Earlier this week, IER’s president Tom Pyle joined the podcast Schweitzer Drive to have a wide-ranging discussion about American energy policy and the future of the electric grid. Tom Pyle was joined by Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer III, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at SEL.

Ed Schweitzer is recognized as a pioneer in digital protection and holds the grade of Fellow in the IEEE, a title bestowed on less than one percent of IEEE members. In 2002, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Schweitzer received the 2012 Medal in Power Engineering, the highest award given by IEEE, for his leadership in revolutionizing the performance of electrical power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment. In 2019, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

A prolific inventor and the author of dozens of technical papers in the areas of digital relay design and reliability, Schweitzer holds more than 200 patents worldwide.

Below is a brief description of the episode:

“Historically, electric utilities independently determined their generation portfolio based on customer demand, local resources, available technologies, agreements with neighboring utilities, etc. Increasingly, government mandates related to decarbonization goals are limiting the options.

This week, IER’s president Tom Pyle sat down to talk with Dave Whitehead, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and host of the podcast Schweitzer Drive. They were joined by power system protection pioneer Dr. Ed Schweitzer for a discussion on how outside forces are shaping the future electric power and challenging grid reliability.”

The full interview is now available to stream below, at SEL’s website, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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