SmartGrid Seminar: Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on the Grid

Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on the Grid
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm
Y2E2 111
Scott Tom Martin (PG&E)
Abstract / Description: 

As rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and residential battery storage continue to become more and more commonplace, they can have significant impacts in the way the Energy Grid operates. By embracing these new technologies, PG&E is helping to create a vision for what a next generation energy company will look like and seeking 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 are some 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 the technology 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.


The seminars are scheduled for 1:30 pm on the dates listed above. The speakers are renowned scholars or industry experts in power and energy systems. We believe they will bring novel insights and fruitful discussions
to Stanford. This seminar is offered as a 1 unit seminar course, CEE 272T/EE292T. Interested students can take this seminar course for credit by completing a project based on the topics presented in this course.


Tom Martin is the Manager of Pacific Gas & Electric's Grid of Things team focused on using new technology and analytics to support the electrical grid as it integrates millions of smart meters, hundreds of thousands of solar rooftops, tens of thousands of electric vehicles, and all of the potential interconnected appliances and technologies in the home connect to PG&E's power generation, monitoring, and delivery networks. Tom serves as a product manager and people leader to strategically align internal/external stakeholders and deliver new analytics and situational intelligence products for Pacific Gas & Electric. Previously, Tom was a member of the Smart Grid Program Management team at PG&E setting the strategy for PG&E's Smart Grid portfolio of R&D projects and managing the newly created California EPIC program focused on funding new electricity system innovations 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 the University of Notre Dame.