ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego, California

2018 Program Agenda

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Track Session Details

November 6

8:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 4:30pm
4:30pm - 5:30pm
CESA and SEPA Member Mixer (Invite Only)
5:30pm - 5:50pm
Welcome Remarks (Janice Lin)
5:50pm - 7:05pm
Welcome General Session (ESNA+CALSTART) | Where the Future of Power and Transportation Meet

Welcome General Session (ESNA+CALSTART) | Where the Future of Power and Transportation Meet

Energy storage will be critical to helping build out electric vehicle infrastructure. Key stakeholders from government, industry and policy will discuss the transition to a clean transportation future

Speakers:

John Boesel President and CEO
CALSTART
Julie Furber Executive Director, Electrification
Cummins Inc.
Val Miftakhov CEO & Founder
eMotorWerks
Carla Peterman Commissioner
California Public Utilities Commission
Sarah Van Cleve Senior Policy Advisor
Tesla
7:05pm - 7:15pm
Closing remarks (Janice Lin)
7:15pm - 8:30pm
Opening Reception
ALL DAY Colocation Event
ALL DAY Colocation Event

November 7

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Exhibit Hall C - Keynote Theater
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Tradewind Energy

Networking Breakfast sponsored by Tradewind Energy

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Tradewind Energy available for ESNA Conference Attendees in Keynote Theater

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Exhibit Hall C - Keynote Theater
Keynote 1 | Global Growth in Energy Storage and the Role it Can Play in Transportation Electrification

Keynote 1 | Global Growth in Energy Storage and the Role it Can Play in Transportation Electrification

This keynote will explore how international cooperation can accelerate global progress in energy storage. Ms. Li will discuss what is happening in transportation and grid sectors in China as it relates to Energy Storage and how that will influence other parts of the world. Ms Li will also touch on how BYD is overcoming supply chain challenges in the energy storage sector.

Speakers:

Stella Li Senior Vice President of BYD Company Limited & President of BYD Motors Inc.
BYD Motors LLC
Keynote 2 | Turning Talk into Action: Delivering on the Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate

Keynote 2 | Turning Talk into Action: Delivering on the Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate

This keynote will explore the plan for the State of Massachusetts to address its lofty climate policy goals, and how Eversource Energy will leverage energy storage and vehicle electrification to make it happen.

Speakers:

Penni McLean-Conner SVP & Chief Customer Officer
Eversource Energy
Keynote 3 | Renewable Energy Breakthroughs and the Tipping Point for Storage

Keynote 3 | Renewable Energy Breakthroughs and the Tipping Point for Storage

We are at an amazing tipping point with recent renewable energy breakthroughs. To achieve a carbon-free world, the challenge is staggering, but so is the size of the opportunity. Technology and innovation pioneer Bill Gross shares new developments that make this tipping point for energy storage a reality.

Speakers:

Bill Gross Founder and Chairman
Idealab
10:30 am - 10:50 am
ESNA Expo Hall
Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Advanced Solutions
Ballroom D
Microgrids, Resiliency and Security
Ballroom E
Mobility and Storage
Ballroom BC
North American Market Transformation
Ballroom FG
10:50 am - 11:50 am
The Final Frontier: Technology for Long Duration Storage

The Final Frontier: Technology for Long Duration Storage

This session highlights the intriguing technologies that are moving the industry closer to realizing the dream of multi-day and seasonal storage. Hear experts on hydrogen storage, hot rock storage, and liquid air energy storage explain these exciting technologies, their practical use cases, and next steps that will position these applications to support the clean grid of the future.

Target Audience: Developers, investors, utility executives, and grid operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Appreciate the value and current state of long-duration storage technologies, and potential market applications. Comprehend the challenges of bringing these new technologies to market.

Speakers:

Matthew Barnett Business Development Director
Highview Power
Doron Brenmiller Executive Vice President
Brenmiller Energy
Gene Larson Vice President, Energy Storage
SNC-Lavalin Clean Power
Jon Norman President & Chief Operating Officer
Hydrostor
Rudolf Zauner Head of Hydrogen Center
VERBUND
Microgrids, Maximum Impact

Microgrids, Maximum Impact

The past year has seen the emergence of microgrids in various markets across the planet, as the technologies and business models mature. This session will highlight several recent microgrid projects from different regions of the world. It will discuss the fundamentals behind these projects, challenges to be overcome, and lessons learned for other markets.

Target Audience: Microgrid developers, regulators, policymakers, and planners from, municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utilities.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand the rationale for microgrids, the constituent elements, and the hurdles involved in creating effective projects.

