Open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff.
Abstract: As rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and residential battery storage continue to become more and morecommonplace, they can have significant impacts in the way the Energy Grid operates. By embracing these newtechnologies, PG&E is helping to create a vision for what a next generation energy company will look like andseeking to answer key questions such as: Is energy storage changing the way in which utilities operate the grid?What is needed for new technologies, such as residential battery energy storage, to go mainstream? What aresome of the key factors driving the inevitable transition from a one-way grid to a two-way grid? This presentation will focus on both the technology changes happening to the energy space as well as some of thetechnology advancements helping to reshape how the energy grid engages with these changes. It will cover these topics while exploring a case study of a recent pilot projects where PG&E, Tesla, GE & Green Charge teamed up on a project in San Jose to demonstrate how battery storage and rooftop solar connected to smart inverters can be used to support the electric grid during periods of high demand while providing participating residents and businesses with backup power and bill reduction. The project is a microcosm of what the grid will look like in the near future with the rapid adoption of distributed energy resources such as solar, battery storage & EVs.
Bio: Tom Martin is the Manager of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Grid of Things team focused on using new technologyand analytics to support the electrical grid as it integrates millions of smart meters, hundreds of thousands ofsolar rooftops, tens of thousands of electric vehicles, and all of the potential interconnected appliances andtechnologies in the home connect to PG&E’s power generation, monitoring, and delivery networks. Tom serves asa product manager and people leader to strategically align internal/external stakeholders and deliver newanalytics and situational intelligence products for Pacific Gas & Electric. Previously, Tom was a member of theSmart Grid Program Management team at PG&E setting the strategy for PG&E’s Smart Grid portfolio of R&Dprojects and managing the newly created California EPIC program focused on funding new electricity systeminnovations through technology demonstration. Prior to coming to PG&E, Tom was an Electrical Engineer in Black& Veatch’s Federal Services Division. Tom holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from theUniversity of Notre Dame.