Webinar Meeting the Plug and Play DER Challenge February 14, 2019 11:00 AM PST/ 2:00 PM EST 60 minutes Register for Webinar Join us as we dive into the solutions to the Plug and Play DER Challenge. The first leg of this competition was to develop the best interoperability solutions for reducing information technology integration costs through enhanced connection capabilities. Our expert speakers will share their visionary Energy Services Interface (ESI) concepts and explain how they can reduce the cost and complexity of DER integration for utilities, product and service providers, and asset owners and managers. We invite audience members to share their real world challenges that could be solved with these ESI concepts. Share Share on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedIn About the Speakers Sharon Thomas Senior Analyst, Research, SEPA Sharon joined SEPA in 2018. She is responsible for developing research content on a variety of distributed energy resource (DER) topics, specifically for SEPA’s 51st State Perspectives and Beyond the Meter series. Prior to joining SEPA, Sharon worked at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on DER, smart grid, and critical infrastructure protection topics. Sharon holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University with a concentration in energy policy, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with majors in political science and organizational studies. Phillip Court Product and Company Strategy, Ecogy Solar Bruce Nordman Director of Energy Management Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Steve Widergren Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Steve Widergren contributes to new solutions for reliable operation of electric power systems. Common throughout his career is the application of information technology to power engineering problems including, simulation, control, and system integration. He is a principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he directs electric power projects and supports the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a past member of the board and Plenary Chair for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and was also the founding administrator for the GridWise® Architecture Council – both groups formed with the mission to enable interoperability of automated systems related to the electric system. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Mr. Widergren worked in industry for an electricity control center supplier, and electric utility service providers. In these positions, he engineered and managed energy management systems products for electric power operations and supported power system computer applications, including information modeling, SCADA systems, and power system reliability assessment tools. He received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is actively involved in the IEEE Power & Energy Society and participates in standards efforts that bridge power engineering with information technology. Raymond Kaiser Director of Energy Management Systems, Amzur Technologies, Amzur Technologies Raymond Kaiser is the Director of Energy Management Systems for Amzur Technologies, a 200-person software development firm based in Tampa Florida. Amzur is developing a suite of open source DER Communication and Control services based on industry standard protocols. For the past 15 years, Raymond has provided energy and environmental consulting to local, state and federal agencies, major developers, engineering firms, and national and international architectural firms. Prior to his work in energy and the environment, Mr. Kaiser had a 20-year history in the IT industry that included sales and marketing, technical support for Large Accounts, and software development. In his last assignment, he was Business Products Manager in Corporate Strategy and Worldwide Business Development for Lexmark International, an IBM spinoff.