Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Utility Planning for EVs on the Grid
Strategic Planning for Electric Cars, Trucks, Buses & Fleets
July 30, 2020 | Online :: Central time

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The EV industry is growing at an astounding pace, as overall affordability for EVs allows for more consumers to purchase EVs than ever before.  Major automobile manufacturers increasingly develop new electric cars, with new product offerings now extending into the medium and heavy-duty vehicle market.  Furthermore, across the country policy makers are mandating ambitious transportation electrification goals, and in an era of corporate sustainability, entire company fleets are being electrified.

The scale at which transportation electrification is taking place has profound impacts to the electric grid, ushering in a new era of utility involvement in private and public transport.  This course will discuss how this transportation revolution will impact the electric grid, focusing on how utilities can successfully plan and prepare for EVs.  Attendees will gain an awareness of EV grid impacts under different scenarios & volumes of EV penetration, assessing the risks, challenges, and opportunities for successful management of increased load.  The major concepts and practices of EV charging technologies & processes, charging infrastructure planning & deployment, Vehicle-Grid-Integration (VGI), and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) will be discussed.  There will be technical sessions addressing power related issues, load forecasting, strategic planning, and utility case studies related to EV program design, product development, and rate design.   Utilities across the country will share case studies on these concepts, covering in detail the different options to incentive ‘grid-friendly’ EV behavior, options for charging infrastructure funding and deployment, and overall best strategies to successfully plan for and optimize EVs on the grid.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the electric vehicle (EV) landscape and the growing role of EVs on the electric grid
    • Impacts of COVID-19 on EV market & trickle-down effects of supply chain
  • Assess how the EV industry is impacting utilities and related challenges & opportunities for the energy industry
  • Review and hear EV grid planning case studies from utilities & leading EV industry experts from across the country
  • Describe how EVs are impacting the grid & grid integration challenges under different scenarios & volumes of penetration
    • Light-duty electric cars
    • Medium and heavy-duty electric cars (trucks and buses)
    • Fleet electrification
  • Analyze EV charging technologies, charging analytics & strategies to optimize charging of EVs on the grid
  • Assess how to successfully plan for expansion of EV charging infrastructure to meet policy goals through funding mechanisms, modeling tools & program design
  • Review utility charging infrastructure deployment case studies and considerations for access and efficiency
  • Evaluate planning and operational analytical tools to optimize how EVs function on the grid
  • Analyze various methods and approaches to optimize vehicle grid integration (VGI)
  • Describe how utilities are structuring rate design, demand charging & customer programs for EVs to incentivize specific EV impacts to the grid
  • Review Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) prospects and how EVs can be utilized as assets on the future grid



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.


Thursday, July 30, 2020 – Central Time

8:40 – 9:00 a.m. :: Teams Log-in & Sign On

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Introduction: The EV Landscape & The Growing Role of EVs on the Grid

  • What’s driving EV adoption and electrification of transportation: consumer preference, state and regional goals
  • EV marketplace today & future projections
    • COVID-19 impact on EV market& supply chain
    • Consumer preferences & purchasing trends for residential EVs
    • Fleet, medium & heavy-duty electrification trends
  • The impact of EVs for utilities and the energy industry – now and in the future
  • Overview of challenges
    • EVs and the grid – how is the grid being impacted, and what do utilities need to do to prepare and plan?
    • COVID-19 short and long-term impacts
    • Geographic challenges (e.g., urban vs. rural)

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: EV Technology, Charging Hardware & Utility Planning for Charging Infrastructure

  • Foundational characteristics & concepts of an EV
    • types of EVs, their parts & functions
    • comparison of combustion engine, hybrid & electric
    • efficiency, speed/acceleration, maintenance, mileage, cost
  • Overview of the EV charging process & equipment, cost and performance
    • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
    • Level 1 chargers
    • Level 2 chargers
    • DC Fast chargers
  • EV charging hardware
    • non-networked charging stations vs. open network ‘smart’ charging stations
    • Limitations of ‘non-network’ chargers
    • ‘Smart Charging’ costs, benefits and value chain
  • EV charging considerations
    • choosing the right EV charging hardware – main vendors & options
    • addressing key charging challenges: access & efficiency
    • Optimizing a networked solution – how to compare the value of different networked solutions
    • Key technologies that enable interoperability and smart charging
  • Funding mechanisms for charging infrastructure deployment & maintenance
    • Who pays for infrastructure upgrades?
  • Optimizing EV charging site choice
    • utilizing existing infrastructure & grid interconnection access points
    • EV charging market verticals – value proposition for workplace & retail siting

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Overview of EVs on the Grid – Their Impact, Challenges and System Stability Risks

