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UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) and Wireless Internet for the Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC) announce the

Fourth Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum
Creating the Future Smart Grid with Innovation, Investment and Infrastructure

http://winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid/2010/

SPEAKERS - We are currently accepting speaker nominations : Nominate a Speaker.

Current Speakers
Sean Arian Founder and President Eos Consulting
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Andres Carvallo Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Grid Net
Susan Covino Senior Consultant, Market Strategy PJM Interconnection LLC
Vijay Dhir Dean - Engineering UCLA
Kshamit Dixit Director of IT Security Toronto Hydro
Ahmad Faruqui Principal The Brattle Group
Francesco Fileppo Researcher ISMB
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
Josh Gerber Lead Architect for Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
Asad Madni Executive Managing Director & CTO Crocker Capital
Zahra Makoui Supervisor - Smart Grid Communication Standards Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Jack McGowan Leader Galvin Perfect Power
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Ali Morabbi Manager, Power System Information Technology LADWP
Peter Pardee Vice President Hughes Network Systems
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Roberto Peccei Vice Chancellor UCLA
David Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST

PARTICIPANTS - At the Fourth UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum, we will be joined by several leaders from government, utilities, suppliers, and academia.

SPONSORSHIPS - Limited sponsorship opportunities are available - for further information please contact : sponsor@winmec.ucla.edu

Teleconference will be provided for registered attendees who wish to participate remotely if they request it during registration.

Join UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/) and UCLA WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu/) for its fourth Smart Grid Leadership Forum. On May 17, 2010, this thought leadership forum will focus on Transmission and Distribution Electrical Power Grid in the United States and its modernization opportunity and accompanying innovations over the next 5 to 25 years into what is being now called the Smart Grid.

OPPORTUNITY - The Electric Utility Grid is approximately a hundred years old. The grid architecture is generally hierarchical with a smaller number of energy generation sources and a larger number of energy sinks or consumers. The electric grid was not primarily meant to incorporate stochastic and small renewable energy sources such solar energy from residential rooftops, nor was it meant to integrate demand response or to integrate smart devices or smart electric cars into the grid. Today, however, with the Obama administration having provided one of the largest grants totaling $3.4 billion earlier this year for modernization of the US electric grid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to define, architect and build this Smart Grid. This investment, coupled with industry match which is expected to be approximately $4.7 billion, will go into research, technology development, innovation, infrastructure, modernization, training, customer education, etc.

ARCHITECTURE AND MODEL - As a nation before we start to implement the Smart Grid, we need to define our vision of the Future Smart Grid. As part of this vision, we need to define an architecture for the Smart Grid. The "Smart" in "Smart Grid" needs to be understood and modeled as well. Is the "Smart" model like that of a Smart Phone, or the Internet, or even like a human being? For starters, we know that a Smart System is a closed loop system, incorporating concepts such as sensing, control, communications, information gathering and analysis. We also know that smart systems have the ability make decisions, to store information, to learn by experience, and, to self-adapt and self-heal. Moreover since we are dealing with energy as the essential entity that is being manipulated, its generation, movement, storage, control, consumption, reuse, routing, etc., are important considerations.

INNOVATION - The overwhelming excitement today in the energy transmission and distribution sectors is the innovation that can result from the investment and modernization of the grid creating a fundamentally new cyber-infrastructure. Other industries such as the mobile phone industry, telecommunications industry, computer industry and the music industry, have gone through a considerable and often unexpected technological and consumer change in the last 25 years. Twenty five years from now, the Electrical Power grid is expected to look very different, and a key question that is being raised is what type of innovative evolution will it follow - the iPhone from the mobile industry, or, Google from the Internet, or, perhaps an entirely new model? Also, what other entirely new innovations will it create or will it absorb some of the innovations from emerging sectors such as ZIgbee or RF-sensors from the wireless industry?

BENEFITS TO CONSUMERS - Irrespective of which model is followed or innovated, it is a certainty that customer choice will be key to drive the direction of the Smart Grid. Incremental benefits and low hanging fruit, if identified, would help convince the customer who is also the taxpayer paying for this development. The customer must understand the benefits, and this would be possible through demonstrations targeted in the first round of the investment stimulus ARRA grants.

BENEFITS TO UTILITIES - Utilities must benefit as a result of the Investment via Innovation and Infrastructure, resulting in the ability of their customers to participate via Demand Response. If their customer can respond to changes in price, change request for load shedding, etc., the end result is a giant automated smart control loop, which starts to form the beginning of the Smart Grid of the future.

BENEFITS TO SOCIETY - Society at large must benefit not only from the perspective of the taxpayer's investment, but also from a betterment of citizens' lives. First, integration of renewable energy sources will result in greener sources of power thereby potentially reducing greenhouse gases or GHG's. The Smart Grid would reduce energy losses at the consumer level by integrating smart sensors in buildings and homes thereby refining the control systems and reducing waste (e.g. via the use of UCLA Wireless Internet SmartGrid or WINSmartGrid TM technology) and increasing efficiency by reducing transmission and distribution losses. The grid would be flexible as a result would reduce outages as well as localizing or curtailing instabilities in the grid and mitigating large-scale outages.

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION - The innovation, investment and infrastructure would have a 25 year-cycle at the minimum, with the first five years being regional demonstrations. The demonstrations will shed light on the potential capabilities and would in turn result in the first phase of the deployments. The investments would be a combination of public and private.

