Optimizing the Grid

for Transportation Electrification

Grid Forward invites you to join experts and regional practitioners as we explore emerging best practices to prepare our regional grid for EVs and other forms of beneficial electrification.

Please be advised that Grid Forward is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and will update our member community about potential changes to our June event as we know more.

A Focused Summit on EVs and Electrification for Our Regional Grid

Get into the discussion as experts and regional practitioners explore emerging best practices to prepare our regional grid not just only electrified transportation but for beneficial electrification overall. We’ll pick up the discussion where EVS33 will leave off: defining the holistic strategies that utilities should pursue to encourage and support fleet and consumer EVs; electrification of buildings and factories; and carbon-free, equitable, affordable and resilient energy to support our region, industry and communities.

Optimizing the Grid for Transportation Electrification
June 17, 2020, 1pm – 5pm
Altabira Cosmopolitan Ballroom
1021 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232

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Summit Preliminary Agenda

The Optimizing the Grid Summit will feature panels and working sessions to explore the broader energy implications of EVs and other forms of electrification. Our planning centers on these topics:

  • Holistic and Integrated Approaches to Electrification – This session discussion delves into how buildings, electric vehicles, renewables, automated DR, grid controls, and emerging technology can all work together as a holistic solution to managing load.
  • Key Components to Managing Transportation Electrification – This panel kicks off a series of deep-dive discussions in which participants to choose discrete topic areas of interest to explore further. Topics will include: consumer EVs, commercial/industrial electrification and vehicles, integration of heavy-duty fleets, complicating issues to upgrading the distribution system, and more.
  • Leveraging Data Analytics to Optimize Grid Investments – From predicting energy consumption to balancing load, to integrating demand response and anticipating capacity and infrastructure needs, this discussion investigates how and why data analytics will play a large role in managing the modernized grid.

Enjoy the Grid Forward Member Meeting and 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Too!

The Optimizing the Grid Summit will occur in conjunction with the Grid Forward annual members meeting and our Look Forward celebration of our 10-year anniversary. You are invited to attend any or all three events, occurring on the same day and same location.

  • Annual Members Meeting: Grid Forward members are invited to come together for lunch, sharing progress and conducting the business of our 501(c) member-driven organization. Guests and organizations interested in membership are welcome to attend. (11:30am – 1pm)
  • Look Forward Celebration: Join Grid Forward members, alumni, partners and supporters for an intimate look at the first decade of the Grid Forward community, followed by a bold discussion about what the 2020s may bring to our regional electrical grid. Voice your opinions and meet key change agents in our region. Then kick back, enjoy the music and mingle in our evening bash, Fast Forward in the 2020s. (5pm – 8pm)

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Supporting Organizations

These organizations are supporting or sponsoring the Optimizing the Grid Summit. If your organization is interested in getting involved, please contact Bryce Yonker.