Transportation electrification by means of increasing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption presents both opportunities and challenges to power system operators. Although the electrification of transportation offers power utilities the opportunity to increase total load served in an era of flat year-over-year electricity sales, the sustainable integration of PEVs over the long term requires improved understanding of overload risks on existing power distribution systems.

We work on multiple projects to form community partnership and best practices for proliferating PEVs by developing robust networks of charging infrastructure for residential and commercial charging, public transportation and electric buses, as well as electrified highways for easy access to chargers for intercity travels.


Utah EV Infrastructure Deployment

Select Publication

  • A. Bagherinezhad, A. Palomino, B. Li, M. Parvania, “Spatio-Temporal Electric Bus Charging Optimization with Transit Network Constraints,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, in press, 2020. DOI
  • A. Palomino, M. Parvania, “Data-Driven Risk Analysis of Joint Electric Vehicle and Solar Operation in Distribution Networks,” IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, in press, 2020. DOI
  • A. Palomino, M. Parvania, “Advanced Charging Infrastructure for Enabling Electrified Transportation,” Electricity Journal, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 21-26, May 2019. DOI
  • A. Palomino, M. Parvania, “Probabilistic Impact Analysis of Residential Electric Vehicle Charging on Distribution Transformers,” in Proc. 2018 North American Power Symposium (NAPS2018), Fargo, ND, September 9-11, 2018. DOI
  • R. Khatami, M. Parvania, A. Bagherinezhad, “Continuous-time Model Predictive Control for Real-time Flexibility Scheduling of Plugin Electric Vehicles,” in Proc. 10th IFAC Symposium on Control of Power & Energy Systems (CPES2018), Tokyo, Japan, September 4-6, 2018. DOI
  • R. Khatami, M. Parvania, K. Oikonomou, “Continuous-time Optimal Charging Control of Plug-in Electric Vehicles,” in Proc. IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Conference, Washington, DC, Feb. 2018. DOI
  • S. Hosseini, A. Badri, M. Parvania, “A Survey on Mobile Energy Storage Systems: Applications, Challenges and Solutions,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 40, pp. 161–170, Dec. 2014. DOI

Funded Research Projects

  • WestSmartEV: Western Plugin Electric Vehicle Community Partnership, U.S. Department of Energy, 2017-2020.
  • Automated Monitoring and Control of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, 2017-2018.
  • Stochastic Continuous-time Flexibility Scheduling and Pricing in Wholesale Electricity Markets, U.S. Department of Energy, 2017-2020.


Rocky Mountain Power, Utah State University, Idaho National Laboratory, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development