Speakers:

Gianluca Gigliucci Head of Energy Storage Innovation
Enel Green Power
Mark Paterson General Manager
Horizon Power
John Schaaf Jr. Managing Director
Con Edison Battery Storage
The Role of Storage in Scaling up Electric Trucks and Buses

The Role of Storage in Scaling up Electric Trucks and Buses

To electrify 50 buses requires more power than it takes to run the iconic Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, and California alone has 11,000 public buses! This session will explore the challenges of fleet electrification, and how storage can help reduce costs for infrastructure as well as charging by reducing peak demand.

Speakers:

Matt Horton Chief Commercial Officer
Proterra
Suresh Jayanthi Vice President Energy Services
Chanje
Jagmeet Khangura Western Region Microgrid Solution Lead
Black & Veatch
Fred Silver Vice President
CALSTART
Transforming a National Market

Transforming a National Market

In February, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted to ‘remove barriers to participation of electric storage resources’ in competitive wholesale electric markets. The goal was to improve competition and enhance system efficiencies, while increasing resilience. What responses are likely to be seen from the RTO/ISOs as they develop new rules for integrating and compensating storage resources? What additional value streams should be considered? Experts and grid operators will discuss what that means when put into practice, and the new opportunities created by 841.

Target audience: Storage developers, investors, regulators, utility leaders.

Take-Aways: Understand Order 841 and implications for market development.

Speakers:

Michael DeSocio Senior Manager – Market Design
New York Independent System Operator
Mihir Desu Manager
Strategen
Dr. Karl Meeusen Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Regulatory Policy
CAISO
Michael Robinson Principal Advisor of Market Design
MISO
Laura Walter Senior Lead Economist
PJM
11:50 am - 11:55 am
5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

11:55 am - 12:30 pm
Thermal Storage at the Grid Edge

Thermal Storage at the Grid Edge

Thermal Storage technologies have been in the marketplace for over 100 years. Active hot water, cold water, ice, PCM’s and even passive systems have been utilized in various degrees to address energy supply issues within the built space. With increased renewables penetration driving an increasingly larger need for energy storage, diverse storage solutions will be needed on both sides of the electric meter to balance the grid. For this reason, users are re-evaluating the value of thermal technologies. This presentation will discuss the value of integrating thermal storage with customer loads, particularly those related to cooling.

Target Audience: Building and facilities owners, investors, developers, regulators, and planners for municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utilities..

Audience Take-Aways: Understand how thermal storage works, the differences between thermal storage and batteries, and the value of thermal storage as both an asset at the grid edge as well as its value to the entire electric grid.

Speakers:

Mark MacCracken Vice President
TRANE
Microgrids for National Security

Microgrids for National Security

The Department of Defense has proven to be one of the energy industry'ss most eager adopters of new distributed energy resource (DER) technologies, while at the same time having some of the most stringent requirements. Operational readiness is the military's number one priority, so diesel has historically been its fuel source of choice due to its reliability and capacity to be stored. However, with the rise of new energy technologies including storage, renewables and advanced microgrid control, the military is turning to DERs typically used for energy efficiency to provide resiliency and backup power. This presentation will discuss lessons from three military microgrid projects at Department of Defense facilities in Hawaii, Utah and Michigan.

Target Audience: military energy planners, developers, regulators, legislators, utility planners.

Audience Take-Aways: Comprehend the value that microgrids bring to military bases. Understand key elements of military microgrids and how they interact with neighboring power grids. Grasp the challenges that must be overcome in developing microgrids in the military environment.

Speakers:

Steven Lichtin Director of Business Development
Go Electric Inc.
Urban Mobility, TNCs, and the Role of Storage in DC Fast Charge Deployment

Urban Mobility, TNCs, and the Role of Storage in DC Fast Charge Deployment

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are transforming how city-dwellers move about town. TNCs have sketched out bold visions for transitioning these high-mileage vehicles into electric vehicles, but to do so will require high-power, convenient hubs to get them charged up and back on the roads. Come hear what TNCs are planning and how energy storage can make their visions a reality.

