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North America Smart Energy Week | SPI/ESI

September 23 – 26, 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT

 

SEPA and SEIA are co-hosting North America Smart Energy week, including the flagship event, Solar Power International. This is the biggest event for solar, smart energy, energy storage, hydrogen fuel cell, and wind professionals in North America.


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Join SEPA to take advantage of the event that brings together an extensive alliance of renewable energy leaders for four days of networking, education, and innovation that moves the industry forward. The agenda is comprehensive, but you can make sure you are hitting the most important events by attending the SEPA content below.

Highlights from SEPA’s Agenda at North America Smart Energy Week

Meeting

NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Framework

September 23, 2019
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM MDT
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Workshops

An In-depth Review of the Revised IEEE 1547 Standard

September 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
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Oktoberfest at SPI/ESI 2019

September 25, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT
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All SEPA Sessions and Events

Click the accordion to see all the SEPA sessions and events organized by SEPA’s four pathways.

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Regulatory Innovation

Tuesday, Sept 24
8:00AM – 9:15AM
General Session: Innovation on the Regulatory Front
Location: Meeting Room 355

There is a desire to implement new technologies, grid innovations and clean energy programs. States have policy goals to increase the amount of clean energy and/or to promote innovation. Yet new efforts often take months or years to get approved – or ideas wither on the vine, leapfrogged by new technologies. Why? Because century-old state regulatory systems, created for one-way distribution of electrons and centralized power production, aren’t suited to handle the added complexity of today’s market.

During this general session, state regulatory commissioners will discuss ways they are evolving regulatory processes, practices and structures to keep pace with the dynamic energy industry while providing customers with safe, affordable, reliable, and clean electricity.

Grid Integration

Monday, Sept 23
8:00AM – 12:00PM
Workshop: An In-depth Review of the Revised IEEE 1547 Standard
Location: 251B

Topics will include positive implications for all distributed generation systems, particularly solar PV, energy storage and microgrids. This standard was approved by the IEEE Standards Board in 2018 and with pending approval of IEEE P1547.1 and UL 1741 Test procedures will have major impact on integration of solar PV systems for years to come.

Monday, Sept 23
1:30PM – 4:30PM
NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Framework
Location: Salon ABC, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

As new technology upends decades-long practices for managing the electric grid, the ability to exchange actionable information between devices and organizations is more important than ever. From grid-edge intelligence to customer-owned resources, evolving grid architectures will introduce complex dynamics that span physical, economic, and information technology aspects of electrical systems. Improved interoperability is critical to managing these complexities, and to facilitate that NIST revised its Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards. First published in 2010 and developed in collaboration with the broad smart grid stakeholder community, this fourth version of the Interoperability Framework examines various communications pathway scenarios to understand impacts on grid cybersecurity, operations, economics, and associated requirements for testing and certification. This session will provide an overview of key concepts from the draft Framework chapters on grid operations, cybersecurity, economics, and testing and certification. Attendees are invited to review NIST’s draft Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards and provide feedback.

Monday, Sept 23
2:00PM – 4:30PM
Workshop: Solar 101
Speaker: Leigh Yeatts
Location: 251C

This solar energy fundamentals course will provide basic technical, business, policy and overall industry understanding for participants. Attendees will gain knowledge that enables them to immediately participate in a multitude of meaningful industry conversations, and prepare for more advanced, topical education available at the conference. Through interactive learning sessions, attendees will gain knowledge on these fronts:

  1. Technical education focusing on the science, equipment, hardware and software technology that enable solar energy utilization at small and large scales.
  2. Business education including industry stakeholders, historical deployment and market models, future market projections, and notable industry trends and forthcoming development.
  3. Regulations and policies governing the industry nationwide, including historic and recent developments, that affected or may shift the supporting markets and sub-markets of the industry.

Tuesday, Sept 24
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Demand Flexibility and Control
Moderator: Brenda Chew
Location: 250F

The industry is moving in a direction where electric load and energy management is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic. In this session, learn more about how increased flexibility on the grid, driven in part by engaged customer, can create a more resilient and effective grid.

