Agenda

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Please note this agenda is subject to change.
  • 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.
    • Leigh Yeatts
      Manager, Program Design
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Moderator
    • Katie Chiles Ottenweller
      Southeast Director
      Vote Solar
      Speaker
    • Jennifer Schaffer
      Director, Development
      Florida Power & Light
      Speaker
  • 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.
    • Chris Johnson
      CEO
      Blue Planet Energy
      Speaker
    • Jason Delaney
      Program Consultant
      Arizona Public Service
      Speaker
    • Josh Brown
      Business Support Specialist
      PSEG
      Moderator
    • Mariko McDonagh Meier
      CSO
      Convergent
      Speaker
    • Robert Tucker
      Director, Industry Strategy
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Moderator
  • 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.
    • Ron Melton
      Group Leader, Distributed Systems Group
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      Moderator
    • Ron Cunningham
      IT Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Architecture and Strategy
      American Electric Power
      Speaker
    • Seemita Pal
      Team Lead, Architecture, Distributed Systems Group
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      Speaker
    • Eamonn McCormick
      Architecture Solution Lead
      Utilicast
      Speaker
  • 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.
    • David Holmberg
      Mechanical Engineer, Building, Energy and Environment Division
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      Speaker
    • Mark Knight
      Senior Managing Consultant
      Burns & McDonnell Engineering
      Speaker
    • Trevor Hardy
      Research Engineer
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      Moderator
    • Raymond Kaiser
      CIO
      EVoke Systems
      Speaker
  • 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.
    • Gary Brinkworth
      Senior Advisor - Special Projects, Innovation and Research
      Tennessee Valley Authority
      Moderator
    • Dustin Rogge
      Microgrid Solutions Manager
      Black & Veatch
      Speaker
    • Andy Kruse
      Business Development Manager, Advisory Services
      Underwriters Laboratory
      Speaker
  • 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.
    • Aaron Smallwood
      VP Industry Solutions
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
    • Ahmed Mousa
      Manager, Utility of the Future
      PSEG
      Moderator
    • Nelson Hastings
      Group Leader, Applied Cybersecurity Division
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      Speaker
  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    Utility and Industry Trends: What's Going on with Transportation Electrification
    Track: Electrification of Transportation
    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.
    • Garrett Fitzgerald
      Principal, Electrification
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Moderator
    • Karl Popham
      Manager, EVs and Emerging Technology
      Austin Energy
      Speaker
    • Gaurav Behal
      Manager, Utility Partnerships
      ChargePoint
      Speaker
    • Stacy Noblet
      Sr Director, Transportation Electrification
      ICF
      Speaker
  • 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.
    • Cuong Nguyen
      Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      Moderator
    • Gustavo Aguilar-Perez
      Founder / Principal Consultant
      Green Planet Lab
      Speaker
    • James Mater
      General Manager, Smart Grid
      QualityLogic, Inc.
      Speaker
    • Rosanna Kallio
      Senior Engineer II, Grid Modernization
      Consumers Energy
      Speaker