Speakers:

Paul Augustine Senior Manager of Sustainability
Lyft
Austin Heyworth Public Affairs Manager in California
Uber
Ashley Horvat VP of Public and Private Partnerships
Greenlots
Ben Mandel Northeast Regional Director
CALSTART
Optimizing the Gas Fleet with Storage

Optimizing the Gas Fleet with Storage

GE will lead a discussion on how hybridizing the thermal fleet with energy storage can provide a no regrets choice to lead the transition to a low carbon energy production future. Existing thermal assets can be cost effectively leveraged by integrating high power energy storage systems to enable carbon free spinning reserves, accelerated flexible ramping, and enhanced turndown capabilities. Over time, as battery prices continue to decline and arbitrage opportunities more clearly develop, additional energy storage can be added to charge during the day, and offset the gas turbine output during the daily evening peak effectively lowering the overall heat rate. In this session, we will see examples of how storage is changing how we think about the gas fleet, and how it will integrate with gas turbines in the future to ensure the most reliable and diverse grid.

Target audience: utilities, grid planners, developers, resource managers.

Speakers:

Sam Huntington Senior Research Analyst
IHS Markit
Kurt Waldner Leader – Strategic Marketing and Product Management
GE Energy Storage
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Available in the Expo Hall. Be sure to listen in on additional programming at the Expo Hall Stage while you enjoy your lunch.

Women in Energy Storage Luncheon

Women in Energy Storage Luncheon

The Women in Energy Storage Luncheon celebrates 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. This festive event is being held onsite in the beautiful historic Gold Room at the Civic Auditorium.

Speaker details and tickets available for purchase here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/esna-2018-women-in-storage-luncheon-tickets-51271699032

Generously sponsored by NextEra.

Speakers:

Caroline Choi Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Southern California Edison
Lisa Ann Pinkerton Founder & President
Technica Communications
World of Energy Storage Program

World of Energy Storage Program

Throughout the lunch break, the Expo Floor Stage will feature brief and informative energy storage updates from industry representatives.

The World of Energy Storage Program will cover activities in Germany, the UK, the USA, Mexico, China, India and Australia.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Two to Tango: How Storage Complements Generation

Two to Tango: How Storage Complements Generation

The value of energy storage often greatly increases when it becomes a dance partner with other generating assets. This panel will explore how the flexibility of storage can help enhance the economics of both traditional and renewable generation assets. Panelists will discuss notable hybrid endeavors and how storage has enhanced the value of these projects in terms of improved dispatchability, increased output, and other attributes. The discussion will address the drivers behind the growing trend of hybrid approaches for joining storage assets with other resources, and the potential impacts on project economics.

Target Audience: Developers of unconventional and renewable generation projects, investors, utility executives, grid operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Appreciate the growing trend of combining energy storage with other generating assets, Understand the multiple use cases and underlying rationale.

Speakers:

Christian Roselund Americas Editor
PV Magazine
Matt Stedl Development Director - Energy Storage
Tradewind Energy
Caleb Waugh Head of Business Analytics
Lockheed Martin Energy
Who Owns the Microgrid?

Who Owns the Microgrid?

Microgrids are popping up all over North America, from hospitals, to retail stores, to campuses to entire communities both rural and urban. As microgrids become more common, the question becomes who owns the microgrid? This session will delve into various aspects of microgrid ownership, maintenance, liability and investment to provide more context around how to increase microgrid deployment.

Audience: Utilities, coops, developers, C&I, policy makers, service providers

Speakers:

Anastasia Palivos Acting Commissioner
Illinois Commerce Commission
Mike Petouhoff Executive Director
One Grid Energy Solutions
Abby Roy Managing Director
New Ventures Southern Company
Douglas Staker Vice President
Enernoc
Role of Regulators in Accelerating Fleet Electrification

Role of Regulators in Accelerating Fleet Electrification

Utility regulators across the country are opening proceedings to assess the role of utilities and ratepayer dollars in providing electric vehicle infrastructure for fleets and the general driving public. On this panel, we will feature diverse perspectives on the question of how utility regulation can balance the policy and business imperatives of fleet electrification with potential cost impacts on ratepayers.

Speakers:

Julie Johnson Manager, National Business Development
Ryder System, Inc.
Megha Lakhchaura Director of Policy
EVBox
Katie Pickrell Principal
PG&E
John Rhodes Chair
New York Public Service Commission
Ryan Schuchard Policy Director
CALSTART
Road-tripping through the USA Storage Markets

Road-tripping through the USA Storage Markets

Join us for an informative "roadtrip" across the USA, stopping off at hot energy storage markets and interesting projects along the way! This session will host representatives from the southeast, New York, Minnesota, and Arizona and give some regional flavor to energy storage developments.

Target Audience: Developers looking to understand regional markets, regulators, planners from municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utilities.

