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January 2010
In This Issue
Upcoming Events: The Center for Advanced Power Systems Open House
Electric Grid Not Ready for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Recent Events: The Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy Part I: Oil and Gas
IESES Researchers Build International Relationships in the Philippines
Program Update! The Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy-Part II: The Inshore Challenges of Offshore Energy Prospects
IESES Faculty at Subic Bay Metropolitan Planning Organization in the Philippines
Upcoming Events

The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) will hold its annual open house in conjunction with the Mag Lab's open house. 
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Live music from CAPS' own "Coon Bottom Creek"

When: February 27, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

What: CAPS Faculty and students will offer demonstrations of electricity and magnetism, superconductivity, fuel cells, smart grid technologies and more. There will also be such fun activities as hydrogen car races, programing robots and building your own electric motor.

Where: 2000 Levy Avenue. See Map.

Park in our convenient lot at 2000 Levy Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida and then walk to the Mag-Lab after enjoying the CAPS Open House.
Electric Grid Not Ready for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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Carrie Anderson

What would happen if households in Tallahassee were to plug-in their hybrid electric vehicles into their home's electrical outlets? Undergraduate student Carrie Anderson has studied the impact that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles might have on electrical grid transmission lines and transformers.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be designed to charge from the grid, but also feed power back to the grid when needed.  However, as Carrie found, our grid systems are not ready.  Ideally, plugging in hybrid-electric vehicles could send power back into the grid during the most expensive peak usage times such as on a hot summer day.  This would enable power producers to take energy produced by a car's battery rather than buying expensive and polluting forms of energy like coal power from the open market during these peak periods.  On the flip-side, excess power generated from power plants at night during off-peak hours could be used to charge vehicles rather than wasting this excess power as happens now. 

Carrie is a fellow for Dr. Chris Edrington in The FSU IESES Fellowship program. The program, which began in Fall 2009 has undergraduate and graduate fellows working within three different areas of IESES which include the Center for Advanced Power Systems, The Systems Approach to Bioenergy Research and the Sustainable Energy and Governance Center.  Carrie is working in the Center for Advanced Power Systems.

This spring, Carrie will be working on constructing model power grid systems, called IEEE bus systems, to see how adding solar panels and other renewable energy sources would affect the power grid. Carrie is a senior Mechanical Engineering major. After she receives her Bachelor's degree, she would like to continue her studies in graduate school in the field of robotics.

Recent Events

Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy Part I: Oil and Gas

See the panelists' bios, presentations and other information on the IESES website
Schedule of Tours of the Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building
OGZEB house

What Dates: First and third Friday of the month
When: Tours begin on the hour between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Where: see Map
Contact: Justin Kramer

Useful Links
Florida House of Representatives Energy & Utilities Policy Committee
Florida Senate Committee on Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities
Florida Senate Policy and Steering Committee on Energy, Environment, and Land Use
Florida Energy and Climate Commission
Research Progress
IESES Researchers Build International Relationships in the Philippines 

Continuing the Institute's commitment to further international collaboration and coordination, nine IESES researchers, including IESES Director Dr. Dave Cartes traveled to the Philippines in December 2009.  While attending five separate events researchers met with members of the international community in government, academia, business and development sectors. An outcome of the trip was that faculty made contacts and obtained information from a country already on its way to a sustainable energy future.

From December 9th to 11th, IESES researchers were in Manila, attending the 2009 National Electrical, Electronics, and Computing Conference. The theme for this year's conference was, "Pioneering the Future - Passing the Torch to Next Generation Engineers".  The conferences aimed to promote research and development, principally between the U.S and Philippines, on the latest innovations in technology. Dr. Cartes was the keynote speaker while other IESES researchers from various disciplines at FSU presented their research advances and identified opportunities to collaborate with researchers in the Philippines. 

In addition to this conference FSU faculty also attended and spoke at the De La Salle University Sustainability Forum hosted by the University's president and chancellor.  This forum built on the existing relationship between our two universities as Florida State continues to develop a Masters Degree program in Sustainable Energy with the help of De La Salle faculty.

Upon their return, IESES researchers have continued to nourish the relationships they created and are co-authoring a U.S AID proposal on sustainable energy.

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This month's issue focuses on Part II of the Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy held at FSU on February 1st.  The purpose of this event is to bring together groups of recognized experts to articulate scholarship-derived issues that should be addressed in any offshore drilling strategy the state proposes.  Our role is to serve as an 'honest broker,' providing insight and  information while bringing a greater understanding of the issues to the debate.

Dave Cartes
Program Update!
The Florida Symposium on Offshore Energy-Part II:

The Inshore Challenges of Offshore Energy Prospects

Part II of the four part symposium series will consider how to manage the unique ecological, spatial, and legal issues of energy development in the coastal zone of Florida, with an emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico.  Two expert panels will present the environmental and legal framework of the issues, particularly spatial aspects such as defining lease areas and identifying ecologically sensitive zones.  A wrap-up session will identify key knowledge resources and data gaps.