  • Strategic planning for EVs and grid electrification
    • Defining grid impacts
    • Load forecasting
    • EV adoption forecasting
    • Charging infrastructure deployment
  • Understanding how EVs impact the grid under different scenarios & volumes of penetration
    • Modeling different EV use profiles, penetration scenarios, and rate design
      • Charge scenarios (e.g., workplace, residential, etc.)
      • Impact of rate design
      • Charge optimization with renewable energy
    • Differing impacts of light, medium and heavy-duty EVs
    • Grid impacts of large-scale fleet & transit electrification
    • Planning timelines for residential EVs vs. medium/heavy duty fleets (10MW sites)
  • Grid planning requirements necessary to meet EV deployment goals
    • distribution and transmission planning overview
    • utilizing existing infrastructure
    • Infrastructure preparedness strategies

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: EV Operational Analytics, Vehicle Grid Integration, & Vehicle-to-Grid Opportunities

Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) tools and processes support the optimization of electric vehicle (EV) connection and interaction to the electric grid. This session will provide an overview of VGI, discussing:

  • Benefits of VGI:
    • Supporting customers needs at times that are beneficial to the grid
    • Support for utilities and grid operators with grid balancing services
    • Optimization of available use of power on the grid
  • Analysis of EV use profiles, benefits, and battery life
  • Optimizing VGI dynamics to ensure
    • Lower customer rates
    • Utilization of higher proportions of renewable energy
    • Efficient use of EVs as grid assets
  • Policy and planning for EV-grid integration
  • What changes to energy and transportation planning and utility business models are needed to realize broader VGI goals and deployment?
    • Needs for grid interoperability standards
    • Evaluating grid services technology opportunities
    • Incorporating vehicle grid integration into long term, integrated resource planning efforts
  • Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and long-term opportunities for EVs on the grid
    • Industry progress to date on V2G initiatives – when will V2G be actualized?
    • Optimizing the managed charging landscape as a grid battery
    • Tools needed to determine V2G processes

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Tesla Case Studies on Charging Infrastructure Planning– A National Perspective on Utility Lessons Learned

  • Tesla’s experience working with utilities across the country on EV infrastructure deployment
    • Utility case studies of best practices
  • Tesla’s process of choosing charging infrastructure site locations
  • Case study: Tesla supercharger deployment
  • Best practices for utility EV customer rate & incentive programs
  • Utility planning timelines & considerations for different EV products
    • Residential EVs
    • Medium and heavy-duty EVs
  • Tips for communication & collaboration between utilities, fleet operators & customers
  • COVID-19 impact on EV market, trickle-down effect of supply chain
  • Moving forward & addressing challenges with EV charging infrastructure
    • Building a resilient charging network
    • California wildfire season power shutdowns

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD): EV Grid Impact & VGI Studies

This session will discuss SMUD’s research studies related to EV grid impacts and Vehicle Grid Integration.  Specifically, the session will discuss:

  • SMUD’s Grid Impact Analysis of EV impacts on the grid
    • Process of developing an in-house modeling analysis to understand EV impact on distribution system
    • Study results – overview of EV grid impact risks on the distribution system in near and long-term
      • 15-year horizon of grid impacts based on projected EV adoption rates
      • Impacts to EV transformers and costs for replacing transformers
    • Updating results in new grid impact study with EPRI
      • Developing user-friendly tool
      • Comparing results to old analysis
      • Sensitivity analysis to different vehicle types and structure combination
    • Current updates on past EV grid impact studies
      • Grid – voltage aspect scenarios
      • More depth on distribution on the grid – impact of line feeder and geographic density in terms of adoption
  • Risk mitigation for EV grid impacts through Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI)
    • Economic modeling to evaluate opportunities for vehicle managed charging
    • Cost mitigation strategies and market opportunity costs
    • Equipment testing – measuring specific attributes on grid response

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: New York Power Authority (NYPA) – Fast Charging Network Deployment for Public & Transit Buses

New York Power Authority (NYPA) is the largest public power utility in the United States.  This session will explore the unique situation of a utility taking a lead role to build out a DC fast charging network.

  • Overview of ‘EVolve NY’ – NYPA’s $250 million investment in EV infrastructure, services and consumer awareness
    • Tackling ‘range anxiety’ through deployment of high-speed charging networks
  • How NYPA is partnering with distribution utilities on EV projects & infrastructure buildouts
  • Installing DC fast charging projects for both general public use and transit buses
    • Overview of charging station deployment projects & their status
    • Identifying optimal siting, and distancing between, EV charging stations
    • Working with vendors to provide & install charging equipment
    • NYPA’s 10-station high-speed charging hub at JFK airport
  • Unique challenges for electrifying medium and heavy-duty vehicles
  • How the outcomes of EVolve NY will impact future business models in utility & transport sector

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. :: Pacific Gas & Electric – EV Strategy, Charing Infrastructure Access, & Incentivizing Optimal EV Grid Interactions

