Building the Next Generation Power Grid

Tuesday May 31, 2016 12:00 PM

Building the Next Generation Power Grid

Speaker: Pedro Pizarro, PhD , Southern California Edison
Location: Annenberg 105

The electric grid that powers society is undergoing a reinvention in real-time, especially in California, which today hosts more than 50 percent of the nation's distributed solar generation capacity and more than 40 percent of U.S. plug-in electric vehicle sales.  Rapid technology advancement, ambitious environmental policy goals, and customers' growing expectations for reliable, affordable and clean energy are driving significant changes in the electric industry landscape. Southern California Edison envisions both a new utility model and an energy future in which distributed energy resources (DERs) – such as private and community solar, advanced battery storage and electric vehicles – are shifting the dominant paradigm of centralized power generation.  In addition, the discussion will touch on the contributions and opportunities for partnerships between academia and industry to further this vision.

Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, focused on electric power system innovation while serving more than 14 million Californians across a 50,000 square mile service area.

Series: IST Lunch Bunch
Contact: Diane Goodfellow at 626-395-6842
Department of Electrical Engineering