2019 SEPA Utility Conference

2019 Utility Conference Agenda

About the Agenda: Monday and Tuesday will each feature 3 different tracks as well as 9 smaller, solution labs to choose from. Monday tracks each focus on a different technology while Tuesday tracks are cross-cutting topics like Grid Integration. The two part solution labs will provide a hands-on opportunity to collaborate and develop answers to DER-related utility challenges with your peers.

Monday | 4.8
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Add On Workshop: Making The Case for Microgrids

Microgrids are well known for their resiliency solutions, but did you know they can help you answer distributed energy resources (DER) integration issues as well as temper physical and cyber threats to the grid? You can get hands-on guidance as well as expert case studies, deployment strategies, updates on innovative new tech, and more in this half-day workshop. In the first half industry experts will lead a panel discussion and in part two, you will apply what you learned in a hands-on guided planning exercise.

Speakers
Tom Bialek Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric
John Pinho Energy Innovation Advisory , Arizona Public Service
Russell Lieu Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Sold Out - Add On Tour: Technology Tour

Join us for SEPA’s annual Technology Tour. This 1/2-day tour is a great way to kick-start your Utility Conference experience and get some hands-on lessons while touring innovative local technology sites. The tour starts with a casual networking lunch and then we will travel with host SDG&E to an innovative energy storage site featuring a 2MW flow battery demonstration project on a high-penetration solar circuit. The group will also be jumping into microgrids as we tour UC San Diego’s Energy Park and a number of technologies including their microgrid with advanced battery storage, 2.8 MW fuel cell supporting district heating and cooling, 125 kW EV charging and a project integrating 2nd life EV batteries and PV - and more! This event is limited to 30 people – so reserve your seat now!

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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Opening General Session

Kick-off your utility conference! SDG&E will welcome us to their neighborhood. Julia Hamm will share how SEPA is working to help utilities be the heros in their communities, tackling DERs and leaping over challenges in a single bound. Utility host SDG&E will share how their heros are taking a leading role in the transition to cleaner, more efficient, flexible and sustainable utility.

Moderators
Julia Hamm President & CEO, SEPA
Speakers
Kevin Sagara Chairman & CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
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Opening Reception

Tuesday | 4.9
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Electrification of Transportation

The Utility Role in EV Adoption

As EVs are gaining momentum with both consumers and businesses, utilities have begun diving in to meet needs and anticipate integration challenges. Your colleagues will share utility and customer plans for electric fleet procurement, deployment and charging opportunities. We will learn how Maui Electric, American Municipal Power, Arizona Public Service and SDG&E are all approaching transportation electrification strategies.

Moderators
Erika Myers Principal, Transportation Electrification, SEPA
Speakers
Adam Ward VP Environmental Affairs, Sustainability & Energy Policy, American Municipal Power
John Pinho Energy Innovation Advisory, Arizona Public Service
Hannon Rasool Clean Transportation - Transformative Initiatives Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Gregg Kresge Manager of Renewable Energy Projects, Maui Electric Company
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
IoT and DR

A Tale of Two Utilities - Approaches and Experiences in the Realm of NWAs

Experts present and discuss the identifying criteria, opportunities, and processes for proposing and executing NWA projects as well as the related regulatory attitudes. Hear from Arizona Public Service and San Diego Gas and Electric on their approaches, recommendations and their thoughts on the future for Non-Wires Alternatives.

Moderators
Ted Davidovich Manager, Utility Planning, SEPA
Speakers
Mark Haughn Manager of Technology Assessment, Arizona Public Service
Tom Bialek Chief Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Solar and Storage

Customer Choice Case Studies: How Four Utilities Keep Their Customers Happy

For utilities, satisfying customers in the age of Amazon and Netflix is complex. However, some of your peers are knocking it out of the park. Four utilities will give their experience satisfying customers with familiar and new programs including solar+storage, green tariffs, power purchase agreements, and design thinking.

Moderators
Kate Strickland Manager, Utility and Regulatory Strategy, SEPA
Speakers
Paul Halstead Business Development Strategy Manager, Duke Energy
Ellyse Mazzi Program Manager DER Strategy & Policy, Hawaiian Electric
Joy Fryer Product Manager, Avista
Elody Samuelson Program Manager, Consumers Energy
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
IoT and DR

Accelerating Change - How TVA is Exploring Technology Solutions

TVA has a new project to outfit a control center with new functionality and is exploring new technology alternatives by running a reverse pitch seminar for universities where start-up companies propose solutions that TVA may fund for trial. This accelerator program is supported by DOE and hosted by ORNL.