Take-Aways: a comprehension of regional markets and storage opportunities

Speakers:

Dr. William Acker Executive Director
New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
Brian Burandt Vice President of Power Supply and Business Development
Connexus Energy
Peter Kelly-Detwiler Principal
NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
Jason Prince Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
Bert Taube Energy Storage and Solar PV Manager
Southern Research
3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Super Smart Storage

Super Smart Storage

Batteries on the grid are useless without associated and applied intelligence. This panel will discuss how data analytics and intelligent software bring value to the storage game. Panelists will discuss the state-of-the-art in battery aggregation software? They will highlight use cases that demonstrate the ability to deploy storage assets to address various opportunities, and the resulting value that is created. They will address challenges that remain to be solved and the future state of the storage software industry.

Target Audience: Developers, regulators, investors, and planners from municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utilities.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand the value that software brings to storage deployments, the specific issues software needs to solve. Grasp the future potential of combining advanced software with energy storage assets.

Speakers:

Timothy Allen Senior Director - Energy Storage
Sempra Energy
Bjoern Christensen Chief Strategy Officer
Nuvve
Danny Kennedy Managing Director
California Clean Energy Fund
Making Island Life a Breeze

Making Island Life a Breeze

Small island nations, often served by a single, vertically-integrated utility largely with diesel generation, are rife with opportunity for energy storage. High and volatile prices of imported fossil fuels, alongside the falling prices of solar and wind technologies, have hastened the transition to renewable energy in recent years. However, due to the small size of these systems it is much easier and quicker for these islands to reach high instantaneous penetration of intermittent renewables, which can cause grid stability issues with cloud coverage and wind variability, creating an opportunity for energy storage. In addition to renewable firming and ramp rate control, small island utilities depend on high spinning reserve requirements to ensure reliability. This operation of diesel generators at lower fuel efficiency opens the door for energy storage to play a role in spinning reserve replacement, even in systems without renewable energy. This presentation will highlight several case studies of energy storage investigations, lessons learned, and opportunities in Caribbean small island nations.

Target Audience: microgrid and storage developers, investors, regulators, and grid planners with isolated systems.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand issues related to isolated power grids and the role that energy storage can play in improving operations and economics of these systems, particularly when combined with renewable resources.

Speakers:

Stephen Mushegan Associate Director
Clinton Foundation
EV Battery Recycling and Second Life

EV Battery Recycling and Second Life

With millions of electric vehicles hitting the roads in the next five years, EV battery re-use and recycling becomes an important part of the sustainability discussion. This session will explore use cases and opportunities to turn outdated EV batteries into activated grid resources.

Speakers:

Julie Blunden Executive Vice President, Business Development
EVgo
Eva Diess Vice President
The Mobility House
Jasna Tomic Research Director
CALSTART
A Landmark Storage Procurement

A Landmark Storage Procurement

Join a fireside chat between the California Energy Storage Alliance and Pacific Gas and Electric about the world's largest energy storage procurement which took place this summer with PG&E’s intention to procure 567.5 MW of energy storage in July, 2018. This procurement proves that storage is an effective reliability alternative to gas. Come hear about the specifics of this project and the details behind this impressive endeavor.

Target Audience: Project developers, utility executives, regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: an understanding of the economics and logic behind utility-scale storage, and possible implications of other markets.

Speakers:

Alex Morris Vice President Policy and Operations
CESA
Charles Post Energy Storage Program Manager
PG&E
3:35 pm - 4:15 pm
ESNA Expo Hall
Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Afternoon Coffee Break in Expo Hall

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Exhibit Hall C - Keynote Theater
Keynote 4 | Raising Voices Against Rising Seas: How Bold Policies are Needed to make Change Happen

Keynote 4 | Raising Voices Against Rising Seas: How Bold Policies are Needed to make Change Happen

California Senator Skinner has been a true champion for the environment as the co-author of SB 100 for 100% Clean Electricity by 2045 in California. This inspirational keynote will be a call to bold action for policies that can make a big and urgently needed difference globally for the planet.

Speakers:

Nancy Skinner State Senator
State of California
Keynote 5 | GHG Free by 2045: Role of Energy Storage in California’s Clean Energy Future

Keynote 5 | GHG Free by 2045: Role of Energy Storage in California’s Clean Energy Future

With the signing of SB100, the role of energy storage in California’s clean energy future has never been more important. This keynote panel session will feature the architects of California’s bold clean energy future, and their vision for how the electric, transportation and gas sectors must work in concert to realize California’s ambitious goals.

