UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum
Smart grid - Fusion of Advanced Technologies, Government Policy, Consumer Input and the Electric Infrastructure
November 2, 2011
SPEAKERS - We are currently accepting speaker nominations : Nominate a Speaker.
|Graham Avis||Vice President and General Manager||Hughes San Diego|
|Mukhles Bhuiyan||Smart Grid Program Director||Los Angeles Department of Water and Power|
|Vikram Budhraja||President||Electric Power Group|
|Andres Carvallo||EVP and Chief Strategy Offcier||Proximetry|
|Chris Chen||Market Development Manager||San Diego Gas & Electric|
|Marcelo Elizondo||Research Engineer||Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|
|Rajit Gadh||Professor & Director||UCLA - WINMEC|
|Avi Gopstein||Senior Advisor||US Department of Energy|
|Jiuchun Jiang||Dean of School of Electrical Engineering||Beijing Jiaotong University, China|
|Alex Kim||Director - Customer Innovations||San Diego Gas & Electric|
|Richard Pratt||Senior Engineer||Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|
|Jeff Stewart||Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)|
|Bert Taube||Director of Business Development||Versant Corporation|
|Rick Teebay||Office of Sustainability, Internal Services Depart||County of Los Angeles|
|Jonathan Thompson||Global Utility Sales Leader||GE Appliances|
|Gilbert Weigand||Director, Strategic Programs||Oak Ridge National Laboratory|
|Ronald Young||GM Technical Fellow||General Motors Company|
PARTICIPANTS - At the next UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum Series, we will be joined by several leaders from government, utilities, technology providers, vendors, researchers, and academia.
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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 November 2, 2011, this leadership forum will focus on Fusion of Advanced Technologies, Government Policy, Consumer Input and Electric Infrastructure to create the Smart grid of the future.
With the rapid deployment of smart meters across the country, a highly granular electricity monitoring network that monitors consumption at the customer premises is now starting to become available to utilities. Networked smart meters are allowing utilities to monitor the last mile of the grid at a level of detail - in space and time - that has never been possible before. Such a fine grained monitoring capability is enabling the creation of a much larger network within the grid than previously possible. The ability to monitor this Smart grid at various levels is resulting in an opportunity to also control the grid at these levels. As an example, utilities/consumers would theoretically be able to exercise control over whether a given residential solar rooftop should at a given point in time send energy back to the grid, or whether an EV's battery should provide reverse power flow into the grid in case of a cloud covering the rooftop solar, or, whether a given HVAC in a building should be turned off during a peak consumption period on a hot summer's afternoon by way of a Demand Response signal. A variety of technologies exist today that would allow some of the above to be feasible, while other technologies may still need to be invented. However, would the consumers be willing accept the changes that are sweeping across the world in the electricity delivery industry is a topic that would go through several iterations of trial-and-error. Additionally, incentivizing the consumer, whether on price incentives, or social incentives, would play a major role in the adoption and success of such technologies. Pricing options from policy makers should encourage the offering of differentiated products and services from the utilities and other partner service providers to the consumer. Policy makers need to be integrally involved with utilities, vendors and consumers in making the grid "friendlier" as it gets technologically more advanced. All of the above result in rapid changes to the grid, moving towards a Smart grid, in the near future. This would result in challenges and opportunities for the electric power grid operators. Researchers and academics, for their part, would need to study the grid features that enable consumer satisfaction, improved efficiencies and rapid and easy integratability of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles/transportation. The Thought Leadership Forum will address the rapid changes to the grid as it gets smarter.
One of the major changes in the grid as we fast forward to the next 20 years is that the Grid of the Future could potentially look more like the Internet. On the Internet, data is created and consumed by decentralized nodes in the network. On the electric grid while consumption is largely decentralized, as solar rooftops come on-line, the new generation sources would be more decentralized. While management of centralized generation is an area that utilities understand very well, if generation is intermittent and it is also geographically distributed, the existing grid control paradigms such as the SCADA networks may not work exactly in the manner as for the traditional hierarchically controlled grid. The utility on its part would therefore need to balance the local fluctuations in demand and supply which would imply the need for more refined monitoring as well as control. Substantial technological challenges and opportunities confront the power industry as we move towards a smarter and more modern grid.
Why do we need a Smart grid?