Speakers
Gary Brinkworth Director of Enterprise Research & Technology Innovation, TVA
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Solar and Storage

Tag Team Talk on What's Next for Batteries and Storage

In this tag-team talk, two experts from SDG&E will share the current state of energy storage, where storage is going - and needs to go - and why. Different technologies will be covered as well as SDG&E's plans for storage.

Speakers
Louise Bick Advanced Technology Policy Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
Fernando Valero Advanced Technologies Integration Manager, Energy Storage, San Diego Gas & Electric
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Solution Provider Break

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Electrification of Transportation

Smarter Cities On The Move

Learn how utilities are working with states and regional governments to assist them in meeting their renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.

Moderators
Brad Benton Senior Manager, Membership, SEPA
Speakers
Tim Harvey Environmental Program Coordinator, Austin Energy
Patricia Taylor Manager, Regulatory Policy and Business Programs, American Public Power Association
Sam Choi Manager, Emerging Technologies, Orlando Utilities Commission
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
IoT and DR

Utilities-Only: Utility Data Analytics = X-Ray Vision

Data helps utilities see through walls, better envisioning and predicting needs and enabling new business models and integrating DERs.

Moderators
Nick Esch Manager, Research, SEPA
Speakers
Rachel Lupo Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison
Kelly O'Donnell New Business Developer , Entergy Corporation
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Solar and Storage

Solar for Flexibility, Economic Benefits & Meeting Goals

This session will include distributed solar programs for communities, distributed PV as a revenue opportunity, incorporating large-scale solar for flexibility and economic benefits, and meeting planning goals with solar, storage and smart grid controls.

Moderators
Medha Surampudy Senior Associate, Research, SEPA
Speakers
Ricardo Luna Senior Manager, Product Development, CPS
Andy Satchwell Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Luis Reyes CEO, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
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Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Electrification of Transportation

We Come in Peace: How Utilities Should Engage EV Customers

How are we engaging customers interested in EV? Utilities are exploring opportunities and making plans. Pepco will share four proposed collaborative EV programs providing infrastructure, new technology, innovation funds, education and residential rebates incentivizing transportation electrification and will share their newly-approved Maryland plan.

Moderators
Jennifer Szaro Vice President, Research and Education, SEPA
Speakers
Natalia Mathura Manager, Utility of the Future, Pepco Holdings
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Solar and Storage

Utilities-Only: Best Practices in Behind the Meter Storage Deployment

As more and more customers indicate interest in making investments in energy storage, utilities and solution providers are working diligently to define best practices related to permitting, interconnecting, integrating and properly valuing behind the meter storage solutions. Join us as we dive into what we've learned about successfully deploying and managing BTM projects.

Moderators
Nick Esch Manager, Research, SEPA
Speakers
Danielle Murray Manager, Customer Renewable Energy Solutions, Austin Energy
Galen Barbose Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adrienne Lalle Manager, Utility of the Future, Con Edison
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
IoT and DR

Utilities-Only: Cybersecurity Challenges Specific to Integrating DER

Systems are more complex, new technologies and controls are being implemented and the flow of information and energy is increasingly bi-directional. In this environment, network and system security becomes more important and more challenging. Utility staff actively engaged in SEPA's Cybersecurity working group will bring their expertise and efforts to the table to examine the current landscape and the challenges just down the road.

Moderators
Aaron Smallwood Vice President, Technical Services, SEPA
Speakers
David Lawrence Manager, Technology Development, Duke Energy
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
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Solution Provider Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Building Benefits with Microgrids

Microgrids - Not only can microgrids serve as backup power in an emergency, microgrids can provide valuable services to your utility, including energy storage and demand response. These services can support load shifting, frequency response and voltage control. Recently, your state's Governor called for the formation of a microgrid services tariff. What does this tariff look like? If you were to establish a new utility rate, how would you go about compensating for these services? What regulations and standards should the microgrid be held to in order to ensure grid safety and reliability?

