Workshops & Events

Get more out of the Utility Conference by attending a workshop or the tech tour. You’ll get a more hands-on approach before the main conference events and leave with practical knowledge that you can take back to your utility.

Workshop: Making the Case for Microgrids

Includes a casual networking lunch before the workshop

Monday, April 8 | 12pm – 5pm | $295

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’ll apply what you learned in a hands-on guided planning exercise.

Part 1: Industry experts and researchers will

  • Share how to use microgrids as tools for enhancing grid resilience and integrating and optimizing DERs
  • Explore case studies that contain applicable lessons for your utility
  • Walk through microgrid technical and design considerations
  • Discuss supportive deployment strategies, and
  • Examine innovative technology developments

Part 2: Hands-on guided planning exercise that includes walking through key considerations and strategies for microgrid design and deployment.

You can add this workshop to your normal Utility Conference registration

Technology Tour – Sold Out

Includes a casual networking lunch before the tour begins

Monday, April 8 | 12pm – 5pm | $120

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 various pieces of UC San Diego’s microgrid project, including battery storage, combined heat and power and solar.

If you missed reserving your spot for the tech tour, check out the workshop above.

Agenda and Speakers

12:00pm Casual Lunch and Introductions
12:30pm Gather for Departure
12:45pm Bus departs
1:15pm Safety dress code check, personal protective equipment and safety brief
1:30pm Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Storage Tour

Speakers and guides

SDG&E Team

  • Laurence Abcede, DER Manager
  • José Cardenas, Engineer
  • Steven Prsha, Team Lead
  • Les Young, Project Manager

Sumitomo Team

  • Riichi Kitano, Manager
  • Yoshi Nagaoka, Project Manager
2:30pm Bus departs for UC San Diego
3:00pm Arrive at University of California, San Diego

Tour highlighting DER within UCSD’s Energy Park with a 47 MWp microgrid with 85% self-generation.

  • 2.5 MW / 5 MWh BYD battery for peak load shaving and load shifting
  • U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E CHARGES advanced battery program demonstration site
  • 2.8 MW Fuel cell utilizing direct biogas configured CHP with a 350 ton absorption chiller supplying 2.5 mgal of thermal energy storage
  • Nuvve Vehicle to Grid demonstration project
  • EVgo PV-2nd Life EV battery – DC fast chargers and future site of EVgo’s 6×150
  • Compressed Natural Gas charging station using 100% directed biogas

Speakers & Docents

Byron Washam, Director, UCSD
To be announced

4:30pm Bus departs for hotel