Wednesday, Sept 25
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Live Unveiling of “Plug and Play” DERs
Location: Smart Energy and Microgrid Theater: Booth 5837

Imagine the creation of an interface within the electric power system designed to simply “plug” in Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), enabling them to have the technological ability and intelligence to seamlessly interact with the electric grid. Three industry finalists will unveil real solutions for DER integration and coordination with a simulated utility grid entity.

Thursday, Sept 26
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
In Front of the Meter Energy Storage
Speakers: Kevin McGrath and Kate Strickland
Location: SEPA Booth L51

Join us for a walking tour where we will be exploring energy storage. To start, the group will receive an overview of the energy storage market. This will be followed by visiting booths on the show floor. Attendees will have an opportunity to receive live demonstrations and discuss the industry with manufacturers, energy storage system integrators, and consulting firms specializing in energy storage and renewable system design and analysis.

Transportation Electrification
Tuesday, Sept 24
9:30AM – 10:30AM
Distribution System Infrastructure and Planning to Support Optimized Charging of Electric Vehicles
Speaker: Erika Myers
Location: 250A

Optimized charging of electric vehicles is necessary to mitigate distribution system impacts and prevent additional costs to the customer. This session will discuss the state of the managed charging industry and the impact of electric vehicles on grid flexibility. Panelists will also tackle how to manage consumer cost challenges associated with electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) integration.

Wednesday, Sept 25
1:30PM – 2:00PM
A Comprehensive Guide to Managed Charging
Speaker: Erika Myers
Location: Industry Trends Theater: Booth 7341

Electric vehicles represent the biggest new electric load opportunity for utilities since the rise of air conditioning in the 1950s. SEPA’s latest report digs deeper into managed EV charging and how utilities can leverage it to better align and balance a power supply that is diverse, decentralized, renewable and intermittent with flexible demand. This presentation will discuss highlights from the report including the potential benefits of managed charging, current state of the industry, utility program requirements, and an overview of utility-run case studies.

Utility Business Models

Tuesday, Sept 24
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Crowdsourcing Energy: Community Choice Aggregation Opportunities
Moderator: Jennifer Szaro
Location: 250F

With community choice aggregators (CCAs) now providing electric generation service to millions of Americans, CCAs are leading the charge to deliver ever higher quantities of renewable energy. This session will evaluate the role that CCAs can play in the market for utility-scale and DG solar. What opportunities does this new framework provide solar companies to partner with CCAs? What impact will this have on NEM and other foundational solar policies? And are CCAs coming to a state near you?

Wednesday, Sept 25
10:00AM – 10:30PM
Understanding Innovation in the Marketplace
Speaker: Brenda Chew
Location: Installer Training Theater: Booth 137

As the grid evolves in stride with increased capabilities and deployment of distributed energy resources, new opportunities for demand response and transactive energy are developing on the grid edge. This session will share key takeaways from four utility case studies showing how transactive energy systems can employ a wide range of technologies including solar, energy storage, demand response, smart meters and more.

Wednesday, Sept 25
1:00PM – 1:30PM
SEPA Storage Snapshot
Speaker: Kate Strickland
Location: Storage Central Theater: Booth 137

Drawing from SEPA’s annual utility survey, this short presentation will give an overview of what the energy storage market looked like in 2018. Audience members will also gain insights into what utilities are implementing (and considering) in the short- to medium- term by way of new programs and adoption of other advanced technologies.

Thursday, Sept 26
11:30AM – 12:00PM
SEPA Solar Snapshot
Speaker: Mac Keller
Location: Industry Trends Theater: Booth 7341

Drawing from SEPA’s annual solar survey, attendees will gain insights into which regions and areas utilities are considering in the short- to medium-term future, in terms of new programs and adoption of other advanced technologies. This presentation will also give an overview of the solar market’s performance in 2018.