2019 Program Agenda

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Track Session Details

Tuesday, November 5

8:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:30pm
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Joint ESNA-CGBEC Keynotes

Joint ESNA-CGBEC Keynotes

Join leaders from Germany and California as they discuss the role of energy storage in the energy transition.

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Joint Opening Reception (ESNA and CGBEC)

Joint Opening Reception (ESNA and CGBEC)

Following the Welcome General Session with featured energy storage-related keynotes from the co-located California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference (CGBEC), join energy storage colleagues from around the world for a networking and drinks reception overlooking the beautiful San Diego marina.

To sponsor this high-profile networking reception, contact dknoll@mdna.com.

Wednesday, November 6

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

Networking Breakfast

Continental Breakfast for ESNA Conference Attendees in Keynote Theater. Sponsorship Available.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Morning Keynotes

Morning Keynotes

ESNA 2019 keynote speakers embody theme of All About Innovation and are leading the charge in the advancement of energy storage across the globe.

Speakers:

Ernesto Ciorra Chief Innovability Officer
Enel
Ramya Swaminathan CEO
MALTA Inc.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall: Visit our exhibitors and network with attendees

Developer/C&I
Global Grid Transformation
Utility
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Resilient Microgrids: From Mountains to Islands

Resilient Microgrids: From Mountains to Islands

This session will explore a microgrids that increased resilience in a variety of geographies, from a rural outpost in the Smokey Mountains to a Caribbean Island nation to an industrial shipyard. Each presenter will review the technologies and applications applied, along with recommendations for best practices and lessons learned.

Speakers:

Jacqueline DeRosa VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
Ramkumar Krishnan Chief Technology Officer
NantEnergy
Bryan Urban EVP, Stationary Storage Solutions
Leclanche
Multi-Sector Decarbonization

Multi-Sector Decarbonization

To avoid catastrophic climate change, the power sector will have to work together with the transportation, gas, petrochemical, industrial, and agricultural sectors. This session will address the need and opportunities for multi-sector decarbonization and assess how different regions are approaching this concept, including the game changing role of energy storage to support these efforts. (Roundtable)

Key Questions:
1. What bulk storage solutions are available today supporting in multi-sector decarbonization?
2. What applications are feasible for bulk storage solutions today?
3. What actions should regulators and policy makers take today to facilitate the development of super bulk storage solutions?

Hybrid Energy Systems: Storage Provides Value

Hybrid Energy Systems: Storage Provides Value

Sophisticated energy management paired with storage can reliably integrate renewable energy resources and traditional thermal assets to achieve ambitious renewable energy targets. Risto and Mark will share takeaways from three U.S. based hybrid energy projects:

- E.ON - The Waves (West Texas): Provides ancillary services to ERCOT and can rapidly respond to shifts in power demand, improving reliability and efficiency. Storage provided backup power when frigid temperatures caught Texas by surprise in January 2019.
- AEP - Hydro Bucks/Byellsby (Southwest VA): The world’s first hybridized storage, software and hydroelectric system of its kind to provide ancillary services. The energy management and storage systems allow hydro plants to compete more nimbly in both RegA and RegD markets
- E.ON - Iron Horse/TEP (Tucson, AZ): The project contains a 10 MW energy storage facility with an adjacent 2.4 MW solar array, and has avoided the need to build additional thermal assets.

Speakers:

Andy Tang Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar and Integration, Energy Business
Wärtsilä
11:35 am - 12:20 pm
Thermal Storage Solutions

Thermal Storage Solutions

Join experts in thermal storage to learn about how customers are saving money on their energy bills.

Energy Storage: Where Power & Transportation Meet

Energy Storage: Where Power & Transportation Meet

Along with power, transportation is one of the most carbon intensive sectors on the planet. Grid innovation and design cannot be decoupled from the growth of transportation electrification. This session will discuss how policy makers can connect the dots between transportation and grid modernization to incentivize ideal outcomes. (Roundtable)

Key Questions:
1. How can energy storage and the power sector more broadly accelerate the Electrification of Transport?
2. How and who can unlock the value (energy/capacity/ancillary services market value, other system benefits) EVs can provide to the grid? How will this be monetized?
3. How can policy makers and regulators accelerate the value case for stronger vehicle-grid integration?

Optimizing Energy Storage in Complex DER Systems: Austin Energy Case Study

Optimizing Energy Storage in Complex DER Systems: Austin Energy Case Study

The era of energy storage is upon utilities -- and learning to manage it securely, efficiently and in a way that optimizes both the business case and operational excellence are challenges faced by all. The Austin SHINES project provides an active field case for the study of energy storage at the grid scale, commercial and residential level. In this panel presentation, members of the Austin SHINES team will reveal the challenges they faced and the solutions they developed.

Austin Energy’s Lisa Martin will share their journey to deliver a win-win scenario for customers and utilities alike through voltage support, demand charge reduction and reduced peak demand and more. Doosan GridTech’s Troy Nergaard will provide insight on the DERMS architecture and functions -- which control and optimize economics and operations of the entire project.

