Conference Overview:  Schedule and Descriptions


GM Overview Schedule (PDF): The meeting in simplified form.

Advance Program: A complete listing of Technical Sessions and Committee Meetings


The Power & Energy Society (PES) is proud to be holding its 2011 General Meeting in Detroit, Michigan USA. The technical program theme of "The Electrification of Transportation & the Grid of the Future" will provide a platform through which to offer new insights, innovative ideas and answers to some of the most intriguing and important questions facing the power industry today.
The Local Organizing Committee and PES Technical Committees welcome colleagues and friends from all facets of the industry and corners of the world to a valuable technical program, productive committee meetings, exciting networking opportunities and the Motor City.

Our Thanks
PES gratefully acknowledges the support of the 2011 General Meeting's host utility, DTE Energy, and of all our other meeting contributors.

About The Meeting

To find more details about a particular event, please see the meeting program.
Note: Attire for the conference is business casual. No denim jeans or shorts in the technical sessions or committee meetings, please.

The 2011 General Meeting will be held in the GM (General Motors) Renaissance Center (Rencen), which comprises the Detroit Marriott, (the conference hotel and where most of the meetings and sessions will be held), the GM Learning Center and the Renaissance Conference Center.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE: A quick overview of the meeting in chronological order.

Detailed description of the events listed can be found below or in the advance program.

Marriott Renaissance Foyer West (level 4)

Sunday, 24 July 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday, 25 July-Tuesda,y 26 July 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, 27 July 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 28 July 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM

All attendees are required to register for the 2011 General Meeting and pay the appropriate fee in order to participate in any aspect of the meeting.

At the registration counters, you may pick up your advance registration packets, register on-site, purchase tickets for luncheons or companion and leisure events (pending availability), ask questions at both the registration and information counters.

Conference Proceedings: All registrants for the technical program are entitled to one copy of the conference proceedings on a USB flash drive which you will receive with your registration packet. Additional copies of the proceedings will be available for sale during the meeting in the Paper Market and after the meeting through IEEE Customer Service (


Attendee registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, welcome reception Sunday evening, full technical session and committee meeting program (including the Poster Session and Reception on Monday evening), a copy of the meeting's proceedings on a USB flash drive, the opportunity to participate in any of the available optional events open to registrants only at the prevailing registrant rate.

Companion and Children registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday in the Companion Lounge, welcome reception on Sunday evening, Poster Session and Reception/ Fellows Reception on Monday evening, companion lounge Monday-Thursday, the opportunity to participate in companion tours and any of the other available optional events open to registered companions at the prevailing registered companion rate. Companions are not admitted to technical sessions nor do they receive a copy of the proceedings. Note: Registered children must be accompanied by a registered companion when in the companion lounge or participating in any conference activities, including tours.

Student registration fees include: Continental breakfasts Monday-Thursday, welcome reception Sunday evening, full technical session and committee meeting program (including the poster session and co-located receptions on Monday evening), participation in the program elements designed exclusively for students, Student/Industry/Faculty Luncheon on Wednesday at registered student rate, a copy of the meeting's proceedings on a USB flash drive, plus optional events open to registrants at the prevailing registrant rate.

Marriott Renaissance Foyer West (level 4)

PES-Related Displays: Tables with literature and materials about PES and IEEE membership, programs, publications and future meetings.

Information Booth: Manned by local volunteers, you can obtain information about the meeting, the venue and the Motor City area from knowledgeable people.

Message Center: A bulletin board where you can find last-minute changes to the meeting program or room assignments, and leave written messages for other attendees.

Presenter Preparation Room: An LCD projector that matches the ones used for technical session so presenters can insure compatibility of the meeting room projectors with their personal computers.

Paper Market: Preprints of the Transactions papers presented during the meeting, copies of the meeting's proceedings and special publications/tutorials will be available for sale. Please check on-site for hours and exact location.

Conference Shirt: A polo shirt embroidered with the 2011 General Meeting logo will be available for sale at the Paper Market for $25. Limited quantities.

Sunday, 24 July 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM Marriott Brule A
A short orientation session will familiarize first-time attendees with PES and the PES General Meetings. The session will be offered twice. Each session will provide an understanding of the various types of technical sessions, committee meetings, tutorials, technical tours, and social events. At the end of the session, the newcomer should be able to navigate confidently through the General Meeting and obtain maximum value from the experience. Each session will include a question and answer period.

