Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Unpacking the Future of EVs

Tuesday, September 25
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 204B

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Electric Vehicles are a promising opportunity for significant electric load growth not experienced over the past decade. Without proper implementation, EV charging could cause unexpected challenges to peak load, circuit capacity, or unexpected "timer peaks" resulting from spikes in load when the charging rate takes effect. This session investigates what the electrification of vehicles means for the grid, including the importance of load management, and whether utilities should serve as facilitators, managers, or providers of EV charging stations. Increased EV deployment presents important questions around cost recovery and rate design for industry, policymakers, and regulators alike.

Erika H. Myers

Director, Research
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Erika Myers joined SEPA in July 2015. In her role, Erika directs research team activities, oversees research collaborations with key partners, and manages the development of content. She specializes in renewable energy and electric vehicle infrastructure and staffs SEPA’s Electric Vehicle Working Group. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, briefs, articles, and blogs while at SEPA and regularly speaks at trade events around the country.

Prior to joining SEPA, Erika spent nearly four years as a consultant with ICF International and five years with the South Carolina Energy Office with a focus on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuel policy and regulatory planning and development. She also had a short stint as a supervisor at a solar installation firm in the southeast, before deciding she much preferred being behind a desk and not on top of a roof.

Erika has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University and a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources from the University of South Carolina.


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Kevin Barker

Deputy Director, Fuels and Transportation Division
California Energy Commission

Kevin Barker is deputy director of the Fuels and Transportation Division at the California Energy Commission. His team works to ensure that low-carbon fuels and advanced transportation elements improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Previously, Mr. Barker was the chief of staff for Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. As chief of staff, he assisted Chair Weisenmiller and represented the Energy Commission on a range of issues such as international relations, military partnerships, and long-term planning for the use of energy resources. During his time with the Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy Office, he supported the development of the integrated resource plans that utilities developed. He holds two degrees from the University of California, Irvine – one in environmental science and one in film studies.

Mr. Barker is an avid soccer fan who has been to three World Cups. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Diana, and dog, Abby.


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Julie Blunden

Executive Vice President, Business Development

Julie Blunden is the Executive Vice President of Business Development of EVgo. Blunden brings more than three decades of executive experience to EVgo, including growing rapidly expanding companies in new energy markets, including senior roles at SunPower, Green Mountain Energy, KEMA Xenergy, and SunEdison, as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation. She is Board Chair of CalCEF Catalyst and Board Member of CalCEF Ventures, as well as founder of her own consulting practice, and former Executive in Residence for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver’s Business School.

Blunden has an engineering and environmental studies degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


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Val Miftakhov

Chief Executive Officer

Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.


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Laura Renger

Principal Manager, Air and Climate Policy
Southern California Edison


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