Agenda

  • Tuesday, September 22
  • Wednesday, September 23
  • Thursday, September 24
  • 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
    Winning Approval for a Community Solar Program

    Featuring highlights from SEPA’s recent report titled "Striking the Balance: Allocating Community Solar Costs and Benefits", this session will help participants understand issues around gaining regulatory or board approval for a proposed Community Solar program, with a focus on ensuring the program's benefits and costs will be allocated appropriately. There will be Q&A following the presentation.

    • Amanda Mortlock
      Vice President
      3Degrees Group, Inc.
      Speaker
    • Dara Ward
      Product Developer
      Xcel Energy
      Speaker
    • Michael Rivet
      Manager, Renewable Energy Product Development
      DTE Energy
      Speaker
    • Milton Geiger
      Energy Resources Director
      Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Inc.
      Speaker
    • Rusty Haynes
      Research Manager
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
  • 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
    Charging Up: Green Mountain Power’s Journey from Innovative Energy Storage Pilots to Programs

    Join us for an in-depth recorded presentation from Green Mountain Power on their lessons learned and key takeaways as their innovative energy storage and BYOD pilots have transitioned to full programs approved by the Vermont PUC. This session will also include a brief overview of the Energy Storage Working Group’s 2021 plans, and key takeaways from an upcoming SEPA report on grid-connected storage. 


    Speakers: 

    • Craig Ferreira, Innovation Development, Green Mountain Power

    • Kate Strickland, Manager, Utility & Regulatory Strategy, SEPA

    • Robert Tucker, Director, Industry Strategy, SEPA

    • Craig Ferreira
      Innovation Development
      Green Mountain Power
      Speaker
    • Kate Strickland
      Manager, Utility & Regulatory Strategy
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
    • Robert Tucker
      Director, Industry Strategy
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Top 10 Transportation Electrification Highlights of 2020

    Join us for a highlight reel of the past year with top takeaways and learnings from the Electric Vehicle Working Group and EV Subcommittees.  Topics will include fleet electrification, EV infrastructure deployment, EV-specific rates, EVSE paired with DERs, vehicle-grid integration, and customer-centric, EV program design. 

    • Erika Myers
      Principal, Transportation Electrification
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
    • Olivier Pincon
      CEO
      ZappyRide
      Speaker
    • Greggory Kresge
      Manager of Electrification of Transportation
      Hawaiian Electric
      Speaker
    • Paul Stith
      Director, Global Transportation Initiatives
      Black & Veatch Corporation
      Speaker
    • April Bolduc
      President
      S Curve Strategies
      Speaker
    • David Schlosberg
      Vice President, Operations
      Enel X e-Mobility
      Speaker
  • 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
    Networking Activity

    Grab a drink and join us for some relaxed networking time. We’ll learn about our attendees and talk about the most important lessons from the sessions.

    • Spencer Schecht
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Session Lead
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Introduction to Grid Architecture and the Working Group

    The SEPA Grid Architecture Working Group leadership will present the plans for the rest of 2020 and for 2021, and discuss how Grid Architecture, and related activities such as their work on Grid Ontology, relate to utility needs.  

    • Gerard Rendell
      Lead Business and Technical Consultant
      Duke Energy
      Speaker
    • Ron Cunningham
      IT Enterprise Architect
      American Electric Power
      Speaker
    • Ronald Melton
      Group Leader, Distributed Systems Group
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      Speaker
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Microgrids in the Clean Energy Transition

    A microgrid is a dynamic and complex system that represents a unique solution contributing to the clean energy transition of the electric power grid. The evolving customer and grid demands for more resilient, clean, and flexible energy have made microgrids a sought after tool in the energy toolbox. This session is intended to help stakeholders begin to unpack these concepts to fully realize the potential services and value propositions microgrids can provide. This approach to microgrids will be illustrated through tangible examples, sharing past work and on-going initiative.

