As the forum in the U.S. for all things DER, demand response, and smart grid, the Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, features speakers who take the measure of the state of the industry, indicate what’s to come in the year ahead, and report on best practices and projects in the field.

Each year we try hard to put together a diverse group of speakers for the Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, including some from “outside the box.”

Questions about speaking?
Please contact Jenny Senff at jsenff@sepapower.org or 202.753.8782


2017 Grid Evolution Summit Call for Experts

Open through March 10, 2017

As we develop the program for the Grid Evolution Summit – A National Town Meeting, the SEPA Programs Team and Education Committee are seeking experts in a number of timely topic areas. Below is a list of session topics from our 2017 program for which we are seeking content leads.



The 2017 Grid Evolution Summit will host three concurrent breakout tracks on Thursday, July 27. This year the breakout tracks will follow more of a workshop format with cohesive theming and flow, combined with increased levels of interactivity.

Each session will involve brainstorming, interactive learning, building relationships, and problem solving through group discussions and activities.

Due to the interactive nature and workshop format of this year’s Summit breakout tracks, we are seeking discussion leaders and content leads for each session (as opposed to traditional moderators and panelists). Preference will be given to those submissions which both fit topically within a session and offer suggestions for interactive learning.


Grid Integration
  • Technical capabilities of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
    • What can DERs do for the grid and for the customer?
  • Interoperability Standards for DERs and the Grid
    • What standards are necessary for DER interoperability and aggregation?
  • Operating the virtual power plant as a grid resource
    • How do we build and operate a modern grid with aggregated DER resources?
  • DER integration planning tools and methods
    • Locational planning and load forecasting: Tools and methodologies for dealing with both short and long-term planning
Market Design
  • The Evolution of Grid Planning: A New Approach to IRPs and Load Forecasting
    • Key market challenges: Examining the big picture and overarching needs for IRP, load forecasting, and resource adequacy
  • Diversifying utility and industry revenue models
    • This session will discuss how to move forward as a utility or another industry player. Whether responding to mandates in a changing regulatory environment, or working with non-regulated services and third parties, we will explore diverse case studies and begin a broader dialogue about dealing with imposed change.
  • DER valuation and cost/benefit analysis
    • How to make the numbers work for customers, market players, and utilities. What frameworks are most effective for capturing and evaluating value streams?
  • Rethinking Rate Design
    • How should the rate design process be calibrated to better accommodate customer-sited DER? What other transactive models might reflect utility and customer value?
Consumer Engagement
  • The Customer Consumption Data Value Proposition
    • This session will explore the proliferation of customer usage data and show how it is allowing customers to make better decisions, animating new markets for DERs, and improving utility efficiencies.
  • Policies for the 21st Century Consumer
    • Since not all jurisdictions view data in the same way, this panel will examine the way customers, utilities, and third parties can be empowered and protected at the same time.
  • Animating Consumer Engagement
    • Standards and initiatives have allowed technology companies to innovate for residential and small commercial customers. This session will look at developer tradeoffs, customer incentives, and risks for utilities who don’t participate.
  • Best Practices for C&I Customers
    • What opportunities exist for larger, more holistic, DER offerings?  How can C&I building control systems be maximized? How are utilities and customers responding to data access programs like Green Button and Orange Button?


Additional Guidelines
  • Breakout tracks will take on more of a workshop format in 2017, so proposed presentations and sessions should be interactive and discussion focused.
  • Presentations may include PowerPoint but should also incorporate interactive elements such as facilitated discussions, polls, break-out exercises, etc.
  • SEPA will help place selected speakers into sessions that best meet the program and learning objectives.
  • To help make your session as engaging as possible, you will be required to attend a brief training webinar with a SEPA educational specialist.


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Speaker Eligibility

There is no organizational limitation on speaker eligibility. All speakers are welcome to submit.

Speaker Registration Discount

Speakers selected to present at the Summit will receive a discounted registration price. Please do not register for the Summit until you have received notice of the status of your speaker application. Applications are due by March 10, 2017.

Need Help?

If you would like additional information on the event, please visit the conference site. Questions? Please contact Jenny Senff at jsenff@sepapower.org or 202.753.8782.


