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

UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum
Theme: From Technology to Consumer
April 6, 2011


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

Electric Vehicle Forum - registration to the Smart Grid Forum also allows you to enter Electric Vehicle Forum on the same date.

Current Speakers
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

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

PARTICIPANTS - At the next UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum Series, 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's Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC, http://smartgrid.ucla.edu/) and UCLA WINMEC (http://winmec.ucla.edu/) at its upcoming Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum. On April 6, 2011, this leadership forum will focus on how technology is gradually changing the electric utility grid resulting in potential changes to what will eventually be seen by consumers as a "Smart Grid."

OPPORTUNITY - The Electric Utility Grid is approximately a hundred years old. The grid architecture is generally hierarchical with a small number of large energy generation sources and a large number of smaller energy demand sinks. Recent energy-centric advances in residential solar rooftops, or, scalable wind-turbine farms, or, electric vehicles charging in the grid, coupled with technological advances in information technology, communications, mobile and wireless and miniature smart sensors and controllers has resulted in an unprecedented opportunity to modernize the grid. However, while renewable energy advances have the potential to create sophisticated and environmentally friendly energy sources and sinks, the grid its would have to be upgraded with the various advanced technologies to make the grid flexible, resilient, robust, reliable, smart, in addition to being consumer friendly.

DEFINING SMART GRID - With numerous debates on trying to define the smart grid, it is becoming increasingly clear that the smart grid needs to be flexible enough to incorporate solar energy in California, or, wind in Texas, or, hydro in New York. Conceptually, a smart grid is an intelligent control system, incorporating concepts such as sense-and-control, communication, information gathering about the precise state of the grid, making decisions on obtaining the power from where it is being created, routing of the power to where it is needed, balancing variations of voltage and frequency where needed, keeping track of assets, while at the same ensuring its own security. A grid that is smart should make decisions based on information and knowledge, learn by experience, self-adapt, self-organize and self-heal. Only with trial-and-error and iterations can we start to understand the complexities of the smart grid and over time perhaps have a more meaningful definition.

INNOVATION VIA TECHNOLOGY- The overwhelming excitement today in the energy transmission and distribution sectors is a result of the potential for innovation that would accompany the process of grid modernization. Other industries such as telecommunications, computing, software, mobile phone, movie, and music have, in the last 25 years, undergone considerable change whereby technologies advances have created new product paradigms coupled with a complete makeover of consumer expectations and behavior.Twenty five years from now, the United States electrical power grid is expected to look very different, and a key question that is being raised is what type of innovative evolution path will it follow. Will it be the iPhone from the mobile industry, or, Facebook from the Internet, or, perhaps a completely new model? Also, what other entirely new innovations will it create? Or on the other hand, will it absorb some of the innovations from other emerging sectors such as Zigbee or RF-sensors from the wireless industry, and, smart phones from the consumer space. No matter which route it takes, it is a foregone conclusion that technological advances are going to result in an ever-changing smart grid.

CONSUMERS - In recent months, consumers have weighed in on their thoughts about smart meters, the grid, their bill, renewable energy and the environment. They have expressed this through their policymakers and lawmakers. Clearly the utilities and policymakers need to understand the consumer, while at the same time educate the consumer about potential benefits of the smart grid. This would be a process of trial and error whereby advanced technological innovations, business models, and, policies would need to advance in synchronization with each other so as to provide maximal benefits to the consumer, for it is only with the input from the consumer that the grid can constantly become smarter than before.

UTILITIES - With a smarter grid, utilities would be able to achieve automation at the distribution and substation levels, thereby helping them maintain a more balanced grid. Such capability coupled with smart meters and refined wide area monitoring would allow utilities to offer more sophisticated pricing plans to their consumers much like shopping malls offer discounts based on demand and supply consideration, and such capability can eventually allow utilities to offer substantially refined and automated demand response services to their customers. Further with consumers installing smart appliances that can communicate with the utilities demand response programs would result in refined planning and control of electricity by the utilities. Finally, as the number of EVs in the utilities' grid increases, the utilities would be able to use the EV's electricity storage capability to balance the grid, stabilize grid voltage and control frequency fluctuations.

PUBLIC POLICY - 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 public policy and through electricity regulatory commissions.

CHALLENGES - The innovation, investment and infrastructure could potentially have a 25 year cycle, with the first several years being regional technology demonstrations. One year has passed in the ARRA Smart Grid grants, and the various demonstrations in different parts of the country are teaching us different lessons. The forum will bring together national-level thought leaders to discuss their experiences.

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. With the WINSmartEV™ research as an underlying theme, other related research activities include:

To register to attend - http://winmec.ucla.edu/smartgrid/2011-04/registration.asp

Speakers from previous events:

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

See our Previous Events:
2010-11-02: UCLA WINSmartGridTM Connection
2010-09-28: UCLA EV Forum
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 Solutions, 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

Media Sponsors:
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