webinar green energy April 2013
IEEE Power & Energy Society Webinar Series
Green Energy and the Electric Delivery System: Opportunities for Energy Efficiency
April 25, 2013 2:00 pm eastern
Presented by Michael F. Ahern of WPI
- Identifies that "Green Energy" is one of several customer goals.
- Cites energy efficiency is one type of "Green Energy" and why it's important.
- Develops end-to-end efficiency estimates for a variety of possible power system configurations. These estimates demonstrate the relative value of currently available efficiency improvements for each piece of the power system - generation, delivery and end use. Large opportunities for energy savings are illustrated, especially for end use decisions which are under the customer's direct control.
- Reviews the complexity of the electric delivery system and the difficulites in implementing changes.
The significance of these simple analyses is to provide clear technical insight to new engineers, students, energy policy makers and customers.
Michael F. Ahern is the Director of Power Systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is responsible for growing and developing energy related programs delivered through WPI's Corporate and Professional Development.
Ahern began his career in 1978 at the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies Corporation. He joined Northeast Utilities (NU) in 1981 and rose through a series of increasingly responsible positions at the Millstone nuclear power plant. Following the sale of Millstone to Dominion Resources, Ahern returned to NU as Director of Distribution Engineering. He led NU's Transmission Operations and Planning in 2004 and was promoted to vice president in 2005. Following his retirement from NU in 2012, Ahern joined WPI in his current capacity.
Ahern earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He earned both Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered professional engineer in Connecticut and held a Transmission System Operator certification from the North American Electric Reliability Council.