PLMA EV Symposium: Managed Charging

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Registration Desk / Lanyard
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12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch in the Red Bar

Sponsored by ICF ICF
Rosemont Ballroom CD

Day 1 Opening Session

Allison Hamilton, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Chair
Allison Hamilton

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

1:00 - 1:15 pm
Welcome and Chair Remarks

Richard Barone, Oracle Utilities Richard Barone
Oracle Utilities

1:15 - 2:00 pm
Integrating EVs into VPPs
VPPsare a valuable but overlooked resource for advancing key grid objectives including reliability, affordability, decarbonization, and flexibility. Utilities are already benefiting from VPPs that leverage EVs. Join us to learn from three utility EV VPPs, including their motivations, results, recommendations, their reflections on how EVs fit into their larger VPP and DSM strategies, and the importance of Ford and GM partnerships to EV VPPs.

Mary Tobin, RMI/Virtual Power Plant Partnership (VP3) Mary Tobin
RMI/Virtual Power Plant Partnership (VP3)
Rani Murali, Ford Motor Company Rani Murali
Ford Motor Company
Carlos Hill, Xcel Energy Carlos Hill
Xcel Energy
Harris Schaer, General Motors Harris Schaer
General Motors (GM)
Amy Findlay, P.E., Eversource Amy Findlay, P.E.

2:00 - 2:30 pm | Refreshment Break - Entry Level Foyer (Sponsor Lounge)

Rosemont Ballroom CD
Break Out 1
Stevie Rosen, Bidgely Co-Chair
Stevie Rosen

Tom Breare, Kraken Co-Chair
Tom Breare


2:30 – 3:15 pm
Evolution in V1G: Managed Charging for Multiple Use Cases
SMUD partnered with the OVGIP and Optiwatt to deliver a telematics-based active managed residential charging pilot. The Aug 2022 pilot, with 1,000+ enrolled participants included Tesla, Ford, BMW, and GM vehicles. In addition to reducing system peak, this pilot targeted reduction of service transformer peak loading, and consumption of excess solar, for the purpose of evaluating the business case for its transition from pilot to program. Join us to learn about the pilot and its results to date.

Deepak Aswani, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Deepak Aswani
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Chelsea Liddell, DNV Chelsea Liddell
Casey Donahue, Optiwatt Casey Donahue
Michelle Bogen, Ford Motor Company Michelle Bogen
Ford Motor Company

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Exploring the Ins and Outs of a Managed Charging Program
PGE is using an industry-leading experimental design for its Residential Charging Program that randomly assigned 5,000+ participants to an unmanaged control group, providing a valid counterfactual. Opinion Dynamics then evaluated the managed charging program and its impacts. Join us to learn insights on several testing interventions including technology type (EVSE hardware vs. telematics), stacking of time-of-use rates and direct load control, time of day when events are called, length of the event, and event season.

Tami Buhr, Opinion Dynamics Tami Buhr
Opinion Dynamics
Cal Conrad, Portland General Electric Cal Conrad
Portland General Electric
Beth Strasburger, Portland General Electric Beth Strasburger
Portland General Electric
United – AB
Break Out 2
Katie Parkinson, Apex AnalyticsCo-Chair
Katie Parkinson

Apex Analytics &
Tom Roberts, IGS Energy Co-Chair
Tom Roberts

IGS Energy

2:30 – 3:15 pm
Effectively Managing the EV Data Chain of Custody
With multiple parties involved in data collection, quality assurance, secure storage, use, and reporting—including utilities, EV drivers, EV OEMs, and EVSE manufacturers—the industry urgently needs best practices and standardization to manage increasing complexity. Join us to explore the full data “chain of custody,” how data can help scale impactful EV programs, plus the challenges and opportunities faced by parties working to bring the benefits of transportation electrification to the grid and decarbonization efforts.

Sarah Howerter, EnergyHub Moderator Sarah Howerter
Kevin Kavali, Potomac Edison Kevin Kavali
Max Parness, Toyota Max Parness
Diana Gilmore, Wallbox Diana Gilmore

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Responsiveness to Dynamic Prices at Workplace and Multi-Unit Dwelling Chargers
This work presents causal evidence of a high degree of customer responsiveness to dynamic prices at level 2 workplace and multi-unit dwelling (MUD) charging sites in San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) territory. SDG&E is an ideal setting to study these effects because of the well-established market for EVs: 26% of 2023 light-duty vehicles sold were plug-in hybrid or electric. SDG&E owns and operates over 250 workplace and MUD charging sites at which consumption is billed under a dynamic hourly rate that incorporates hourly market prices and dynamic adders for high system load hours and high distribution circuit load periods. For sites where drivers paid for charging, we estimate a price elasticity of demand for charging of -0.35. We find no evidence of price sensitivity at sites where drivers do not pay for charging.