Sunday, 24 July 5:00-7:00 PM GM Wintergarden/GM Showroom
Take this opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet more members of the power and energy community. You are invited to enjoy a complimentary hors d'oeuvre buffet and a cash bar. Photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

The reception will be held in the GM Wintergarden - a tropical atrium overlooking the Detroit River, and the GM Showroom, conveniently located on the ground floor of the Renaissance Center. Have a look at GM production models, vintage and concept vehicles. Interactive kiosks allow internet connectivity to the web site, and special OnStar section features a "turn by turn" demonstration within a vehicle. Attendee or Companion badges are required for entrance to the reception.

Monday, 25 July 6:45 – 7:45 AM Marriott Renaissance Foyer
Tuesday 26 –Thursday 28 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM Renaissance Foyer /Columbus
Complimentary continental breakfasts for all conference registrants will be available Monday through Thursday. Note that a general breakfast is not offered on days other than these.

Monday 25 July 6:45 – 7:45 AM Marriott Ontario Exhibit Hall West
Tuesday 26 –Thursday 28 July 7:00 – 8:30 AM Marriott Ontario Exhibit Hall West
Presenters must attend a special breakfast on the day of their sessions where final plans for the session at which they will present will be made. There is a separate Poster Session Presenter Breakfast on Monday morning (6:45 – 7:45 AM Marriott Ambassador Salon 2). See additional information in the "Information for Presenters" section of this program.

Monday, 25 July 8:00-9:00 AM Marriott Renaissance Ballroom
PES President Alan Rotz will provide an update about PES progress and activities of the past year. The candidates for contested PES offices will each make a short presentation of his/her views and goals for the society so you can make an informed decision when you vote during this year's PES election.(Meet the candidates face-to-face at a reception that will be co-located with the Monday Night Poster Session in the Marriott Ontario Exhibit Hall, 5:00-7:00 PM Monday, 25 July.).

PLENARY SESSION: The Electrification of Transportation & the Grid of the Future.
Monday, 25 July 9:00-11:00 AM Marriott Renaissance Ballroom
PES President Alan Rotz will moderate the Plenary Session which begins immediately following the PES Members Meeting. Notable keynote speaker Anthony F. Earley Jr., Executive Chairman of the Board of DTE Energy, will address the topic "Electric Utility and Automotive Industry Partnership in the Grid of the Future." Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will speak about "Energy Storage and Electric Transportation: Two Industries that are Pure Michigan." Nancy Gioia, Director, Global Electrification, Ford Motor Company's topic is "Ford's Electrification Plan and Strategy for the Future." Abstracts and bios are located on-line at :

Most administrative and technical committee meetings are scheduled from Monday 11:00 AM (following the Plenary Session) through Thursday afternoon. Some additional committee meetings are scheduled on Sunday, 24 July. See the Committee Meeting section of the program for details. Last minute updates to the program will be posted on the message board in the Registration area.

See the "Technical Session and Other Events" section of the program for a complete listing and description of all technical sessions. Descriptions include an abstract of each event and papers presented during each session. Last minute updates to this program will be posted in the Registration area. Technical meetings are planned for Monday afternoon and evening and all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The following types of sessions are scheduled.

Super Sessions: a series of presentations in composite sessions designed to fully explore topics from different perspectives. Experts from several PES technical committees will address subjects that are of significant interest to the profession:

- Reincarnation and Evolution of the Electric Vehicle
- Smart Grid
- Wind Power & Photovoltaic
- Energy Storage
- Energy and the Environment

Panel Sessions: Invited papers on a wide variety of noteworthy subjects.

Paper Sessions: Presentation of high quality papers on many issues of significance to energy and power professionals.

Paper Forums: Multiple authors present brief overviews of their quality papers followed by time for a discussion with the individual author(s) of your choice.

Poster Session: A Monday evening special event with hundreds of authors representing all aspects of the industry, each presenting a poster version of his/her paper. Enjoy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and refreshing beverages as you browse the posters and discuss the papers one-on-one with their authors.

Tutorials: The Power & Energy Education Committee and the PES Plain Talk program will present 14 tutorials during the meeting. Classes are taught by eminent professionals in the field. Earn PDHs and CEUs for your attendance (see table of contents to find explanation of PDH's and CEUs). Full or one-day conference registration plus an additional fee is required in order to attend any of these courses. For complete information about the tutorials including pricing and schedule, see the Tutorial section of this program in the pages that follow. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at the Registration desk if seats remain. Topics covered will include various aspects of:

-Smart Grid
-EHV Transmission Line Grounding
-Gas Insulated Substations and Lines
-Power Quality
-Electricity Markets
-IEC 61850 for End Users
-Power System Stabilization via Excitation Control
-Smart Distribution
-Control/Protection Architecture for High Power Electronics for T&D

Special Technical Sessions: Two special technical sessions are scheduled for Monday afternoon. An additional fee is required for each session. See the Special Technical Session section of the GM web site for additional information.

