2018 SEPA Utility Conference April 23 - 25, 2018 Rancho Mirage, CA Overview Speakers Registration Schedule Full Agenda Workshops & Events Sponsorship Travel & Accommodations Attendee Experience Confirmed Attendees 2018 SEPA Utility Conference 2018 Utility Conference Agenda Check out the great, interactive networking and educational sessions we had this year. All sessions on Wednesday are utility-only. Please note event times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST) Conference Event Technology Customer Business Models Filter by track Conference Event Technology Customer Business Models Monday 4.23 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration Conference Event 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Celebrity Foyer 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Add On: Half-Day Workshop: Electric Vehicles + Breakfast Conference Event 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 Cost: $295 (SEPA members) / $395 (non-members) *UTILITY ONLY* SEPA is pleased to bring you a workshop focusing on EV business models for utilities. We will be diving into the deployment, control and monitoring technologies, examining utility approaches to EV, and hearing from industry and utility experts working on implementation of EV programs and the electrification of the transportation sector. This is a half-day event and breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Moderators Jennifer Szaro Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Kathy Knoop Principal Environmental Scientist - Electric Transportation, Salt River Project Vazken Kassakhian Senior Regulatory Project Manager, Southern California Edison Jake Wade Renewable Energy Program Manager, Seattle City Light Renee Samson Director, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Add On: Technology Tour + Breakfast Conference Event 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Celebrity West Patio Cost: $150 Kick-start your conference experience and get your hands dirty by touring local technology sites. You'll hear from experts working in this market and see control and project sites while networking with your colleagues. This is a full-day event and breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Add On: Half-Day Workshop: Designing Green Tariffs for Large Customers + Lunch Conference Event 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 Cost: $295 (SEPA members) / $395 (non-members) *UTILITY ONLY* Large customers and Fortune 500 companies are adopting sustainability metrics and renewable energy / carbon reduction targets that require significant incremental renewable generation to be added to the system. An emerging offering to meet these needs is the Green Tariff - a utility-led program that provides commercial customers access to renewable energy. During this workshop, SEPA's Advisory Services team will cover the basics of green tariffs and what these key accounts desire, review case studies from existing programs, and lead the attendees through SEPA's design exercise. After this workshop, attendees will be better positioned to approach internal stakeholders about launching or improving a green tariff in their service territory. Registration includes lunch. 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM 51st State Salon - INVITE ONLY Conference Event 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM Ambassador East Patio 51st State Salon registration is currently at capacity and closed. For more information, please contact Kate Strickland at email@example.com Please save the date for our next 51st State Salon on July 9th in Washington, DC! 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Opening Reception Conference Event 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Masters Plaza 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Group Trivia Night Conference Event 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Oasis Den Do you know the capital of Tajikistan? Do you know who played shortstop for the 1983 Baltimore Orioles? Can you tell the difference between resiliency and reliability? If so, SEPA Trivia Night is for you. Teams of up to 5 compete in all areas of knowledge to win both bragging rights and a fun prize. Open to all registrants of the Utility Conference - the competition starts at 8pm but we suggest you get there early to snag your spot and form your team. Attendance comes with one free drink ticket. Afterwards its a cash bar. Tuesday 4.24 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Wellness Activity - Morning Walk Conference Event 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Celebrity Foyer 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration Conference Event 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Celebrity Foyer 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast Conference Event 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Celebrity Foyer and East/West Plaza 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Opening General Session - Utility Evolution Conference Event 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Celebrity Ballroom A-D Kick-off the conference with a high-level look at the future for utilities and what evolution means to utilities. Participants will also visit SEPA's 51st State and be a part of the process of envisioning the future via an interactive session Speakers Caroline Choi Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison Julia Hamm President & CEO, Smart Electric Power Alliance Tanuj Deora Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance Mary Kipp President and CEO, El Paso Electric Sharon Allan Chief Innovation Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Solution Provider Break Conference Event 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Celebrity Ballroom E-H 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Transactive Energy Technology 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 Transactive energy is the integration of economics with system control that provides a coordination mechanism for integrating DER with power system operations. Join SEPA and National Grid (US) as they explore how utilities are using transactive energy to meet utility and customer needs. Moderators Aaron Smallwood Senior Director, Technical Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Daniel Payares Luzio Project Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid Jeff Taft Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM What are the roles of DER Aggregators and Providers? Customer 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom 4 DER Providers have increasingly played a role in the operations of the electric grid. What does the future hold for them? How has their current involvement impacted utility operations? DER aggregation