The road ahead for EVs as part of the grid
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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This was the second of two webinars on V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) technology.
Is California ready for the influx of EVs?
- Electric vehicle manufacturers are introducing new electric versions of popular vehicles.
- Beginning in 2035, EVs will be the only new cars to be sold in California.
- The Inflation Reduction Act is promoting the adoption of electric vehicles.
- The California grid is struggling to cope with unusually high heat.
Will electric vehicles be a blessing or a curse to the grid? What role can EVs play in our energy future?
Part 2 focused on what key California agencies are doing to overcome the regulatory and technological barriers to widespread implementation of V2X. Representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and Ford Motors discussed what they are currently doing to advance this effort and how individuals, businesses, and government entities can and must play a role.
CPUC Perspective on V2X
Presenter: Josh Huneycutt is a senior analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he serves as the lead for vehicle-grid integration. Josh has also served as energy advisor to the previous CPUC president and has managed various CPUC distributed energy resource programs. Prior to joining the CPUC in 2017, Josh designed and led grant-funded programs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. Josh has also worked as an analyst at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on climate and weather policy. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in energy policy.
Climbing the V2X Mountain; the path to resilience, cost savings, and convenience at scale
Presenter: Kiel Pratt supervises the Vehicle-Grid Integration Unit within the California Energy Commission’s Fuels and Transportation Division. This team supports the Clean Transportation Program and leads stakeholder-focused activities including funding and policies to support EVs as flexible grid resources that improve driver convenience and resilience, and assessing California’s EV charging infrastructure technology. Kiel previously was part of the CEC’s Research and Development Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in music from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo.
Ford’s Approach to V2G Integration
Presenter: Jacob Mathews is Manager of EV Standards, Regulations and Policy at Ford Motor Company. In his role, Jacob interfaces with external organizations, agencies, utilities and policy makers to help shape regulations, standards, and policies for EV Infrastructure and EV adoption. He currently serves on the board of CharIN NA, Inc. to help promote adoption of consistent EV charging standards across North America. Jacob has over 25 years experience in Product Development launching various product lines. He is the recipient of over 35 US patents, many in EV technologies. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Temple University and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Controls Engineering from Wayne State University.
Part 1 in our “Maximizing the Value of Electric Vehicles” demonstrated:
- how the integration of EVs with the electric grid is already reaping dividends in Europe
- evidence of tremendous potential in pilot projects
- the value to grid operations by reducing infrastructure costs and increasing resiliency
Watch the recording of our August 4, 2022 webinar, Part 1 – Maximizing the Value of Electric Vehicles