Moderators
Jared Leader Manager, Advisory Services, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Community Solar - Adding to Your Program

Community Solar - You have a community solar project on the books and now want to extend the program to additional customers. Before you do - what has changed in CS since your last project - any new considerations? Is the approach to ownership and financing the same? How do you ensure that your program will be fully subscribed? What community engagement and stakeholders are key to success?

Moderators
Medha Surampudy Senior Associate, Research, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Cybersecurity for DER

There's a bear in the woods - You've been tasked with organizing a cybersecurity strategy for DER devices that have been interconnected to your grid. Between distributed solar, energy storage, EVs, and other smart home devices, a lot of customer and system data is generated and you face a lot of potential security and privacy threats. How do you keep track of all of the 3rd party devices that are being used as a grid asset? Are these third parties held to data security standards? How do you respond to cybersecurity threats when customers or 3rd parties own the problem? Or on the flip side, how can you leverage the 3rd party devices to give you a more holistic view of your grid?

Moderators
Aaron Smallwood Vice President, Technical Services, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Developing a Plan with NWAs

Non-wires alternatives - You are tasked with developing a planning process to consider non-wires alternatives to traditional grid investments. How do you begin? What are the elements you need to consider when considering non-wires alternatives in the planning process? (e.g. hosting capacity analysis, restricted circuits mapping, locational value of DERs)

Moderators
Brenda Chew Senior Manager, Research, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Developing EV Rates

Rates, Tariffs, and Teslas (Oh my!) - You are tasked with developing an EV-specific time-varying rate for customers that drive electric vehicles. You want to encourage them to charge during off-peak hours. What do you need to consider when developing this rate that incentivizes EV adoption while ensuring costs are allocated equitably? What are the pain points? What alternative options might be available (e.g., managed charging, subscription models) to more effectively address the need?

Moderators
Erika Myers Principal, Transportation Electrification, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Distribution Planning with NWAs for System Constraints

Distribution Planning - You have a constraint on a distribution feeder. One solution is to build new lines, but your regulators and/or board is pushing you to pursue a non-wires alternative (NWA). How do you integrate these new opportunities into your planning processes? How do you procure and evaluate (weigh) the options and what criteria should be used? Can supplemental benefits be identified with a holistic approach?

Moderators
Jennifer Szaro Vice President, Research and Education, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Interconnection Standards and Processes

Interconnection Extravaganza - You've already interconnected a significant amount of distributed and utility scale solar. Now comes the fun part - how do you adjust your interconnection standards (and processes?) to allow for energy storage, EV, and other demand side technologies?

Moderators
Chris Schroeder Vice President, Advisory Services, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: Mad Max - Rebuilding from Scratch

Mad Max - The post-apocalyptic world is beginning to rebuild and electricity is a top priority for your recovering community. You have an opportunity to build your vision of what a utility should be and need to sell this vision to your benevolent overlords. Describe your utility. What roles is it filling? Who are your customers (and are they just electricity customers or are you providing other services)? Are you building - putting poles in the ground and planning for big generation? Are you generating or controlling generation? If you are building the future - what pieces are you using and what is different from your system today?

Moderators
Christine Stearn Senior Manager, SEPA
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs I: What's Your Model for Launching an Energy Storage Program?

Energy Storage - You are tasked with organizing your utility's energy storage for behind the meter storage. Management wants to start with a pilot project of 100 customers. What do you need to establish before launching a program? How will it be used and what is the utility business model for this type of program?

Moderators
Nick Esch Manager, Research, SEPA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Solution Provider's Reception

Wednesday | 4.10
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Regulatory Innovation

Utilities-Only: Paving the Yellow Brick Road to the Future Utility

We often hear about the Utility of the Future - But what does that mean and how far are we looking into the future? What goals does the future utility represent and what actions are the leading utilities taking right now? Learn and share with colleagues from Exelon, Hawaiian Electric and Holy Cross Energy.