Speakers:

Colin Cushnie Vice President, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
Mark Rothleder Vice President Market Quality and Renewable Integration
California Independent System Operator Corporation
Nancy Skinner State Senator
State of California
Sharon Tomkins Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
Southern California Gas Company
5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ESNA Expo Hall
Expo Hall Closes

Expo Hall Closes

As the Expo Hall closes, we invite us to join us for the Award Ceremony in the Keynote Theater prior to the ESNA Networking Party at the Rose Bowl.

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Exhibit Hall C - Keynote Theater
Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

Innovation and Champion Award Ceremony.

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rose Bowl Loge Lounge
ESNA Networking Party sponsored by ConEdison

ESNA Networking Party sponsored by ConEdison

Celebrate another year of progress towards bringing energy storage into the mainstream, with music, dinner and drinks at Pasadena's iconic Rose Bowl Stadium.

Sponsored by: ConEdison Battery Storage.

Shuttle buses are available and will depart from 300 E. Green Street starting 5:45 p.m.
Location at the Rose Bowl: Loge Lounge and North Loge Lounge
Parking available in Lot F of the Rose Bowl Stadium.

November 8

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Exhibit Hall C - Keynote Theater
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Glendale Water & Power

Networking Breakfast sponsored by Glendale Water & Power

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Glendale Water & Power available for ESNA Conference Attendees in Keynote Theater.

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Exhibit Hall C - Keynote Theater
Keynote 6 | From Bio Tech to Clean Tech: How Harnessing Biology and Breakthrough Innovation can Drive Grid Equity and Change the World

Keynote 6 | From Bio Tech to Clean Tech: How Harnessing Biology and Breakthrough Innovation can Drive Grid Equity and Change the World

The distinguished Dr. Soon-Shiong, surgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist will address the ESNA audience about the role of innovation in bringing clean energy to the developing world. Through his company NantEnergy, over 100 villages in Asia and Africa - many previously that lacked electricity - now have deployed microgrids with energy storage. NantEnergy is helping reinvent the power sector for all with long duration energy storage at <$100/kWh.

Speakers:

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
NantWorks, LLC
Keynote 7 | Energy Storage: A View from New York

Keynote 7 | Energy Storage: A View from New York

Chair of the New York Public Service Commission and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Service, John Rhodes, will present about updates.

Speakers:

John Rhodes Chair
New York Public Service Commission
Keynote 8 | Mexico’s Energy Sector Transformation Progress to Date and Storage as an Accelerator

Keynote 8 | Mexico’s Energy Sector Transformation Progress to Date and Storage as an Accelerator

Energy Commissioner Marcelino Madrigal Martinez will kick off a day of Global Grid discussions and address Mexico's energy market deregulation and the country's efforts to modernize its power sector regulations.

Speakers:

Marcelino Madrigal Martinez Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
10:30 am - 10:50 am
ESNA Expo Hall
Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Coffee Break in Expo Hall

Global Grid Transformation
Risk Management
Ballroom D
Utility Leadership
Ballroom BC
10:50 am - 11:50 am
Americas Roundtable (Part 1)
Ballroom E

Americas Roundtable (Part 1)

The Americas: Storage Coming of Age in Latin America – Special Focus on Mexico.

During ESNA’s 2017 Global Grid Transformation Roundtable on Mexico, CRE Chairman Guillermo Alcocer and Commissioner Marcelino Madrigal proposed to implement energy storage as a multi-use transmission asset. What steps has Mexico undertaken in the last year to advance energy storage as part of its power sector toolkit. What challenges have been encountered, and what efforts are underway? How will storage be incorporated into future renewable energy auctions, if at all? What solutions from global markets could Mexico adopt to jump-start new services & value streams?
How can the World Bank’s $1B energy storage fund help accelerate progress? How can interested stakeholders access this funding? What are the future prospects for storage applications and deployments in Mexico? What will progress in Mexico mean for other countries in Latin America?

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand key issues related to various regionals and implications for other markets.

Speakers:

Dr. Salvador Acha Daza Head of Modernization Unit
CENACE Mexico
Gabriela Azuela Global Lead Clean Energy
The World Bank Group
Hala Ballouz President
Electric Power Engineers
Lorenzo Kristov, PHD Independent Consultant
Former Principal, Market Design, California ISO
Janice Lin Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Strategen
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Peter Mockel Principal Industry Specialist
International Financial Corporation (IFC)
Hector Olea President and CEO
Gauss Energia
Charles Post Energy Storage Program Manager
PG&E
Edward Randolph Energy Division Director
California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Robinson Principal Advisor of Market Design
MISO
Australian Roundtable (Part 1)
Ballroom H

Australian Roundtable (Part 1)

Australia: A Look into the Future - What is Next for the World's RD&D Sandbox?