Marshall Blundell, Demand Side Analytics Marshall Blundell
Demand Side Analytics
Break Out 3
Rich Hasselman, GDS AssociatesCo-Chair
Rich Hasselman

GDS Associates
Gary Smith, Sagewell Co-Chair
Gary Smith


2:30 – 3:15 pm
The Co-op Conundrum: Doing right by members with and without EVs
Electric co-ops are required to ensure a reliable, affordable grid for rural communities and therefore need innovative solutions to accommodate changes like increasing rates of EV adoption. Join us to learn about the unique electric co-op perspective on EV managed charging solutions from North Carolina EMC and WeaveGrid, which will provide valuable insights for any organization preparing for widespread EV adoption, especially those covering suburban and rural areas.

Brad Davids, WeaveGrid Brad Davids
Joseph Gadient, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives Joseph Gadient
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Larissa Paredes Muse, LUMA Energy Larissa Paredes Muse
LUMA Energy

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Getting to 30%: How Pioneers in Managed Charging Are Scaling Their Programs
Only 4% of EV drivers are currently engaged in a managed charging program so in coming years, utilities will need to graduate their pilots to programs to avoid costly impacts on distribution systems, power reliability, and rates. But how do we get to 30% enrollment rates? Join us to learn from the industry’s pioneers about a price elasticity study, innovative program design and POS partnerships, and scaled VPPs, featuring Peninsula Clean Energy, ConEd and

Phillip Kobernick, Peninsula Clean Energy Phillip Kobernick
Peninsula Clean Energy
Joe Morreale, Consolidated Edison Joe Morreale
Consolidated Edison
Kate Merson, Kate Merson

3:45 - 4:15 pm | Refreshment Break - Entry Level Foyer (Sponsor Lounge)

Rosemont Ballroom CD

Day 1 Closing Session

Ruth Kiselewich, ICF Co-Chair
Ruth Kiselewich

Kevin Knight, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co-Chair
Kevin Knight

Baltimore Gas & Electric

4:15 - 5:00 pm
Utility, OEM and EVSE Collaboration in Managed Charging: Lessons Learned
With 83% of EV charging happening at home, electric utilities are the provider of electric fuel, but there are two other key stakeholders: the EV OEMs and EVSE companies. Join us to learn how a utility, an automaker, a charging provider, and a software provider work together to provide a seamless managed charging experience for their shared EV driver customer. This session will focus on Alabama Power's EV GridWise+ program as a case study on successfully enrolling and managing charging for a variety of EVs.

Yakov Berenshteyn, WeaveGrid Moderator Yakov Berenshteyn
Chase Burnham, Alabama Power Chase Burnham
Alabama Power
Diana Gilmore, Wallbox Diana Gilmore

5:00 - 5:30 pm
Technology Advancement Roundtable
In three-minute segments, PLMA member organizations will present new or enhanced product and service offerings, followed by a brief moderated Q&A. Join us for this fast-paced opportunity to learn what's new in the EV space!

6:00 - 9:00 pm
Grand Dinner Reception — Joe's Live

7:00 - 8:00 am | Breakfast in the Red Bar

Sponsored by ICF ICF
Rosemont Ballroom CD

Day 2 Opening Session

Richard Barone, Oracle Utilities Chair Richard Barone
Oracle Utilities

8:00 - 8:30 am
Keynote Presentation

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, NorthBridge Energy Partners Peter Kelly-Detwiler
Energy Industry Thought Leader
NorthBridge Energy Partners

8:30 - 9:15 am
The Motherload: EV Load Management in Non-Residential Contexts
Residential charging that takes place “away from home” at public, multifamily, and commercial facilities results in higher demand and more grid strain, which is an ideal opportunity for load management! Join us to learn about the utility programs managing EV load beyond the single-family residential context, plus a path forward for managing EV charging away from home, including an understanding of the relevant customer, grid, and technology considerations for effective load management offerings.

Lauren Kastner, ICF Moderator Lauren Kastner
Hilary Polis, Opinion DynamicsHilary Polis
Opinion Dynamics
Devi Mohan, Con Edison Devi Mohan
Con Edison

9:15 - 9:45 am | Refreshment Break - Entry Level Foyer (Sponsor Lounge)

Rosemont Ballroom CD
Break Out 4
Kessie Avseikova, Opinion DynamicsCo-Chair
Kessie Avseikova

Opinion Dynamics
Meghan Jennings, Rappahannock Co-opCo-Chair Meghan Jennings
Rappahannock Electric Co-op

9:45 – 10:15 am
ConEd Case Study—Energizing Medium Duty/Heavy Duty Fleet Depots with Existing Infrastructure
Distribution system constraints mean that delivering energy for large, location-specific, new medium & heavy duty fleets is a big challenge for utilities. Join us for key project learnings resulting from an electric school bus depot in the Bronx in which ConEd has leveraged load management technologies to speed up EV adoption. Plus highlights from the grid edge innovation technologies that support this depot and how these can benefit utilities and fleet owner /operators in the future.

Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, ConEd Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud
Sam Hill-Cristol, The Mobility House Sam Hill-Cristol
The Mobility House
Christine Cole, Itron Christine Cole

10:15 – 10:45 am
Hub to Spoke: Electrifying America’s Freight Corridors for Medium- & Heavy-Duty Trucks
Medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs will consume 140,000+ megawatt-hours of electricity daily by 2030. To meet this demand, coordination between electric utilities and the commercial trucking sector is critical. Join us to explore a ZEV Freight Corridor Strategy which aims to help focus M/HD charging infrastructure investment, planning and deployment, to inform when and where commercial vehicle load will appear. Plus, planning and energization challenges affecting deployments, and solutions to accommodating commercial ZEV demand while balancing ratepayer commitments.

Brien Sheahan, Navistar Inc. Brien Sheahan
Navistar Inc.

10:45 – 11:00 am
Joint Q&A on Medium Duty/Heavy Duty Challenges

United – AB
Break Out 5
Troy Eichenberger, Tennessee Valley AuthorityCo-Chair Troy Eichenberger
Tennessee Valley Authority
Samuel Goda, KaluzaCo-Chair Samuel Goda

9:45 – 10:30 am
Making the Grade: Telematics-Based Metering and Revenue Grade Accuracy
Join us to learn about data accuracy when using vehicle telematics to support billing needs. We'll look at FlexCharging’s and MVEC’s EM&V-supported comparison of utility submeter data against telematics, in a field setting. Their goal is to validate the accuracy of EV telematics data to within a 2% margin of utility grade submeters, and to understand differences between OEMs. MVEC currently has over 500 customers on an EV-only time-of-use (TOU) rate enabled by utility submeters.

Jossi Fritz-Mauer,FlexCharging Jossi Fritz-Mauer
Michael Hinde, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) Michael Hinde
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC)

10:30 – 11:00 am
Unlocking the Potential of V2G for the Grid and Customers
V2G programs provide value to grid operators, market participants, and drivers, but deployment are slow. Octopus Energy launched the U.K.’s first V2G customer plan which offers free EV charging for participating customers. A previous pilot optimized an EV fleet for market signals and included these EVs in National Grid ESO’s Balancing Mechanism to provide grid services and meet customer charging preferences. Learn how the Distribution Network Operator used this data for network modelling and planning future infrastructure.

Emma Burns, Octopus Energy Emma Burns
Octopus Energy
Break Out 6
Derek Kirchner, TRC CompaniesCo-Chair
Derek Kirchner

TRC Companies
Melissa Leymon, Oracle UtilitesCo-Chair Melissa Leymon
Oracle Utilites

9:45 – 10:30 am
Improving Rural Electric Grid Visibility Today to Enable EV Adoption Tomorrow
VEC’s dynamic grid includes 30+ MW of rooftop solar and in early 2024, it lacked visibility into power quality and fault detection; a significant risk as more intermittent solar and EVs come online. VEC is now repairing its low-voltage network blind spots using Edge Zero’s technologies. Learn how VEC uses data to pinpoint grid locations requiring additional management to safely accommodate a growing number of EVs, plus, how early data is influencing EV planning and management decisions.

J.T. Thompson, Edge Zero J.T. Thompson
Edge Zero
Peter Rossi, Vermont Electric Co-Op Peter Rossi
Vermont Electric Cooperative

10:30 – 11:00 am
What’s Possible with Real-Time EV Analytics at the Grid Edge
National Grid’s next-generation AMI 2.0 meters enable grid-edge intelligence. Working with Sense, the utility has explored how this technology can solve short-term EV load management challenges including a pathway to universal participation in residential EV TOU or managed charging offerings; accurate EV charging load measurement based upon 1 million times more granular data; and scalable solutions. Join us to explore AMI grid-edge approaches that can help utilities and drivers manage EV charging load.

Lea Lupkin, Sense Lea Lupkin
Christopher Coy, National Grid Christopher Coy
National Grid

11:00 - 11:15 am | Refreshment Break - Entry Level Foyer (Sponsor Lounge)

Rosemont Ballroom CD
Day 2 Closing Session
Robin Maslowski, GuidehousePLMA Vice Chair
Robin Maslowski


11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Pilots Are Nice (Sometimes), but Scaling Up Is the Next Frontier!

Pasi Miettinen, Sagewell Moderator Pasi Miettinen
Jeff Myrom, Consumers Energy Jeff Myrom
Consumers Energy
Kelly Helfrich, Resource Innovation Kelly Helfrich
Resource Innovation
Brittany Blair, Smart Electric Power Alliance Brittany Blair
Smart Electric Power Alliance

12:00 - 12:05 pm

Robin Maslowski, GuidehouseRobin Maslowski

12:05 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

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