Moderators
Christine Stearn Senior Manager, SEPA
Speakers
Bryan Hannegan President & CEO, Holy Cross Energy
Jim Alberts Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Hawaiian Electric Company
Val Jensen Senior Vice President, Strategy & Policy, Exelon Corporation
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Tech Integration

ComEd & NYPA Case Studies: Microgrids for System Resilience

We have set high expectations for microgrids as a solution for - meeting community needs, controls, resilience, emergency preparedness and response and new business models. This session will share and discuss two case studies: ComEd's Bronzeville microgrid turning a neighborhood into a testbed for smart grid-enabled technologies and NYPA's microgrid for CUNY which can manage demand and dispatch storage based on solar availability and market levels. Bring your ideas and your questions.

Moderators
Kevin McGrath Senior Manager, Development, SEPA
Speakers
Carla Frieh Director of Engineering, Commonwealth Edison
Guy Sliker Director, Product Development, New York Power Authority
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Utility Business Models

Utilities-Only: Not Your Grandma's Customer Engagement Strategies

The utility industry is undergoing a number of significant changes in the transition to clean energy and the introduction of new technologies. When new technologies are introduced, the predicted impacts of the technology are significantly over-valued, and the impacts of consumer behavior/trends are significantly under-valued. Different utilities have different customer engagement needs and strategies. Speakers will share customer research that is informing future program design and new approaches to informing and ensuring customer buy-in of utility goals. Hear a case study from one utility on how they are engaging with customers around ambitious clean energy and carbon emissions reductions goals.

Moderators
Adam Wasserman Vice President, Development and Engagement, SEPA
Speakers
Bill LeBlanc Chief Instigation Agent, ESource
Julia Eagles Public Policy and Strategy Manager, Xcel Energy
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tech Integration

Grid Integration Standards - Solving the Communication and Control Puzzle

Moving forward with Grid Modernization is more effective with the right industry standards in place. In its update to 1547, IEEE has provided the industry with standard solutions to grid integration scenarios. Since its formalization as a standard in 2016, Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) continues to develop and is being proven in field demonstrations. This session will explore the updates to IEEE 1547, the adoption of OpenFMB, and potential future changes to these and other Grid Integration standards.

Moderators
Aaron Smallwood Vice President, Technical Services, SEPA
Speakers
David Lawrence Manager, Technology Development, Duke Energy
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Regulatory Innovation

Utilities-Only: IRPs and DRPs - Planning for What's Next

Utility planners have historically forecast demand and scheduled traditional generation to meet that demand, however, new technologies allow us to use flexible renewable resources and flexible load to ensure that demand and supply stay in balance. The flexibility that these technologies provide allows for a lower-cost and lower-emission power sector. It also enables the cost-effective integration of new electric loads, like electrified transportation, water heating, and space conditioning.

Moderators
Kate Strickland Manager, Utility and Regulatory Strategy, SEPA
Speakers
Rachel Huang Director, Distributed Energy Strategy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Joachim Seel Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Utility Business Models

Utilities-Only: Utilities in Transition - Business Models for the Future

Where are the new areas for utility business models? We will move beyond the conventional, working with deregulated entities, and third parties and focusing on services and virtual offerings like customer energy management services, offering new ways to facilitate renewables for customers, and new ideas for opportunities for utilities to compete and work with experienced technology companies on their turf.

Moderators
Brad Benton Senior Manager, Membership, SEPA
Speakers
Kevin Johnson Lead Program Manager, National Grid
Sangeeta Ranade VP, Clean Energy Business & Market Development, New York Power Authority
Emilie Bolduc VP, New York Energy Manager, New York Power Authority
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
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Solution Provider Break

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Building Opportunities and Finding Solutions with Microgrids

Microgrids - Your utility regularly faces wildfires every season. Transmission lines often cause the fires or are de-energized in bad fire conditions to avoid them. Either way, your customers are not happy. What opportunities do microgrids create to avoid these problems? If there was indeed the need to preemptively shut down lines, what customers would you consider critical customers to maintain electricity service to? If you decided to deploy microgrids throughout your service territory to serve critical infrastructure during these instances, where would you deploy them?

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Community Solar - Adding to Your Program

Community Solar - You have a community solar project on the books and now want to extend the program to additional customers. Before you do - What has changed in CS since your last project - any new considerations? Is the approach to ownership and financing the same? How do ensure that your program will be fully subscribed? What community engagement and stakeholders are key to success?