TOPICS (include but not limited to):

What is UCLA WINSmartGridTM?
UCLA WINSmartGridTM is a research technology platform developed at UCLA whose objective is to advance novel Wireless / Communications Sense-and-control Smart Grid technologies, perform testing in the labs, transition technologies into the field for scaled testing, and work with partners in industry and government for demonstrations and eventual rollout. Examples of projects undertaken would include:

Registration
To register to attend - http://winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid/2010-05/registration.asp

Current Speakers

Sean Arian Founder and President Eos Consulting
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Andres Carvallo Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Grid Net
Susan Covino Senior Consultant, Market Strategy PJM Interconnection LLC
Vijay Dhir Dean - Engineering UCLA
Kshamit Dixit Director of IT Security Toronto Hydro
Ahmad Faruqui Principal The Brattle Group
Francesco Fileppo Researcher ISMB
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
Josh Gerber Lead Architect for Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
Asad Madni Executive Managing Director & CTO Crocker Capital
Zahra Makoui Supervisor - Smart Grid Communication Standards Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Jack McGowan Leader Galvin Perfect Power
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Ali Morabbi Manager, Power System Information Technology LADWP
Peter Pardee Vice President Hughes Network Systems
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Roberto Peccei Vice Chancellor UCLA
David Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST

Speakers from previous events:

Andres Carvallo Chief Information Officer Austin Energy
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
Aloke Gupta Energy Analyst California Public Utilities Commission
Rajit Gadh Director UCLA WINMEC
Kevin Garrity Manager LADWP
John Garrity Manager, RF& Photonics laboratory GE Global Research
Marie Hattar VP, Network Systems and Security Solutions Cisco
Mark Hura Global Smart Grid Commercial Leader GE Energy T&D
Erfan Ibrahim Technical Executive EPRI
Joel Ibarbia Senior Consulting Engineer - SmartMeter PG&E SmartMeter Engineering and Planning
Matthew Lampe Chief Information Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Jayant Kumar Director, Strategy & Partnership AREVA T&D Inc
Mark McGranaghan VP EPRI
John Nelson Chief, Electricity & Renewables Defense Energy Support Center
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.
Malcolm Unsworth President & CEO Itron, Inc.


See our Previous Events:
2010-05-17: UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
2009-11-04: UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
2009-06-18: WinSmartGridTM Thought Leadership Round Table Forum
2009-03-18: WinSmartGridTM Connection kickoff meeting


Participants from previous events:
3Di Systems, A2Insights, APS, AREVA T&D Inc, Austin Energy, BC Hydro, Boeing, California Energy Commission, California Institute for Energy & Environment, California Public Utilities Commission, Capgemini, Cisco, Clark Strategic Partners, CMC / TATA, Constellation Energy Group, Inc., Crocker Capital, CSC, CSC, CSULB/TMAssociates, Current Group LLC, Defense Energy Support Center, Department of Homeland Security, Duke Energy Corporation, Electric Power Group, Elektrobit, Inc, Energy Systems Research Office, EPRI, Ernst & Young, LLP, GE Energy T&D, GE Global Research, Global Quality Corp., H2scan Corporation, Hanna Capital Management, Hughes Network Systems, Imaginative Innovation Group Inc, ISGEC Group, India, Ismb - istituto superiore mario boella, Itron, Inc., JETRO Los Angeles, LADWP, LanTech, Inc., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Litton Consulting Group, Inc., Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Motorola, Inc., NERC Cyber Security CIP Program, NIST, NSF Center for Chemical Innovation, Caltech, On-Ramp Wireless, Inc., OPUS Consulting Group, Oracle Corporation, Palomar Ventures, PG&E SmartMeter Engineering and Planning, PNNL, Qualcomm Inc., Qualcomm Ventures, RevGen Group, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra Energy Utilities, Sempra Energy/The Gas Company, Sensinode, Ltd, Siemens Corporate Research, Inc., Siemens Energy, Inc., Southern California Edison Company, Southern Contracting Company, Stealth Mode Start-Up, TATA Elxsi Limited, TDG Aerospace, TechnoCom Corporation, Tennessee Valley Authority, UC San Diego, UCLA Engineering, UCLA Facilities Management, UCLA Institute of the Environment, UCLA ITA, UCSD, Universal Devices, Inc, University of California, San Diego, University of South Carolina, USAF- Edwards AirForce Base CA, USC ISI, Utility Consulting Group, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Wireless Networking Business Unit.

Participating in UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
Organizations interested in joining the UCLA Wireless SmartGrid Connection should email smartgrid@winmec.ucla.edu

Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council
Select organizations are participating on The UCLA-WINMEC Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council (http://winmec.ucla.edu/advisory-smartgrid.asp). For further information, email smartgrid@winmec.ucla.edu, subject "Smart Grid Technology Leadership Council".


Sponsors:
WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, SMERC, Clean Tech Los Angeles

ETRI, Hughes Network Systems, ISMB, InterDigital Communications, Motorola Inc., QUALCOMM, Raytheon, Symbol Technologies, Tescom Co.

Equipment Sponsors:
Impinj, RSI ID Technologies, Printronix, Symbol, Maxell, Motorola Inc., 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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