Explore how the utilities can help you speed your idea to market at the Technology Resource Incubator Outreach (TRIO) Symposium scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF in San Francisco. Symposium participants will learn how to work with California utilities to get their product to the market place. This event is a must attend for investors, entrepreneurs, technology transfer officers, researchers and others working on creating the future for energy efficiency in California.
How the Utilities Work
Moderator: Randy Wong – Emerging Technologies Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
- Dan Bowermaster - Manager, Customer Energy Solutions, PG&E
- Robyn Zander - Manager, Contract Support Services, Regulatory, SCE
- Alok Singh - Manager, Design and Engineering Services
Alok Singh, SCE
Manager, Design and Engineering Services
Dan Bowermaster, PG&E
- Works with EVs
- Half of all solar installations are done in PG&E's territory
- Says V2G is technically viable but many other roadblocks such as battery warranty. He thinks by the time it becomes viable there will be better battery storage. However smart charging with aggregation could be important.
- He is available to talk more about EV programs
- (Gave hime business card, he will send contact info)
Robyn Zander, SCE
- Head of TRIO program
- TRIO tries to pull cost efficient, proven, emerging technologies.
- Teach people how to do a 3rd party solicitation to the utilities
- If we have utility or CPUC questions, she can direct us where to get answers
- (Gave her business card, she will send her contact info)
Utilities Emerging Technologies (ET) Program
Moderator: Paul Fox, Principal, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund
- Abdullah Ahmed - ET Program Manager, Sempra Energy Utilities
- Bruce Baccei - ET Program Manager, SMUD
- Edwin Hornquist - ET Program Manager SCE
- Randy Wong - ET Program Manager, PG&E
Randy Wong, PG&E
- Main web site www.ETCC-CA.com
- Has a form to fill out for new products that they will send out to utilities to gauge interest
- Options to get utility support
- Emerging Technologies Program
- Use existing rebates
- Use customized incentives
- Use existing 3rd Party Program
- Respond to RFP
- Equity / In-kind Support (Sempra only)
- Requirement is demonstration of UL approved, sustainable energy savings by independent 3rd party
- SMUD is not under CPUC
- 20% ($240 million) of SCE energy savings budgest goes to 3rd parties, for savings of kWh
- Utilities see 200 or so ideas a year and 30 or 40 make it to assessment then 50% of so of products make it into the program.
- "M&V" means measurement and valuations, can mean field measurement of savings, in ET means 3rd party evaluation at scale, with customers of new technology
- This TRIO Symposium
- TRIO Roundtable
- Open Forum
- Energy Summit
- Hot technologies?
- Cooling technologies: evaporative, etc.
- Efficient motors: Novatorque
- Plasma lighting
- Solid state lighting
- Wireless controls that do DR and energy efficieny (EE)
UC Davis Energy Center
Speaker: Andrew Hargadon - Professor and Chair in Entrepreneurship at Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis
- Nexus Work: not playing chess, but rearranging the chess board. iTunes.
- Find disruptable spaces
- Know your value proposition and where
- Find your key partners
Chris Scruton - California Energy Commission (CEC) Team Lead for PIER Buildings End Use Efficiency
- $86 milion public goods charge from IOU ratepayers
- Fund programs that typically wouldn't be funded and/or are too small for others
- 7 areas: environmental, energy systems integration, renewable energy, advanced generation, transportation, Industrial water
- Energy Innovations Small Grant Program provides up to $95k grants for energy projects targetted at a PIER R&D area with a straightforward application process
Innovative Company Success Stories
Moderator: Susan Preston - General Partner, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund
- Richard Bourne - Founder and CEO, Integrated Comfort
- Pritesh Ghandhi - Found and CEO, Ambient Devices
- Ed Koch - CTO, Akuacom (Honeywell)
- Patricia Nealon - Director of Corporate Marketing SynapSense
Ed Koch - CTO, Akuacom (Honeywell)
- OpenADR, open automated data response,
- Akuacom’s open and interoperable Smart Grid messaging infrastructure is used by utilities and ISOs to automate the delivery of DR price and reliability signals to aggregators and to commercial and industrial facilities.
Pritesh Ghandhi - Found and CEO, Ambient Devices
- Spun out of MIT Media Labs
Richard Bourne - Founder and CEO, Integrated Comfort
- Effective cooling system by cooling water on roofs at night
- DualCool evaporatively cools condensor air in a A/C unit and precools air, saves 25%
- Working with Walmart
Patricia Nealon - Director of Corporate Marketing SynapSense
- From UC Davis
- Wireless environmental monitoring and energy management
- Focused on data centers, saves up to 35% cooling energy
- Henrik Westgard, CEO, Smart Grid Billing
- In Cleantech Open
- Doing demand response
- Getting into EV smart charging
- Talk to them to see if there is some synergy (Bink's favorite word!)
- Mahnoosh Alizadeh, EE Grad student at Davis
- Working on a green energy system.
- Looks at when wind will blow and sun will shine and energy markets and lets customers schedule to get green energy
- This is software only
- Talk to them about interfacing with us to control EV charging
- They need a company to say they are interested in order for UCD to pay for patents
- Her email is
- Advisor is Anna Scaglione email is
- HemBus, Helios Energy Management
- Doing home area network (HAN) and solar to DC.
- Green Van Buren, COO,
- Talk to them about interfacing to EV chargers and smart charging
PG&E Demand Response
Most programs have a minimum demand of at least 200 kW to qualify.
Best Effort Rates and Payments
Customers that have elected to curtail load on a Best Effort basis will receive energy payments for PeakChoice events if they successfully and reduced at least 50 percent of their nominated Best Effort Load in any specific hour (BEL HR).
Best Effort rates are based upon the amount of notification time elected before an event is called. Customers will be paid at the rate for the event they confirmed to participate in and successfully reduced load.
Event Notification Time Best Effort Rate HR
Two (2) calendar days $0.40/kWh
One (1) calendar day $0.50/kWh
4.5 hours $0.60/kWh
30 minutes $1.00/kWh
Committed Load Base Price
The Committed Load Payment (CLP) is determined on an hour-by-hour basis relative to how a customer performs in a PeakChoice Event.
Event Notification Time $/kW-month
One (1) calendar day $ 5.00
Two (2) calendar days $ 4.00
4.5 hours $ 7.00
30 minutes $10.00