How effective have the recent mega-storage projects in Australia been? What are the significant lessons that are transferrable to other nations? What is driving Australia’s developing reputation as the world’s electricity grid RD&D sandbox? Where does energy storage RD&D fit in? What are the opportunities for combining solar and renewable resources to create integrated and dispatchable resources, building on AEMO’s recent ISP? What is the right Distribution System Operator (DSO) model for a structurally separated supply chain like Australia?

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand key issues related to various regionals and implications for other markets.

Speakers:

Michael DeSocio Senior Manager – Market Design
New York Independent System Operator
Nicola Falcon General Manager Forecasting
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Mark Higgins Chief Operating Officer
Strategen
Mark Paterson General Manager
Horizon Power
Anthony Seipolt Advisor
Australian Energy Regulator
Sam Staples Market Development Manager
Australian Energy Storage Alliance
European Roundtable (Part 1)
Ballroom FG

European Roundtable (Part 1)

Europe: Sectoral Convergence & Approaches to Grid Modernization

How does the regulatory and market design approach differ in the EU and UK versus the US? What similarities and differences exist between European countries that affect outcomes? Will the Winter Package and rate design catch up with technology? What storage business models are emerging in Europe? What types of deployments have worked the best and how do the project economics pencil out? What are the future prospects for storage in Germany and the UK? What solutions from global markets could Europe adopt to jump-start new services & value streams? What accounts for the differing approach on sectoral convergence between Europe and the US? What can the US do to catch up?

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand key issues related to various regionals and implications for other markets.

Speakers:

Ed Reid Director Of Quality Assurance
Centrica
Heiko Tautor Head of Market Management Energy
WAGO
Laura Walter Senior Lead Economist
PJM
Urban Windelen Executive Director
BVES E.V. - GERMAN ENERGY STORAGE ASSOCIATION
Rudolf Zauner Head of Hydrogen Center
VERBUND
Future-Proofing Energy Storage Investments

Future-Proofing Energy Storage Investments

This session will examine how to plan long-term energy storage investments in a time of changing markets. Panelists will weigh in on how developers and investors alike can address and mitigate multiple financial risks related to storage projects, including possibilities of market saturation, changing use cases, changing markets and valuation of services, and the possible stroke of the regulatory pen.

Target Audience: Investors, developers and project owners, planners from municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utilities

Audience Take-Aways: Comprehend risks related to storage investments, evolving markets, and the changing regulatory framework.

Speakers:

Logan Goldie-Scot Team Leader, Energy Storage Insight
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Puon Penn Executive Vice President/Head of Technology Capital
Wells Fargo
Andrew Tang Senior Vice President, Business Development
Green Smith Energy
Karim Wazni Managing Director
Younicos
Storage as Transmission

Storage as Transmission

In just a few years, energy storage serving as a transmission asset has gone from a hypothetical possibility to a reality, with first projects already deployed or in motion, and storage starting to be integrated into transmission planning processes. Pacific Gas & Electric and Arizona Public Service have already deployed or planned energy storage projects in transmission applications, and storage is being actively considered as a transmission asset in open planning windows in markets like PJM, CAISO and MISO. This panel will explore current projects, regulatory structures and commercial models enabling this emerging application, and also discuss challenges ahead for its widespread adoption.

Target Audience: Utility regulators, leaders and planners from municipal, cooperative and investor-owned utilities, and project developers.

Take-Aways: Realize the potential for utility-scale storage to step in as an asset to be considered during the transmission planning process, and understand the specific benefits of storage as a transmission-related asset.

Speakers:

Kiran Kumaraswamy Market Applications Director
Fluence
Dr. Karl Meeusen Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Regulatory Policy
CAISO
Alex Morris Vice President Policy and Operations
CESA
John Pinho Energy Innovation Advisor
Arizona Public Service
11:50 am - 11:55 am
5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

11:55 am - 12:30 pm
Americas Roundtable (Part 2)
Ballroom E

Americas Roundtable (Part 2)

This morning session will focus on specific regions.

The Americas: Storage Coming of Age in Latin America – Special Focus on Mexico

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand key issues related to various regionals and implications for other markets.

