Clemson University
Electric Power
Research Association

Schedule of Events

Currently, CUEPRA holds three (3) meetings per year in order to update the member organizations on the developments from CUEPRA research and activities. These meetings are held the first Friday of March (Spring Meeting), August (Summer Meeting), and November (Fall Meeting). CUEPRA also organizes technical tours and tutorials to promote interest in power system topics and provide training for personnel.

ABOVE:  Summer 2019 Meeting at Dominion Energy Training Center-  Lexington, SC 


Meetings

Upcoming Event CUEPRA Summer 2021 Meeting
Date August 6, 2021
Location Virtual
Description Presentations on current issues and hot topics affecting the power industry will be given by multiple power industry representatives. Updates on student research will also be given.
Register By invitation only
More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Upcoming Event CUEPRA Fall 2021 Meeting
Date November 12, 2021
Location Madren Center- Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
Description Presentations on current issues and hot topics affecting the power industry will be given by multiple power industry representatives. Updates on student research will also be given.
Register By invitation only
More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu

BELOW: Students, faculty and speakers gathered for a photo at the 2016 Spring CUEPRA meeting (details below).

Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2021 Meeting
Date March  5, 2021
Location Virtual
Description The Spring 2021 meeting focused on Duke Energy's Distributed Energy Storage Program, Monitoring Anaylsis and Mitigation of Oscillations in Power Systems, Using Analytics to Understand the Evolving Electric Grid, Protection of Meshed Systems with Inverter-Based DERs, Santee Cooper's 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, and DESC-Steel Pole Maintenance Program. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research.
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More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2020 Meeting
Date November 6, 2020
Location Virtural
Description The Fall 2020 meeting focused on Developing Advanced Data Aquisition Techniques to Evaluate DER Stability and Power Quality, Clemson University CHP Facility Overview, Challenges of High Penetration of IBR in the Southeastern United States, Santee Cooper's Energy Management System (EMS), Recent Trends in Cyber Security for Controls Systems, and Managing the Impact of Wildfires. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research.
Register N/A
More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2020 Meeting
Date Canceled
Location Duke Energy Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
Description Presentations on current issues and hot topics affecting the power industry will be given by multiple power industry representatives. Updates on student research will also be given.
Register N/A
More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2020 Meeting
Date March 6, 2020
Location Graduate Education Center - CURI: N. Charleston, SC
Description The Spring 2020 meeting focused on Tertiary Real Time Assessment (RTA) for Transmission System Operations, Update on IEEE P2800 (Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Inverter-Based Resources Interconnecting with Associated Transmission Electric Power Systems)", NERC SAMS Updates, and Meeting the Challenges and Seizing the Opportunities of a Changing Energy Landscape.  The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research.
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More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2019 Meeting
Date November 1, 2019
Location Madren Center - Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
Description

The Fall 2019 meeting focused on Grid Modernization: Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid, Grid Transformation and the New Energy Paradigm, State of the Art in Asset Performance Management Solutions, High-Efficiency Silicon Carbide (SiC) Based Buck-Boost Converter in Energy Storage System, Outage Restoration - Past and Present, Advanced Protection Schemes for Inverter-based Systems, Advanced Management for Smart Distribution Systems, and Solar Projects Planned for the Carolinas. Presentations included materials from Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, GE Grid Solutions, North American Reliability Corporation, ABB, Sandia National Lab, and Clemson University. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.

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More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2019 Meeting
Date August 2, 2019
Location Dominion Energy Training Center-  Lexington, SC 
Description

The Summer 2019 meeting was hosted by Dominion Energy and focused on Integrated System Operations and Planning process, Outage Data Initiative, Grainger Ash Pond Protection Following Historic Flooding from Hurricane Florence, Lake Murray Backup Dam & Hydro Generation, and a presentation about 3D Technologies for Utilities. Presentations included materials from Dominion Energy, Agile Inclusion Inc, Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, and Burns and McDonnell. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.

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More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2019 Meeting
Date March 8, 2019
Location Graduate Education Center - CURI: N. Charleston, SC
Description

The Spring 2019 meeting focused on Large Power Transformer Failure and Recovery, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Event Analysis, Lessons Learned, and Failure Modes & Mechanisms Programs, Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Overview, RACE (Reactive Area Control Error) Tool, and the Economic Chronological Dispatch Model. Presentations included materials from Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, Dominion Energy, and NERC. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.

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More Information Please e-mail Brandi Elliott: bwe@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2018 Meeting
Date November 2, 2018
Location Madren Center - Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina
Description

The Fall 2018 meeting focused on Trends in Fault Currents with Increased Penetration of Inverter Based Resources, Power System Protection in the Era of Smart Grid, The Federal Hydropower Program, Tools for Power Quality Data Analytic, and the July 9, 2018 Solar Curtailment Event. Presentations included materials from SCANA, Southeastern Power Authority, Duke Energy, Clemson University, and Southern Company. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.