  • PG&E strategy to reverse barriers to EV adoption and optimize utility role in getting more EVs on the road
  • California mandate for transit agencies to electrify by 2040 – how PG&E is preparing & collaborating
  • Improving & increasing access to charging infrastructure through PG&E’s $400M funding program
    • Multi-unit dwelling infrastructure buildouts – addressing key challenges
    • Workplace charging infrastructure deployment
    • Public fast charging program for light duty vehicles
    • Medium and heavy-duty vehicle programs – collaborating with school districts, agencies and private companies for fleet electrification
  • Rate design & rebates as a tool to optimize the impact of EVs on the grid
    • Time-of-Use charging incentives for residential & commercial customers
    • Alignment of charging to utilize solar generation in middle of the day
  • Ensuring equitable access to charging
    • infrastructure deployment in DAC (Disadvantaged Communities)
    • Empower EV – focus on low income customers and helping educate/provide rebates
  • Challenges and opportunities with charging infrastructure moving forward
    • Stranded asset risks

4:15 p.m. :: Program Adjourns


Suncheth Bhat, Director – Clean Energy Tranportation, Pacific Gas & Electric

Suncheth Bhat is the Director of Clean Energy Transportation at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where he leads the company’s transportation electrification efforts.  He has held prior roles in renewable energy policy and finance.  He holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.  

Deepak Aswani, Senior Engineer – Energy Strategy, Research & Development, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Deepak Aswani conducts research on how SMUD can deliver cleaner and more sustainable electricity at the lowest possible cost. His projects involve evaluating and integrating new products such as electric vehicles and energy storage through both technology and business solutions. For more than a decade, Deepak has supported sustainable energy technologies, including clean diesel engines, electrified transportation, biofuels, and hydroelectric power. Prior to joining SMUD, Deepak served as the Business Operations Manager at American Governor (a turbine automation company) and as a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company. He holds over a dozen US patents and over two dozen international patents. Deepak has published in several technical journals and conference proceedings, including the ASME and IEEE. Deepak is passionate about education for underprivileged children and promoting sustainability through entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the board of a public charter school – Sol Aureus College Preparatory in the Sacramento Pocket area and volunteers time mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs studying business at UC Davis.

John Markowitz, Director, Emobility Technology & Engineering, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

John is the Director of e-Mobility Technology and Engineering at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) where he is developing the EVolve NY Program that will greatly expand the state’s DC fast charging network and the electrification of public sector fleets.  In the past fifteen years John has managed advanced technology programs in electric transportation, energy storage, load control, solar, and wind power. Before joining NYPA, John held engineering and marketing positions in transportation, telecommunications and energy efficiency. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.

Francesca Wahl, Manager – Business Development & Policy, Tesla

As part of the business development and policy team at Tesla, Francesca focuses on managing regulatory policy engagement on transportation electrification in California and electric vehicle charging infrastructure issues with key agencies, utilities, and cities across the country.  Previously, she was the Senior Associate for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association representing more than 390 companies in Silicon Valley. Francesca has also worked on federal energy efficiency policy at the Alliance to Save Energy in DC, analyzed state recycling regulation and legislation, assisted governments and small businesses with implementing sustainability principles in their management plans, and served in the White House Liaison Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Scott Milne, Rocky Mountain Energy Efficiency Group

Scott Milne is the sole owner and operator of Rocky Mountain Efficiency Group AKA National Energy Technologies LLC; as well as a ACI our Mexican Branch Corporation, he was employed in finance for 20 years before entering the energy market in 2007. He is certified by three of the Nation’s leading authorities of building energy inspection; BPI, RESNET, LEED. Scott has served as; a Lending officer, building inspector, successful solar consultant, energy auditor and an energy technologist. He is the editor of the popular “Efficiency Matters” newsletter and blog, and the Founder of the Denver Lodging Engineers Association. Scott is also a skilled public speaker and educator. He has been featured as a keynote speaker in large paid events and has organized free public Conservation Expos.

Aram Shumavon, Co-Founder & Ceo, Kevala, Inc.

Aram Shumavon is co-founder and CEO at Kevala.  He has more than 15 years of experience in regulated energy markets, with a focus on high penetration distributed and renewable energy resources.  Prior to forming Kevala, he was the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Distributed Energy Consumer Advocates. He has helped develop state and federal policy, managed the development of regulatory strategies, and created innovative market infrastructure and policy analysis tools. Mr. Shumavon’s work includes more than a decade as a senior analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where he headed the state’s analysis of key wholesale electricity market design and environmental compliance efforts and led long-term procurement and planning efforts focused on California’s high renewables penetration future and renewables integration strategies.

Laura Wang, Product Manager – Kevala, Inc.

Laura Wang is the Product Manager at Kevala, Inc. where she focuses on integration of distributed energy resource, non-wires alternatives, and Kevala’s EV-related product vision.  Laura.has experience in locational value of DERs, grid modernization, and distribution resource planning. She has held prior roles at nonprofit organizations, with the California Governor’s office, and as a U.S. Fulbright-Clinton Fellow with the Department of State.      

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