Workshop | Race to the Top: Speeding Up Innovation in Utilities

May 2, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. PT


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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.

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Tech Tour | ESS Inc. Flow Battery Factory Tour

May 2, 2022 | 1 – 4:00 p.m. PT

Wilsonville, Oregon

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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.

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SEPA Workshop | Tiers of Decarbonization

May 4, 2022 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT


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.

Discussion Group | Voices of Experience | Addressing Energy Equity

12:30 – 3:30 p.m. PT

Utility Only Group Discussion

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.

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The Voices of Experience initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity’s Advanced Grid Research Division.


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.