- Eliminating Global Energy Poverty- The IEEE PES Community Solutions Initiative (CSI)
- Fundamentals of Corrosion and Best Practices for Inspection and Assessment

Technical Tours: Four half-day inspection trips are offered. Advance registration only. No on-site technical tour registration is available. Valid photo ID must be presented at the beginning of each tour. See the Technical Tour section of this program for descriptions and details of each tour. Note: All technical tours are sold out.

Monday, 25 July 5:00-7:00 PM Marriott Renaissance Ballroom (co-located with the Fellows Reception and Candidates Reception)

A popular feature of the PES General Meeting technical program is the Poster Session, where papers from each represented committee and all topics will be presented. The Student Poster Contest will be co-located with the Poster Session. A complimentary hors d'oeuvre buffet will be served and cash bar will be available. Attendee or Companion badges are required for entrance to the Poster Session; Photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages at the bar. (The Candidates' Reception and the New Fellows Reception are co-located with the Poster Session).

Monday, 25 July 5:00-7:00 PM Marriott Renaissance Ballroom (co-located with the Poster Session and Candidates Reception)

Take this opportunity to speak with the candidates for the offices of 2012 President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. This is your chance to discuss the future of PES with the society leaders one on one. (The Candidates Reception is co-located with the Poster Session and the New Fellows Reception)

Monday, 25 July 5:00 - 7:00 PM Marriott Renaissance Ballroom (co-located with the Poster Session and Candidates Reception)

As part of PES's recognition of extraordinary achievements in the technical and professional fields of energy and power, you are cordially invited to stop in and congratulate the IEEE Fellows elected to the class of 2011 who are members of PES during the reception held in their honor. (The New Fellows Reception is co-located with the Poster Session and the Candidates Reception)

Tuesday, 26 July 7:00 - 9:30 PM Marriott Ambassador Ballroom US $55

Join us for a banquet dinner where IEEE and PES award winners are honored for their outstanding achievements. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. Seating is limited. You may purchase tickets on-line or on-site at the Registration Desk if there are seats remaining. A cash bar serving beer and wine will open at 6:30 pm and be available thru dinner. Photo ID will be required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

An exciting student program for IEEE Student Members includes a Poster Contest, the Student/ Industry/Faculty luncheon and Job Fair, as well as a special technical tour. Student members are invited to participate in all other aspects of the General Meeting as well. After registering for the General Meeting, students may visit for more information about the program .Students must be prepared to verify their status by providing their ID and IEEE Membership number when picking up their registration packets on-site.

Wednesday, 27 July 12:00 - 3:00 PM Marriott Columbus Ballroom US $25

Student/Industry/Faculty Luncheon: Attend a luncheon designed to bring together students, industry representatives and faculty advisors. The winner of the Student Prize Paper Award in Honor of T. Burke Hayes and the winners of the Student Poster Contest will be honored, as will be the inaugural recipient of the G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship. All meeting registrants are invited to purchase tickets and join the luncheon as long as there are seats remaining. Seating is limited.

International Job Fair for Students: A luncheon ticket enables employers and university graduates and undergraduates to participate in an International Job Fair for Students that follows the meal. This job fair will provide a forum for employers and students who share a common interest in the power and energy industry to meet and discuss career opportunities. It enables one-to-one conversations between company engineers or recruitment professionals and students who will soon be in the job market. Students will sit with a potential employer during lunch. After lunch, students may circulate among recruiting tables for further conversations. Attendance at the job fair is limited to those holding tickets for the luncheon.

Wednesday, 27 July 5:00 – 6:30 PM Marriott Mackinac East
All registered attendees are invited to this complimentary informal reception held to encourage networking between industry, government and university participants. Hosted by PES and IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee. Light refreshments will be provided. At 5:30PM a 15 minute program will begin.

Wednesday, 27July 5:30 – 7:00 PM Marriott Mackinac West
The Graduates of the Last Decade reception and seminar provides an opportunity for all conference attendees, in particular, current students and engineers that have graduated within the last ten years to network, meet officers of IEEE PES, and to make contacts among their peers in the Power & Energy community. Find out how you can contribute to PES and how it can help you. All registered attendees are invited. Light refreshments will be provided. A 15 minute seminar will begin at 6:00PM.


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