Workshops & Events

Get more out of the 2018 Grid Evolution Summit by attending one of SEPA’s July 9 workshops, along with Working Group meetings on July 12. You’ll get a more hands-on approach before and after the main Summit, and leave with practical knowledge you can take back to your job.

Need help with your registration?

Call us at 202-900-9030

How To Register

If you have not registered for the Summit already, you can register for a workshop during your Grid Evolution Summit registration by choosing “Grid Summit + 1 Workshop” option.

If you have already registered, and would like to attend a workshop, but haven’t chosen the “Grid Summit + 1 Workshop”, please contact Erika Tomatore at etomatore@sepapower.org.

If you would like to attend one of the workshops ONLY and will not be attending the Grid Evolution Summit, registration to each individual event is linked below.

 

Workshop: Evolution of Demand Response

Presented in partnership with PLMA

Pre-Summit
Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Time: 1-5pm ET
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price:  $295 for SEPA and PLMA Members / $395 Non-Members

Description

This half-day course, presented in partnership with the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), explains how today’s demand response initiatives are evolving to interact with an emerging future with distributed energy resources for peak load management and much more. The course content expands on a PLMA white paper.

What You Will Learn:

  • Articulate a common, descriptive language for describing the evolution of demand response as seen through the eyes of industry leaders
  • Explain where demand response fits within the current state of the fundamental market principles
  • Compare and contrast how demand response programs perform relative to energy efficiency, thermal/battery storage, and renewable energy initiatives
  • Explore how technology enables demand response initiatives
  • Detail-free and low-cost resources to learn more about topics and initiatives discussed
Agenda

 

1:00 -1:15 PM Welcoming Remarks and Introductions, Dave Hyland, Zen Ecosystems
1:15 – 1:50 PM Demand Response Fundamentals, Christine Riker, Energy Solutions
1:50 – 2:50 PM How Demand Response Fits in Wholesale Markets, Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy
2:50 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 3:40 PM Portfolio Development, Robin Maslowski, Navigant
3:40 – 4:10 PM Evaluation, Measurement & Verification, Olivia Patterson, Opinion Dynamics
4:10 – 4:40 PM DR Technology Overview, Joseph Childs, Eaton
4:40 – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Where To Learn More, Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy
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Add the Evolution of Demand Response Workshop to your Grid Evolution Summit registration.

To register for the workshop only, without registering for the Grid Evolution Summit, please click here.

Thank you to our Evolution of Demand Response workshop sponsor

 

Workshop: Discovering New Opportunities to Improve Your DER Interconnection Process

Presented in partnership with NREL

Pre-Summit
Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Time: 1-5pm ET
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price: $295 for SEPA Members / $395 Non-Members

Description

This interactive, half-day workshop, presented in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will be an opportunity for attendees to deepen knowledge on a broad suite of distributed PV and other DER interconnection issues, as well as provide feedback and insights based on their own experiences. The workshop will be oriented toward discussing when utilities should consider taking action based on levels of DER penetration and utility-specific attributes (e.g. number of customers).

What Will You Get Out of the Workshop:

  • An introduction to Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) and the latest in this area of research
  • An introduction to the Interconnection Best Practices Guidebook and associated  interconnection maturity model concept development
    • Including topical deep-dives to expand foundational knowledge
  • Concrete actionable information from other utilities
  • Influence research at DGIC and SEPA in a direction that responds to stakeholder needs
  • Impact what topics would be important to cover in the coming years at DGIC and updates on likely structure of partnerships to continue the work
Agenda
1:00pm Mapping participants to interconnection “stress” (e.g. number of interconnection applications compared to available resources for interconnection)
1:00 – 1:15pm Introduction to the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) and workshop agenda
1:15 – 2:00pm Highlights of DER Interconnection Best Practices: Cybersecurity, Cost Allocation, and Distribution System Upgrades and Planning
2:00 – 3:00pm Panel: What interconnection best practices are appropriate for different penetration levels?

Moderator:
Mike Keyser (Barc Electric)

Speakers:
Howard Smith (Southern Company)
Luis Figueroa (Pepco)
Dan Gabel (ComEd)
Wayne Uehira (Hawaiian Electric Company)

3:00 – 3:30pm Exercise: Prioritization of activities over next 20 years across technology, policy/regulatory, and market issue sets to improve interconnection (this session includes a break)
3:30 – 4:30pm Panel: What can be done internally at utilities and what support is needed from other organizations (e.g. national labs, industry associations, etc.) to improve interconnection and integration of DER? How can stakeholders collaborate on improving interconnection processes? What data is needed, and how can this be shared?

Moderator: Justin Cruise (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative)

Speakers: Mike Coddington (NREL)
Nadav Enbar (EPRI)
Mari Hernandez (IREC)
Alan Pressman (Baltimore Gas & Electric)

4:30 – 5:00pm Future directions for the DGIC
Register
Add the Discovering New Opportunities to Improve Your DER Interconnection Process Workshop to your Grid Evolution Summit registration.

To register for the workshop only, without registering for the Grid Evolution Summit, please click here.

 

SEPA Working Groups

Post-Summit
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price: Included with Grid Evolution Summit registration (RSVP requested)

Description

Working Group meetings will be held on the third day of the Summit on topics including Electric Vehicles, Grid Architecture, Transactive Energy, Microgrids, Grid Management, Cybersecurity, and more. See the main agenda for session titles and descriptions.

Learn more about SEPA’s Working Groups here.

Register
Working Group meetings are open to all Summit registrants, but we encourage you to RSVP by adding any meetings you plan to attend during your Summit registration process.

 

Co-located: NIST Testing and Certification Workshop

Pre-Summit
Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Location: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Price: Included with Grid Evolution Summit registration

Description
NIST and its partners have identified gaps in translating smart grid standards into functional interoperability of deployed grid assets. New grid architectures and operational strategies demand increasing interoperability across the system, a capability that requires seamless integration of new assets into existing systems. Interoperability is more imperative than ever before to provide the functional performance that enables the many smart grid benefits. Smart grid devices, systems and applications require an extensive exchange of data necessitating well-defined interfaces to transfer and translate this data from point to point across the grid. Clarifying the communications protocol and data model performance requirements is critical to easing the integration process. During this workshop, we will explore underlying drivers for the current state of smart grid interoperability testing and certification and examine interoperability profiles for smart grid standards as a means to accelerate the development of testing and certification programs. For information on workshop registration, contact Cuong Nguyen (cuong.nguyen@nist.gov).
Register

You can register here.  For more information, contact Cuong Nguyen (cuong.nguyen@nist.gov)

 

Run the Monuments

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Location: Meet at the Washington Hilton Concierge Desk
Price: Included with Grid Evolution Summit registration

Description

Want some fresh air and exercise to get your blood pumping before the Grid Evolution Summit begins? Do you want to meet new people and have a familiar face to recognize throughout the event? Then Run the Monuments is just the thing for you!

Come join us for a fun, free meet and greet as we roll through DC. This is a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jenny at jsenff@sepapower.org.

 

Need help with your registration?

 Call us at 202-900-9030