Speakers:

Lisa Martin Program Manager for Austin SHINES
Austin Energy
Troy Nergaard Director of Technical Product Management
Doosan GridTech
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Global Grid Transformation VIP Luncheon

Global Grid Transformation VIP Luncheon

This invitation-only VIP luncheon is an opportunity for global policy makers to connect and network over a plated lunch.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Making the Most of Innovative Financing Strategies & Opportunities

Making the Most of Innovative Financing Strategies & Opportunities

This session will feature Javelin’s recent close of funding for developer esVolta’s 345 MWh stand-alone, utility-scale energy storage portfolio. This is the largest stand-alone energy storage financing in the U.S. to-date. The innovative financing strategy and structure, designed and executed by Javelin, enables esVolta to maintain meaningful on-going interest in the assets while capitalizing its broader development platform in key markets for rapid expansion. Presentation will also address those key challenges and risks that developers must address proactively to ensure successful project financing, including regulatory risk, merchant revenue risk and others.

Speakers:

Ryan Hamilton Senior Advisor
Javelin Capital
Rebuilding in the Wake of Disaster

Rebuilding in the Wake of Disaster

Natural disasters are becoming more common and more destructive. This session invites regions marred by natural disaster such as California, Puerto Rico, and others to share the challenges and opportunities of rebuilding resilient islanded systems in the wake of disaster. (Roundtable)

Key Questions:
1. What types of natural disasters amplify the need for energy storage?
2. What functions can energy storage provide?
3. How should regulators and utilities value resiliency in future resource planning?

The Need for Long Duration Storage

The Need for Long Duration Storage

High penetrations of renewable energy will require energy storage for many durations, but at what percentage clean energy will long duration storage be required, and how long is long duration? In this session, experts will discuss original research which identifies when in the clean energy transition long duration storage will begin to be required to firm the grid, as well as discuss opportunities and challenges to bring long duration energy storage technologies to market.

Speakers:

Scott Litzelman Program Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Caleb Waugh Head of Energy Storage Analytics
Lockheed Martin Energy
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Bulk Storage Innovations

Bulk Storage Innovations

Major innovations are happening in bulk storage. This session will introduce three of the most exciting new technologies that will help economies transition to 100% clean energy.

Speakers:

Jon Norman President and COO
Hydrostor
Thermal Fleet Retirement & Replacement

Thermal Fleet Retirement & Replacement

As gas peakers in California and coal plants in Germany are closed, companies will be left with stranded assets on the balance sheet. This session will seek solutions and lessons for how energy storage can be used to transition the fossil fleet, maintain reliability and keep the power sector affordable. (Roundtable)

Key Questions:
1. What are energy storage – conventional generation hybrids? What are the benefits they provide? (for existing conventional generation)
2. How do energy storage hybrids accelerate the decarbonization of the power sector?
3. What are the specific actions regulators can take to enable faster adoption of hybrids?

Starting from Scratch: How PSE&G developed the Clean Energy Future Energy Storage Program

Starting from Scratch: How PSE&G developed the Clean Energy Future Energy Storage Program

In September of 2018, PSE&G filed its Clean Energy Future (CEF) program at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. One component of the CEF program was a 35MW Energy Storage subprogram, whose purpose was to explore how PSE&G could deploy energy storage to solve a multitude of distribution issues across its system.

The proposed talk will discuss:

1. What led PSE&G to consider storage in a meaningful way?
2. How did we assemble a team to develop our program?
3. What use cases did we consider and why?
4. What did we learn?

Speakers:

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm
Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break in Expo Hall: Visit our exhibitors and network with attendees

Utility Dessert Reception

Utility Dessert Reception

Utility and ISO employees are invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities of storage at an exclusive dessert reception with delicious treats.

To sponsor this reception, email: dknoll@mdna.com

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Afternoon Keynotes & Awards Ceremony

Afternoon Keynotes & Awards Ceremony

ESNA 2019 keynote speakers embody theme of All About Innovation and are leading the charge in the advancement of energy storage across the globe.

6:00 pm - 9:45 pm
ESNA Beach Networking Party

ESNA Beach Networking Party

Join ESNA at its annual networking party on the beach at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort.

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
After-Party Drinks with CESA

After-Party Drinks with CESA

Join staff and members of the California Energy Storage Alliance for an informal after-party.

Thursday, November 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast

Networking Breakfast

Continental Breakfast for ESNA Conference Attendees in Keynote Theater. Sponsorship available.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Morning Keynotes

Morning Keynotes

ESNA 2019 keynote speakers embody theme of All About Innovation and are leading the charge in the advancement of energy storage across the globe.

