2022 Agenda

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Monday, May 2

12:30 PM - 4:20 PM | Add-On: Race to the Top: Speeding Up Innovation in Utilities

Location: Willamette 6

Member – $300

Non-Member – $400

*Price will update upon checkout

Utilities and the technology providers that support them must expedite the process for adopting innovative technology solutions to meet the challenge of transitioning to a carbon-free energy system.  There is not enough time for every utility to follow the traditional demonstration and piloting of new technology solutions before implementation mandated by many regulatory agencies.  This session will identify, describe and brainstorm potential opportunities for rapid acceptance of new and emerging technologies by traditional utility planners and regulators.

Hosted by: eleXsys Energy and EnergyHub

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Add-On: ESS Long Duration Battery Plant Tour

The ESS Inc. plant is where all R&D, engineering and manufacturing of the company’s long-duration iron flow batteries takes place. Tour participants will be able to view the production process from start to finish and see how these safe and sustainable batteries are made from iron, salt and water. The facility currently has a 250 MWh per year build capacity, with plans to expand and further automate processes to increase production to 2 GWh annually.

Space is limited.

Attendance is limited to utility attendees. If you are not with a utility but would like to attend, please reach out to Tom at [email protected]

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM| Getting Back to What Utilities Do Best in the Era of Carbon Reduction and Climate Change

Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and address the effects of climate change and the demands of carbon reduction. It is clear there is no ‘best’ solution to current challenges and there are multiple paths forward for our unique circumstances. We convened a panel of industry leaders to explore approaches to planning for resilience while increasing clean energy deployment. Gain insight into addressing the stress on the grid from the changing climate while accelerating investment in clean energy to meet ambitious carbon-reduction goals.

Julia Hamm
President and CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Maria Pope
President and CEO
Portland General Electric
Speaker
Melissa Washington
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations and Chief Customer Officer
ComEd
Speaker
Scott Martin
Chief Strategy Officer
SMUD
Speaker

Tuesday, May 3

 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Sharing the Wealth: Equitable Stakeholder Engagement for Carbon Reduction

Location: Regency Ballroom C

How do inclusive stakeholder processes, such as the TVA Connected Communities initiative, ensure equitable access to services, economic empowerment and more active participants in a modern grid environment?

Angela Long
Manager of Planning and Strategy
Portland General Electric
Speaker
Bonnie Latta
Sr. Project Manager
TVA
Speaker
Sara Norris
Program Manager
Austin Energy
Speaker
Sydnie Lieb
Energy and Environmental Policy Manager
Xcel Energy
Moderator

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Integration Between Planning and Operational Systems

*Utility Only Session*

Location: Regency Ballroom B

How do utilities navigate the intersection between new technologies, distribution planning and the effect on other internal departments? Panelists will investigate advances in project planning and desired system outcomes.

Ernie Palomino
Sr. Distribution Planning Engineer
SRP
Speaker
Patrick Arns
Manager, Grid Strategy & Analytics
ComEd
Speaker
Larry Bekkedahl
Senior Vice President Advanced Energy Delivery
Portland General Electric
Speaker
Shinjini Menon
Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs
SCE
Moderator

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | Resiliency Impact of DERs

Location: Regency Ballroom C

How are DERs being used to augment resiliency while keeping the lights on? This session will investigate successful applications of grid edge tech.

Adam Schultz
Lead, Electricity & Markets Policy Group, Oregon Department of Energy
Speaker
Bill Sproull
VP, Business Development
ESS, Inc.
Speaker
Joe Sullivan
Head of Sales & Business Development
PXiSE Energy Solutions
Speaker
Mac Keller
Senior Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Emilie Bolduc
VP, Distributed Energy Resources
NYPA

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | Prioritizing Equity in Electrification Programs and Pilots

*Utility Only Session*

Location: Regency Ballroom B

How are utilities intentionally and proactively addressing long standing disparity/equity concerns relating to expanding transportation and building electrification programs and pilots?