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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2018 Meeting
Date August 3, 2018
Location Santee Cooper Distribution Headquarters Auditorium
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Description The Summer 2018 meeting was hosted by Santee Cooper and focused on Operational Impacts of Distributed Generation at SCE&G, Santee Cooper Energy Accounting Project, and FERC Order 845 implementation at Duke Energy. Presentations included materials from SCE&G, Santee Cooper, and Duke Energy. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2018 Meeting
Date March 2, 2018
Location Graduate Education Center - CURI: N. Charleston, SC
Description The Spring 2018 meeting focused on State of Solar in SC, Beneficial use of Coal Combustion Products, Distribution Feeder Automation, NERC System Analysis and Black Sky Communications Research. Presentations included materials from Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, SCE&G, NERC, and Booth & Associates, Inc. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2017 Meeting
Date November 3, 2017
Location Madren Center: Clemson, SC
Description The Fall 2017 meeting focused on Protection Engineering Automation, Lessons from Solar, Evolution of Grid-Integrated Renewables, Renewable Strategy for the Carolinas, and a panel discussion on The Effects of the Total Solar Eclipse on the Grid. Presentations included materials from SCE&G, QUANTA, Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, GE Renewable Energy, Clemson University, and SoCore Energy. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2017 Meeting
Date August 4, 2017
Location Duke Energy Headquarters: Charlotte, NC
Description The Summer 2017 meeting focused on Cyber security, Transitioning to Smart Grid Technology, Reshaping the Utility Business, and Outage Data for Smart Cities. Presentations included materials from Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, SCE&G, GE Grid Solutions, and EPRI. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.
Register N/A
More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2017 Meeting
Date March 3, 2017
Location Graduate Education Center - CURI: N. Charleston, SC
Description The Spring 2017 meeting focused on The Cost, Direction, and Current Studies on Renewable Energy and Restoration efforts following Hurricane Matthew. Presentations included materials from Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, QUANTA, GE Renewable Energy, Clemson University, and SCE&G.  The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2016 Meeting
Date November 4, 2016
Location Madren Center: Clemson, SC
Description The Fall 2016 meeting focused on Transmission of and Communication with Distributed Energy Resources and Coal-Fired Generating Unit Layup Practices. Presentations included materials from Santee Cooper, Duke Energy, GE Grid Solutions, EPRI, and SCE&G.  The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2016 Meeting
Date August 5, 2016
Location SCANA Headquarters: Cayce, SC
Description The Summer 2016 meeting was hosted by SCE&G and focused on Small Cellular Technology and the Electric Distribution System and Transformer Monitoring. Presentations included materials from SCE&G, Duke Energy, GE Grid Solutions, EPRI, QUANTA Technologies, and SEL. The afternoon session showcased students presenting their latest research results. 
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2016 Meeting
Date March 4, 2016
Location Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI): Charleston, SC
Description The Spring 2016 meeting focused on Energy Storage and the Impact of Renewables Integration into the Electrical Grid. Presentations included materials from Santee Cooper, SCE&G, Duke Energy, GE Renewable Energy, ABB, EPRI, & Advanced Cable Bus, Inc. The afternoon session showcased student research presentation updates.
Register N/A
More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2015 Meeting
Date November 6, 2015
Location Holiday Inn Express: Clemson, SC
Description The Fall 2015 meeting focused on Distributed Energy Resources and New Renewable Transmission in the Electrical Grid. There was also a special panel discussion on How to Better Prepare Power Students to Meet Industry Challenges and Needs. Presentations included materials from Quanta Intl., Duke Energy, EPRI, SCE&G, SEL, ACB, & Clemson University. The afternoon session showcased student research presentation updates.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2015 Meeting
Date August 6-7, 2015
Location Embassy Suites: Greenville, SC
Description The Summer 2015 meeting focused on Transmission System Planning and Integrating Renewables into the Electrical Grid. Presentations included materials from BMW, Duke Energy, SCE&G, GE Energy Management, Alstom, EPRI, & CURI. The afternoon session showcased student research presentation updates.
Register N/A
More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Spring 2015 Meeting
Date March 6, 2015
Location Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI): Charleston, SC
Description The Spring 2015 meeting focused on Integrating Renewables and Energy Storage into the Electrical Grid. Presentations included materials from GE Energy, CURI, SCANA, Duke Energy, Boeing, eGrid, and Santee Cooper. The afternoon session showcased student research presentation updates.
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More Information Please e-mail Melissa Kaisner: mscampb@clemson.edu
Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2014 Meeting
Date November 7, 2014
Location Holiday Inn Express: Clemson, SC
Description The Fall 2014 meeting focused on the smart devices in the power grid, such as phasor measurement units, smart control rooms for managing distributed resources, energy storage applications, and other innovations in energy. Presentations included materials from Duke Energy, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, EPRI, DNV GL, and Alstom. The afternoon session showcased student research updates and included a lot of constructive feedback from attendees.
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Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2014 Meeting
Date July 18, 2014
Location Santee Cooper Distribution Center Auditorium: Myrtle Beach, SC
Description The Summer 2014 meeting featured discussions on the impact of new and upcoming government regulations on utilities, as well as intelligent grid devices, energy storage & distributed generation strategy and integration topics presented by Duke Energy, Santee Cooper, SCE&G, Alstom, EPRI, GE Energy, and CURI. The afternoon session showcased student research posters.
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Completed Event CUEPRA Fall 2013 Meeting
Date November 8, 2013
Location Holiday Inn Express
Clemson, South Carolina
Description The Fall 2013 meeting featured two utility presentations on their renewable energy updates, presentations on SCADA Operations & IT Incident Response and Sustainable Energy Strategies. The morning session concluded with the most recent updates on the Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility and Grid Simulator at the CURI in Charleston, SC. The afternoon session showcased student research presentations.
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Completed Event CUEPRA Summer 2013 Meeting
Date August 9, 2013
Location Duke Energy OJ Miller Auditorium
Charlotte, North Carolina
Description The Summer 2013 meeting featured several speeches and presentations on challenges, working projects and opportunities presented by the modern North American energy systems. Speakers from SERC, Alstom, NEC Laboratories, EPRI, Santee Cooper, STI, and SCE&G participated. The afternoon session showcased student research posters.
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Technical Tours

