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Stakeholder Perspectives on Increasing Electric Power Infrastructure Integrity

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Engineering and Public Policy Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering and Public Policy

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19

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https://peer.asee.org/33280

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Efrain O'Neill-Carrillo P.E. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Efraín O'Neill-Carrillo is a professor of power engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM). He holds a Ph.D. (Arizona State), an M.S.E.E. (Purdue), and a B.S.E.E. (UPRM). His professional interests include energy policy, sustainable energy, distributed generation, power quality, social and ethical implications of engineering and technology. He has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. O’Neill-Carrillo was the founding Director (2007-2010) of the Institute for Tropical Energy, Environment, and Society, leading a group of 15 professors from 10 disciplines in establishing links between energy research and society and influencing energy policy in Puerto Rico (http://iteas.uprm.edu/). O’Neill-Carrillo was also the Education Coordinator at UPRM for the NSF’s Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) from 2000-2008. He was Associate Director, CIVIS: Center for Resources in General Education, assisting in the administration of the Center, as well as developing student learning modules (sustainability, ethics), a sustainable energy initiative and coordinating the interaction and work of professors from various disciplines in UPRM. He has been energy Advisor for city governments and state agencies in Puerto Rico. He is one of the authors of the study “Achievable Renewable Energy Targets for Puerto Rico’s Renewable Portfolio Standard,” presenting the potential of renewable energy in Puerto Rico (http://www.uprm.edu/aret). He is also very active in the energy policy debate in Puerto Rico, authoring “Una Nueva AEE,” a Spanish document that traces the history of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, presenting potential reforms to the Island’s electric system (http://iteas.uprm.edu/recursos.php). O’Neill-Carrillo is a founding member of the Puerto Rico Electric Energy Round Table, a multi-sector group that works on technical and policy alternatives for the future of Puerto Rico’s electric system, acting as the Group Coordinator from 2008 to 2010. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an ABET Program Evaluator and a registered Professional Engineer. His views and work on integrative research and education activities, and his professional service have earned O’Neill-Carrillo UPRM’s Outstanding ECE Professor of the Year Award (twice), the Distinguished Electrical Engineer of the Year Award from the CIAPR in May 2004, an Early Promotion to Full Professor from UPRM in Nov. 2004, the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer Award in June 2005 and the Distinguished Engineer of the Year Award from the CIAPR (Mayaguez chapter) in 2018.

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James D. McCalley Iowa State University

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James D. McCalley received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Tech in 1982, 1986, and 1992, respectively. He was employed with the Atlanta Gas Light-Company from 1977-1982 and with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Francisco, from 1985 to 1990. He is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and the London Professor of Power Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) where he has been employed since 1992. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2003. He was a registered professional engineer in California.

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Anne Kimber Iowa State University

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As the Director of the Electric Power Research Center in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University I work with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students as well as diverse power industries to develop research projects of common interest. The Center started in 1963, and strong collaborations among faculty and industry have been key to our success. Members of the EPRC include Investor Owned Utilities, Municipal Utilities, Rural Electric Cooperatives and an ISO.
Prior to joining Iowa State University in 2014 I worked for 14½ years with Iowa municipal electric, gas and water utilities through the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU). The goal was to manage risk and increase long term sustainability through wide-ranging projects ranging from analyses of energy efficiency and renewable energy options, to rate studies, air quality permitting and advocacy for transmission ownership.

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Robert Haug Public Power Services

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Robert Haug is the retired executive director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. He has over 30 years of experience working with small rural communities that operate city-owned electric, gas, water, and telecommunication systems and has worked extensively in promoting energy efficiency and renewables.

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Abstract

This paper presents results from ten stakeholder engagement activities held in Puerto Rico after hurricane María in 2017. This was part of an NSF-funded project to identify, refine, and examine five visions for redeveloping and enhancing the local electric infrastructure in Puerto Rico. The results from the project will be shared with local decision-makers to inform energy policy directions. The ten group activities were divided in two rounds. The first round consisted of six different focus groups: Four groups had mainly technical background while the other two were community focus groups. Questions in this first round were related to participant’s perceptions on what failed, and on recommendations on changes to make the electric infrastructure more resilient. The results of the first phase were used to guide some of the assumptions used in the modeling and simulation of the five proposed visions. In the mid-point of the project, stakeholders were again engaged to provide feedback on initial results and to fine-tune the project’s simulations and analysis. The participants without power background were more positive about new ideas, although in general, these were for a different kind of approach to build and manage the local electric infrastructure. As the number of years of experience in the power industry increased, so did resistance to new ideas for the power grid. Further discussion of the results from all ten group activities is presented in the paper.

O'Neill-Carrillo, E., & McCalley, J. D., & Kimber, A., & Haug, R. (2019, June), Stakeholder Perspectives on Increasing Electric Power Infrastructure Integrity Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33280

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