JB Straubel - Tesla - Video for August 6th Meeting

jb straubel 2014 storage symposiumThis week we will view a very interesting video which was recorded at the 2014 Energy Storage Symposium. JB Straubel, CTO for Tesla, delivered a keynote address for the symposium. It is a very interesting keynote and provides some insite into Tesla's thinking behind battery energy storage and some roadmaps for the future. Following the video we will engage in discussion.

Come join us for this interesting session.   

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Thursday Morning Meeting, August 06, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am
Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup site.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).


An Overview of Our Utilities and Their Relationship to Sustainability

One of the miracles of the modern era is the reliability of the power grid. An understanding of how a utility operates will not only allow a better understanding of how the electricity we use daily is generated and transported to our homes and businesses, but will provide insight into how alternative technologies such as Smart Grids and Demand Response will change the way we think of power generation, transmission, and distribution. 

  • How does a utility transmit and distribute electricity?
  • How is the electric power generated?
  • What is Demand Response?
  • How is deregulation related to utility markets?
  • Who is the CAISO and what function does it perform?
  • What is a Smart Meter and how does it relate to the Smart Grid?
  • What is the Renewable Portfolio Standard?
  • What technologies will have the greatest impact going forward? Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.

Read more: An Overview of Our Utilities and Their Relationship to Sustainability

The Internet of Things: A System That Pays You to Reduce Your Electricity Usage

A Presentation by Curtis Tongue 

ohm connect logoCurtis Tongue will present a primer on smart grid demand-response and a demo of OhmConnect. OhmConnect is a Demand/Response web-based application that allows many people to pool their response to fluctuations in demand on the grid. OhmConnect sells “load reductions” to the Independent System Operator by having consumers of power reduce their demand at certain times when power is expensive to produce.  Some of this is automated – Internet-connected devices in the home can be directly controlled to reduce demand.  Some is manual: a Text message or email to users prompts them to turn off some load – defer laundry, turn off lights, etc.  Participants are paid for their contribution to the aggregate reduction that can be sold to the grid, as measured by their smart meter vs. historical use pattern.

Come join us for this special EcoGreen Group meeting.

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Building The Electron Economy

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foothill college 2Developments in energy technology are accelerating, from energy storage to building analytics to smart grid deployment.  Simultaneous reductions in cost for battery and electric vehicle technology, along with policy are pushing electric vehicle adoption.  "Building the Electron Economy" is an integrated path to decarbonizing our energy infrastructure, using a systems approach of eleven interconnected technologies. It's a plan and a path to achieve an environmentally and economically sustainable energy system, with achievable milestones.  Join Professor Robert Cormia to learn about how we can live very comfortably in a low carbon electric world.  How will "transactive energy", evolving utility business models, technology, and energy efficiency contribute to this new world?

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Micro Grids: Prototypes for the Smart Grid

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Of the total energy consumed in the U.S., only 0.3% comes from solar and 1.65% comes from wind. Electric utilities are cautious about adding these intermittent renewable energy sources to the current grid. Clean Coalition's mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technology, policy, and project development expertise. Their Community Microgrid Initiative will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of high penetrations of local renewables. Come learn about how Clean Coalition is working with electric utilities to create microgrid demonstration projects, including one in San Francisco.

- What percentage renewable is feasible on the microgrids?

- What innovations can be modeled on the microgrid for grid-wide deployment?

- What are the opportunities, challenges, risks, time line, lessons learned and successes so far?

Thursday Evening, November 6, 2014
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Check-in, Networking & Light Refreshments
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Presentation and Q&A

~ VENUE ~ Merrill Lynch  333 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park CA 94025
From Highway US 101 Take Willow Road WEST (Exit 404B) (for questions email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Advance Ticket $10 OR $15 at the Door

About the Presenter

craig lewisCraig Lewis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition. He has over 20 years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor, and banking industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, a solar technology company, Craig was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation process. He was also the energy policy lead on Steve Westly's 2006 California gubernatorial campaign, and his resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies; including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from UC Berkeley. The potential of many clean technologies is dependent on energy storage.  Batteries enable electric vehicles.  Stationary energy storage can both smooth the intermittency of solar and wind energy and store energy for when it is needed.

The Smart Grid Keeps Getting Smarter

rod kirk pic smallerRod Kirk presented a talk entitled "The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter".  Work on the Smart Grid is accelerating. Smart Grid 3.0 is taking shape. In this talk Rod explored what Smart Grid 3.0 is all about, the driving forces, and some of the issues that need to be resolved.

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About the Speaker

Rod Kirk, a San Francisco Bay area native, has held various Electrical Engineering positions in numerous companies in the areas of data storage, networks, and motion control. He has a degree from San Jose State University and an Energy Management certificate from De Anza College. Rod is currently providing Technical Writing services for cleantech, green, and emerging companies.

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