Focus is on business models, technology advances, standards and case studies for optimizing V2G deployments

To help the industry achieve the full potential of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), the second V2G Business, Policy & Technology Forum, October 17-19, 2023 in Detroit will convene top industry players, working groups, utility professionals and others who are focused on the successful development and implementation of V2G in the United States.  The Forum is a unique opportunity for V2G stakeholders to come together and work on accelerating V2G standardization and adoption nationwide.

Significant challenges for V2G include standards harmonization, identifying use cases and business models, the complexity of V2G versus other DERs, competing jurisdictions and more. Working through these issues and enabling utilities, automakers, charging network operators and others to achieve the V2G promise is the main driver for the Forum in October.

Speakers include:

– Tony Tomczak, Vice President of Electric Sales & Marketing, DTE Energy
– Dan Bowerson, Senior Director, Energy & Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation

– Sarah Swickard, Manager, Vehicle Grid Integration, Pacific Gas and Electric

– Rani Murali, EV-Grid Integration & Energy Services Project Management Analyst, Ford Motor Company

– Danielle Weizman, Business Development Manager, Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas & Electric

– Jeffrey Lu, Vehicle Grid Integration Unit, California Energy Commission
– Jordan Smith, P.E., Consulting (Principal) Engineer, Grid Technology Innovation, Southern California Edison
– Rich Scholer, Sr Technical Specialist, Chrysler Group

– James Mater, Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, Smart Grid, QualityLogic
– Richard Mueller, Manager of Engineering Technology, DTE Energy

– Eric Cutter, Partner, Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
– Sunil Chhaya, Ph.D., Sr Technical Executive, EV-Energy System Integration, Electric Power Research Institute

– John H. Holmes, Paratelic Systems, Sustainability Business Innovation, American Honda Company

– Ed Burgess, Policy Director, Vehicle-Grid Integration Council

– Dr. Glenn Skutt, Chief Technology Officer, Fermata Energy

– C.E. Ted Witham, Application Engineer, Energy Transition, Eaton

– Joe Bablo, Primary Designated Engineering Manager – Energy Storage and E-Mobility, UL

– Jaime Kolln, Senior Power System Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

– Haukur (Hawk) Asgeirsson, P.E., Senior Life Member, IEEE

– Rodney McGee, Ph.D., P.E., Research Engineer, Transportation Electrification Center, University of Delaware

– Frances Cleveland, President and Principal Consultant, Xanthus Consulting International

– Robby Simpson, Principal and Co-founder, Enetrics

– Beat Kreuter, Vice President – Product Testing, Business Line Safety, DEKRA SE

– Zach Woogen, Senior Policy Manager, Vehicle-Grid Integration Council

– Steve Letendre, PhD, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Fermata Energy

– Jacqueline Piero, US Head of Policy & Regulatory, The Mobility House

– Ben Burns, Leader of V2X, Eaton

– Russell Vare, Head of Auto OEM Partnerships, Kaluza
– Garrett Fitzgerald, Senior Director, Electrification, Smart Electric Power Alliance

– Ryan O’Gorman, Energy Services Co-Lead and Head of Intelligent Backup Power, Ford Motor Company

– Christopher Moris, Principal, Grid Innovation, Pacific Gas and Electric

– Joe Silver, Sr. Product Manager, NineDot Energy

– Dr. Laura Sherman, President, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

– Dan Killoren, Ph.D., Innovation Hub Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

– Paul Russell Salk, Product Solutions Lead, Utilidata

– Yukihiro Hatagishi, EV Electronics Lead, Diamond and Zebra Electric

– Blake Heidenreich, Strategic Advisor – Transportation Electrification, Southern California Edison

– Marc Monbouquette, Senior Manager, Policy and Government Affairs – Electrification, Enphase Energy

– Alissa Harrington, Manager, Automotive and Charging Partnerships, WeaveGrid

– Baerte De Brey, Vice President,  The European Association for Electromobility

– Tom Tansy, CEO, DER Security Corp

– Andrew Cifala, Solution Architect – Smart Grid & Alternative Energy Technology, Keysight Technologies

– Stephen MacDonald, Founder, Energy Profit LLC

– Aaron Willis, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, DTE Energy

– Larisa Dobriansky, Chief Business & Regulatory Innovations Officer, General MicroGrids

– Mike Bourton, Retired, Formerly Kitu Systems

Topics to be Addressed Include: 

  • The value and challenges of V2G
  • How are we tackling the V2G opportunity?
  • How is Industry Bringing V2G to Scale?
  • Accelerating V2G in the emerging V1G charging standardization regime
  • V2G-AC vs V2G-DC
  • V1G: its value, challenges and relationship to V2G
  • Standards for V2G —  IEC/ISO 15118, J 3072, UL 1741 SB/SC, IEEE 2030.5, SunSpec Modbus
  • V2G Use Cases and Pilot/Demo projects
  • V2G in residential charging
  • V2G in C&I workplace charging
  • Heavy duty vehicles and V2G — trucks and buses
  • Fleets and V2G
  • Standardizing rate design and business model for V2G
  • V2G in travel charging
  • Cybersecurity considerations in V2G
  • Reconciling U.S. and European charging-related technologies, standards, regulations, and expectations
  • Vehicle to Home (V2H) requirements vs V2G/V2B
  • And more

The Forum is organized by the Smart Grid Observer in collaboration with the Vehicle-Grid Integration Council (VGIC).  Other partners include the Alliance for Transportation Electrification, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the American Center for Mobility, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the SunSpec Alliance and others.  Platinum sponsors of the event include Keysight Technologies and QualityLogic.

“This will be a tremendous opportunity for V2G stakeholders in the U.S. to shape the trajectory of this key technology as the EV charging ecosystem evolves,” says Daniel Coran, program manager.  “If your organization will benefit from — or be impacted by — V2G, you should definitely plan to attend and join the discussions.”

The Forum will be held at the recently opened Newlab @ Michigan Central, 2050 15th St in Detroit.  To register, visit

For more information and to discuss sponsorship options, contact Daniel Coran, [email protected]  |  +1-815-310-3343