Distribution Planning Tools and Best Practices for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles

January 27, 2020
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST
San Antonio, TX
Distribution Planning Tools and Best Practices for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles

With tens of thousands of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles forecasted for delivery in the coming years, utilities should prepare for their arrival and plan for their charging needs and load requirements. Finding credible and publicly available information has proven difficult for distribution planners as they update distribution resource plans (DRP) and integrated resource plans (IRP). This free three-hour workshop, hosted by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), will equip attendees with the latest information on medium- and heavy-duty vehicle forecasts, costs, trends in vehicle use, fleet logistics, and charging optimization. This content will compliment SEPA’s 2019 report, “Preparing for an Electric Vehicle Future: How Utilities Can Succeed,” and highlight utility distribution planning tools that are best suited for EV needs. Attendees will be able to apply the lessons learned in the session via interactive peer-to-peer exchange and scenario planning.

This workshop is free for DISTRIBUTECH attendees. Please register to attend. 

Who Should Attend:

Engineering including project management, supervision, R&D, design, systems, and planning/distribution planning.

Benefits of Attending:

1. Education on emerging trends, markets, and solutions
2. Networking
3. Opportunity to apply and assess best practices in an interpersonal group setting that can be applied when returning from conference.

Attendees Will Receive:

Content and the presentation


12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Bring your lunch and networking

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions
Erika Myers, SEPA

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The Future of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Fleets
This panel will discuss:

  • The State of the medium and heavy duty fleet market
  • Factors that will lead to EV fleet deployment
  • Advance logistics capabilities and charging optimization
  • Where EV fleet vehicles may show up first, and what power levels and total amount of energy they will require

Moderator: April Bolduc, S Curve Strategies

  • Rick Mihellic, North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)
  • Daniel Haake, HDR
  • Rustam Kocher, Daimler

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
How Utilities Can Prepare for Fleet Electrification – Distribution Planning Tools
This panel will discuss:

  • How utilities are preparing for medium and heavy-duty fleet deployments
  • Distribution planning tools that can be optimized for this load
  • How utilities are incorporating forecasts into their IRP/DRPs
  • Alternatives to traditional grid upgrades

Moderator: Jennifer Szaro, SEPA

  • Gary Rackliffe, ABB
  • David Treichler, Oncor
  • Paul Stith, Black & Veatch
  • Jordan Smith, Southern California Edison

3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. – Facilitated table discussions

3:55 p.m. – Conclusion & Thank You
Erika Myers, SEPA

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