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T&D "goes big"
highlights of a successful expo

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Over the cOurse Of fOur days,
more than 855 exhibiting companies
and 13,500 attendees from 73 different
countries convened in dallas, texas,
for the May 2016 Ieee Pes transmission & distribution (t&d) conference
& exposition, the biggest and most
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collaborative trade show in the electric
power industry.
the "Go Big" conference theme
certainly held true in every aspect,
from the venue to the conference line
up. the brightest minds in the field of
electric power came together to discuss critical industry issues, showcase
new technologies, and collaborate with
counterparts from around the world.

the conference included over 100 technical sessions, providing immediate access to industry experts through super
sessions, panel discussions, and more.
the first day offered ten well-attended tutorials. topics included energy
storage, smart inverters, communications
technology for protection systems, and
distribution automation/management
systems, to name a few. attendees could

Honoring the Late Erich Gunther, 1958-2016
Earlier this year, we lost a smart grid pioneer,

emeritus. He was also vice chair of the Smart Grid

educator, mentor, advocate, and friend. Erich

Interoperability Panel Board of Directors.

Gunther, EnerNex cofounder and CTO, passed

One of his greatest skills was his gift to connect

away unexpectedly on 18 June 2016 at the age

people. He shared his knowledge freely and could of-

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ten be found at the podium or an impromptu round-

Erich dedicated over 30 years of his life to trans-

table. Through his active participation in so many

forming the electric power industry. An IEEE Fellow,

organizations, he continually befriended and brought

he was passionate about all things IEEE. He served

together industry experts, government officials, and

on the governing board of the IEEE Power & Energy
Society (PES) and helped launch the IEEE Smart Grid

Erich Gunther

regulatory hurdles in making the smart grid a reality.

community. He participated on countless technical committees,

He knew the reality that it would take the entire "village" to achieve.

boards, and councils, including chair of the PES Intelligent Grid

He is already sorely missed by the entire electric power industry.

Coordinating Committee, the P1159.3 Task Force on Power Qual-

Erich worked with unequalled passion and perseverance

ity Data Interchange, and vice chair of the Harmonics Working

to champion new technologies and new concepts. The greatest

Group, to name a few.

way we can honor him is by carrying on the efforts to engineer a

Erich was on the original team that developed EPRI's IntelliGrid Architecture and helped oversee its development

cleaner, smarter energy system of the future with the same vigor
and determination.

through its first major application at Southern California Edi-

The IEEE Foundation has created the Erich Gunther Memorial

son for the utility's AMI and smart grid programs. In 2004, he

Fund to honor his contributions and to empower young minds.

was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy GridWise Ar-

Supporting this fund helps future power professionals and ambi-

chitecture Council, served as its chair from 2010 to 2012 and

tious students who are pushing the boundaries of current thought

continued to actively participate as member and chairman

to make our industry better. If you'd like to honor Erich's legacy

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academia to help overcome the many technology and

ieee power & energy magazine

by contributing to this fund, please visit: https://ieeefoundation.
org/erichgunther.

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