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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.


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

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Current Speakers

Adrienne Grier - Manager, Smart Grid Programs, ComEd

Brian T. Patterson - President, EMerge Alliance

Datta Godbole - Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell HBS

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 - Director, Advanced Technology , Southern California Edison

Emma Stewart - Deputy Group Leader and Research Scientist, Grid Integration, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

John McDonald - Smart Grid Business Development Leader - North America, GE Grid Solutions

Lee Krevat - Director, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

Nancy Sutley - Chief Sustainabiity and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Patricia Hoffman - Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Pramod Khargonekar - Assistant Director for Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation

Rajit Gadh - Director, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center

Ram Sastry - Vice President, Infrastructure & Business Continuity, American Electric Power

Tim Avampato - Technology Program Business Development Manager, Eaton Corporation