Ann Collier
Research Analyst, Research and Industry Strategy
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Carter Prescott
Director of Electrification
Southern California Edison
Speaker
David Logsdon
Director of Electrification and Strategic Technology
Seattle City Light
Speaker
Suzy Oversvee
Senior Program Manager, New Energy Initiatives
Snohomish County PUD
Speaker

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM | Coffee Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM |Tiers of Decarbonization

Location: Regency Ballroom C

This session will discuss: 1. How entities can identify and pursue actions with greater carbon reduction impacts 2. How decarbonization plans are influenced by who an entity is, what they want to achieve, and where they are located 3. Examples of successful decarbonization actions and strategies employed by large energy users, utilities, and local government.

Becca Trietch
Manager, Research and Industry Strategy
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Briana Kobor
Program Manager, Global Energy Regulatory Policy
Google
Speaker
Sydnie Lieb
Energy & Environmental Policy Manager
Xcel Energy
Speaker

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | The Human Connection: Navigating an Evolving Workforce and Carbon Reduction

*Utility Only Session*

Location: Regency Ballroom B

How will utility decisions made today impact the ability to evolve the workforce and meet DEI and carbon reduction goals? Hear from utility and industry professionals who are addressing internal challenges with strategic initiatives and programs.

Courtney Galatioto
Chief of Staff and VP, Strategic Partnerships
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Michael Bell
Workforce Development Director
California Mobility Center
Speaker
Nancy Harvey
Chief DEI Officer
NYPA
Speaker

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM |Lunchtime Structured Networking

Location: Regency Ballroom D

These roundtable discussions are informal opportunities for topic-based networking and thought leadership sharing. Share your insights and learn from peers while enjoying lunch.

Tables will be designed for interest in the following topics:

Customer Programs
Young Professionals
Microgrids
Electric Vehicles
Energy Storage
Pathways for Carbon Reduction
Executive Leadership

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | EVSE Interconnection: New Processes, Pain points, and Evolving Challenges

Location: Regency Ballroom B

Panelists will have a frank discussion about the challenges associated with Fleet EVSE siting, planning, and interconnection best practices.

Andrew Price
Business Development Manager
Clean Power Research
Speaker
Garrett Fitzgerald
Sr. Director, Electrification
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Jason Altamirano
Vice President
Titan Freight Systems
Speaker
Luke Whittemore
Transportation Electrification Engineer
PGE
Speaker
Patti Best
Program Specialist
Idaho Power
Speaker

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Designing and Operating a Customer-Centric Grid of the Future

Location: Regency Ballroom C

Customers need to be at the forefront of utility transformation and carbon reduction to be successful. This session will cover policy and program design best practices, with customers at the center.

Dan Cross-Call
Director, Market Development & Regulatory Innovation
Uplight
Speaker
Kate Strickland
Manager, Utility and Regulatory Strategy
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Kyle Cherrick
VP, Business Development
Electrum
Speaker
Michael Sheehan
Chief Customer Officer
BrightNight
Speaker
Scott Vogt
VP of Strategy and Energy Policy
ComEd
Speaker

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | People Driving Innovation: How Knowledge Sharing Contributes to Utility Transformation

Location: Regency Ballroom C

How are utilities sharing knowledge across the organization to encourage innovation and make progress toward carbon reduction goals? This session will discuss effective uses of internal channels to share ideas and implement out of the box strategies to meet challenges.

Ashley Dickens
Sr. Project Manager, Innovation
TVA
Speaker
Dylan Lockwood
Sr. Content Editor
Zpryme
Speaker
Lakin Garth
Sr. Manager, Research and Industry Strategy
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Speaker
Mary C Palmer
Environmental Program Coordinator
Austin Energy
Moderator

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | Microgrids for Resiliency

*Utility Only Session*

Location: Regency Ballroom B

How should utilities appropriately create an inventory of microgrid benefits and costs for successful projects? Panelists will share their perspectives on how to leverage microgrids to maximize grid benefit and an overview of microgrid activity at the state and federal level.

Audrey Burkhardt
Energy Storage & Resiliency Product Manager
Portland General Electric
Speaker
Courtney Galatioto
Chief of Staff and VP, Strategic Partnerships
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Jenell McKay
Development Manager, Advanced Clean Technology
San Diego Gas & Electric
Speaker
Jillian Page
Commercial Account Manager
MGE
Speaker

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Solar Soiree hosted by BrightNight

BrightNight is hosting this year’s marquee event at the Redd on Salmon Street. As a renewable power provider, we’re excited about the expanding adoption of agrivoltaics; so excited that we’ve made it the theme of this year’s party. Join us for some top-notch networking, local brews, tasty morsels, and maybe even a few surprise four-legged friends.

