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A Message from the Conference Chair —
On behalf of the Power and Energy Automation Conference (PEAC) Committee and Washington State University (WSU), I would like to invite you to participate in the 2019 PEAC/ESIC Summit to be held in Spokane, Washington, USA, March 4-7, 2019. PEAC 2019, “Taking it to the Edge:  System Awareness, Integration, and Optimization,” will be the 21st in the series that was formerly known as the Western Power Delivery Automation Conference (WPDAC). With a strong industry presence in power and energy automation, PEAC has established itself as a leading forum that attracts practicing engineers, technical staff, R&D personnel, managers, and manufacturers, as well as university faculty and students, to share their experience and ideas. About 200 U.S. and international participants attended PEAC 2018 in Spokane. For PEAC 2019, we expect papers that discuss case studies and pilot projects in smart grid, power grid automation, intelligent control, security, SCADA, networks and communications, and project management.
In addition, the fundamentals track provides tutorial sessions on essential topics in power grid automation. The fundamental track sessions at PEAC have proved to be a great success – well attended, with excellent interaction between instructors and attendees. As the industry develops the strategy for the future power engineering workforce, the fundamentals track is a valuable resource for training and development. Exhibits from vendors allow attendees to see the state-of-the-art equipment with the opportunity to engage in specific discussions with vendor experts.The ESIC Summit that started in 2016 as part of PEAC brings government, industry, and university leaders together to discuss energy issues of national and global importance. The 2019 ESIC Summit theme is Grid Resiliency:  The intersection of the utility business model, regulatory policy, and the research and innovation pipeline.   The continued delivery of reliable and safe electric power is critical to our economy and society. This paramount responsibility is imperiled by fundamental changes in generation dynamics, load diversity, customer demands, and shareholder expectations. At the same time utilities are searching for even greater service reliability and resilience to all system perturbations.  Join us for a half-day conversation to explore this complex landscape and engage with utility leaders, policy experts, and technology visionaries. You will be enlightened, encouraged, engaged, and empowered.WSU has one of the top power engineering programs both in the U.S. and internationally with well-recognized programs. The Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC) conducts multi-disciplinary research involving power, engineering, economics, sociology, and public policy to address issues on smart grid in a societal context. Spokane is an exciting city with many attractions for individual or family visits. The PEAC/ESIC Summit is held at the Historic Davenport Hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you and your families to enjoy scenic Eastern Washington while attending these events.
Anjan Bose, Regents Professor
Interim Director, ESI Center
Washington State University



Dr. Anjan Bose
Summit and Conference Chair