SF Power and Energy Society Technical Presentation March 15 2017


Topic: Distributed Energy Resources: A Transmission Perspective

Speaker: Jameson Thornton, Pacific Gas & Electric Company.


Distributed Energy Resources are rapidly changing the utility landscape; it appears to be happening on the distribution system, but the changes are felt on the transmission system as well. This presentation will talk about how the transmission landscape was, how DERs are changing the way we have to think about the grid, and some future considerations about impacts to the grid, both positive and challenging.  What was once a straightforward top down landscape is quickly changing into a multidirectional process. This presentation will touch on several DERs and transmission relations but will focus primarily on Distributed Generation as it is changing the way we forecast, model, analyze, and plan the electric grid of tomorrow.


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.

The SF PES Chapter AdCom is mindful of our environment and food waste.  As a courtesy, please email our Secretary, Rahul Anilkumar (ranilkumar@quanta-technology.com) no later than the day before the event if you absolutely need to cancel your reservation.  Thank you!  

  Date and Time




  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94102
  • Building: 505 Van Ness Avenue
  • Room Number: Golden Gate Room
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  • Please use the link below to register. If you have any trouble or questions about the event, please email Rahul Anilkumar at ranilkumar@quanta-technology.com or by clicking the above link.

  • Starts 09 February 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 16 March 2017 12:00 AM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge
  • Menu: Non-Vegetarian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Jameson Thornton, Pacific Gas & Electric Company of Pacific Gas & Electric Company


Jameson Thornton has over 5 years of experience in PG&E’s transmission planning department where he is currently supervisor of a team of 4 engineers. Additionally he has as experience in transmission operation and distribution planning and operations.   Jameson and team are currently responsible for modeling and analyzing the PG&E transmission system to determine reliability impacts and needs for upgrades. As part of his responsibilities Jameson is a member of the WECC Transmission Studies Subcommittee (TSS) which looks to coordinate reliability studies and issues across the western interconnection. Jameson Thornton received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly Statue University, SLO and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.