When: 5:30 PM; First shuttle will depart the Regency Hyatt Portland beginning at 5:15pm and loop until 6:30pm.

Where: Redd on Salmon Street 831 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

Shuttle buses will begin return trips at 7:00 PM. The last shuttle to leave the Redd on Salmon Street will be at 8:30 pm.

Wednesday, May 4

 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Crossing the Threshold: Public/Private Partnerships for a Carbon-Free Future

Location: Regency Ballroom B

How do we value cross-sector collaboration and public-private partnerships to seize energy transition market opportunities, pursue novel ESG strategies, and shape effective carbon-reduction outcomes?

Bryce Yonker
Executive Director
Grid Forward
Moderator
Charity Fain
Executive Director
Community Energy Project
Speaker
Courtney Kennedy
Manager, Alternative Energy Program
OPPD
Speaker
Hamody Hindi
Transmission Planning Engineer
Department of Energy Office of Electricity
Speaker
Steve Thrall
Director of Development – North America
EleXsys Energy
Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | Integration of Smart Technologies to Achieve Carbon Free

Location: Regency Ballroom B

Join us for a contemporary (not your parents’) grid modernization discussion on how innovation can help utilities advance beyond the traditional pilot model.

Brad Davids
Head of Utility Business Development
SPAN
Speaker
Erin Miller
Assistant VP, Energy Policy & Sustainability
American Municipal Power, Inc.
Speaker
Janet Gail Besser
VP, Regulatory and Business Innovation
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Moderator
Jason Krupp
Sr. Project Manager
TVA
Speaker

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | EVs and Beyond: Ramping up Infrastructure Development Post Infrastructure Bill

Location: Regency Ballroom B

Rapid electrification of the transportation sector is on the horizon, as billions in federal funding rolls downhill to states. This session will get down to the brass tacks of the opportunities and challenges ahead. What role will utilities play in the EV transition? Who should own charging infrastructure? What are the best practices for commissioning new charging stations? What about V2G rate design?

Desiree Villalobos
Senior Manager, eMobility Business Development & Partnerships
Southern California Edison
Speaker
Greggory Kresge
Sr. Manager, Utility Engagement and Transportation Electrification
World Resources Institute
Speaker
Peter Muhoro
Chief Strategy, Technology & Innovation Officer
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Moderator
William Ellis
VP, Government and External Affairs
Pepco Holdings
Speaker

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM | Voices of Experience | Addressing Energy Equity

*Utility Only Group Discussion*

Location: Regency Ballroom C

The electric power industry is undertaking an unprecedented challenge of modernizing the U.S. electric grid making it cleaner, more reliable, and resilient. Traditionally, investments in grid infrastructure were determined largely on cost, with the goal of keeping rates low for all customers. But low cost does not necessarily mean the investments are equitable. Today, utilities must examine investment decisions through the lens of equity as well, understanding not only who benefits from the technology investments, but also who is impacted by them, especially communities that have been historically marginalized. Voices of Experience|Addressing Energy Equity is an initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity’s Advanced Grid Research Division. You are invited to join the Voices of Experience discussions to explore how utilities are addressing energy equity in their planning and decision-making processes, especially what they are learning about engaging with the communities they serve. Join the Discussion! NREL and the Smart Energy Power Alliance (SEPA) are kicking off Voices of Experience|Addressing Energy Equity by hosting a utility-only group discussion on May 4, 2022 from 12:30-3:30 following the SEPA Utility Conference located at the Hyatt Regency, Portland, Oregon. This discussion group is open to all utility employees. There is no charge for attending the discussion group and you do not need to register for the conference to attend the discussion group.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | SEPA Tiers of Decarbonization Workshop

Location: Willamette 6

The SEPA Regulatory and Business Innovation team delivered the Tiers of Electricity Decarbonization framework earlier this year. The framework is designed to help utilities and large power consumers develop or update decarbonization strategies to maximize their carbon reduction impacts. This interactive workshop is a companion to the framework and will provide additional insights, instructions, and practical collaborative exercises to prepare attendees to use the framework effectively at their organizations