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Thought Leadership Forum : Electric Vehicle Integration and Deployment Into the Smart Grid of the Future - G2V & V2G
April 6, 2011
Hosted by UCLA-WINMEC, and UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center


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(Registration to the Electric Vehicle Forum also allows you to enter Smart Grid Leadership Forum on the same date.)

Recent advances in information and communications systems and battery technologies, in combination with substantial importance given by society to reducing greenhouse gas/carbon emissions, have resulted in dramatic thrusts towards accelerated innovations in electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart and renewable energy infrastructure necessary to fuel and support them. Products such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Ford Focus Electric, are in the process of creating mass markets for electric vehicles in the U.S. The utilities on their part are working towards enhancing their infrastructure through their own investments as well as those from the DOE Stimulus ARRA Grants, and this requires massive changes in their distribution as well as their transmission systems. If 25% of all vehicles were EVs today, the current infrastructure in the U.S. would have a difficult time supporting the charging of these EVs - substantial technological, infrastructure and behavioral changes would be required to do so in a scalable and efficient manner. Some utilities have reported numbers which indicate that even a single 220V EV charger may during peak consumption hours overload its transformer. Therefore, the current infrastructure needs to be upgraded both from a capacity standpoint as well as from a flexibility and power routing/control standpoint. Adding capacity is far more expensive than adding intelligence and smart power routing capability, and the eventual solution will require an innovation combination of both. Certainly, adding auxiliary power sources at the edge of the power network such as residential solar PVCs to feed into the grid would help from a capacity standpoint, but using such alternative fuels so as to move the energy to where it is needed from where it is produced will require a very sophisticated and smart grid.

While adding capacity and adding intelligence are challenges - they are also opportunities in the migration of the grid to a more modern one. There are additional opportunities that the growth of EVs can provide in the context of the Smart Grid. Due to the addition of a large number of batteries by way of these EVs there is the potential to aggregate them to create an energy storage buffer which can absorb excessive power during low-load periods such as during the night, and become a source of electrical power during high-load periods such as a hot summer's afternoon in hot climate or early evening in cold climate. This ability can help substantially with Demand Response which is a key and yet challenging problem for the utilities. This source of energy can also provide buffer power for smoothing out frequency fluctuations resulting from mismatched demand (generation versus consumption) - and therefore could be used for Demand Dispatch and Grid Control by the utilities. All of these needs and capabilities will require the integration of sophisticated technologies including communications, wireless, sense-and-control, Internet, mobile computing, cloud computing, Lithium Ion and other battery technology, superconductors, etc.

This forum will bring together utilities, EV and automotive companies, technology providers, service providers, government and universities together to create Thought Leadership around the field of electric vehicles and their integration into the Smart Grid of the Future. The ecosystem of participants is rapidly changing and this forum will discuss the role of technology, standards, economics of EVs, government policies, infrastructure issues, global competitiveness issues and renewable energy considerations in the context of EV adoption. Early results generated on EV integration projects will be discussed. The role and importance of the consumer in using the grid optimally for their EVs would be discussed. Issues and experiences by early EV customers on the availability and modality of use of charging stations would be topics for discussion. Input from parking infrastructure/facilities perspectives, where relevant, would be presented. Utilities would be able to present their perspectives on how their infrastructure is being impacted with the addition of the first set of EVs and how they perceive this impact evolving with the further addition of EVs from many other manufacturers. Standards bodies would be able to discuss how they are balancing innovation with standardization. Government organizations would present their initial reactions from consumers and on policies. Overall, the next level of discussion that now needs to take place is in the context of actual EVs connecting the real grid, and this forum will, based on data, information and experience from these early automobiles, move the thought leadership discussion to the next level.

Finally, this forum will be accompanied by an announcement and discussions pertaining to the formation of the EV-SG consortium under the umbrella of SMERC and in partnership with WINMEC. If you are interested in this activity, please email ev@smartgrid.ucla.edu.

Current Speakers

Michael Stadler Staff Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California
Jasna Tomic Fuels Program Manager CALSTART
Diane Wittenberg Chairman California Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative

Speakers from Smart Grid Leadership Forum on the same day

Kevin Dasso Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Robert Greene VP Product Strategy Versant Corporation
Erfan Ibrahim Technical Executive EPRI
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Shuai Lu Senior Research Engineer PNNL
Emir Macari Executive Director Ca Smart Grid Center
Ed May Director Business Development, Smart Grid Solutions Itron
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Sarah Potts LA City Director Clinton Climate Initiative
Ted Reguly Director- Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Jason Rodriguez CEO & Director of Research Zpryme Research & Consulting, LLC
Nancy Ryan Deputy Executive Director for Policy California Public Utilities Commission
Shirish Sathaye General Partner Khosla Ventures
Commissioner Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST

Previous WINMEC SmartGrid Speakers

Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Andres Carvallo Chief Information Officer Austin Energy
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
Luke Clemente General Manager, Metering & Sensing Systems GE Energy - Digital Energy
Susan Covino Senior Consultant, Market Strategy PJM Interconnection LLC
Kshamit Dixit Director of IT Security Toronto Hydro
Bob Frazier Director of Technology Houston Electric
Rajit Gadh Director UCLA WINMEC
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
John Garrity Manager, RF& Photonics laboratory GE Global Research
Josh Gerber Lead Architect for Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Mike Gravely Manager - Energy Systems Research Office California Energy Commission
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
Aloke Gupta Energy Analyst California Public Utilities Commission
Marie Hattar VP, Network Systems and Security Solutions Cisco
Mark Hura Global Smart Grid Commercial Leader GE Energy T&D
Joel Ibarbia Senior Consulting Engineer - SmartMeter PG&E SmartMeter Engineering and Planning
Erfan Ibrahim Technical Executive EPRI
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Jayant Kumar Director, Strategy & Partnership AREVA T&D Inc
Matthew Lampe Chief Information Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Zahra Makoui Supervisor - Smart Grid Communication Standards Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Jack McGowan Leader Galvin Perfect Power
Mark McGranaghan VP EPRI
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Ali Morabbi Manager, Power System Information Technology LADWP
John Nelson Chief, Electricity & Renewables Defense Energy Support Center
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Scott Pugh Science & Technology Directorate Department of Homeland Security
Ted Reguly Director - Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Weston Sylvester Director Distribution Solutions/Smart Grid Siemens Energy, Inc.
Commissioner Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Malcolm Unsworth President & CEO Itron, Inc.
David Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST

Topics include (but not limited to):

WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

WINMEC Sponsors:
Hughes Network Systems, ISMB, InterDigital Communications, Raytheon, Tescom Co.

Equipment Sponsors:
Impinj, RSI ID Technologies, Printronix, Maxell, Motorola Solutions, Zebra, Quantum Route, Inc., Convergence Systems Limited, Magellan Technology (Australia), Confidex, Alien Technology, Intemec, UPM Raflatac, TagSense, Albis Technologies, Metalcraft Inc., Roxtron, Invengo

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