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Cybersecurity for Integrating DERs

There's a bear in the woods - You've been tasked with organizing a cybersecurity strategy for DER devices that have been interconnected to your grid. Between distributed solar, energy storage, EVs, and other smart home devices, a lot of customer and system data is generated and you face a lot of potential security and privacy threats. How do you keep track of all of the 3rd party devices that are being used as a grid asset? Are these third parties held to data security standards? How do you respond to cybersecurity threats when customers or 3rd parties own the problem? Or on the flip side, how can you leverage the 3rd party devices to give you a more holistic view of your grid?

Moderators
Aaron Smallwood Vice President, Technical Services, SEPA
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Developing a Plan with NWAs

Non-wires alternatives - You are tasked with developing a planning process to consider non-wires alternatives to traditional grid investments. How do you begin? What are the elements you need to consider when considering non-wires alternatives in the planning process? (e.g. hosting capacity analysis, restricted circuits mapping, locational value of DERs)

Moderators
Brenda Chew Senior Manager, Research, SEPA
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Developing EV Rates

Rates, Tariffs, and Teslas (Oh my!) - You are tasked with developing an EV-specific time-varying rate for customers that drive electric vehicles. You want to encourage them to charge during off-peak hours. What do you need to consider when developing this rate that incentivizes EV adoption while ensuring costs are allocated equitably? What are the pain points? What alternative options might be available (e.g., managed charging, subscription models) to more effectively address the need?

Moderators
Erika Myers Principal, Transportation Electrification, SEPA
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Distribution Planning with NWAs for System Constraints

Distribution Planning - You have a constraint on a distribution feeder. One solution is to build new lines, but your regulators and/or board is pushing you to pursue a non-wires alternative (NWA). How do you integrate these new opportunities into your planning processes? How do you procure and evaluate (weigh) the options and what criteria should be used? Can supplemental benefits be identified with a holistic approach?

Moderators
Jennifer Szaro Vice President, Research and Education, SEPA
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Interconnection Standards and Processes

Interconnection Extravaganza - You've already interconnected a significant amount of distributed and utility scale solar. Now comes the fun part - how do you adjust your interconnection standards (and processes?) to allow for energy storage, EV, and other demand side technologies?

Moderators
Chris Schroeder Vice President, Advisory Services, SEPA
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: Mad Max - Rebuilding from Scratch

Mad Max - The post-apocalyptic world is beginning to rebuild and electricity is a top priority for your recovering community. You have an opportunity to build your vision of what a utility should be and need to sell this vision to your benevolent overlords. Describe your utility. What roles is it filling? Who are your customers (and are they just electricity customers or are you providing other services)? Are you building - putting poles in the ground and planning for big generation? Are you generating or controlling generation? If you are building the future - what pieces are you using and what is different from your system today?

Moderators
Christine Stearn Senior Manager, SEPA
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Solution Labs

Solution Labs II: What's Your Model for Launching an Energy Storage Program?

Energy Storage - You are tasked with organizing your utility's energy storage for behind the meter storage. Management wants to start with a pilot project of 100 customers. What do you need to establish before launching a program? How will it be used and what is the utility business model for this type of program?

Moderators
Nick Esch Manager, Research, SEPA
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Utility Business Models

Building the Case for Non-Wires Alternatives

Join a lively discussion focusing on utility opportunities for non-wires alternatives. Experts will share their exploration of alternatives to traditional wires projects, transparency and collaboration in planning to identify opportunities and examples of some of these opportunities including costs, benefits, and outcomes.

Moderators
Brenda Chew Senior Manager, Research, SEPA
Speakers
Susan Mora Director, Utility Initiatives, Con Edison
Marie Schnitzer Lead Project Manager, National Grid
Damei Jack Manager, Customer Energy Solutions, Exelon Corporation
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Regulatory Innovation

Utilities-Only: EV Rate Design Opportunities to Manage Demand & Benefit the Grid

Best practices: with the right approach, EV rate design will include opportunities for demand management and ancillary benefits to the grid.

Moderators
Erika Myers Principal, Transportation Electrification, SEPA
Speakers
Robert Thomas Manager of Pricing Design, Regulatory Operations, Southern California Edison
2:40 PM - 3:15 PM
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Final Plenary Session

Speakers
Julia Hamm President & CEO, SEPA
Schedule is subject to change.