Completed Tour Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Station
Date November 18, 2016
Location Cross, South Carolina
Description Field visit to Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant. Organized by Shane Kimble, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour SCE&G-VC Summer Plant Student Tour
Date October 19, 2016
Location Jenkinsville, SC
Description Field visit to SCE&G-VC Summer Plant - Student Tour. Organized by Shane Kimble, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour GE-Gwinnett County WWTP Plant
Date March 7, 2016
Location Gwinnett County, Georgia
Description Field visit to GE-Gwinnett County WWTP Plant - Student Tour. Organized by Shane Kimble, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour Clemson University's Energy Innovation Center's Grid Simulator
Date March 4, 2016
Location North Charleston, South Carolina
Description Field visit to Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI). Organized by Shane Kimble, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour GE-Dahlberg Plant
Date October 1, 2015
Location Dahlberg, Georgia
Description Field visit to GE-Dahlberg Plant. Organized by Joe Lavalliere, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour Clemson University's Energy Innovation Center's Grid Simulator
Date September 24, 2015
Location North Charleston, South Carolina
Description Field visit to Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI). Organized by Joe Lavalliere, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour Duke Power Summit St. Retail Substation
Date April 8, 2015
Location Clemson, South Carolina
Description Field visit to  Duke Power Summit St. Retail Substation in Clemson, SC. Organized by Joe Lavalliere, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour BOEING
Date March 6, 2015
Location Charleston, South Carolina
Description Field visit to BOEING in Charleston, SC. Organized by Joe Lavalliere, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) System Operating Center (SOC)
Date October 14, 2014
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Description Field visit to Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) System Operating Center (SOC). Organized by  Joe Lavalliere, President IEEE/PES Student Chapter.
Completed Tour Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Station
Date October 25, 2013
Location Cross, South Carolina
Description Field visit to Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant. Organized by Dr. Ramtin Hadidi.
Completed Tour Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Station
Date September 14, 2012
Location Cross, South Carolina
Description Field visit to Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant. Organized by Dr. Ramtin Hadidi.

Tutorials

For each summer meeting, CUEPRA hosts a tutorial the day before the meeting that takes place.

Completed Tutorial “Power System Basics with Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Emphasis”
Date August 6, 2015
Location Greenville, South Carolina
Description Presented by Steve Blume, CEO of APT College.
Completed Tutorial “Power System Basics with Wind and Solar Emphasis”
Date July 17, 2014
Location Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Description Presented by Steve Blume, CEO of APT College.
Completed Tutorial “Power System Basics for Non-Energineering Professionals”
Date August 7, 2013
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Description Presented by Steve Blume, CEO of APT College.
Completed Tutorial “Power System Basics and Customer Service Issues”
Date August 2, 2012
Location Charleston, South Carolina
Description Presented by Steve Blume, CEO of APT College.

IEEE PES Student Chapter Activities

CUEPRA member companies have long been involved with the Clemson University chapter of the IEEE PES, primarily by sending personnel to participate in chapter meetings and provide talks for the student members. CUEPRA faculty also have helped advise and coordinate work with the PES chapter when asked.


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