V2G programs and utility rate design for EV owners are important topics for DTECH 2021

DISTRIBUTECH International, the annual event for distribution utilities and their partners, focuses on all of the latest trends and innovations in the electricity delivery space. The conference covers 12 different areas of the utility industry, which we call educational tracks – each offering 4 educational sessions.

We asked each of our track chairs to tell us what about the hot topics in their track right now.

Ken Horne, Chair of the EV’s and Beyond educational track at DISTRIBUTECH talks about the cutting edge EV topics that he hopes will be up for discussion at next year’s event.

Play the video below to learn about V2G pilots, flexible rates, EV fleet management and why you should submit an abstract to speak at next year’s event.

About Ken Horne

Ken is a Director for Smart Grid in the Emerging Technology and Business Strategy group within the Guidehouse (formerly Navigant) energy practice. He serves electric sector smart grid and micro grid clients in the areas of investment analysis, project evaluation, market assessment, business model evaluation, project finance, technical design, technology operations, program and project management and cyber security.

Ken’s experience spans 15 years of on-the-ground information and operational technology business application, as well as executive-and governance-level leadership, in both business management and technical consulting roles, spanning the electric power, consumer engagement, chemicals, natural resource extraction and manufacturing industries.

Ken previously served as the smart grid investment Program Director leading a US Department of Energy-funded $18.4MM Smart Grid Investment Grant program across five municipal electric utility service territories. Technology investment scope included: smart grid architecture strategy, investment planning, business case, AMI, MDM, CIS, OMS, SCADA, web presentment, business intelligence, time-of-use rates, direct load control, cyber security and consumer education.

Prior to this role, Ken served as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of a Cambridge, MA-based big data and media technology start-up focused on leveraging online technologies to drive consumer engagement. He began his career as a student energy auditor at a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Industrial Assessment Center.

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Jennifer Runyon is a Content Director at Clarion Energy, writing, editing and posting content on POWERGRID International and planning conference sessions for DISTRIBUTECH's live and virtual events. She as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH International. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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