2020 Agenda

The 24+ hours of education includes: 6+ hours on grid integration | 2+ hours on utility business models | 2+ hours on transportation electrification | 1+ hours on regulatory innovation and more
  • 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
    Fun Run
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration
  • 7:45 AM - 8:40 AM
    Breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 7:45 AM - 8:40 AM
    Working Group Meetings
  • 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
    Welcome and Opening General Session: Setting the Tone at the Top: Carbon-free by 2050
    This 2020 Grid Evolution Summit opens with a welcome address followed by a panel featuring utility executives discussing the opportunities and realities their organizations are experiencing in the industry’s transition to a clean and modern grid. These leaders will investigate how the lessons they are learning today will inform and influence how we achieve a carbon-free energy future by 2050
  • 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
    Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
    The Common Good: A Pathway to 100% Carbon-Free Energy
    California aims to achieve a 100 percent carbon-free energy system and statewide carbon neutrality by 2045. Earlier this year, California celebrated one million rooftops with solar panels in the state, representing huge growth in distributed energy deployment. This is an important step in achieving a carbon-free energy system, but what's next? How does California's shift to a clean energy system, aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and a stable, sustainable, market-based approach to paying for power amplify deployment of distributed energy resources? How can the state accelerate distributed solar and additional clean generation technologies using incentives such as net energy metering (NEM)? This panel will feature leaders who will dive deeply into this challenge, propose recommendations, and investigate opportunities for collaboration to achieve a carbon-free energy system.
    • Kevin Lucas
      Director of Rate Design
      SEIA
      Speaker
    • Natalia Mathura
      Principal of Utility Business Models
      SEPA
      Moderator
  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
    Maximizing the Sustainability Benefits of Transportation Electrification
    Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) have zero tailpipe emissions but what is the total well-to-wheel impact of these vehicles? The sustainability of transport rests on having a clean power generation source, and managing the time of day people charge. How are utilities, auto OEMs, fleet owners and others building a sustainable EV charging infrastructure, and incentivizing the right charging behavior? What additional local policies and subsidies are needed to scale this market? Lithium-ion batteries have dominated the EV market, but does room exist for hydrogen and other alternative fuels? How is the EV ecosphere planning to address the challenges of battery recycling?
    • April Bolduc
      President and Founder
      S-curve Strategies
      Moderator
  • 10:15 AM - 12:20 PM
    Executive Exchange
    (By Invitation) An in-depth experiential learning discussion.
  • 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
    Sharing Data to Unlock Value: Balancing the Grid - Safe, Reliable, Affordable, and Equitable
    The process of accessing meter and billing data can be costly and time intensive for customers and authorized DER providers. Unfettered authorized access to energy usage data unlocks expansive participation in known use cases such as storage, solar, energy efficiency and electric vehicle adoption. This session will discuss case studies such as the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Data Hive and other platforms that extract the value of utility data sharing.
    • Manoj Kumar
      CEO
      Powerley
      Speaker
    • Barbara O'Neill
      Manager, Grid Integration
      NREL
      Moderator
  • 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
    Integrating Renewables, Storage, and Electric Vehicles
    This session will explore the potential benefits of vehicle to grid integration (VGI), managed charging and other opportunities. Panelists will also discuss ways to create programs to incentivize residential & commercial customers to charge at times that increase the value of renewable energy assets and correspond to the needs of the grid.
    • Sara Rafalson
      Senior Director of Market Development
      EVGo
      Speaker
    • Noel Crisostomo
      Air Pollution Specialist
      California Energy Commission
      Speaker
  • 12:30 PM - 1:25 PM
    Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
  • 12:30 PM - 1:25 PM
    Working Group Meetings
  • 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
    General Session: Why Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Strategies are Essential
    The successful application of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies can benefit utilities beyond serving as an investment performance indicator. Organizations that embrace transparent stakeholder disclosure often have achievable long-term sustainability goals, and diverse, durable supply chains. Furthermore, companies that focus on protecting and investing in human capital are more likely to drive higher revenues and profitability. ESG strategies are valuable assets when seeking access to capital and having the ability to prepare for, and respond to fast-moving and unexpected crises and market disruptions. This session will investigate ESG principles, their value to our industry, and how to implement them.
