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ESPE series continues with talk on smart grid technology and bulk power system




The Environmental Science, Policy and Engineering Winter Seminar Series continues Thursday, Feb. 28 with a talk by Rana Mukerji, senior vice president, Market Structures, for the New York Independent System Operator.

Mukerji's talk, “Effect of Smart Grid Technology on the Bulk Power System,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. It is free and open to the public

According to Mukerji, Smart Grid technologies are poised to play an increasingly important role in the bulk power system. As renewable energy becomes a significant portion of the generation mix, “smart” technologies are needed to manage the intermittency associated with renewable such as wind and solar.

Mukerji joined the NYISO in 2006 and is responsible for the departments of Market Design, Product and Project Management, Strategic and Business Planning, Research and Development, and Market Training.

Before joining the NYISO, Mukerji spent seven years with ABB in Raleigh and Zurich, where he was vice president and general manager and group senior vice president. He was also general manager of General Electric's Power Systems Energy Consulting business in Schenectady from 1990 to 1999.

This is the 16th year for the speaker series, which is sponsored by the Environmental Science, Policy and Engineering (ESPE) program with support from the Mellon Foundation.

The theme of this year’s interdisciplinary series is "Moving Toward the Smart Grid."

The series kicked off Jan. 31 with a talk by Allen Gilbert, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont