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EPRI Power Quality Staff
Bill Howe, PE, CEM | Carl Miller, PE | Thomas A. Cooke | Mark Stephens, PE, CEM, CP EnMS - Industrial | Scott D. Bunton, CEM | Brad R. Connatser, CPTC, CET | Angie Henegar | Jason Johns, CPQ | James Owens, CEM, CPQ | Charles H. Perry, PE | Alden Wright, PE, CP EnMS

Bill Howe, PE, CEM


Program Manager, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Program 1 Manager, Manager of Power Quality Knowledge (PQK), Manager of MyPQ

Bill Howe is the Program Manager for Power Quality Research (Program 1) in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector. Mr. Howe’s primary areas of expertise are: power quality research, information and knowledge development and deployment, industrial and commercial power quality analysis, industrial and commercial electric and control system design and optimization, demand response, electric energy efficiency, and market research. Mr. Howe manages the entire PQ Research portfolio for EPRI. His key responsibilities are strategic planning, project management, information products, and multi-client studies covering topics related to quality, reliability, and efficiency of energy delivery. Mr. Howe also manages EPRI’s flagship power quality information offering, PQ Knowledge-Based Services, the premier international power quality information resource.

Before joining EPRI, Mr. Howe worked nearly 20 years in management and senior engineering positions within a number of Fortune 500 companies and has experience in medium-voltage power quality product development, product testing, substation and distribution-system design and construction, motors and drive systems, and process automation. He is a registered professional engineer.

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1919 8th St, Suite 202
Boulder, CO 80302
Email: bhowe@epri.com
Office Phone: 720-565-6888


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Carl Miller, PE


Senior Technical Leader, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Manager of Project Set A; Hotline Call of the Month Author; Experienced with: LV Wiring and Grounding, Transient Voltage Protection, Facility Lightning Protection, Power Quality Investigations, and MV Harmonics and Flicker Issues

Carl Miller is a Senior Power Systems Engineer at EPRI. As an electric utility distribution engineer, he initiated EPRI’s power quality (PQ) program focused on supporting the EPRI’s industrial base. This ranged from field investigations to classroom instruction. Field investigations included flicker from large motor starts, industrial welding processes, and glass windshield production; harmonic resonance issues involving customer LV loads and power factor correction; and MV filtering to mitigate voltage distortion, capacitor failures, and recovered substation transformer capacity. Classroom instruction was provided for customers interested in understanding distribution power quality and mitigation issues to reduce production downtime.

At EPRI, Mr. Miller continues to support the power quality program while also gaining experience in off-grid custom power system integration involving prime power and standby power generation, solar PV, and small wind turbines.

Mr. Miller received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in the State of Kansas. Prior to college, Miller served for six years in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician.

Connect with Carl Miller

Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: cemiller@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8027


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Thomas A. Cooke


Technical Leader, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Project Set B Manager, Integrating PQ Monitoring and Intelligent Applications to Maximize System Performance; PQ TechWatch Author; PQ Hotline Team and Author; PQ Measurements and Monitor Assessment; PQ Data Analysis and Management; PQ Benchmarking; High-Impedance Arcing Detection; Stray & Contact Voltage

Thomas “Tom” Cooke manages Project Set B, PQ Data and Monitoring, for EPRI Program 1. His primary focus is working with utilities and industry experts to identify and develop research for the PQ & power monitoring industry. Recent research has been applied towards large PQ dataset management through advanced consolidation, visualization, and data validation. Other efforts include the continuous improvement of advancing PQ monitoring systems through laboratory assessments and contributing to industry standards.

With over 18 years supporting the PQ industry, Tom has contributed to design and development of several advanced monitoring applications, including non-contact devices for detecting contact voltage and underground cable arcing to protect against both electric shock and vault events, both of which have been issued U.S. patents. Prior to working for EPRI, he served in the U.S. Army for six years as an Army Airspace Command and Control Technician and served as a radar crew member for the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery.

Mr. Cooke received an A.A.S. degree from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Electronics Engineering Technology, a B.S. degree in Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University, and an M.S. degree in Technology from East Tennessee State University.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: tcooke@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8010


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Mark Stephens, PE, CEM, CP EnMS - Industrial


Principal Project Manager, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Project Set C Manager, Achieving Cost-Effective PQ Compatibility between the Electrical System and Loads; PQ TechWatch Author; PQ Hotline Team and Author; PQ Encyclopedia Author; SEMI F47 Lead; Power Quality Audit Lead; Certified Energy Manager

Mark Stephens manages research and services work related to industrial power quality, energy efficiency, and retrofit energy savings devices (RESDs) at EPRI. He is a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and contributes to several working groups related to power quality standards in IEEE and CIGRE. With over 24 years of professional experience, he has a solid background in all aspects of industrial plant systems.

Mr. Stephens joined EPRI in 1997 as an employee of the former Power Electronics Application Center (PEAC). His most visible projects include extensive research and management of the seminal EPRI System Compatibility Task 24 research project, which led to the development of the SEMI F47 power quality standard. Since then, he was worked to characterize and improve power quality and energy efficiency issues in all manufacturing sectors by leading testing and site audits at customer locations in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Working extensively to resolve industrial power quality and energy efficiency issues at the equipment level and process level, Mr. Stephens has taught over 60 industrial related courses and is commonly asked to lecture on the subject at conferences worldwide. He has written over 20 conference papers on the subject matter as well.

Mr. Stephens received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and has been a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee since 1995.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: mstephens@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8022


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Scott D. Bunton, CEM


Project Engineer/Scientist 2, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Hotline Call of the Month Author; SEMI F47 Lead; Power Quality Audit Lead; Certified Energy Manager, CEM

Scott Bunton conducts services work related to Industrial Power Quality and Energy Efficiency and laboratory testing related to power quality and energy efficiency at EPRI. He is a Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers IEEE. With over 17 years of professional experience, 13 of those working in the EPRI lab in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a lab technician and technologist, he has a solid background in all aspects of laboratory testing pertaining to electrical power as well as conducting field investigations in industrial plants.

Bunton joined EPRI in 1997. His most visible projects include the design and fabrication of the EPRI Portable Sag Generator, for which he and others received a U.S. patent. He was a member of an EPRI design team that designed a monitoring, leveling, and charging system for high-voltage ultracapacitor energy storage systems, which also earned a patent. He has worked heavily in the LED street and area lighting demonstration, which resulted in the development of a field-deployable light measurement robot named “Scotty.” He also helped to develop a handheld instrument to detect voltage potential on inadvertently energized conductive objects and won the coveted Chauncey Award for his contribution.

As a member of the Industrial Power Quality and Energy Efficiency Group, he has worked to characterize and improve power quality issues in all manufacturing sectors by leading testing and site audits at customer locations. He also leads and conducts subsets of P1 program testing.

Mr. Bunton received an A.A.S. degree in electrical engineering technology from Pellissippi State Technical Community College and is currently working to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at the University of North Carolina.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: sbunton@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8008


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Brad R. Connatser, CPTC, CET


Technologist, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Hotline Call of the Month Editor, MyPQ Webmaster, Advisory Meeting Facilitator

Brad Connatser develops software—as well as writes and edits technical documents—for Program 1. He has designed laboratory testing for power quality research and has authored over a hundred power quality documents, including Briefs, Applications, Commentaries, and Solutions. Mr. Connatser joined EPRI in 1993 as the publications manager for the EPRI Power Electronics Applications Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. A member of the IEEE and a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication, he regularly contributes to the field of science and technical communication, publishing in leading trade magazines and scholarly journals.

Mr. Connatser has received dozens of awards for his power quality documents from the Society for Technical Communication and the Public Relations Society of America. Prior to working for EPRI, he owned a service center for media equipment and taught English, technical writing, and journalism at Temple University and Maryville College.

Mr. Connatser received an A.A.S. degree from Pellissippi State Community College in Electrical Engineering Technology, a B.A. degree in English from the University of Tennessee, and an M.A. degree in English from Temple University. He is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator, Certified Electronics Technician, and Certified Engineering Technician.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: bconnatser@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8173


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Angie Henegar


Technical Assistant II, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Administrative and Technical Support, Power Quality Cockpit Administrator

Angie Henegar is a Technical Assistant II at EPRI. Along with supporting the Power Quality Program, she directly supports other programs in Energy Utilization, including Program 182 (Understanding Electric Utility Customers) and Program 199 (Electrification for Customer Benefit). She assists the Director of Energy Utilization and his or her employees at various office locations. She manages the EPRI cockpit for Power Quality, populating its calendar and announcements and ensuring that it is current and functioning as designed.

Ms. Henegar drafts and formats documents, completes forms, maintains contact databases, takes meeting notes and transforms them into minutes, follows up on action items, coordinates calendars, makes travel arrangements, plans conferences (as well as meetings and webcasts), provides support in preparation of technical presentations, and aids in budgeting. Ms. Henegar received a B.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee.

 

Connect with Angie Henegar

Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: awood@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8111


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Jason Johns, CPQ


Technologist, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Power Quality and Energy Efficiency Audit Team Member, AEE Certified Power Quality Professional, PQ Measurements and Monitor Assessment

Jason Johns conducts services work related to industrial power quality and energy efficiency and laboratory testing related to power quality and energy efficiency at EPRI. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers. He joined EPRI in 2015, having 15 years of commercial and industrial electrical experience, including four years in controls and instrumentation contract work.

Mr. Johns has conducted lab testing on industrial control components for SEMI F47 certification compliance, as well as reliability assessment of power quality monitors and utility device controllers with embedded power quality metering. He manages the Knoxville campus PQ monitoring server using EPRI’s co-developed PQView software for database building and analysis. Other contributions at EPRI include laboratory auditing of the 80 Plus power supply certification program and supervision and design of the European Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) test lab.

He received an A.A.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) from Pellissippi State Community College and is currently pursuing a B.S. in EET at Old Dominion University.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: jjohns@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8191


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James Owens, CEM, CPQ


Engineer/Scientist II, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Power Quality and Energy Efficiency Assessments; Lab Testing of Components

James Owens conducts work related to industrial power quality and energy efficiency. He conducts laboratory testing related to power quality and energy efficiency at the EPRI laboratory in Knoxville. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). James joined EPRI in 2012 as a member of the Industrial Assessment Group. Since joining, he has assisted with several power quality and energy efficiency audits that cover a wide range of industries. He has assisted with lab testing to certify equipment to the SEMI F47 standard, base-funded project lab testing, and solar site installations for the Distributed Renewables Group.

Prior to joining EPRI, he was the Maintenance Supervisor and Lab Analyst at a industrial facility for five years. He also served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Ranger Regiment and then in a Special Forces Group.

James received an A.A.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Pellissippi State Technical Community College and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: jowens@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8101


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Charles H. Perry, PE


Senior Manager Corporate Infrastructure, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Manager of Power Quality Hotline; Hotline Call of the Month Author; Experienced with: Medium-Voltage Power Quality, Transmission Power Quality, Power Quality Monitoring and Measurements, and Testing at Low, Medium, and High Voltages

Charles Perry is the Senior Manager of Corporate Infrastructure at EPRI. In this role, he manages EPRI’s real estate and the EPRI labs in located in Charlotte, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Lenox, Massachusetts. During his time with EPRI, he has held various engineering and management roles. He joined EPRI in 2000 as a Senior Power Systems Engineer. In this position, he managed projects in the areas of medium voltage custom power, distributed resource integration, revenue metering, distribution system reliability, and power system protection. In 2005, he became Manager of the EPRI PEAC Lab in Knoxville. His research and consulting work has focused in the areas of power quality monitoring, power system measurement, power system reliability, and equipment testing.

Prior to joining EPRI, Mr. Perry held various engineering positions for American Electric Power. During his 12 years at AEP, he worked on projects in distribution, transmission, station, and metering. His work included distribution planning, power quality investigations, and custom power systems monitoring.

Mr. Perry received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University. He received his M.S. degree in Engineering from West Virginia Graduate College. He is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia.

Connect with Charles H. Perry

Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: cperry@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8034


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Alden Wright, PE, CP EnMS


Technical Leader, EPRI
PQ Contributor: Hotline Call of the Month Author; SEMI F47 Lead; Power Quality Audit Lead; PQ TechWatch Author; PQ Hotline Team and Author; PQ Encyclopedia Author

Alden Wright performs power quality and energy efficiency assessments and testing for companies. He specializes in power quality assessments in the semiconductor industry, applying performance standards from SEMI standards (SEMI F42 and SEMI F47). He provides expert guidance to improve the reliability and energy efficiency of various industrial processes. He works with teams from EPRI, utilities, and their customers and composes technical documents to lay out assessment findings and recommendations.

Mr. Wright has researched, authored and/or edited publications concerning power quality on Smart Grid, robotics and automation, power quality ride-through devices, accelerated aging effects on insulators, lightning arrestors and cable insulation, distributed generation, the effects of new technology on future power requirements of internet data centers, line reactors, power factor correction, and other topics. He worked on the completion of the IEEE P1668 standard.

Mr. Wright is a member of IEEE and has worked on the completion of IEEE P1889. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

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Office: Knoxville Campus
942 Corridor Park Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37932
Email: awright@epri.com
Office Phone: 865-218-8094


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