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.

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 “Basic Conference + 1 Workshop” option.

If you have already registered, and would like to attend a workshop, but haven’t chosen the “Basic Conference + 1 Workshop”, please contact Erika Tomatore at

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

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


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


1:00 -1:15 PM Welcoming Remarks and Introductions, Dave Hyland, Schneider Electric
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
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.


Workshop: Discovering New Opportunities to Improve Your DER Interconnection Process

Presented in partnership with NREL

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


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
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?
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?
4:30 – 5:00pm Future directions for the DGIC
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.


Workday: Low-Income Solar Installation

Presented in partnership with GRID Alternatives.

Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Time: Approximately 8am-4pm ET
Location: On-site in Washington, DC (transportation will be provided to and from the Washington Hilton)
Price: $150 per person (space limited)


Climb a ladder, pull solar panels up to a roof, and learn how to install solar alongside trained installers from GRID Alternatives. A limited number of attendees will get a chance to work with their hands while knowing they’re providing clean energy and a lower utility bill to low income DC communities.

This exclusive opportunity will take place at an affordable housing complex or ground-mounted community solar array serving Washington, DC residents at or below the 80% Area Median Income. The beneficiaries of the installed programming will receive a no-to-low cost solar installation and / or monthly utility bill savings associated with direct electrical generation from the solar installation.

What’s Included

Participants will be transported to and from the Washington Hilton and receive GRID Alternatives t-shirts and water bottles, along with lunch during the workday. GRID Alternatives will also provide a detailed safety briefing, all safety equipment, refreshments, and construction-related equipment necessary for the day. An impact report, including an online photo album, will be available post-event.


To register for the workday, please click here.

Participants must register no later than June 15, and must agree to an hour-long online orientation to be scheduled one week prior to the workday.


SEPA Working Groups

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


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.

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.




For questions regarding workshop registration, contact Erika.

Erika Tomatore Associate, Programs & Events

Email Erika