  • 2:30 PM - 3:25 PM
    A 7-Step Model for PBR: Lessons from the SEPA Renovate Initiative Case Studies
    Nationwide, changes including technology advances, flat or declining load, customer desires for information and a greater role in determining their electric service, distributed generation that feeds power back to the grid, and pressure to reduce environmental impacts are forcing a reevaluation of the traditional cost-of-service utility business model. Multiple states are exploring whether various regulatory reforms could better align electric utility compensation to customer and public policy goals, including greater customer choice, lower or more stable costs, and reduced environmental impacts. This session will discuss lessons learned from a SEPA Renovate Initiative case study on Minnesota, which established a unique 7-step process for performance-based regulation.
    • Richard Farinas
      Manager of Research
      SEPA
      Speaker
    • Doug Scott
      Vice President of Electricity and Efficiency
      Great Plains Institute
      Speaker
  • 2:30 PM - 3:25 PM
    Maximizing Microgrids Part 1: Building Community Resiliency with Microgrids
    In response to emergency conditions, microgrids can provide resilience within a community’s critical infrastructure to assure essential services to the public as well as business continuity. The session will include a discussion of best practices for developing microgrid deployment plans within a community. Experts will also discuss analytical methods for the development and deployment of microgrids complimented by case studies of projects at different levels (single premise resiliency, campus, community) to highlight the importance of collaboration amongst individual end-use customers, utilities and local governments.
    • Chris Johnson
      COO
      Blue Planet Energy
      Speaker
    • John Vernacchia
      Renewable Energy Segment Manager
      Eaton
      Speaker
    • Gary Oppedahl
      Vice President of Emerging Technologies
      Emera
      Speaker
    • Jared Leader
      Manager of Industry Strategy
      SEPA
      Speaker
    • Eva Gardow
      Technical Lead of Principal
      EPRI
      Moderator
  • 2:30 PM - 4:25 PM
    Executive Exchange
    (By Invitation) An in-depth experiential learning discussion.
  • 3:30 PM - 4:25 PM
    Load Flexibility: Yoga for the Power Grid
    Load flexibility is important for the power grid. It provides the agility necessary to integrate intermittent renewables and new loads from transportation electrification and electric heating. According to a recent study by The Brattle Group, by 2030, the cost-effective potential for load flexibility could nearly triple the capacity of the existing demand response resource in the US. The associated benefits are worth more than $15 billion annually. However, achieving this potential depends on a significant market transformation, including smart metering deployment, adoption of smart technologies, and redefining the services traditionally provided by demand response. It also requires a closer look at how existing regulatory and market structures incentivize utilities and third party service providers to offer robust load flexibility programs that customers can understand and embrace.
    • Ryan Hledik
      Principal
      Brattle Group
      Speaker
    • Ben Ealey
      Principal of Grid Integration
      SEPA
      Speaker
    • Jason Salmi Klotz
      Manager of Regulatory and Policy Strategy of Grid Architecture of Integration and System Operations
      Portland Gas & Electric
      Speaker
    • Patty Cook
      Senior Vice President
      ICF
      Moderator
  • 3:30 PM - 4:25 PM
    Maximizing Microgrids Part 2: The Voices of Experience: How Utilities are Leveraging Microgrids for Resiliency
    Over the past 6 months, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and SEPA have led a series of workshops and sessions exploring ways microgrids are being leveraged by utilities for resiliency. This session will be moderated by Eric Lightner of the U.S. DOE, and will provide an overview of the common themes, key takeaways and learnings from the project. He will lead a discussion with utility exploring microgrids as a win-win solution for their utility and customers. The speakers will share first-hand successes and challenges in microgrid siting, financing and economics, pilot and program implementation, and regulatory implications of leveraging microgrids for resiliency.
  • 3:30 PM - 4:25 PM
    Smart Home vs Grid Edge Platforms: What’s the Best Way for Utilities to Control Behind the Meter Assets?
    As utilities look to incorporate technologies to meet both customer and grid needs, they should understand the distinctions and value propositions of smart home and grid edge platforms. This session will provide an overview of that value, as well as insights from existing programs.
    • David Meisegeier
      Vice President and Senior Technical Director
      ICF
      Moderator
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Working Group Meeting
  • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
    Networking Reception with Exhibitors
  • 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
    Yoga
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Registration
  • 7:45 AM - 8:40 AM
    Breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 7:45 AM - 8:40 AM
    Working Group Meetings
  • 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
    General Session
  • 9:45 AM - 10:15 PM
    Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:15 AM - 11:10 AM
    Application of the SEPA Grid Ontology
    This panel will discuss the SEPA Grid Architecture Working Group grid ontology outcomes and their application to utility problems.
