UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
UCLA SMERC Global Energy, Utility and Transportation Technology ConferenceApril 24, 2018

The North American electric grid today is witnessing the fastest pace of change since its creation about one hundred years ago. States such as California have seen a substantial rise in the amount of energy generated from solar photovoltaics (PV) on rooftops. These renewable energy resources which are distributed across the grid, often behind the meter, present a challenge to grid operations, management and control, as power generation from them is intermittent and often unpredictable. Simultaneously, Electric vehicles (EVs) are being added at a tremendous pace in California thereby increasing the load on the grid at various times of the day. While they may be considered as a load, their batteries may be exploited as energy storage devices utilizing Vehicle-to-Grid or V2G technology to compensate for intermittency caused by renewables. The continuous decline in the cost of solar PV and battery technology for EVs is expected to further propel their growth resulting further in rapid increase in complexity of balancing the demand and supply of electricity on the grid. Batteries from used EVs meanwhile are now starting to appear in the market and they offer the potential of being utilized in "second life" mode to balance the grid. Management of these two distributed energy resources (DERs), generation and storage, along with management of consumption - is a major area of research and investigation across California, the United States and the rest of the world. The integration of advanced technologies, consumer preferences, innovative pricing models and regulatory policies to address the above opportunities and challenges would achieve a modern grid that allows for higher penetration of renewables, increase in the number of electric vehicles, higher energy efficiency, improved grid security and resiliency, and, reduced outages.

The grid of the future would be composed of DERs which may be integrated within a local sub-grid (via nanogrid, microgrid, or, minigrid*), whereby the distribution utility is managing each of these sub-grids or even aggregators of these sub-grids. DR programs could therefore be greatly simplified for the utilities as they would be able to obtain larger amounts of DR per meter and the business, control and transactional models for DR can be simplified. The tremendous advances in smart EV charging, V2G, embedded controllers, communications, Cloud software, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Data Science, and Software, present a unique opportunity for research and innovation to support the Modern Grid using DER technologies. Our one-day workshop at UCLA is to address the opportunities, challenges and future of the DERs to pave the way for a Modern Grid Distribution System supporting objectives of the grid operator including resilience, reliability and security and a clean energy economy.

Background of SMERC:
In the area of DERs, UCLA SMERC has contributed to the following major projects that are important to the State of California and the Country:

(i) SMERC has collaborated with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in its $120M DOE-funded Smart Grid Demonstration Project or SGRDP. To achieve the SGRDP goals, UCLA installed a test-bed consisting of over 100 electric vehicle charging stations in the UCLA campus, a 100KW BESS integrated into a building grid, Solar PV monitoring and its integration with BESS, a Vehicle-to-grid or V2G system, a DC fast charger, 30 refrigerators within the campus housing, LED lighting controls and electric driers. These are networked, monitored and controlled via a variety of algorithms enabling a unique model and architecture for DER.

(ii) SMERC is working on a California Energy Commission funded research project in the Southern California Edison territory in the City of Santa Monica to create a microgrid enabled with control system that integrates the following DERs: BESS, EV, V2G, Smart Charger, and, Solar PV. This system serves multiple simultaneous objectives including PV generation curve smoothing with BESS, local voltage regulation with BESS, Using V2G for fleet operations, controlling peak demand as a result of DC fast charging of EVs.

If you would like to become a sponsor for this event, please email: info@smartgrid.ucla.edu

This event is sponsored by SMERC and ESmart.

Speakers Nominatios

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Current Speakers

Angelina Galiteva
Angelina Galiteva
Board of Governors
California ISO
Bryan Long
Bryan Long
Navy Micro-grid Test Bed Team Lead
Colton Ching
Colton Ching
Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology
Hawaiian Electric Company
Marvin D. Moon
Director of Power Engineering Division
Sunil Chhaya
Sunil Chhaya
Technical Executive
Sunil Chhaya
Vibhu Kaushik
Director of Grid Technology and Modernization

Previous Speakers

Previous speakers have included:
Colton Ching Vice President, Energy Delivery Hawaiian Electric Company
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Emma Stewart Deputy Group Leader and Research Scientist, Grid Integration LBNL
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency & Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
João Torres CEO EDP Distribuição, Portuguese Distribution System Operator
John McDonald Smart Grid Business Development Leader, North America GE Grid Solutions
Kevin Dasso Senior Director of Smart Grid & Technology Integration Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Liang Min Grid Operations Leader Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
Malcolm Unsworth President & CEO Itron, Inc.
Mark McGranaghan VP Electric Power Research Institute
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Engineering Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Mike Gravely Manager CEC
Nancy Ryan Deputy Executive Director for Policy CPUC
Nancy Sutley Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer LADWP
Pat Hoffman Assistant Secretary U.S. DOE
Pramod Khargonekar Assistant Director for Directorate of Engineering National Science Foundation
Ramanath Ramakrishnan EVP & Chief Technology Officer Eaton
Scott Backhaus Staff Scientist Los Alamos National Laboratory
Scott Pugh Science & Technology Directorate Department of Homeland Security
Stanton Hadley Power and Energy Systems Group Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Stephen B. Wemple Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Con Edison
Susan Covino, Senior Consultant Market Strategy PJM Interconnection LLC
Ted Reguly Director - Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Tom Doughty Vice President, Customer and State Affairs California ISO
Vijaya Ganugula Manager, Demand Response Operations NYISO

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ESmart Members:
Applied Systems Engineering, EPC Power Corp, Microvast