The reasons to move towards a Smart grid are manifold. First, the U.S. electric grid is technologically somewhat dated, and large parts of it have not seen a major modernization upgrade recently. The recent power outage in Southern California could be an indication of this (Southwest blackouts: How do power outages spread? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14863000). Second, with increasing availability of lower cost renewable solar and wind technologies, especially in the backdrop of high prices in fossil fuel-based energy, renewables are becoming increasingly attractive, however, integrating such intermittent resources requires a Smart grid. In this context, policies in various parts of the world are also playing an important role in the adoption of renewables. Third, smart grid technologies can help improve control, efficiency and flexibility of the grid, reduce outages, and help manage high-priced peaks in energy consumption via Demand Response. Fourth, a Smart grid is essential to enable management, optimization and control of power flows in the presence of Electric Vehicles especially as their numbers increase. Fifth, but perhaps not last, the consumer today is very conscious of environment and energy related issues and the existing grid offers the consumer little opportunity to give their preferences in terms of what type of energy they wish to purchase, etc. In every industry the consumer is the most important driver of change and innovation, and the electric grid sector would be no exception. The above topics would provide the thematic basis for the Thought Leadership discussions.
Why does the Thought Leadership need Fusion of the above?
Advanced technology alone does not create user-friendly products or services. It is the advanced technology which is iteratively refined by the consumer that is using it, and that enables the technology to be adaptively become innovative and user friendly. This innovation process needs the constant support of government policies by way of appropriate incentivization, which is the responsibility of the policy makers. An example of an innovation is a mobile smart phone which contains sophisticated technology that was spurred by the availability of large amounts of wireless spectrum made available by the policy makers and coupled with technical innovations in display, software, apps, embedded computers and high speed wide area networks, which in turn was used and iteratively refined by the consumer. Likewise the smart grid needs to be nurtured by the ecosystem of the key stakeholders so that it can iteratively get more sophisticated, refined, useful, user-friendly, reliable, and have the ability to incorporate innovative technologies such as EVs, battery storage, renewables such as wind and solar technologies, and the resulting enabling benefits such as Demand Response, Grid Balancing, Efficiency Improvements, Grid Reliability or Grid Flexibility.
Content of Thought Leadership Forum
The forum will present a fusion of diverse topics from speakers representing the gamut of ecosystem players including utilities, technology providers, vendors, policy makers, researchers, government officials, standards organizations and academics. This forum would form the genesis for the next level of Thought Leadership in the series of forums that have been organized by UCLA SMERC. This Forum will present concepts, implementations, demonstrations, technologies, research, business/economic/engineering models and implementations that are based on fusion of the following subject matters - Advanced Technologies, Modern grid policies, Consumer Behavior and the Future Electric grid Infrastructure.
UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC
The UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC is working on wireless/communications and sense-and-control to enable the Smart Electric grid of the Future. A Smart grid allows optimum integration of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, greater efficiency, flexible electricity pricing, and consumer participation. SMERC is working on Automated Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration (G2V and V2G), Microgrids, Distributed Renewable Integration, Storage Integration, Cyber-security, and, Consumer Behavior.
UCLA Smart Grid Living Lab
UCLA, with its own natural-gas fuel co-generation power plant, which in concert with the balance of its power requirement obtained from its local utility, forms a unique test-bed in the middle of a major metropolitan city - Los Angeles - that allows UCLA SMERC to perform research, experimentation and testing at varying scales. UCLA's campus therefore offers a "Smart Grid Living Lab" as an opportunity to perform research, test advanced concepts and create innovations. At the forum, the current status of the UCLA Smart Grid Living Lab and its implementation plans will be discussed and results of the research done at UCLA on various Smart grid projects and grants will be presented.
TOPICS (include but not limited to):
- Stimulus ARRA investment - status of progress by utilities, vendors, consultants and universities
- Advanced Smart Grid Technologies - Communications, Sensors, Controls, Smart switches, Wireless and Mobile Technologies, Bi-directional power flow systems
- Automated Demand Response - Integration of Consumer's electricity infrastructure with utility's infrastructure in combination with incentive-based pricing
- AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) - Automation at various levels including billing and monitoring, Smart Meter Integration, Meter data management or MDM, Head-End Integration, CIS Integration
- Electric Vehicles - Integration of EV and Battery Technology into a smart grid, Battery Management Systems, charge/discharge, V2G, G2V, aggregation, grid impact
- Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) - Standards in EVSE developments - SAE J2293 J1772, J2953, Networking of EVSE, Low Cost EVSE, 110V/220V/440V infrastructure
- Smart Appliance Integration - Communications interfaces, data formats, sense-control infrastructure, status of universally accepted standards
- Customer and consumer response - Integrating customer response into the technological advancements associated with the smart grid
- Transmission Integration - Bringing Transmission and Distribution Together, Phasor Measurement Units (PMU), Power Quality
- Renewable Integration - Solar PVC Integration, Intermittency correction, Wind Integration
- Energy Storage Integration - Battery integration with Battery management systems
- Micro-grids - combining multiple technologies to achieve off-grid capabilities for limited time periods
- Business Issues - ROI of smart grid investments, measuring benefits, prioritization of technology deployment by utilities
- Modeling and architecture - Hierarchical versus P2P models, Information models, data models, Internet/Wireless Models, RF-sensor models
- Scaling up - Balancing flexibility, reliability and cost with scalability
- Cyber-infrastructure and Cyber-security - NERC CIP, Communications/data/app security, embedded device security, intrusion detection/prevention, layers of security, security policy
- Visions of smart grid - From DOE, National Labs, Industry, Utilities, Government
- Open-systems wireless and communications interface software and standards based approach for the smart grid of the Future
- Consumer interface - Use of personal mobile device as a tool for interaction with the home electrical control systems
- Standards - Standardization process, Role of Open systems in standards, Role of NIST, FERC, NERC, EPRI, SAE, ISO, etc.
