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Tomorrowland in Anaheim: Smart Energy Week Adds New EV Integration Show

Come September, tens of thousands of energy professionals will convene in Anaheim, California, home to a magical wonderland filled with excitement, opportunity, and cutting edge technology. We’re talking of course about Solar Power International (SPI), Energy Storage International (ESI) and North America Smart Energy Week – although many will also swing by DisneylandⓇ for some non-energy related fun!

This year, show organizers from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have announced an exciting addition to the largest energy trade show in North America. Electric Vehicle International (EVI), a new co-located event in partnership with Forth, will showcase the integration of charging solutions and electric vehicle (EV) technologies into the modern grid.

EVs and the path to a carbon-free future
As more states implement renewable energy requirements, more companies announce ambitious sustainability pledges, and more utilities announce commitments to carbon reduction, electric vehicles represent a large opportunity to better align and balance a power supply that is increasingly diverse, decentralized, clean, and intermittent with a flexible source of demand.

Industry forecasts predict that by 2030, over 20 million EVs will be on the road, consuming 93 TWh of electricity annually. When paired with vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technologies such as managed charging and vehicle-to-grid, EVs can further the adoption of renewable energy as a complementary technology to stationary storage. VGI can reduce emissions by aligning aggregated EV charging with surplus renewable generation, and provide grid benefits such as capacity upgrade deferrals and ancillary services.

Source: Forth

Likewise, technologies such as on-site solar, microgrids, and energy storage are valuable tools that support EV charging infrastructure by providing low-carbon energy, reducing costs, and maintaining reliability and resiliency. These technologies will be on full display in Anaheim, making Electric Vehicle International the hub for the integration of solar and other renewable energy sources with EV charging infrastructure and fleet services.

More than your typical EV trade show
This year is not the first time we’ve incorporated EV education into the show. Electric Vehicle International is the culmination of three years of well-received EV programming. Previous Smart Energy Week attendees from the EV industry included exhibitors and speakers from companies such as EVgo, Siemens eMobility, EVConnect, EnelX, Nissan, Tesla, XOS Trucks, Amply Power, Black & Veatch, and EVMatch.

Panel on the future of transportation electrification at North America Smart Energy Week 2019

In 2020, EVI will feature an EV Theater and Installer Theater on the show floor, where attendees can tap into business-building education and workshops to explore infrastructure solutions for EVs and fleet management. EVI will leverage the transportation electrification expertise of SEPA and Forth to develop a world-class education track for all participants.

Beyond EVs
EVI is not a standalone event. Attendees and vendors alike will benefit from a diverse intersection of complementary programming, new business opportunities and industry networking. If you work at a solar company, EV charging equipment manufacturer, utility or other related business, you’ll have access to industry participants that will shape the future of your business.

Further, a strong connection exists between solar and EVs, as customers often want both, offering up new collaborative business opportunities for attendees. No matter your position in the energy or transportation ecosystem, North America Smart Energy Week has you covered.

SEPA’s Erika Myers at the EV Experience Theater at North America Smart Energy Week 2019

The key industry event of the year
Like the multifaceted and dynamic industries it represents, North America Smart Energy Week continues to expand its scope to meet the current and future needs of all clean energy professionals. We couldn’t be more excited to bring the show back to California, the epicenter of the energy transition, as we officially debut EVI.

We hope to see you in Anaheim! Registration is now open at