Electric Power Reliability Summit

Extending Reliability Through Leadership

Keynote: Electrical Reliability in the Utility Industry

 This presentation we will discuss the role of electrical reliability in the utility industry from prior to deregulation to changes that have progressed since deregulation.  This includes the future of IoT, smart grid and Cybersecurity and their impacts on the electrical systems in power plants of all types.  How do the varying loads and lack of spinning reserve effect the power landscape, the resulting effects of these solutions on motors, transformers and switchgear in-plant, particularly in legacy facilities.  We will also cover the efforts that are underway now to protect plants and distribution from cyber-intrusion that the solutions for these conditions expose us to.
  1. The changes we should expect in both new and legacy plants and distribution and the impact on component and system reliability
  2. Changes to how we did business in the past and how new opportunities exist to improve from where we have been
  3. The future is bright with opportunity in relation to plant availability
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is the globally recognized independent professional society for maintenance, reliability and physical asset management and provides the ANSI certified Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT).  SMRP is partnered with other global organizations in the USA and internationally in an effort to set global consensus on KPI, benchmarking and methods.
In 2012, as Outreach Director, Dr. Penrose proposed the SMRP government relations program which has grown to be the sole representative of the general R&M and PAM in the Federal government.  The focus is on safety, future workforce, infrastructure, smart-grid/cities and infrastructure in which SMRP has been involved in committees and legislation covering these topics.
Dr Penrose is the Chair of SMRP, the President of MotorDoc LLC, and has been involved in the electrical reliability industry since 1984 (US Navy), then as part of US Department of Energy programs starting in 1992.  In 1994 he served as the Region 4 Energy Representative for IEEE USAB including hill work related to the issues associated with de-regulation.  In 1997, he joined the University of Illinois’ Energy Resources Center as the Senior Research Engineer associated with industrial and utility programs and as an adjunct professor of industrial engineering in UICs mechanical engineering department.  His area of interest has been electrical system and materials reliability and continued through his time as the general manager of a major test instrument manufacturer then on to independent consulting in machine forensics, energy, design, and repair.  Dr Penrose has been involved in the IEEE PES Materials standards committees since 1993, AWEA, and other organizations associated with electrical system reliability.  Over his career he has been involved in hybrid vehicle and hybrid construction machinery design, as well as SAE work on electric machine hybrid aerospace systems for low pressure and vacuum environments.  He is also involved in the development of cybersecurity legislation involving the utility and SmartGrid and has represented industry to all levels of government including participation on committees and panels.
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