Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee


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    Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee (HPS)



    The Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Energy Development and Power Generation Committee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society. It is actively engaged in developing standards, guides, and technical presentations in the area of hydropower. 





    Study and review engineering and design aspects of hydroelectric generating station systems and equipment including: hydro station design features (conventional, pumped storage, small hydro), hydro station control systems (including computer applications and plant automation and in liaison with Station Control Subcommittee), hydraulic unit speed governing systems, prime movers, and reservoir management and level control systems.


    Develop standards, recommended practices, and guides with respect to hydro generating station systems and equipment as described.


    Coordinate with other technical committees, groups, societies, and associations as required.





    1. Continue the development of standards, guides, and recommended practices by utilizing experienced and knowledgeable engineers in the hydroelectric field.
    2. Develop top quality technical papers in the hydroelectric field with emphasis on project experience papers and practical application of new technology/analysis techniques. 
    3. Develop liaison with other standards/technical organizations having a common interest in hydropower, such as IEC, CIGRE, ASME, ASCE, and EPRI.
    4. Facilitate information interchange among interested parties in emerging technologies, new developments, and advanced techniques in the hydroelectric field. Targeted areas include hydroelectric machine condition monitoring, automation of hydroelectric plants, and pumped storage plant upgrades.
    5. Seek recognition for the work of Subcommittee members, authors, and working groups through the IEEE awards program.
    6. Increase the awareness of the Subcommittee's activities by publicizing the activities of the Subcommittee in member's companies, trade journals (Hydro Review) and technical journals (Water Power). 
    7. Increase membership in the Subcommittee and working groups and in the preparation of technical papers. Ensure the Subcommittee has a broad representative base in its membership. Encourage electrical engineering and the field of hydroelectric power in the schools, workplace, and professional activities.





    Membership in the subcommittee and the work groups it sponsors is based on membership in the IEEE and in particular in the IEEE Power & Energy Society. Individuals are expected to participate and contribute to the committee and work groups with their expertise, interest, and willingness to devote time and efforts in its proceedings. There may be instances where non-members attendance is beneficial to certain specific work group activities. For example, expertise outside the normal area of IEEE such as civil or mechanical engineering may desirable for the work group's effort.


    The present constitution of the Subcommittee and the work groups is a diverse assemblage of individuals from industry, academia, users, and consultants.  Individuals desiring information about joining the activities of the Subcommittee are invited to contact the Chair or Vice Chair for additional information.


    Lucas Delong, HPS Chair



    Eric Vaughn, HPS Acting Vice Chair






    The Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee is currently sponsoring the following standards activity:


    • IEEE 1147 - 2005 Guide for the Rehabilitation of Hydroelectric Power Plants 
    • IEEE 1248 - 1998 Guide for the Commissioning of Electrical Systems in Hydroelectric Power Plants
    • IEEE 1010 - 2006 Guide for Control of Hydroelectric Power Plants
    • IEEE P2793 - Standard Terms and Definitions for Turbine Governing Systems (Dual Logo IEC)
    • IEEE 125 - 2007 Recommended Practice for Preparation of Equipment Specifications for Speed-Governing of Hydraulic Turbines Intended to Drive Electric Generators
    • IEEE 1207 - 2011 Guide for the Application of Turbine Governing Systems for Hydroelectric Generating Units
    • IEEE 1020 - 2011 Guide for Control of Small Hydroelectric Power Plants

    The Hydroelectric Power Subcommittee has created the following standards:


    • IEEE 807 – 2011 Recommended Practice for Unique Identification in Hydroelectric Facilities
    • IEEE 810 - 2015 Standard for Hydraulic Turbine and Generator Integrally Forged Shaft Couplings and Shaft Runout Tolerances
    • IEEE 1095 - 2012 Guide for Installation of Vertical Generators and Generator/Motors for Hydroelectric Applications  
    • IEEE 1249 - 2013 Guide for Computer-Based Control for Hydroelectric Power Plant Automation
    • IEEE 1827 - 2017 Guide For Electrical & Control Design of Hydroelectric Water Conveyance Facilities


    More information on IEEE HPS Standards Development





    The Subcommittee and its work groups meet twice year. The winter meeting is held in February each year at a convenient location.  On odd years, the Subcommittee meets for the summer meeting during the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting.  On even years, the Subcommittee meets for the summer meeting during the annual HydroVision Conference. The known schedule for the next meetings are:


    2021 Summer Subcommittee Meeting: "colocated" virtually with IEEE PES GM, (25-29 July, 2021, Washington, DC, USA)


    2022 Winter Subcommittee Meeting: Virtual Meeting. Invitation and Schedule TBD.



     2020 Winter Subcommittee Meeting: Denver, CO, 11, February 2020


    2019 Summer Subcommittee Meeting: Atlanta, GA, 6, August 2019 (IEEE PES GM)

    2019 IEEE HPS Summer Meeting Notes.docx


    2019 Winter Subcommittee Meeting: Denver, CO, 11-12 February 2019


      2019 IEEE HPS Winter Meeting Notes.docx


    2018 Summer Subcommittee Meeting: Charlotte, NC, 25-26 June, 2018, Charlotte Convention Center (HydroVision)

    HPS IEEE Summer 2018 Meeting Notes.docx


    2018 Winter Subcommittee Meeting: Denver, CO, 08-09 February 2018

    HPS IEEE Winter 2018 Meeting Notes.docx


     2017 Summer  Subcommittee Meeting: IEEE PES General Meeting: Chicago, IL, 16-20 July 2017 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.

    HPS IEEE Summer 2017 Meeting Notes.docx


    2017 Winter Subcommittee Meeting: Denver, CO, 09-10 February 2017

    HPS IEEE Winter 2017 Meeting Notes.docx






     HPS at 2020 Winter Meeting hosted by Segrity, https://www.segrity.com/




    HPS at 2019 Winter Meeting hosted by Segrity, https://www.segrity.com/



    IEEE PES Website


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