Speakers:

Dr. Salvador Acha Daza Head of Modernization Unit
CENACE Mexico
Gabriela Azuela Global Lead Clean Energy
The World Bank Group
Hala Ballouz President
Electric Power Engineers
Lorenzo Kristov, PHD Independent Consultant
Former Principal, Market Design, California ISO
Janice Lin Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Strategen
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Peter Mockel Principal Industry Specialist
International Financial Corporation (IFC)
Hector Olea President and CEO
Gauss Energia
Charles Post Energy Storage Program Manager
PG&E
Edward Randolph Energy Division Director
California Public Utilities Commission
Michael Robinson Principal Advisor of Market Design
MISO
Australian Roundtable (Part 2)
Ballroom H

Australian Roundtable (Part 2)

Australia: A Look into the Future - What is Next for the World's RD&D Sandbox?

How effective have the recent mega-storage projects in Australia been? What are the significant lessons that are transferrable to other nations? What is driving Australia’s developing reputation as the world’s electricity grid RD&D sandbox? Where does energy storage RD&D fit in? What are the opportunities for combining solar and renewable resources to create integrated and dispatchable resources, building on AEMO’s recent ISP? What is the right Distribution System Operator (DSO) model for a structurally separated supply chain like Australia?

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand key issues related to various regionals and implications for other markets.

Speakers:

Michael DeSocio Senior Manager – Market Design
New York Independent System Operator
Nicola Falcon General Manager Forecasting
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Kiran Kumaraswamy Market Applications Director
Fluence
Anthony Seipolt Advisor
Australian Energy Regulator
Sam Staples Market Development Manager
Australian Energy Storage Alliance
European Roundtable (Part 2)
Ballroom FG

European Roundtable (Part 2)

Europe: Sectoral Convergence & Approaches to Grid Modernization

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand key issues related to various regionals and implications for other markets.

Speakers:

Gianluca Gigliucci Head of Energy Storage Innovation
Enel Green Power
Hasan Ozdem Head of Technology Management
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Heiko Tautor Head of Market Management Energy
WAGO
Urban Windelen Executive Director
BVES E.V. - GERMAN ENERGY STORAGE ASSOCIATION
Identifying, Assigning and Allocating Risk

Identifying, Assigning and Allocating Risk

Reducing risk upfront through responsible contracting.

Speakers:

Jay Goldin Vice President, Green Tech Solutions
Munich RE
William Holmes Partner
K&L Gates
Allan Marks Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Getting to 100% Renewable

Getting to 100% Renewable

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is aggressively planning to decarbonize its grid, and has taken several critical steps in that direction, including development of a 20 MW storage system, and the possibility of a large pumped hydro project at the Hoover dam. Hear how LADWP is already deploying storage, and planning for additional resources, to enable a green grid.

Target Audience: Municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utility executives, local and state government officials, project developers, regulators.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand the benefits and challenges inherent in planning for and implementing a city-scale carbon-free grid.

Speakers:

Marty Adams Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
ESNA Expo Hall
Expo Floor Programming

Expo Floor Programming

Expo Floor Programming

Global Grid VIP Lunch

Global Grid VIP Lunch

This invite-only luncheon for global delegates will take place in the Gold Room above the Civic Auditorium.

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Lunch Available in the Expo Hall. Be sure to listen in on additional programming at the Expo Hall Stage while you enjoy your lunch.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Wholesale Market Design Global Best Practices
Ballroom E

Wholesale Market Design Global Best Practices

Join practitioners from multiple countries to discuss what market design elements work best to promote energy storage and where improvements are necessary. This interactive session will seek to answer the following questions:
• What types of rules are wholesale market operators likely to develop for integrating and compensating storage resources?
• What additional value streams should be considered?
• What wholesale market design lessons could be learned from Europe, Australia, or markets in the Americas?
• How will future markets and rules change, as power grids evolve with increasing amounts of renewables, electric vehicles, and other assets on both sides of the meter?


Target Audience: Grid-scale storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and regulators, market operators.

Audience Take-Aways: Integrate knowledge of best practices from energy storage projects across the globe.

Speakers:

Nicola Falcon General Manager Forecasting
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Lorenzo Kristov, PHD Independent Consultant
Former Principal, Market Design, California ISO
Marcelino Madrigal Martinez Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission
Anthony Seipolt Advisor
Australian Energy Regulator
Rudolf Zauner Head of Hydrogen Center
VERBUND
Managing Physical Risk

Managing Physical Risk

There are many components of physical risk associated with energy storage. This panel has assembled a diverse group to highlight the various aspects of physical risk and suggest solutions for risk mitigation. The panel will cover items from selecting the right system upfront, to assessing systems for long-term physical performance, to safe installation and maintenance. Each speaker will present their organization’s role in the process: including manufacturing, testing, design, and installation of the system. They will share their priorities, how they protect the public, and how they protect financial interests.