is a potential game-changer for the electricity sector, but there are many technical, operational, and jurisdictional issues to overcome. This session will explore both the challenges and opportunities for providers and aggregators. Speakers Brian Prusnek Director-Regulatory Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM DER Valuation Business Models 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 Highlights from SEPA's study and an examination of how DER valuation is being practically applied elsewhere. Hear about activities in future-forward utilities ConEd, National Grid, Central Hudson, NYPA and SMUD. Speakers Kate Strickland Senior Associate, 51st State, Smart Electric Power Alliance Christine Stearn Senior Manager, 51st State, Smart Electric Power Alliance 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Diversifying Utility Revenue Models with Customer Offerings Customer 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 The evolution of the energy market will continue to challenge the 'old' way of doing business. Forward-thinking utilities are engaging customers with new offerings and diversifying their business model to generate revenue from new streams. These case studies and discussion will provide better understanding of a variety of approaches. Moderators Jennifer Szaro Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Carlos Nouel Vice President, New Energy Solutions, National Grid (US) Danielle Murray Manager, Solar Energy Services, Austin Energy Nathan Shannon Deputy Director, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Storage as a Utility Asset Technology 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 Explore how utilities are using storage for everything from firming DERs to voltage and frequency regulation to black start. What are the opportunities for utilities with large-scale storage? Moderators Nick Esch Senior Associate, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Ahmed Mousa Distribution & 69 kV Transmission Planning Manager, Public Service Electric & Gas Justin Woodard Principal Engineer, National Grid (US) Richard Benedict Director, Project Development, Indianapolis Power & Light Company 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM The Value of Data Technology 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 4 What is the value of data - and how can data be leveraged to meet utility and customer needs? Examples include National Grid's pilot which aims to develop a platform that can accurately forecast and measure the value of energy at the distribution level. The platform will leverage local customer-owned DER to fulfill system needs, creating the first distribution-level marketplace for energy. Moderators Sharon Thomas Senior Analyst, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Daniel Payares Luzio Project Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid Derek Kirchner Supervisor - Demand Side Management, DTE Energy 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Networking Lunch Conference Event 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Celebrity Foyer and East/West Plaza 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Solar + Storage Behind the Meter Customer 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 Win-win scenarios for utilities and their customers with solar plus behind the meter storage. Moderators Brenda Chew Research Analyst, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Vikram Singh Director, Advanced Planning,Renewable Energy Resources, Alectra Utilities Justin Orkney Senior Program Manager, Tucson Electric Power 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Utility Programs for Customer Engagement and Retention Customer 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 Outcomes from Puget Sound Energy's electric vehicle rebate program including the extensive customer research conducted during planning to better understand customer segments, motivations and adoption barriers around EVs. Speakers Meghan Weinman Product Development Manager, Puget Sound Energy 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Grid Architecture: Design Before You Modernize Technology 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Ambassador Ballroom 4 Grid modernization is a complex process that requires utilities to evaluate the impact of both existing and emerging scenarios. Jeff Taft of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will present the discipline of grid architecture and how it provides a modern set of methods to assist in thinking about these grid complexities, to aid in understanding interactions and technical gaps, to enable new capabilities and remove old unnecessary limits, and to support communication among stakeholders. This is becoming increasingly important as we modernize the electric power system moving toward a distributed system most usefully viewed as a network of structures. Speakers Jeff Taft Chief Architect for Electric Grid Transformation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM State Grid Modernization Trends Business Models 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 A majority of states have undertaken efforts to modernize the grid with hopes to capture operational and system efficiency, increase resiliency and reliability to integrate increasing levels of renewable and distributed resources, decarbonize, and offer customers more choices and new products and services. But how are we doing in actualizing these benefits? Hear perspectives from across the US on where they started in the process, how they prioritized possible benefits, where they focused investments, and what benefits have been realized. In the real world of tough trade offs hear lessons learned on how to arrive at a low regrets investment strategy that is executable and "good enough." Moderators Christine Stearn Senior Manager, 51st State, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Mike Bull Director, Policy and External Affairs, Center for Energy and Environment Ronny Sandoval Director, Grid Modernization, Climate & Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The EV Revolution and the Role for Utilities Business Models 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 4 The EV revolution is coming with the electrification of the transportation sector. What role will utilities play in their customer's EV decisions and how will they drive charging choices? What are the the challenges and opportunities for EV infrastructure, vehicle deployment, managed charging, distribution planning, and other key topics. Moderators Jennifer Szaro Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Gregg Kresge Director, Renewable Energy Projects, Maui Electric Company Kathy Knoop Principal Environmental Scientist - Electric Transportation, Salt