Workshops & Events

Get a more hands-on approach before and after the main Summit and additional networking time so that you can leave with practical knowledge and great connections you can take back to your job.

Workshop: How to Optimize Your Program Portfolio in a DER World

Monday, July 29 | 1pm – 5pm | Grand Hyatt | $295 for SEPA Members / $395 Non-Members


While traditional customer programs were focused on kWh savings and compliance, today’s utility program portfolio can do so much more – including supporting load management, resource integration, grid optimization, and increased customer satisfaction and retention. In this hands-on half-day workshop you’ll learn about the latest utility portfolio trends and best practices based on the E Source Utility DER Strategy Benchmark, which shows how leading utilities are developing more customer-centric and integrated DSM and DER program portfolios, and the benefits they are seeing from doing so. We’ll use this as a jumping off point to discuss steps you can take to assess your current portfolio within the context of DER opportunities and threats, and gain an understanding of how to optimize your portfolio to best meet evolving customer and utility needs.

What you will learn:

  • How utility’s portfolios are changing to incorporate more DR and DER programs
  • How DSM-DER programs can help utilities address key customer, load management, operational, and planning-related needs
  • How to evaluate and prioritize programs through the lens of customer desires and likely adoption, greenhouse gas reduction, load management, and more through a structured five-step process

Agenda and Speakers


  • Alanya Schofield, Sr. Director of Strategy, Consulting, & New Products, E Source
  • Bryan Jungers, Lead Analyst, Technology Assessment, E Source
  • Tom Hines, Principal, Tierra Resource Consultants
1:00 – 1:20pm Welcome and Introductions
1:20 – 1:50pm Trends in Customer Desires and Utility DSM-DER Portfolios

Alanya Schofield and Bryan Jungers

1:50 – 3:00pm 5 Steps for Successful Portfolio Evolution

Alanya Schofield and Tom Hines

3:00 – 3:15pm Break
3:15 – 4:40pm Small Group Breakouts: Planning Your Next Steps

Tom Hines, Bryan Jungers, and Alanya Schofield

4:40 – 5:00pm Closing Remarks & Learning More

Alanya Schofield and Tom Hines

Registration Information

  • You can register by selecting the add-on workshop during the Grid Evolution Summit registration process. For step by step instructions, download this pdf.
  • If you are interested in registering for the workshop ONLY and will not be attending the Grid Evolution Summit, register here.
  • If you have already registered and would like to add the workshop to your registration, contact or chat your request to our team (click the green icon in the bottom right corner).

Presented in partnership with E Source

SEPA Power Players Awards Dinner

Monday, July 29 | 7-9pm ET | Grand Hyatt

The SEPA Power Players Awards Dinner celebrates the 2019 SEPA Power Players – utilities, industry partners, and individuals on the front lines of energy industry transformation upholding the ideals of collaboration and innovation.

Please contact Holly DeLoache ( for details and registration.

Strategy Lab: Distribution network scenario planning for EVs and transactive energy

Thursday, August 1| 9am-4pm ET | Grand Hyatt | Included with Grid Evolution Summit registration

This bonus strategy lab is open to all Grid Evolution Summit registrants, where participants will learn how to use grid architecture principles for distribution planning. SEPA’s Electric Vehicle, Grid Architecture, and Transactive Energy Working Groups will teach attendees how to use grid architecture principles to explore the pros, cons, and system design requirements related to high-penetration of EVs and the implementation of peer-to-peer transactions. All registered Summit attendees are invited to participate, regardless of SEPA or working group membership.

Run the Monuments

Tuesday, July 30 | 6:30am ET | Grand Hyatt | Included with Grid Evolution Summit registration

We welcome you to join SEPA staff for an informal, untimed morning run down to the National Mall and around the monuments. Runners should meet by the concierge desk in the Grand Hyatt lobby and be ready to head out by 6:30am.

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