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  • Tuesday, October 26
  • Thursday, October 28
  • Tuesday, November 2
  • Thursday, November 4
  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    Community Solar Big Leagues: Lessons in Success from the Largest U.S. Shared Solar Program
    Track: Utility Business Models

    Voluntary programs such as Florida Power & Light's SolarTogether program play a key role in expanding access to zero-carbon energy to residents, businesses, government entities, and others. 

    Now that Florida Power & Light’s massive 1,490-MW SolarTogether program is fully subscribed, we take a look back at the program's success. SolarTogether, by far the nation's largest community solar program, attracted regulatory support from the solar advocacy community by incorporating design elements that include a carve-out for low-income customers and allocating program savings to non-subscribers (in addition to subscribers). This session will break down the aspects that made the program so popular among customers.

  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Energy Storage's Role in the Journey to a Carbon Free Future
    Track: Utility Business Models

    Energy storage will play a critical role in enabling a carbon-free future -- this session will include examples of how energy storage can support that transition.  Speakers will address their strategies for using energy storage to achieve their carbon goals, through topics of Behind-the-Meter, Front-of-the-Meter, and new technologies of energy storage.

  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    A Preview of the Grid Architecture Primer
    Track: Grid Integration

    The structure and function of the electric power and related systems must be taken into account as we consider the deployment and role of distributed energy resources, new ways of accommodating customer preferences, and serving new loads, such as transportation electrification.  Grid Architecture provides a methodology and tools for managing and understanding the complexity of such changes and taking them into implementation through related activities such as enterprise architecture.

    This session will provide a preview of the Grid Architecture Primer being prepared by the Grid Architecture Working Group. It will discuss the relationship between Grid Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, and other related activities. Finally, the role of architectural practices in our journey to decarbonization will be discussed.

  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Transactive Energy for the Future Grid
    Track: Market Innovation

    Transactive Energy is key to accessing customer DER flexibility that will enable full integration of renewables. In this session, we will share how transactive energy is developing in the U.S. and how it might serve the needs of utilities for DER integration and carbon reduction. Attendees will learn the status of transactive energy implementation in the U.S., including how Energy Services Interface contracts might support Electric Vehicles charging management. 

  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    The Role of Microgrids in a Carbon-Free and Resilient Energy System
    Track: Grid Integration

    Building local generation, islanding capabilities, and backup is not always the most cost-effective and least carbon-intensive solution to deliver resilient power to critical loads.  While it isn't always the right solution, building these types of microgrid projects can lead us towards a more carbon-free resource mix, and show us how DERs can be optimized and controlled -- both locally and centrally -- from the main grid.

    Grid integrators should always consider, evaluate, and compare these backup options to other solutions.  In this session, SEPA and MGWG members sit down to talk about the importance of taking a methodical approach to microgrid planning and design for resilience.  This evaluation takes a comprehensive planning and design process that SEPA and its Microgrids Working Group (MGWG) have developed.  

  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Cybersecurity: Standards Everywhere...But Which Should I Use?
    Track: Grid Integration

    The Cybersecurity needs of the electric power sector have evolved as DER and other new technologies join the mix and customers become empowered with new ways to interact with the grid - and each other.  

    Cybersecurity standards, best practices and guidance have broadened their scope but finding which 'already researched' solution is best for your needs proves difficult.  This presentation will explore the development and scope of Cybersecurity standards for the electric power sector, analyze the landscape of existing and developing standards, and look towards the future to realize solutions to unmet security needs.

  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    Utility and Industry Trends: What's Going on with Transportation Electrification

    Transportation Electrification is a core component of a carbon-free energy system. The pieces are now falling into place that enable rapid, cost-effective transportation electrification.  

    This session will present an overview of the EV market in the US and discuss what utilities are doing to enable transportation electrification within their territory. The speakers will share their experiences from working with residential and commercial customers to convert to electric transportation. The session will also address what is happening at a federal level to support EVs and EV infrastructure deployment.

  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Planning EV Fleet Demand Management Like a Pro
    Track: Electrification of Transportation

    Efficient communications can help manage near-term EV Fleet demands in a more cost-effective manner.  Focusing on the flow of information, a team of industry experts has recently developed a use case and sequence for EV fleet charging management.  

    This session will follow the communication pathway of an EV fleet’s demand management signals, and show how to identify the right level of information exchange. Through key actors, their step-by-step actions, and information exchange needs -- such as time signals and capacity demand, attendees will follow the bi-directional communication to discover what functional requirements are necessary between grid operations and EV charging systems.