UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

Smart EV Charging and Grid Management Symposium

UCLA to Host Smart EV Charging and Grid Management Symposium on September 16, 2014 - along with National Drive Electric Week

In September, as America and California plan their National Drive Electric Week - https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=127 - UCLA's SMERC is planning to host its Smart EV Charging and Grid Management Symposium.

At this symposium, UCLA will discuss the recent advances made in Electric Vehicle Management Technologies that impact and support the Smart Grid of the Future. Topics discussed will include Smart Charging, EVs used as energy storage, Grid to Vehicle (G2V or V1G), customer interface issues, challenges with parking, infrastructure and facilities, economical infrastructure, integration of renewable energy (in particular solar) with EVs and energy storage, used EV batteries as distributed energy storage in the grid, Vehicle to Grid (V2G), advances in high-speed charging and corresponding protocols (including discussion and debate of Combo versus Chademo connectors), EV aggregation for grid services and demand response, ancillary services with EVs such as volt-var and frequency regulation services, comparison of various charging infrastructures (residential, workplace, destination charging, public charging), multi-family dwelling business challenges of EV charging, managing the smart-grid renewable "duck-curve" in California using aggregated EVs in a distribution system, energy pricing markets and EV charging, and other related topics.

This forum will bring together utilities, EV and automotive companies, technology providers, service providers, government agencies, and universities together to create thought leadership around the field of smart grid-friendly electric vehicle integration. The ecosystem of participants is rapidly changing and this forum will discuss the role of technology, standards, economics of EVs, energy pricing, government policies, infrastructure issues, global competitiveness issues, and renewable energy considerations in the context of EV adoption. EVs such as Tesla have strong customer adoption rates, despite shakeouts in the EV industry, and the forum will address such current trends and market opportunities. In the grand scheme of things, the EV industry is still a nascent industry - perhaps akin to the 1970s' Internet - and looking at the evolution of the EV and grid-friendly smart technologies for charging, the future in the next 10 or 20 years is perhaps not even imaginable; some visions for the future will also be presented and discussed.

The forum will also address the role and importance of consumers in optimally using the grid for their EVs. Issues and experiences of early EV customers on the availability and modality of charging stations will be topics for discussion. Relevant experiences from research projects based on the UCLA WINSmartEV™ infrastructure will be shared; in particular, the results of recent research, technology developments, demonstrations, simulations and analyses. Experiences from the perspective of parking infrastructure/facilities will be presented. Utilities will also share their perspectives on how their infrastructure is being impacted with the addition of the first wave of EVs and on how this impact will evolve with further addition of EVs from other manufacturers. In addition, standards' bodies will be able to discuss how they are balancing innovation with standardization and government organizations will present initial reactions from consumers on policy issues.

Overall, the symposium will address pertinent issues to prepare for the next level of discussion: "How do we scale up from here?".

Topics include (but not limited to):
  • Monitoring and control of EV charging
  • Software systems, mobile computing and cloud computing for EV management
  • Smart Charging Infrastructure
  • Battery for energy storage on the grid
  • EV Fleet management technologies and services
  • EVSE - making the business case, cost recovery, environmental benefits
  • Multi-unit dwellings, workplace charging, enterprise charging of EVs
  • V2G (Vehicle to Grid) and G2V (Grid to Vehicle)
  • Integration of residential solar with EVs
  • Smart charging infrastructure and scalability
  • Time/location shifting, aggregation
  • Utility Perspective - demand response, demand dispatch and relevance to Smart EV management
  • Distribution system concerns - overheating of transformers, advanced management of substations.
  • Environmental issues and benefits
  • Grid Impact
  • Distribution and Transmission considerations
  • Scaling up EVs to large urban areas such as Los Angeles
  • Infrastructure and investments in metros such as Los Angeles - installation of Level 1, 2, and 3 chargers
  • Key technological uptake of charging infrastructure in California and the rest of the country
  • Integration of renewables especially solar and wind with EVSE infrastructure
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • Cyber-security in communications, data, computing and infrastructure
  • Power quality, reliability, and stability effects as a result of EVs
  • Innovations in controls, devices, and monitoring
  • Advances in EVSE protocols for fast charging and charging networks
  • Customer Adoption, Customer Behavior, and Customer Response
  • Pricing models for charging stations, roaming across territories, and billing
  • Advanced visualization, data sharing, and analysis
  • Government Role - Regulations, public voice, pricing models, incentives for EVs and renewables
  • Government Cooperation - How State, Local and Federal agencies collectively coordinate activities with local utilities
  • Research and Technology Funding - Role of DOE, NSF, DOT, EPRI, NIST in Technology Development
  • EV Manufacturer constraints - Warranties, battery integration and management, temperature management, EV range, and consumers' range anxiety.
Current speakers:
Michael Boehm Industry Partners Program UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Noel Crisostomo Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, Energy Division California Public Utilities Commission
Rajit Gadh Director UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Leslie Goodbody Sustainable Transportation Technology Branch Emissions Compliance, Automobile Regulations & Science Division California Air Resources Board
Mary Joyce Ivers Fleet and Facilities Manager, Public Works Dept. City of Ventura
Alexander Keros Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy General Motors
Margaret Larson Transportation Energy Specialist Hawaii State Energy Office
Janet Lonneker Assistant General Manager – Electric Services Anaheim Public Utilities
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Enginering Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Rick Teebay Office of Sustainability,
Internal Services Department
County of Los Angeles


Speakers from previous forums include:
Emil Abdelshehid Smart Grid Programs Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Bruce N. Hamer Smart Grid Program Manager Burbank Water and Power
Mark E. Irwin Director of Technology Development,
Advanced Technology Department
California Public Utilities Commission
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid and Clean Transportation San Diego Gas & Electric
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Catherina Sandoval Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Enginering Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Surendra (Sam) Vohra Smart Grid Program Manager,
Power System Information & Advanced Technologies
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Paul Scott   Nissan
Rick Teebay Office of Sustainability, Internal Services Department County of Los Angeles
Ronald Young GM Technical Fellow,
GM Global Electrification Advanced Technology Center
General Motors
Matt Zerega Lead Electric Transportation & Infrastructure San Diego Gas & Electric
Dr. Rajit Gadh Professor & Director UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)
Randy Howard Director of Power System Planning & Development, Power System Executive Office Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison (SCE)
Mary Anne Piette Research Director Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Dr. Vincent Poor Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, & Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science Princeton University
Merwin Brown Co-Director California Institute for Energy and Environment
Matt Mikio Miyasato Assistant Deputy Executive Officer AQMD
Jan Perry Councilwoman City of Los Angeles
Dr. David Wollman Manager - Smart Grid Standards and Research National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Kevin Dasso Senior Director - Technology and Information Strategy Pacific Gas & Electic (PG&E)
Paul De Martini Managing Director Newport Consulting Group, LLC
Lawrence Olivia Director, Tariff Programs & Services Southern California Edision (SCE)
Michael Peevey President California Public Utilites Commission (CPUC)
Dan Ton Program Manager, Smart Grid R&D U.S. Department of Energy
Fredric Fletcher Assistant General Manager Burbank Water & Power
Kurt Yeager Vice Chairman Galvin Electricity Initiative