2016 speakers included:


Mike Champly

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission 

Willie Phillips 

DC Public Service Commission

Phil Jones

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission 

Anne Hoskins

Maryland Public Service Commission 

Ann McCabe

Maryland Public Service Commission 

John Hewa

Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Val Jensen

Senior Vice President, Customer Operations

Paul Lau

Chief Grid and Strategy Operations Officer

Seth Frader-Thompson


Karen Butterfield 

Chief Commercial Officer 

Ron Binz

Public Policy Consulting

Caroline Choi

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs 
Southern California Edison 

Steve Hambric

Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales and Operations 

Gregg Knight

Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer 
CenterPoint Energy

Phil Moeller

Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Chief Customer Solutions Officer
Edison Electric Institute

Dennis Elsenbeck

Regional Executive, Western Division 
National Grid

Mike Hopkins

Ice Energy

Sunil Cherian 

Founder and CEO

Bud Vos


Chris King 

Chief Regulatory Officer
Siemens Smart Grid

Jan Ahlen

Senior Regulator Affairs Specialist

Tom Starrs

VP, Market Strategy and Policy

Erika Diamond

VP and GM

Britta Gross

Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy
General Motors

Doug Smith

Director, Power Planning
Green Mountain Power

Stephen Wemple

Director, Utility of the Future Team

Marc Romito

Manager Renewable Energy Program
Arizona Public Service

Lisa Magnuson

Director, Customer Communications
Pacific Gas & Electric

Chris Vlahoplus

Partner and Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice Leader

Bill Mutson

R&D Manager

Carlos Romero

VP Presales, Energy Portfoilo Management 

Inia Burginger

Manager, Demand-Side Management 
Pepco Holdings

Angela Strickland

Director, Energy Innovation
Southern Company

Corey Singletary

Program and Policy Analyst
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Mark Rothleder

Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California ISO

Marianne McElroy

Energy Resource Analyst
Eugene Water & Electric Board

Nick Corsetti

Senior Program Manager
National Grid

Melissa Segrest

Manager of Marketing & Communications 
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

Stan Williams

Director, Performance Compliance and Market Settlements

Sahar Mishriki

Strategy and Regulatory Manager, Conservation and Demand Management
Hydro One

Dave Packard

Vice President, Utility Solutions

Peter Asmus

Prinicipal Research Analyst

Barry Haaser

Managing Director
OpenADR Alliance

Ahmad Faruqui

The Brattle Group

James Bradbury

Senior Advisor
Energy Policy and Systems Analysis of U.S. Department of Energy

Pete Cappers

Research Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mark Gately

Data Analytics Manager

Dan Wilson

Renewable Energy Consultant 
Black & Veatch

Eric Mallia

General Manager
Fleet Carma

Stina Brock

Director of Utility Solutions

Ken Collision

Vice President of T&D Planning
ICF International

Tom Ashley

Senior Director Government Affairs and Public Policy

Judith Schwartz

To the Point

Nagarajan Sridhar

Business Development and Marketing Manager, Renewable Energy, Automative, and Industrial Markets

Texas Instruments


Rick Tempchin

Executive Director, Retail Energy Services

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

Kevin Lynn

Director, Grid Innovation


Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur

Director of Transportation Efficency

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)

Nathan Shannon

Deputy Director

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

Josh Schellenberg

Principal Consultant


Virginia Lacy


Rocky Mountain Institute

Cristin Lyons

Partner and Grid Transformation Practice Lead

ScottMadden, Inc.

Matt Owens

Director of Business Development 


Cindy Sargent



Jennie Potter

Senior Scientific Engineering Associate

Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory

Thor Hinckley

Senior Program Consultant


Derek Kirchner

Principal Supervisor – Demand Response 

DTE Energy

Bob Graham

Director, EV Everywhere Challenge

US Department of Energy

Alana Lemarchand




Tom Key

Senior Technical Executive


Karen Ehrahrdt-Martinez

Associate Director 



Seth Kiner

Managing Director 

Charlotte Street Advisors

Allison Clements


Sustainable FERC Project at NRDC

Christian Weeks

Senior Director and General Manager of Global Demand Response 


Danny Waggoner

Senior Associate, Public Utility Commission Program

Advance Energy Economy (AEE)

Katherine Hamilton 

Executive Director

Advanced Energy Management Alliance

Larisa Dobriansky

Chief Business and Regulatory Innovations Officer

General Microgrids