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Big Events: CPUC Hearing; PIA Party, Plug-In '09 Workshops & Conference
Jul 15, 2009 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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Here's information on three upcoming events: an all-day workshop Weds, July 15 in San Francisco with an all-star lineup of presenters -- you can attend or watch online; Plug In America's Benefit Party at a beautiful winery August 9 in the San Francisco Bay Area; and additional details about Plug-In 2009 in Long Beach August 10-13. (This is the last week for early bird discounted registrations for this event.) All three events will shortly be updated at­events.html.

CPUC Workshop -- Plug in Electric Vehicle Integration Issues July 15, 2009 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Auditorium, California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102


According to some projections, electric cars could transform our transportation system, revitalize our aging power grid, and help California achieve its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This workshop explores the potential for electric vehicles, how electric vehicles could interact with the Smart Grid, and what steps, if any, state and local government agencies should take to support electric vehicles as a cleaner alternative to conventional combustion fueled vehicles.

Each section of the agenda will begin with a brief presentation (i.e. five minutes) by each panel member. The presentations will be followed by discussion moderated by Administrative Law Judge Timothy Sullivan. A video webcast of the workshop is at­cgi-bin/­cpuc.cgi (this is the correct URL; an incorrect one has been distributed)

Presentations will be on the web for viewing at­PUC/­energy/­smartgrid.htm.

Welcome and Opening Comments 10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Commissioner Rachelle Chong and other officials

10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Perfect Storm for Electric Vehicle Market Growth in California?

  • What is the expected growth of the electric vehicle market in California (including light duty, medium duty, heavy duty, and off road)?
  • Why would a consumer want to own an electric vehicle?
  • What are the environmental benefits and negative impacts of relying on electric vehicles?
  • How does electricity compare to other alternative transportation fuels, such as natural gas? Panelists:
    • Saul Zambrano, Pacific Gas & Electric
    • Chelsea Sexton Founder of Lightning Rod Foundation and Plug in America
    • Simon Mui, Natural Resources Defense Council
    • William Zobel, Sempra Utilities

LUNCH BREAK 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

PEV Showcase: Vehicle and vendor participants: • Southern California Edison (SCE), (Ford Motors, Ford Escape Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), (AC Propulsion, eBox; Mitsubishi Motors, iMiEV) • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), (A123/Hymotion Conversion, Toyota Prius) • Better Place, (Battery swapping video demonstration, Nissan Rogue) • Coulomb Technologies, Inc. • Tesla Motors (Tesla Motors, Tesla Roadster) • Clipper Creek, Inc.

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Paving the Way for Plug in Electric Vehicles

  • What models do we have for charging infrastructure?
  • What are the technological barriers to growth in the electric vehicle market?
  • What technical standards have been established to ensure that charging equipment will be safe and easy to use?
  • What steps should the CPUC take to ensure development of efficient and cost effective charging infrastructure?
  • How will utilities need to prepare for the added electricity demand that will accompany widespread electric vehicle use? Panelists:
    • Rich Scholer, Ford Motors, Society of Automotive Engineers
    • Marcus Alexander, Electric Power Research Institute
    • Professor Andy Frank, UC Davis, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.
    • Jason Wolf, Better Place
    • Richard Lowenthal, CEO, Coulomb Technologies, Inc.

2:30 - 2:45 PM Break 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Smart Grid and Electric Vehicles

  • How would electric vehicles help improve the efficiency and stability of the electricity grid?
  • How can electric vehicles help make better use of electricity from renewable sources?
  • What problems and opportunities are associated with "vehicle to grid" energy storage systems? Panelists:
    • Ed Kjaer, SCE
    • Jasna Tomic, CALSTART
    • Duke Luu, CAISO
    • John Clark, GridPoint

CALCARS IS A HOST COMMITTEE MEMBER AND AUCTION DONOR FOR PLUG IN AMERICA'S GALA BENEFIT PARTY ON AUGUST 9. You can go straight from this event to Long Beach for Plug In 2009! Here's the description: sign up at­party

Please join us for Plug-ins, Pinots and Progress Sunday, August 9th (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, CA

We'll toast to accelerating the EV movement! - 2nd Annual Benefit Party for Plug In America This is more than a great party! Plug In America is driving the clean vehicle movement towards widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles recharged by clean, domestic energy. Help us break our addiction to oil and fight climate change by supporting Plug In America (while drinking lovely Santa Cruz Mountains wines!) at our Northern California debut event.


  • Plug-in Electric Vehicles rarely seen before
  • Auction items for everyone
  • Organic hors d'oeuvres, divine wine and more

PROGRAM SET FOR 2 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AT PLUG-IN 2009. For the conference and expo, August 10-13, 2009 in Long Beach, CA, the early-bird discounted registration DISCONT DEADLINE IS JULY 17 (as are the discount hotel reservations): Register now at­registration.html. Previously we've posted the agenda and participants. Find the latest list (including the panel we're moderating and participating in, "Plug-In Grassroots and Legislative Advocacy" also featuring Steve Marshall, Cascadia Center, and Jay Friedland, Plug In America) at­agenda.html . The organizers have just released details on two great Monday pre-conference workshops, both 1-6PM:

Cell Chemistry and Technologies: Moderator: Naum Pinsky, Southern California Edison

  • Venkat Srinivasan, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • Cyrus Ashtiani, EnerDel

Battery Manufacturing and Cost: Moderator: Klaus Brandt, Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke

  • Paul Nelson, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Peter Mock, DLR

Materials and Recycling: Moderator: Fritz Kalhammer, Kalhammer Electrochemical & Energy Technologies

  • Linda Gaines, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mark Caffarey, Umicore
  • Steve Sloop, OnTo Technology

Panel Discussion: What Have We Learned?: Moderator: Haresh Kamath, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

  • Naum Pinsky, Southern California Edison
  • Klaus Brandt, Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke
  • Fritz Kalhammer, Kalhammer Electrochemical & Energy Technologies

II. PLUG-IN READINESS WORKSHOP: Moderator: Mark Duvall, Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute

  • Making Your Community Plug-In Ready - The Automaker Perspective: Britta Gross, General Motors Corporation
  • Community and City Infrastructure Planning: Bob Hayden, City of San Francisco
  • Planning and Executing Charging Infrastructure Projects: Enid Joffe, Clean Fuel Connection
  • Electrical Codes and Regulations for EV Charging Equipment: Greg Nieminski
  • Installation of Residential Charging Equipment: Mike Waters, Progress Energy*
  • Design of Charging Infrastructure for Fleet and Public Installations: Ron Thompson, Eaton Corporation
  • Cost Estimation for Residential, Commercial and Public Charging Installations: Mark Duvall, Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Fast Charging Technology - Tokyo Electric Power Company's EV Demonstration: Takafumi Anegawa, Tokyo Electric Power Company
  • EV and PHEV Consumer Behavior and Charging Habits: Jamie Davies, University of California at Davis

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