    • Ron Cunningham
      IT Enterprise Architect
      AEP
      Speaker
    • David Forfia
      Senior Consultant
      Utilicast
      Speaker
    • Gerard Rendell
      Lead Business and Technical Consultant
      Duke Energy
      Speaker
    • Ron Melton
      Administrator of GridWise Architecture Council
      PNNL
      Moderator
  • 10:15 AM - 11:10 AM
    Improving EV Charging Infrastructure to Manage Grid Stability and Accelerate a Carbon-Free Energy System
    Managed charging can be a powerful tool to better align and balance a power supply that is increasingly diverse, decentralized, renewable and intermittent with a flexible demand. With the proper systems in place, could EVs become key resources for utilities in the transition to a carbon-free future? This session will investigate how the development of novel EV technologies and programs can accelerate this transition to a cleaner grid.
    • Jigar J. Shah
      Manager, Distributed Energy and Grid Services
      Electrify America
      Speaker
    • Erika Myers
      Principal of Transportation Electrification
      SEPA
      Speaker
    • Gary Smith
      Director of Programs
      Sagewell, Inc
      Speaker
    • Hitesh Soneji
      Manager, Solutions Engineering
      Olivine
      Speaker
  • 10:15 AM - 11:10 AM
    Trends in Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources
    Industry experts including Distributed Energy Resource (DER) providers, grid operators, Virtual Power Plant (VPP) operators, and utilities will discuss trends in managing DERs at the microgrid, VPP, and aggregation levels. Speakers will also explore how these trends affect value streams, market opportunities, and grid services across applications and approaches.
    • Bud Vos
      President and CEO
      Enbala
      Speaker
    • Brett Feldman
      Research Director
      Guidehouse
      Speaker
    • Aaron Smallwood..
      Vice President, Industry Solutions..
      SEPA
      Moderator
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Harnessing Energy Innovation Through Utility-Startup Partnerships
    In the age of a rapidly evolving energy system, knowledge gaps exists for both utilities and startups around how to structure and manage the pipeline of innovative solutions. This session will demonstrate best practices to bridge the gap between utilities and startups and streamline the process of integrating cutting-edge innovation into the utility business model.
    • Becca Jones-Albertus
      Deputy Director of Solar Energy Technology Officer
      DOE
      Speaker
    • Whit Fulton
      Founder and CEO
      ConnectDER
      Moderator
    • Kimberly Britton
      CEO
      Cleantech Leaders Rountable
      Speaker
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Optimizing Energy Storage - Behind-the-Meter Solutions for High-Penetration Renewable Energy Markets
    Continued integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar PV, into the grid contributes to the famous Duck Curve and creates opportunities for behind-the-meter energy storage. This session will investigate two case studies: an “island nano grid”, which uses solar PV with battery storage and thermal hot water storage for homes and buildings in Hawaii and a process for determining the optimal energy storage schedules for load leveling and ramp rate control in distribution systems.
    • Andrew Ioan
      Electrical Engineer
      SCE
      Speaker
    • John Borland
      J.O.B Technologies
      Speaker
    • Robert Tucker
      Director of Industry Strategy
      SEPA
      Moderator
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    The Integrated Distribution Planning Puzzle
    In a growing number of states, utilities and stakeholders are beginning to explore the transition from traditional distribution planning to integrated distribution planning. Each state is facing unique customer needs, system conditions, and implementation challenges. This session explores a recent IDP study conducted by SEPA and discusses key elements and phased approaches to integrated distribution planning. Speakers will also tackle the challenges of successfully transitioning to the IDP model.
    • Brenda Chew
      Senior Manager of Research
      SEPA
      Speaker
    • Dana Cabbell
      Director
      SCE
      Speaker
    • Joe Paladino
      Senior Advisor
      DOE
      Speaker
    • Samir Sucar
      Director of Distributed Energy Resources
      ICF
      Moderator
  • 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
    Networking Lunch and Closing General Session: The Last Word: Challenging Assumptions
    This year's Grid Evolution Summit ends with a networking lunch featuring a fast-paced panel discussion between energy executives and regulators (in case of our moderator, both) who will leverage their extensive experience to challenge assumptions that might limit our smart transition to a carbon-free energy future.