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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

Oktoberfest at SPI/ESI 2019

September 25, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT

Fundamentals and Best Practices for EV Charging Infrastructure Rollouts

September 23, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM MDT

All SEPA Sessions and Events


Workshops can be added to your ticket at an additional price

8:00AM – 12:00PM
Workshop: An In-depth Review of the Revised IEEE 1547 Standard

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.

12:30PM – 4:30PM
Workshop: Fundamentals and Best Practices for EV Charging Infrastructure Rollouts

Electric Vehicles have arrived in the United States, and many organizations are interested in how best to plan for, and deploy, effective EV charging programs and systems with utility partners. This session will identify and demonstrate best practice solutions to common challenges while investigating complimentary technologies including, battery storage and solar, while engage with utilities, and how to work better with customers looking for juice for their new rides.

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Policy and Regulatory Trends for DERs and Grid Modernization

This workshop will examine policy and regulatory trends affecting distributed energy resources (DER) and dive into approaches taken by different states. The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will provide a national overview of DER and grid modernization policy trends, which will be followed by an opportunity for participants to learn about distribution system planning, interconnection, and net metering trends from experts from across the country. Panelists will provide information on best practices and innovative approaches related to grid planning for DERs, non-wires alternatives, DER locational value, net metering successor tariffs, and interconnection and net metering for solar-plus-storage projects.

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.

2:00PM – 4:30PM
Workshop: Solar 101
Speaker: Leigh Yeatts

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.


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 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.

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?

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Demand Flexibility and Control
Moderator: Brenda Chew
Location: Main Stage

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.


10:00AM – 11:30PM
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.

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.

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.

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.

4:30PM – 6:00PM
SEPA’s Oktoberfest Networking Event
Location: ACC Rooftop – Salt Palace Convention Center

Step from Salt Lake City to Munich at Smart Electric Power Alliance’s Oktoberfest to kick back after your long day. Grab a cold beer and find old friends or make new ones. You’ll find us on the ACC rooftop, but we guarantee it will feel like a trip to Germany when you are surrounded by beer and pretzels.

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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.

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.