Speakers:

Alicia Barton President & CEO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall: Visit our exhibitors and network with attendees

Developer/C&I
Smart Dispatch and Operations
Utility
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Energy Storage Safety: Standards, Programs, Updates, and Best Practices

Energy Storage Safety: Standards, Programs, Updates, and Best Practices

This session will focus on the current status of related safety standards affecting the ESS industry, as well as programs and updates that utility energy storage leaders are implementing.

Speakers:

Alan Greenshields Board Chairman
Innolith
Matt Paiss Standards Representative
International Association of Fire Fighters
Session 1

Session 1

Program Announced in July

Role of the Utility in Developing DC Fast Charge EV Infrastructure

Role of the Utility in Developing DC Fast Charge EV Infrastructure

This session will examine the role the utility can play in building out North America's fast charge system, and how energy storage is helping. The session will include speakers from a utility, an OEM, a developer, and an EVSE.

Speakers:

Maryline Daviaud Lewett Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
11:35 am - 12:20 pm
ESS Project Development: What Can Go Wrong (and How to Avoid It!)

ESS Project Development: What Can Go Wrong (and How to Avoid It!)

Energy storage systems are still relatively novel, and many developers are concerned about risks associated with installing energy storage projects. Hosted by Munich Re, one of the world's leading re-insurance and insurance companies, this panel will discuss innovative risk mitigation techniques and considerations for project developers interested in deploying energy storage systems.

Session 2

Session 2

Program Announced in July

Duke Energy ESS Safety Case Study

Duke Energy ESS Safety Case Study

Duke Energy operates a microgrid test bed at their emerging technology center (https://www.duke-energy.com/our-company/about-us/smart-grid/coalition).  The site includes a 250kWh Saft BESS system.  After installation the ESS was retrofitted with Nexceris’ Li-ion Tamer off-gas detection system and integrated in Duke system controls.  Nexceris has continued to collaborate with Duke and Saft on plans for integration of future systems. We will need to work out with all parties on the panel how to best communicate the collaborations, but we can discuss lessons learned regarding the integrated system and from each party independently. 

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Women in Energy Storage Luncheon

Women in Energy Storage Luncheon

The Women in Energy Storage Luncheon will celebrate the vision, tenacity, and leadership of women in the energy storage industry and facilitate a network of influential storage professionals. Women and allies are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by:
Trane logo
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Optimizing Solar & Storage Deployment with EV Charging

Optimizing Solar & Storage Deployment with EV Charging

With tax credits and rebates declining, and the Time of Use Rate tariffs shifting to an evening peak, ever more attention must be paid to reduce costs and maximize the value of existing and new generation technologies. If that wasn’t simple enough, electric vehicles are taking off quickly, putting pressure on facilities and energy personnel to manage the impacts to the energy bill, the capital budget, as well as to provide for a positive employee and/or tenant experience. Using case studies, this presentation will focus on how technologies can be best integrated for maximum energy and demand savings and the transaction structures that are available to insulate end-users from performance risk on emerging technologies such as energy storage. 

Session 3

Session 3

Program Announced in July

Rethinking Emergency Power for Under-Resourced Communities: Affordable Housing Resiliency Microgrids

Rethinking Emergency Power for Under-Resourced Communities: Affordable Housing Resiliency Microgrids

Even as utilities are modernizing energy grids to provide the most reliable service in history, natural disasters and other emergencies are impacting grid stability with increasing frequency. Under-resourced communities and low-income residents are affected most.

A landmark project in Washington, DC provides a model for utilities and developers seeking solutions in this new reality. In a “justice housing meets environmental justice” project, Pepco (an Exelon company), city officials, local 501c3s and energy storage manufacturers joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind affordable housing resiliency microgrid. The solar+SimpliPhi energy storage system will deliver up to three days of power to a communal “resilience room.” In the event of an extended power interruption, the microgrid will island from the grid and provide refrigeration, tvs and radios for emergency information, lighting, and electrical outlets to charge devices. This project is the first use of DC Council legislation allowing community solar in the District.

Speakers:

Emil King Analyst
DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
Matthew Kozey Communications Manager
Pepco, An Exelon Company
Catherine Von Burg CEO
SimpliPhi Power, Inc.
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Solutions for Smart Storage and EV Charging

Solutions for Smart Storage and EV Charging

This session will evaluate tools that can help optimize storage and EV charging.

Session 4

Session 4

Program Announced in July

Innovative Utility Programs for Behind the Meter

Innovative Utility Programs for Behind the Meter

This session will explore innovative and successful programs for increasing the value and penetration of behind the meter energy storage.

BYOB- Bring Your Own Battery- In this presentation, experts from EnergyHub and National Grid will explain how they designed the ConnectedSolutions program to leverage unused storage capacity for grid services in Massachusetts. The presenters will discuss program drivers, results to date, challenges they overcame in the 2019 season, challenges that remain to grow the program in 2020, and next steps.

Speakers:

Corey Benson Manager, Business Development
EnergyHub
Paul Wassink Senior Engineer
National Grid
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ESNA Expo Hall
Closing Happy Hour in Expo Hall