Friday) 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Co-Hosted by: GEIRI North America and CSEE North American Chapter

IEEE PES San Francisco Chapter

IEEE PES/IAS Santa Clara Valley Chapter

IEEE PES China Smart Village Committee

North America Chinese Power Professional Association

We are very pleased to announce that the 2019 Seminar “IEEE PES Silicon Valley Workshop” will be held at 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on November 1, 2019 in San Jose. Registration scan code is below or Register Here. It is FREE for registered attendees but will be charged $20 at the door.

The workshop will start with the Keynote Speaker Dr. Jessica Bian whom has been elected as IEEE PES President Elect, 2020-2021. Her speech topics is “Self-Discovery and Connection to the World”. She will talk about “What makes life healthy and happy?”& “How IEEE can help us Connect to the World?

We will then follow with a panel session “Future Grid and IEEE Activities”, with speakers from several host organizations.

During the panel discussions, distinguished speakers, including top executives and leading professionals from Electric Utilities, Smart Energy Technology & Solution Providers, and Smart Village Initiator, Entrepreneurs and Volunteers, will share their experience and insights at the workshop.

There will also be networking opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided. Please mark your calendar and RSVP today as seats are limited!

DateNovember 1, 2019, Friday

Time:   5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Registration

             6:30 pm to 8:10 pm – Workshop

                8:10 pm to 8:30 pm – Discussions and networking


Date:   November 1, 2019, Friday

Time:  5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Registration and Reception

            6:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Welcome Remarks

Moderators: Charles Mee, Treasure of IEEE PES San Francisco Chapter, Senior Utilities Engineer for CPUC

  • Xuehua Zhu, Counselor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco

7:00 pm to 7:30 pm — Keynote Speech: Self-Discovery and Connection to the World

Dr. Jessica Bian, IEEE PES President Elect, 2020-2021; Vice President, Grid-X Partners

               7:30 pm to 8:10 pm – Panel Session: Future Grid and IEEE Activities

Moderators: Xiaofeng Zhang, Chair of IEEE PES China Smart Village Committee

  • Dr. Jessica Bian, IEEE PES President Elect, 2020-2021; Vice President, Grid-X Partners
  • Wenjuan Zhang, Chair of North America Chinese Power Professional Association, California Chapter; Supervisor Transmission System Planning, PG&E

               8:10 pm to 8:30 pm – Discussions and networking

Speaker Bios

Dr. Jessica Bian has been the PES Secretary since 2016, and has been elected for the PES President-Elect, 2020-2021. She is a visionary leader and architect. She has spearheaded electric industry’s reliability metrics and grid risk assessment. She is currently with Grid-X Partners.  Before that, she was with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington, DC. Previously, she was the Director of Performance Analysis at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Under her leadership, a total of 18 industry-wide reliability indicators were established to determine grid reliability, adequacy, and associated risks.  She is widely recognized as a pioneer and trusted world leader in the field.

Before joining NERC, Dr. Bian was with PJM, ERCOT and Westinghouse Electric. She published over 70 articles and received the 2014 IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power award for her technical achievements. 11/1