UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
UCLA Smart Grid Innovation  Thought Leadership ForumTuesday, April 28, 2015

Innovation Thought Leadership Forum:
Advancing the Electric Grid for the 21st Century Energy Needs

UCLA SMERC forum to be held in Washington D.C., April 13, 2016
For the past six years the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been integrally involved with the U.S. Department of Energy funded Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project for the City of Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power (LADWP). During these years, UCLA SMERC has researched, developed and piloted technologies for electric vehicle integration with the electricity grid, as well as for optimally integrating renewably generated electricity from solar photovoltaic panels with the grid. UCLA SMERC has developed critical technology for operating smart grids, and has also deployed hardware and software to actualize demand response load abatement on hot summer days in LA. In addition, SMERC has been researching cooperative microgrid technology and analyzing battery energy storage data in conjunction with solar PV metering to minimize grid impact due to intermittency and to maximize the potential for renewables to be massively integrated into the grid. Moreover, SMERC has engaged stakeholder/partners from utilities, industry and government which have resulted in a variety of other sponsored research projects, innovations and demonstrations.

At this forum, UCLA is planning to accomplish the following key objectives:
  1. To share the results of UCLA's research, technologies developed, demonstration projects and experience on Smart Grids with the community.
  2. To invite leading Smart Grid experts from around the country to share their experiences to date on their projects and activities.
  3. To have a discussion with the experts on what Modern Electric Grid would look like in 10, 20 and 30 years and how we get there from here.

So save the date, April 13, 2016, for UCLA SMERC Innovation Thought Leadership Forum in Washington D.C., (register here) where utilities, industry-shakers, policy-makers and academics who are advancing the state-of-the-art in smart grids, will come together to discuss what the future electric grid looks like, as the next step for smart grid technologies will be their scaling up to regional and national levels. Offered will be the importance of evolving policy, innovations anticipated, as well as economic and business models.

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Current Speakers

Adrienne Grier
Adrienne Grier
Manager, Smart Grid Programs
Brian Patterson
Brian T. Patterson
EMerge Alliance
Datta Godbole
Datta Godbole
Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technology Officer
Honeywell HBS
David Wollman
David Wollman
Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office
U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Doug Kim
Doug Kim
Director, Advanced Technology
Southern California Edison
Emma Stewart
Emma Stewart
Deputy Group Leader and Research Scientist, Grid Integration
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
John McDonald
John McDonald
Smart Grid Business Development Leader – North America
GE Grid Solutions
Lee Krevat
Lee Krevat
Director, New Ventures
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
Nancy Sutley
Nancy Sutley
Chief Sustainabiity and Economic Development Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Patricia Hoffman
Patricia Hoffman
Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Energy
Pramod Khargonekar
Pramod Khargonekar
Assistant Director for Directorate of Engineering
National Science Foundation
Rajit Gadh
Rajit Gadh
UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Ram Sastry
Ram Sastry
Vice President, Infrastructure & Business Continuity
American Electric Power
Stephen Wemple
Stephen B. Wemple
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Con Edison
Tim Avampato
Tim Avampato
Technology Program Business Development Manager
Eaton Corporation
Vijaya Ganugula
Vijaya Ganugula
Manager, Demand Response Operations

Speakers from previous forums include:

Alexander Keros Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy General Motors
Ali Miremadi Manager of Operations Policy California ISO
Bernard C. Soriano Deputy Director, State of California Department of Motor Vehicles
Bob Frazier Director of Technology Houston Electric
Dan Ton Program Manager, Smart Grid R&D U.S. Department of Energy
David Wollman Manager, Electrical Metrology Groups NIST
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
Gilbert Weigand Director, Strategic Programs Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency & Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Kevin Dasso Senior Director of Smart Grid & Technology Integration Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Kurt Yeager Vice Chairman Galvin Electricity Initiative
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 & Security Solutions Cisco
Mark McGranaghan VP Electric Power Research Institute
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Engineering Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matthew Lampe Chief Information Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matt Mikio Miyasato Assistant Deputy Executive Officer Air Quality Management District
Robert Weisenmiller Chair California Energy Commission
Ted Reguly Director - Smart Meter Program Office San Diego Gas and Electric
Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Vincent Poor Professor of Electrical Engineering, & Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science Princeton University
Vikram Budhraja President Electric Power Group
Weston Sylvester Director Distribution Solutions/Smart Grid Siemens Energy, Inc.


Auditorium, 1st floor
University of California, Washington Center (UCDC)
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20036

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