SF PES Chapter Meeting Special - Technical Presentation November 15, 2016


Topic: Maximizing Transmission Network Potential with Power Flow Control Technology

Speaker: Frank C. Lambert, IEEE PES Vice President, Chapters 

Abstract:  Rapid changes in generation and load profiles are becoming increasingly unpredictable and therefore challenging for transmission organizations to resolve with conventional network tools. For decades electric utilities have relied on their ability to build new transmission assets, but now in addition to having less clarity around future needs, are also facing greater hurdles to complete these construction or upgrade projects due to mounting public resistance and more stringent environmental compliance requirements. An emerging and alternative solution involves deploying power flow control devices installed on existing transmission networks to dynamically adjust line impedance and optimize the transmission system. This approach represents a new strategy for electric utilities as they consider the way that the electric grid is planned, built, and operated in a less predictable future.


Frank C. Lambert (S’70-M’73-SM’87) Mr. Lambert serves as the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech (Atlanta). He is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC’s members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He participates in the IEEE PES Switchgear Committee and Distribution Subcommittee and is serving as the Vice President for Chapters for PES. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Lunch will be provided (includes vegetarian). There will be a $5 fee to IEEE Members and a $10 fee to Non Members. Payments to be made in person (cash or check) at the event.

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  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94102
  • Building: 505 Van Ness Avenue
  • Room Number: Golden Gate Room
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  • Starts 11 August 2016 12:00 AM
  • Ends 14 November 2016 05:00 PM
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