RE+ Event

SEPA Working Group 2022 Forum

September 21, 2022
Anaheim, CA
SEPA Working Group 2022 Forum

SEPA Working Group Forum

Hilton Anaheim, 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802 

  • Expand your peer network
  • Gain and share best practices and solutions
  • Collaborate with other organizations to tackle shared obstacles
  • Demonstrate expertise and take an active role in shaping industry efforts

Join us for the SEPA Working Group Forum at RE+ for a full day of learning and networking.

Deep dive into the trends and challenges of the transition to a carbon-free energy system by focusing on the work and insights developed by expert-led SEPA Working Groups. Topics include Community Solar, Cybersecurity, EVs, Energy Storage, Grid Architecture, Microgrids, Testing and Certification, and Transactive Energy. Each session is focused on identifying the next steps and ideas needed to move the needle toward a carbon-free future. Stay all day or drop in and out for the subjects that interest you.

This is a unique opportunity for stakeholders outside of SEPA to learn and share with this typically member-only community. The SEPA Working Group Forum is complimentary and open to all.

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact [email protected]




Community Solar

Rise and Shine: Expanding Community Solar through State and Federal Action

State, federal and utility actions to encourage the adoption of community solar are driving deployment to new heights. States – through legislation and regulatory action – are facilitating and accelerating deployment via statewide programs, financial incentives, and approval of large-scale utility and low- to moderate-income (LMI) programs. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting its bold national target – for community solar to power 5 million households and create $1 billion in energy savings by 2025 – via several new initiatives, and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes tax incentives that open even more opportunities. 

Electric vehicle

Painting the Picture of the Utility – Customer Relationship in 2030

In this facilitated discussion, participants will convene in small breakout groups to discuss and debate different future scenarios of the customer – utility relationship (.e.g. a prosumer world, a transactive energy world, V2X vs. managed charging, a business as usual world, less engaged customers, etc.). In small groups, we will identify the trade-offs, motivators, and other considerations that are relevant to how the customer – utility relationship will evolve as we navigate the energy transition. The discussion will be focused on transportation electrification and will explore both commercial and residential customers.

Energy Storage

Energy Storage Speed Dating — Accelerating Energy Storage to Reach 100% Carbon Free

Join SEPA’s Energy Storage Working Group to think, pair, and share with industry peers on opportunities and challenges in deploying energy storage for a carbon-free future. Participate in a facilitated “speed dating” activity to connect with and learn from others in this space, through the help of focused question prompts.

Grid architecture
Grid Architecture – The Why, What, How

The Grid Architecture Working Group provides the electric sector with thought-leadership in the discipline of grid architecture & related-field of IT enterprise architecture. Through a business scenario highlighting grid needs, this session will orient the participant to understand how the solid application of grid architecture helps mitigate uncertainties & risk, resulting in a flexible & adaptable grid.


Peer-to-Peer Learning on Microgrids’ Ability to Support the Carbon-free Transition

Join us to learn more about how microgrids are leveraged for grid, community, and customer resilience. During a member-led “show and tell”, you’ll hear from selected working group members on their microgrid-related projects and engage in Q&A. We’ll focus on issues ranging from strategic deployment of microgrids, to regulatory and business models, as well as underserved communities.

Testing and certification

Developing a Sure Win for DER Communication

Successful DER integration will rely on the ability of the systems to cross-communicate — be interoperable — with each other. What are the touch points that allow the smart grid to facilitate system-to-system communication? Join us as we decipher the required, communication design elements that can provide for interoperability across the smart grid.

Transactive energy

Transactive Energy’s Value and Place in a Carbon-Free Future

Transactive Energy (TE) will play an important role in an increasingly distributed electric system and transition to a carbon-free energy future. Drawing on real world examples, this interactive session will establish a basic understanding of TE, as well as where it fits in the renewable future. Participants will advance their understanding of how TE facilitates coordination between energy producers and consumers, and how it provides flexibility to the grid during a time of growing electric demand.

Standards Education Workshop (2 hours) Smart Grid Standards
What Works? What Needs Work?

The workshop seeks to fill the need to effectively identify educational and application gaps in the industry regarding what smart grid standards can and cannot do for the electric power sector. Through dedicated breakout groups, attendees will discuss the capabilities and limitations of relevant standards as it relates to their work. Workshop Objectives: 1. Educate the audience on the applicability of standards 2. Provide briefing on the most relevant standards 3. Generate feedback on fundamental challenges faced by the industry relating to standards.


Aaron Smallwood, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Avi Gopstein, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Matt Roberts, Blue Planet Energy
Avi Gopstein, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Brian Lips, N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
Brittany Blair, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Vincent Potter, N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
Yara Marin, Vote Solar
Dr. Robby Simpson, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Drake Moran, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Garrett Fitzgerald, Smart Electric Power Alliance
James Mater, QualityLogic, Inc.
Jared Leader, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Kate Strickland, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Larisa Dobrianski, General Microgrids, Inc.
Mac Keller, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Nicole Steele, U.S. Department of Energy
Olivier Pincon, ZappyRide
Rhaman Johnson, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Ronald Cunningham, American Electric Power
Ronald Melton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Rosanna Kallio, Consumers Energy
Rusty Haynes, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Trevor Hardy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Wesley Kennedy, Blue Planet Energy
Weston Dengler, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Smart Electric Power Alliance Working Groups