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
Seattle University


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.


The Presenter:


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.

Eric Sortomme received a B.Sc. degree (magna cum laude) in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2011. His employment experience includes internships with Wavetronix LLC and Puget Sound Energy. He is currently a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Alstom Grid, Redmond, WA. He has authored or coauthored many technical publications. His research interests are smart grid technologies, including microgrids and vehicle-to-grid, and wind power integration. Dr. Sortomme is a co-recipient of the 2010 UW Department of Electrical Engineering Chair’s Award. He has been a member of IEEE since 2007 and has served as the Electric Vehicle Working group chair and the Seattle Chapter vice-chair.