1:00 to 6:00 P.M.
    February 1st, 2010
Where: The FSU Turnbull Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street, parking is available on the opposite side of the building from the entrance on Saint Augustine Street. 
Cost:  Registration $50

Watch for updates on the IESES website or contact Melanie Simmons at 850-645-9165 or for more information.

Welcome and Opening Remarks 

W. Ross Ellington, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research
The Florida State University

The New Keynote Speaker

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N. Jack Smith, J.D.

Mr. Smith is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, administrative law, land use law and constitutional law.  Mr. Smith's extensive knowledge of environmental policy and regulations stems from his prior work for state and federal government agencies as an attorney for Office of Coastal Resources Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the S.C. Coastal Council in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceans Policy Study for the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. He will speak on "Management Challenges for Energy Development and Ecosystem Sustainability in the Gulf."

Moderator      Paul Flemming                       
State Editor, Tallahassee Democrat

Panel on Gulf Ecology-The Past, Present and Future Demands for Baseline Ecological Research in the Gulf of Mexico

This panel focuses on the ecological milieu of Florida's marine habitats from the shore to the abyss, as well as the possible ecological effects of human activities on marine ecosystems and the scientific approaches needed to document those effects.  It will begin with the historical context of ecological research conducted in the Gulf of Mexico as it relates to energy development.  It continues with an exploration of the unique ecological characteristics of the West Florida Shelf and coastal zone while addressing the linkages between inshore and offshore waters.  The panel continues with a focused talk on the consequences of energy exploration and development on marine mammals.  Further, the panel addresses the scientific obstacles and solutions to quantifying effects of specific human activities - a requirement for effective environmental management and policy.  In the process, the panel will address the physical and biological components that interface with the legal aspects of managing these resources in a spatial context.

Panel Chair  Felicia Coleman, Ph.D.

Panelists      Ian MacDonald, Ph.D. Image of Melanie Simmons
Department of Oceanography, The Florida State University
"Energy-Related Research from the Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope" 

Felicia Coleman, Ph.D. Image of Melanie Simmons
Department of Biological Science and Director of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory
"Life on the Edge - Ecological Connectivity across the Shelf & the Influence of Human-Induced Impacts"

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Southall Environmental Associates, Inc. and  University of California, Santa Cruz
"Effects of Noise from Oil and Gas Exploration and Production on Marine Life: Status and Gaps in Scientific Data to Support Conservation Management"

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Department of Zoology, University of Florida
"Quantifying Ecological Effects: Science in Lieu of Conjecture"

Panel on Regulatory Waters-The Regulation of Offshore Energy and Its Ecological Impacts

This panel explores the law and policy framework for assessing, authorizing, and mitigating environmental impacts from oil, gas, and renewable energy activity in Florida's Gulf of Mexico waters and coastal regions. In addition to providing an overview of the legal regimes governing the marine environment, panelists will discuss environmental permitting systems for development and placement of facilities in offshore and onshore areas as well as methods for "zoning" different uses in ocean and coastal waters.  The Panel will also focus on legal implications of environmental impacts in the coastal and onshore regions from energy industry,  transportation, transmission and storage activities. 

Panel Chair  J.B. Ruhl, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. Image of Melanie Simmons
College of Law, The Florida State University

Panelists      Robin Kundis Craig, J.D.Image of Robin Kundis Craig
Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, College of Law, The Florida State University "Marine Regulatory Jurisdiction and Marine Zoning: An Overview"

Mark Davis, J.D.Image of Mark Davis
Director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, Tulane University Law School

"Regulatory Waters--The Regulation of Offshore Energy and its Ecological Impacts"

         Laura Smith Morton, J.D.Image of Laura Smith Morton
Senior Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Washington, D.C.
"Understanding the Permitting Process for Offshore Renewable Energy"

Closing Discussion

Reception with complementary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar immediately follow the discussion.
IESES Faculty at Subic Bay Metropolitan Planning Organization in the Philippines

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Pictured from left to right: Fran Berry, Dave Cartes, Joel Kostka, Armand Arreza, Juan Ordonez, the Honorable Mina Gabor, Ian Douglas, Bill Barry, Raul Marcelo and Janet Dilling. Not pictured: Alvin Culaba, Julie Harrington, Ralph Brower, Audrey Heffron-Casserleigh and Lori Giuggio. 
Photo by IESES' Lori Giuggio.

The Institute is a public resource. Here we carry out scholarly basic research and analysis in engineering, science, infrastructure, governance and the related social dimensions to further a sustainable energy economy. The Institute unites researchers from the disciplines of engineering, natural sciences, law, urban and regional planning, geography and economics to address sustainability and alternative power issues in the context of global climate change.
The Center for a Systems Approach to Bio-Energy Research;
The Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis ;
The College of Business Center for Sustainability Initiatives;
The Public Utility Research Center; and
The Florida Energy Systems Consortium.

Editor: Melanie Simmons at
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