UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

Smart Grid Industry Partners (IPP) Meeting

UCLA's SMERC (Smart Grid Energy Research Center) to support its Smart Grid Research and Demonstration activities has set up the SMERC Industry Partners Program or IPP. SMERC IPP has had four meetings and now the fifth meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th, 2013.

SMERC IPP members would be partners/collaborators (if approved) in one or more of the UCLA SMERC demonstration and research projects. Examples of such projects are as follows:

We believe that such industry-university collaboration would be important to the success of the smart grid as it would allow research innovations to be implemented in the backdrop of real-world infrastructure. Currently the active projects at SMERC include Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration, Microgrid Modeling and Integration, Consumer response/behavior/acceptance, Information Security in Grid infrastructure, and Wireless Interfaces for Sense-and-Control of the campus grid. These research projects and associated concepts would be tested within the context of the UCLA SMERC living lab. The living lab consists of building and residential loads as well as electric vehicles plugged into the grid - all integrated with smart grid technologies to support the various demonstrations. This campus living lab smart grid concept enables SMERC to understand how to enable a smart grid in a community the size of UCLA and subsequently, the modeling and simulation/verification of such models would provide a guiding light on scaling up of the campus grid to one encompassing the City of Los Angeles or beyond even to other regions of California or the nation.

This event is meant for utilities interested in the campus living lab smart grid demonstration, Smart Grid technology providers who can participate and contribute, regulators and policy makers who are interested in seeing what's possible, government entities such as DOE labs who have created substantial technologies in the Smart Grid, standards organizations, etc. At this meeting, we will be discussing current technology demonstrations and research projects as well as those that we would embark upon over the next several years in UCLA and the neighboring regions that wish to participate. We will also discuss future plans for IPP functioning, roles, responsibilities, information dissemination, information gathering, creating partnerships, partnering with SMERC on federal or state funded grants and cost share that the IPP members can provide to such existing and future grants. Examples of recent collaborations with industry and how they are providing their contributions to projects and cost-share will be discussed. A key objective of this meeting would be to mobilize SMERC IPP for creating a successful research collaboration with industry on Smart Grid at UCLA.

Since space would be very limited at this event, interested parties would need to apply to UCLA SMERC via our registration page. This is only an application and does not guarantee invitation to attend as space will be very limited. If you need more information about the event or SMERC IPP, please email info@smartgrid.ucla.edu



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We will be inviting some of the current and potential SMERC IPP members to speak at the forum on their participation/contribution activities and future plans. In addition some of the IPP members will be invited to a Round Table discussion on the plans for IPP. We will also invite some speakers from outside the IPP. This is planned to be a full day program.

IPP Participants:
Byucksan Power US Inc. Ellen Bae
Comverge Chris Ash
Electric Power Group  
Enersys Inc. Ed Stein
Grid2Home Inc. Richard K. Kornfeld
National Instruments Kyle Mozdzyn
Power Correction Systems Inc. Brahm Segal
PowerMax Global Ranjan Pant

Panel Members:
Ellen Bae   Byucksan Power US Inc.
Michael Boehm Director Advanced Sustainability Institute
Chris Chen Manager of Intellectual Capital Sempra Energy
Dr. Peter Chu Project Lead - Electric Vehicle Integration UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Dr. Rajit Gadh Director UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Richard K. Kornfeld Chief Executive Officer Grid2Home Inc.
Dr. Hemanshu Pota Associate Professor The University of New South Wales
Dr. Shiv Prabhu Project lead - Demand Response UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Surendra (Sam) Vohra Smart Grid Program Manager,
Power System Information & Advanced Technologies
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Examples of previous speakers at SMERC forums include:
Bob Frazier Director of Technology Houston Electric
Bruce Hamer Principal Power Engineer Burbank Water and Power
Timothy Simon Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission
Dan Ton Program Manager, Smart Grid R&D U.S. Department of Energy
Dave Chassin Staff Scientist PNNL
David Watson Program Manager Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Erich Gunther Chairman and CTO EnerNex Corporation
George Arnold National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability NIST
Glenn Steiger General Manager Glendale Water and Power
Jack McGowan Leader Galvin Perfect Power
Jim Parks Program Manager, Energy Efficiency and Customer R&D Sacramento Municipal Utility District
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
Liang Min Grid Operations Leader Lawrence Livermore National Labs
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
Mark McGranaghan VP EPRI
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Enginering LADWP
Matthew Lampe Chief Information Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Michael Peevey President California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Montoya Director Engineering Advancement Southern California Edison
Mike Gravely Manager - Energy Systems Research Office California Energy Commission
Mukhles Bhuiyan Smart Grid Program Director Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Nancy Ryan Deputy Executive Director for Policy California Public Utilities Commission
Paul De Martini Managing Director Newport Consulting Group,LLC
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