    • Jared Leader
      Manager, Advisory Services
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
    • Gary Brinkworth
      Senior Advisor - Innovation & Research
      Tennessee Valley Authority
      Speaker
    • Larisa Dobriansky
      Chief Business and Regulatory Innovations Officer
      General MicroGrids, Inc.
      Speaker
    • John Gibson
      Chief R&D Engineer / Distribution Services Lead
      Avista Utilities
      Speaker
  • 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
    Transactive Energy

    Transactive Energy describes a range of next-generation approaches to managing the grid; enabling high penetrations of DER supported by intelligent economic market structures, standards, and regulations. This session will highlight Non-Wires Alternatives as a way to integrate DER; transactive Energy, microgrids and smart buildings, Avista’s case study; and introduce the Energy Services Interface Task Force EV Managed Charging Implementation Guide featuring a roadmap for integrating and coordinating EV charging to provide grid services.


    Speakers:

    • Mark Knight, Principal Consultant, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company

    • Srinivas Katipamula, Staff Scientist, PNNL

    • David Holmberg, Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Standards & Technology

    • Raymond Kaiser, Director, Energy Management Systems, Amzur Technologies

    • David Holmberg
      Mechanical Engineer
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      Speaker
    • Mark Knight
      Principal Consultant
      Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
      Speaker
    • Raymond Kaiser
      Director Of Energy Management Services
      Amzur Technologies, Inc.
      Speaker
    • Srinivas Katipamula
      Staff Scientist
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      Speaker
  • 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    Key Takeaways

    A few moments to revisit key lessons shared on Day 2 with SEPA’s Managing Director.

    • Natalia Mathura
      Principal, Utility Business Models
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker
  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Networking Activity

    Grab a drink and join us for some relaxed networking time. We’ll learn about our attendees and talk about the most important lessons from the sessions

    • Spencer Schecht
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Session Lead
  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    SEPA’s Cybersecurity Working Group Activities and A Utility’s Perspective on Cybersecurity

    This panel session will provide a utility’s perspective on their top of mind cybersecurity concerns and their motivation to join SEPA’s Cybersecurity Working Group. In addition, the current activities of the cybersecurity working group will be briefly described. A follow up “continue the conversation” session will occur to have a more interactive discussion about the cybersecurity concerns/issues of SEPA’s membership.

    • Ahmed Mousa
      Manager - Utility of the Future - Electric & Gas Asset Strategy
      PSE&G
      Speaker
    • Michael Cohen
      Principal Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems Engineer
      MITRE
      Speaker
    • Nelson Hastings
      Manger, Cybersecurity and Privacy Applications Group
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      Speaker
  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Interoperability: The Bridge Between System “Integration” and “Operation”

    The Testing & Certification Working Group convenes under a dynamic scope of smart grid standards to cultivate a flexible, interoperable future. Often the ‘unsung hero’, standards conformance and validation provide confidence for the end user by ensuring systems and projects will integrate and operate as designed. Join us to hear practical, interoperable commercial solutions from the industry and learn what public resources are available, including: best practices of utility DER project procurement with built-in interoperability, testing of communication devices for electromagnetic interference, and how the development of an interoperability profile is simplifying utility integration of EV fleet managed charging.


    Speakers:

    • Cuong Nguyen, Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    • Bill Colavecchio, General Manager, Electric Utility Services, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 

    • William Radasky, President, Metatech Corporation 

    • Jaime Kolln, Senior Associate Electrical Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    • Matthew Wallace, Distribution Standards Engineer, PPL Electric Utilities Company

    • Bill Colavecchio
      General Manager, Electric Utility Services
      Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
      Speaker
    • Cuong Nguyen
      Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      Moderator
    • Jamie Kolln
      Senior Associate Electrical Engineer
      Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
      Speaker
    • Matthew Wallace
      Distribution Standards Engineer
      PPL Electric Utilities Company
      Speaker
    • William Radasky
      President
      Metatech Corporation
      Speaker
  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Meeting Wrap-Up

    A final review of some of the big ideas, trends, and surprises from the final sessions.

    • Ben Ealey
      Principal, Grid Integration
      Smart Electric Power Alliance
      Speaker