River Project Caroline Choi Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Solar Solutions for Low Income Customers Customer 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 For low-income families, who typically spend a higher percentage of their income on energy, renting and or living in a multi-family building is yet another challenge to having access to the benefits of clean energy technologies such as solar generation. Solutions include community solar and residential solar programs, but getting it right takes some work. Hear case studies from utilities who are effectively supporting customers and meeting renewable energy goals. Learn replicable lessons in developing and implementing these projects. Moderators Dan Chwastyk Manager, Utility Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Adrianne Rogers Senior Energy Services Specialist, City of Colton Electric Utility Clay Norris Power Management Manager, Tacoma Power Ray Brooks Manager of Renewable Energy, Arizona Public Service Jessica Lim Principal Manager, Product Management, Southern California Edison 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Solution Provider Break Conference Event 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Celebrity Ballroom E-H 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM C&I Customer Offerings Customer 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 How can utilities speak to and create offerings for large customers and government customers who have goals of a 100% renewable future? How are utilities handling the topic of decarbonization as it applies to the electric transportation and building sectors? Moderators Ryan Edge Manager, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Jeanne Boyce Director, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison Kent Walter Manager, Customer Technology Product Development, Arizona Public Service 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Demand Response - History, Future & Case Studies from the Best Programs of 2017 Business Models 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 Chart the evolution of demand response - where we have been, and where we are headed. It is critical that we better understand demand response historically, so we can better predict how DR will interact DERs. We will share a few case studies from the best demand response initiatives in 2017. Moderators Ed Thomas Executive Director, Peak Load Management Alliance Speakers Derek Kirchner Supervisor - Demand Side Management, DTE Energy Kim Winslow Director, Energy Solutions, Kansas City Power & Light 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Trends and Insights from the 2018 Utility Market Snapshot Series for Energy Wonk Technology 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 4 This engaging, light-hearted, and interactive session will take the audience on a journey to decipher fact vs. fiction among industry trends in solar, energy storage, and demand response. The SEPA Research team will share insights you haven't heard yet from our survey of over 400 utilities. This is your opportunity to ask the team any top-of-mind questions you haven't had answered yet. Speakers Brenda Chew Analyst, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Daisy Chung Manager, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Erika Myers Director, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Nick Esch Senior Associate, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Challenges with EV Charging Infrastructure Business Models 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 Case studies and candid discussion from CPS Energy and Riverside Public Utilities on their experience with adopting and implementing charging infrastructure. Moderators Jennifer Szaro Senior Director, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Gerald Buydos Solar and Electric Vehicle Program Manager, Riverside Public Utilities Valerie von Schramm Strategic Research and Innovation Manager, CPS Energy 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Community Solar Evolution Customer 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 Community solar programs are maturing and evolving. This session will reflect on recent projects and will engage the audience with a discussion of what to expect in the next step of this evolution. Moderators Dan Chwastyk Manager, Utility Strategy, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Kerry Klemm Manager, Renewable Choice Programs, Xcel Energy - MN Joe Barra Senior Consultant, Portland General Electric 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM The Island Way: Hawaii's New PPA Model Business Models 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM Ambassador Ballroom 4 Hawaii has a new approach for contracting between the utility and renewable project developers. The new PPAs are designed to address the challenges presented by the high penetration of renewables. HECO worked with industry experts to create a model that provides them better flexibility in the cost-effective, dynamic dispatch of power, and provides developers reduced risk, resulting in lower energy costs for customers. Come hear all about this new model. Moderators Jim Kelly Vice President, Corporate Relations, Hawaiian Electric Company Speakers Rosella Motoki Energy Contract Manager, Hawaiian Electric Company John Pang Renewable Acquisition Department, ScottMadden 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Solution Provider Reception Conference Event 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pete Dye Driving Range Wednesday 4.25 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Wellness Activity - Morning Walk Conference Event 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Celebrity Foyer 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Registration Conference Event 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Celebrity Foyer 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM All Attendees Working Group Celebration Breakfast Conference Event 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Celebrity Ballroom A-D This breakfast is open to all Utility Conference attendees, not just those who are part of a working group. