PES Webinar How Micro-Utilities Can Eliminate Energy Poverty
IEEE Power & Energy Society Women in Power Webinar Series
How Micro-Utilities Can Eliminate Energy Poverty
8 September 2015 2:00 pm eastern
Presented by Henry Louie
Micro-utilities present an opportunity to supply electricity to some of the 1.2 billion people without access to the grid. These small-scale systems are often powered by renewable resources and rely on innovative entrepreneurs in less economically developed countries. This webinar provides the context for micro-utilities and their technologies and business models. The webinar also highlights IEEE Smart Village—an initiative seeking to empower off-grid communities through education and creation of sustainable, affordable and locally-owned entrepreneurial energy businesses. Experiences from electrification projects in Kenya, Zambia and elsewhere are used to illustrate key points.
Dr. Henry Louie is the IEEE Power & Energy Society Vice President of Membership & Image.He has previously held several other volunteer leadership roles within the IEEE Power & Energy Society at the local and international levels, including the Chair of the Seattle Chapter and Governing Board Member-at-Large. Dr. Henry Louie received the B.S.E.E. degree from Kettering University in 2002, the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2008. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University. Dr. Louie is a Senior Member of the IEEE.