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)

Monday | 4.23
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Celebrity Foyer
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Registration

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
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Add On: Half-Day Workshop: Electric Vehicles + Breakfast

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
Celebrity West Patio
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Add On: Technology Tour + Breakfast

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
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Add On: Half-Day Workshop: Designing Green Tariffs for Large Customers + Lunch

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
Ambassador East Patio
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51st State Salon - INVITE ONLY

51st State Salon registration is currently at capacity and closed. For more information, please contact Kate Strickland at kstrickland@sepapower.org Please save the date for our next 51st State Salon on July 9th in Washington, DC!

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Masters Plaza
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Opening Reception

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Oasis Den
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Group Trivia Night

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
Celebrity Foyer
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Wellness Activity - Morning Walk

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Celebrity Foyer
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Registration

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Celebrity Foyer and East/West Plaza
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Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Celebrity Ballroom A-D
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Opening General Session - Utility Evolution

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
Celebrity Ballroom E-H
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Solution Provider Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Technology

Transactive Energy

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Customer

What are the roles of DER Aggregators and Providers?

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Business Models

DER Valuation

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Customer

Diversifying Utility Revenue Models with Customer Offerings

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
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Technology

Storage as a Utility Asset

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Technology

The Value of Data

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
Celebrity Foyer and East/West Plaza
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Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Customer

Solar + Storage Behind the Meter

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Customer

Utility Programs for Customer Engagement and Retention

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Technology

Grid Architecture: Design Before You Modernize

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Business Models

State Grid Modernization Trends

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Business Models

The EV Revolution and the Role for Utilities

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
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Customer

Solar Solutions for Low Income Customers

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
Celebrity Ballroom E-H
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Solution Provider Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Customer

C&I Customer Offerings

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Business Models

Demand Response - History, Future & Case Studies from the Best Programs of 2017

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Technology

Trends and Insights from the 2018 Utility Market Snapshot Series for Energy Wonk

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
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Business Models

Challenges with EV Charging Infrastructure

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Customer

Community Solar Evolution

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Business Models

The Island Way: Hawaii's New PPA Model

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
Pete Dye Driving Range
Conference Event

Solution Provider Reception

Wednesday | 4.25
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Celebrity Foyer
Conference Event

Wellness Activity - Morning Walk

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Celebrity Foyer
Conference Event

Registration

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Celebrity Ballroom A-D
Conference Event

All Attendees Working Group Celebration Breakfast

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Technology

G&Ts and DER Deployment

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
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Technology

Integrating and Operating DERs for Resilience, Flexibility, and Customer Satisfa

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Technology

DERMS and the Grid Edge

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Technology

DERs Decentralization and Cybersecurity

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
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Business Models

Evolved Resource Planning

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
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Business Models

The Right Approach: A Green Tariff Case Study

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
Celebrity Ballroom E-H
Conference Event

Solution Provider Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Celebrity Ballroom E-H
Conference Event

Solution Provider Plenary Session with Breakouts

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
Celebrity Ballroom A-D
Conference Event

Top 10 Awards Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ambassador Ballroom 4
Technology

Planning for DER and Predictive Modeling

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
Ambassador Ballroom 5 & 6
Technology

Microgrids: Big Lessons

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
Ambassador Ballroom 1 & 2
Business Models

Innovative Rate Design - New Approaches and Design Considerations

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.