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM G&Ts and DER Deployment Technology 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 UTILITY ONLY - How generation and transmission associations are working with their distribution utilities to deploy DERs including: joint interconnection standards, economies of scale, and process improvements. Moderators Aaron Smallwood Senior Director, Technical Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Mark Rathbun Renewable Resources Lead, Great River Energy Tammy Bramlett Director, Business Development and Renewables, Tennessee Valley Authority Josh Cisney Renewable Energy Project Developer, Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Integrating and Operating DERs for Resilience, Flexibility, and Customer Satisfa Technology 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 UTILITY ONLY - Can distributed energy resources really add to resilience, flexibility, and customer satisfaction? Learning how utilities are viewing DERs can help. Understand what resiliency and flexibility means to utilities as well as how their operations and strategies are changing to accommodate utility and customer needs. Moderators Sharon Thomas Senior Analyst, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Bryan Hannegan President & CEO, Holy Cross Energy Drew Schroeder Consultant, Customer Technology Product Development, Arizona Public Service Alanya Schofield Senior Director, Strategy, Consulting & New Products, E Source 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM DERMS and the Grid Edge Technology 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Ambassador Ballroom 4 UTILITY ONLY - As more DERs are integrated into the grid, it becomes increasingly important to visualize, manage, analyze, and control things at the grid edge to ensure reliability and safety is maintained. This panel will discuss what they are doing to address more visibility and control at the edges. Moderators Sharon Allan Chief Innovation Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Everett Aragon Engineer Manager, Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison Julio Aguilar Supervisor Engineering, Capacity Planning - Distributed Energy Resources, Pepco Holdings, Inc. Matthew Wallace Lead Systems Architect, PPL Electric Utilities Company 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM DERs Decentralization and Cybersecurity Technology 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 UTILITY ONLY - Some DERs are far from the central office and don't have the physical computing power to take advantage of many modern Cyber security technologies that protect critical infrastructure. As generation moves closer to the grid edge and sources multiply, the number of entry points for bad actors increases. Hear about how some utilities and vendors are addressing this issue. Moderators Aaron Smallwood Senior Director, Technical Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers David Lawrence Technology Development Manager, Duke Energy 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Evolved Resource Planning Business Models 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 UTILITY ONLY - Examining and building new processes to meet unexpected challenges where there is no regulatory guidance. Speakers Nick Smith Senior Product Manager, Alliant Energy 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM The Right Approach: A Green Tariff Case Study Business Models 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Ambassador Ballroom 4 UTILITY ONLY - Consumers Energy shares lessons on Green Tariff programs for corporate customers. Want to know more about program expansion? How about integrating customer views into integrated resource planning? Do you want to hear how you can take a leadership role in proactively shaping the regulatory framework? This session will help answer all of these questions and examine green tariffs as a framework for customized utility products and services. Speakers Venkat Rao Senior Vice President of Strategy, Consumers Energy 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Solution Provider Break Conference Event 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Celebrity Ballroom E-H 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Solution Provider Plenary Session with Breakouts Conference Event 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Celebrity Ballroom E-H In this plenary session with solution providers, each breakout group will focus on a real world problem utilities are facing today. Choose 1 our of 10 groups that is covering a challenge you face and take practical solutions back to your utility. 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Top 10 Awards Lunch Conference Event 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Celebrity Ballroom A-D 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Planning for DER and Predictive Modeling Technology 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 4 UTILITY ONLY - How are we planning for DERs - and how are we anticipating a distributed future? Hear from Hawaiian Electric Company and Sacramento Municipal Utility District as we explore concrete steps for planning and transitioning into the future. Moderators Daisy Chung Manager, Research, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Patrick McCoy Strategic Business Planner, Solar PV, Sacramento Municipal Utility District Jim Alberts Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Hawaiian Electric Company 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Microgrids: Big Lessons Technology 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6 UTILITY ONLY - Microgrids remain a hot topic and those who have embraced microgrids now have enough history to share solid lessons from planning, execution and considerations in designing a microgrid. What would they keep? What would they do differently next time? Moderators Ryan Edge Manager, Programs, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers John Pinho Customer Technology Senior Project Manager, Arizona Public Service Gary Brinkworth Director, Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority Peter Tyschenko Senior Manager, Distribution Planning, Commonwealth Edison Company 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Innovative Rate Design - New Approaches and Design Considerations Business Models 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2 UTILITY ONLY - For more than 25 years, utilities have used Net Energy Metering, providing retail-level compensation for customer-sited solar. With a more mature solar market, the growth of storage and other electric sector changes, utilities are looking for new approaches to rate design that better reflect today's market realities. This session will explore the opportunities beyond NEM including demand charges and quantifying savings and revenue impacts under different design scenarios. This discussion will improve your understanding of how revenues are impacted and where good design can result in supporting solar while meeting customer expectations. Moderators Tanuj Deora Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance Speakers Naim Darghouth Senior Scientific and Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Gary Stern Managing Director of Regulatory Operations, Southern California Edison Schedule is subject to change.