- Legislation and its impact on the smart grid Policies and Regulations
- Communications networks in enabling smart grids - LTE, WiMax, GPRS, CDMA, WiFi, Zigbee, Zwave, PLC, et
Speakers from previous events:
|Andres Carvallo||Chief Information Officer||Austin Energy|
|Bob Frazier||Director of Technology||Houston Electric|
|Bruce Hamer||Principal Power Engineer||Burbank Water and Power|
|Timothy Simon||Commissioner||California Public Utilities Commission|
|Dave Chassin||Staff Scientist||PNNL|
|David Watson||Program Manager||Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory|
|David Wollman||Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups||NIST|
|Diane Wittenberg||Chairman||California Plug-in Vehicle Collaborative|
|Doug Kim||Director, Advanced Technology||Southern California Edison|
|Erich Gunther||Chairman and CTO||EnerNex Corporation|
|Glenn Steiger||General Manager||Glendale Water and Power|
|Jack McGowan||Leader||Galvin Perfect Power|
|Jayant Kumar||Director, Strategy & Partnership||AREVA T&D Inc|
|Jim Parks||Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D||Sacramento Municipal Utility District|
|John Nelson||Chief, Electricity & Renewables||Defense Energy Support Center|
|Josh Gerber||Lead Architect for Smart Grid||San Diego Gas & Electric|
|Kevin Dasso||Senior Director of Smart Grid and Technology Integration||Pacific Gas & Electric Company|
|Krishnan Gowri||Senior Research Engineer||Pacific Northwest National Lab.|
|Kshamit Dixit||Director of IT Security||Toronto Hydro|
|Lee Krevat||Director - Smart Grid||San Diego Gas & Electric|
|Livio Gallo||Chief Executive Officer||Enel Distribuzione|
|Luke Clemente||General Manager, Metering & Sensing Systems||GE Energy - Digital Energy|
|Malcolm Unsworth||President & CEO||Itron, Inc.|
|Marie Hattar||VP, Network Systems and Security Solutions||Cisco|
|Marvin Moon||Director of Power System Enginering||LADWP|
|Matthew Lampe||Chief Information Officer||Los Angeles Department of Water and Power|
|Michael Montoya||Director Engineering Advancement||Southern California Edison|
|Mike Gravely||Manager - Energy Systems Research Office||California Energy Commission|
|Nancy Ryan||Deputy Executive Director for Policy||California Public Utilities Commission|
|Rajit Gadh||Director||UCLA WINMEC|
|Scott Backhaus||Staff Scientist||Los Alamos National Laboratory|
|Scott Pugh||Science & Technology Directorate||Department of Homeland Security|
|Shirish Sathaye||General Partner||Khosla Ventures|
|Stanton Hadley||Power and Energy Systems Group||Oak Ridge National Laboratory|
|Susan Covino||Senior Consultant, Market Strategy||PJM Interconnection LLC|
|Ted Reguly||Director - Smart Meter Program Office||San Diego Gas and Electric|
|Vikram Budhraja||President||Electric Power Group|
|Weston Sylvester||Director Distribution Solutions/Smart Grid||Siemens Energy, Inc.|
SMERC - Industry Partners Program (SMERC-IPP)
To support its smart grid Research and Demonstration activities:
- UCLA MAE (Dec 8, 2009): http://www.mae.ucla.edu/news/news-archive/2009/60-million-ladwp-smart-grid-project-to-be-tested-at-ucla-usc
- UCLA Today (Jan 14, 2010): http://www.today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/building-the-smart-grid-151474.aspx
- The Daily Bruin (Feb 12, 2010): http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/article/2010/02/smart_grid_conserves_money_energy
WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, SMERC, Clean Tech Los Angeles
Hughes Network Systems, ISMB, InterDigital Communications, Raytheon,
HomePlug Powerline Alliance
UCLA - WINMEC, 44-116S Engr. IV, 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA. 90095