Run-Up to Fortnightly Top Innovators 2019
Kathy Knoop is Principal Environmental Scientist - Electric Transportation for the Salt River Project.
Jamie Dunckley is Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute.
November approaches. And that means our special issue featuring the Fortnightly Top Innovators for this year, 2019, is right around the corner. Last November's special issue featuring the Fortnightly Top Innovators 2018 was perhaps the most widely read issue in the ninety-one-year history of PUF. This November's special issue — sponsored by the Electric Power Institute — might break the record again.
To ramp up for the selection of this year's Top Innovators, this issue and October's will highlight individuals and teams that are setting the pace as we speak (as we write?). In this issue we spoke with Kathy Knoop of Salt River Project and Jamie Dunckley of the aforementioned EPRI. Their innovation — on the tracking of EV behavior — is so important to the public we serve.
This project had its genesis in a brainstorming session with SRP load research staff in 2014, who were trying to discern the best way to forecast load, while considering the impacts of EVs. SRP did an initial study with EPRI in 2012 but EVs are much changed, especially regarding charging capacity. They decided to engage with customers, an EV community, who volunteer to share information and data about their vehicles and charging. Many questions are being answered in this ongoing quest. Read about their fascinating work below.