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

Fifth UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum
Innovative Technologies for Demonstrations
November 2, 2010


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

Current Speakers
Edoardo Calia Research Director ISMB - Istituto Superiore Mario Boella
Bob Frazier Director of Technology Houston Electric
Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA - WINMEC & Smart Grid Energy Research Center
John Sasson Director, Land Management Solutions Accela, Inc.
Kat Shoa Founder / Principal Kat Shoa Consulting
Gary Sorkin Marketing Director USNAP Alliance
Kay Stefferud Principal Consultant EnerNex

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

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

Join UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/) and UCLA WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu/) for its fifth Smart Grid Leadership Forum. On November 2, 2010, this thought leadership forum will focus on research, technology development and demonstrations planned for the Electrical Power Grid in the United States and its modernization opportunity and accompanying innovations over the next decade 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 small number of energy generation sources and a large number of energy demand sources. The electric grid was not primarily meant to incorporate stochastic and small renewable energy sources such as solar energy from residential rooftops, nor was it originally designed to integrate automated demand response or smart and digitally controlled appliances or smart chargers powering electric cars into the grid. Today, however, with the Obama administration having provided a major impetus to the tune of $3.4 billion for modernization of the US electric grid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to redefine, architect and create this Smart Grid. This investment, coupled with cost share from recipients and their partners, would be used to develop research, technology, innovation, modern infrastructure, training, customer education, and other activities to further the modernization of the grid. Advanced metering infrastructure, EV integration, Renewable energy developments such as Solar, and, Wind, and, community energy storage, are among the advanced technology demonstrations that the administration has planned with the current funding.

WHAT IS SMART GRID? With such a major amount of funding in the U.S. some experts argue that the "Smart Grid" of the future 25 years hence would look quite different from the current grid. As a nation, before we start to implement the Smart Grid, we must have a vision of the Future Smart Grid. Our vision must include an architecture. The "Smart" in "Smart Grid" must be understood so that it can be modeled, implemented and tested. Questions being raised include whether the "Smart" model is similar to that of a Smart Phone with its apps and personalization capability, or the Internet with its self healing capability, or even perhaps like us humans? For starters, we know that a Smart System is a closed loop system, incorporating concepts such as sense-and-control, communication, information gathering, inferencing, interpolating and extrapolating, having strategy, and performing deep analysis. We also know that smart systems have the ability make decisions, to store information, to learn by experience, and, to self-adapt, self-organize and self-heal. Moreover since we are dealing with energy as the essential entity that is being manipulated, its generation, movement, monitoring, storage, control, consumption, reuse, routing, etc., are important requirements within this intelligent framework.

INNOVATION VIA TECHNOLOGY- 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. I.e. the grid will become smart as a result of the combination of technologies adopted in the context of the consumer. 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 would 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, demand response signal requesting 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. Utilities would also be able to better balance the grid, and provide smart demand dispatch thereby reducing frequency and voltage instabilities.

BENEFITS TO SOCIETY - Society at large must benefit not only from the perspective of the ratepayer's and taxpayer's investment, but also from a betterment of citizens' lives. First, integration of renewable energy sources should result in greener sources of power thereby potentially reducing greenhouse gase (GHG) emissions. The Smart Grid would reduce energy losses at various levels not only in transmission and distribution but also at the consumer level by integrating smart sensors in buildings, factories and homes thereby refining the power flow control, reducing waste and increasing efficiency, improved electricity routing and energy planning. The grid by being flexible as a result would reduce outages as well as localizing or curtailing instabilities in the grid and mitigating large-scale outages.

ROLE OF PUBLIC POLICY AND PRICING - The success of incentives to consumers such as demand response would depend upon the flexibility that the utilities have in pricing their product much like a retailer can influence sales by marking prices of products up or down. The future of energy pricing would almost certainly be more complex than flat pricing - and a balance would be reached by the customers providing their input via regulators, and public policy.

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION - The innovation, investment and infrastructure could potentially have a 25 year cycle, with the first five years being regional demonstrations. The early demonstrations will shed light on the viability of the various technologies and would in turn result in the first phase of the deployments such as smart meters, automated demand response, and, EVs.

TOPICS (include but not limited to):

What is UCLA WINSmartGridTM UCLA WINSmartGrid™ 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 research activities in this program include:

To register to attend - http://winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid/2010-11/registration.asp

Speakers from previous events:

Andres Carvallo Chief Information Officer Austin Energy
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Luke Clemente General Manager, Metering & Sensing Systems GE Energy - Digital Energy
Kshamit Dixit Director of IT Security Toronto Hydro
Rajit Gadh Director UCLA WINMEC
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
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
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
Mark McGranaghan VP EPRI
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
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
Commissioner Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Weston Sylvester Director Distribution Solutions/Smart Grid Siemens Energy, Inc.
Malcolm Unsworth President & CEO Itron, Inc.
David Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST

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

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".

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

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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