Target Audience: Developers, owners, leaders from insurance and utility industries.

Audience Take-Aways: Perceive potential risks related to installation and operation of energy storage projects, and understand how those risks can be addressed at various stages in the process.

Speakers:

Dan Cohee Vice President
PDE Total Energy Solutions
Jake Edie Business Development Director
S&C Electric Company
Davion Hill Energy Storage Leader, Americas
DNV GL
Bernie Kotlier Executive Director
IBEW-NECA California & Nevada
Megan Vidal Business Development
UL
EV Rate Programs that Work

EV Rate Programs that Work

Electric Vehicles are a key element of a carbon-free future. At the same time, they offer the potential for utilities to boost sales and utilize integrated EV assets to strengthen the grid. A key part of fostering EV - and ensuring that EVs are integrated into the grid in a beneficial manner – is the development of rate programs that incentivize desired behaviors. This panel will discuss the elements of EV rate programs that work best, as well as elements to avoid.

Target Audience: Municipal, cooperative, and investor-owned utility executives, local and state government officials, executives from electric charging infrastructure and automotive companies.

Audience Take-Aways: Grasp the essential issues related to design of EV rate programs. Understand which elements work best, and why.

Speakers:

Erika Meyers Director of Research
Smart Electric Power Alliance
David Schlosberg Vice President Energy Market Operations
eMotorWerks
Kevin Schwain Electric Vehicle Program Lead
Xcel Energy
Robert Thomas Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
5 Minute Transition

5 Minute Transition

5 minute transition

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm
Distributed Storage Global Best Practices *Start Time 2:50pm*
Ballroom E

Distributed Storage Global Best Practices *Start Time 2:50pm*

Join our global delegation from over 25 countries to discuss what works and what does not in this interactive session. We will seek to answer the following questions:
• What applications are driving distributed storage deployment across the globe?
• What factors contribute to this growth, including the regulatory environment and business cases?
• What relevant lessons do these case studies hold for other markets?
• What impacts are these deployments are having on grid architecture, and the relationship between distribution and transmission operations?

Speakers:

Michael DeSocio Senior Manager – Market Design
New York Independent System Operator
Mark Higgins Chief Operating Officer
Strategen
Lorenzo Kristov, PHD Independent Consultant
Former Principal, Market Design, California ISO
Mark Paterson General Manager
Horizon Power
Ed Reid Director Of Quality Assurance
Centrica
Laura Walter Senior Lead Economist
PJM
Urban Windelen Executive Director
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Emerging Challenges & Risks along the Battery Supply Chain

Emerging Challenges & Risks along the Battery Supply Chain

The energy storage industry is expected to see tremendous growth over the coming years. These vast new business opportunities signify new challenges that must be thoroughly understood and addressed. This panel will explain the nature and origin of the key emerging issues along the battery storage supply chain, including: the sourcing dominance of vehicle OEMs for battery cells and resulting supply challenges for stationary storage players; the looming cobalt crunch stemming from increasing demand, and related supply concentration and sustainability issues; and the glut of EV batteries after reaching their primary end of life. Potential mitigation solutions will be investigated, including creative sourcing strategies, ways to reduce the dependence on cobalt, and battery recovery strategies around the globe.

Target Audience: Storage and renewable energy project developers, investors and project owners, utility executives, regulators, and legislators.

Audience Take-Aways: Grasp the key issues related to the battery supply chain, including sourcing of critical inputs and development of end-of-life strategies.

Speakers:

Florian Mayr Partner
Apricum
Yayoi Sekine Energy Storage Analyst
Bloomberg NEF
Homing in on Residential Storage

Homing in on Residential Storage

Behind the Meter Residential Storage is often employed as an isolated and stand-alone solution, for either resiliency or self-consumption of renewables. However, it is also being networked, coordinated and integrated into the grid with increasing frequency. This panel will discuss the development of on-site residential storage, existing business cases, and its potential future on our evolving electric power grids, as it becomes increasingly aggregated and dispatched to address grid-related issues.

Target Audience: Storage developers, on-site solar developers, regulators, state and local politicians, planners for municipal, cooperative and investor-owned utilities.

Audience Take-Aways: Understand the use cases and value that emerging storage is bringing to the grid, and grasp the long-term potential of this asset.

Speakers:

James Frasher Distributed Energy Strategy Group
SMUD
Lee Krevat CEO
Krevat Energy Innovations
Nathan Wyeth Director, Grid Services
Sunrun
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ESNA Expo Hall
Closing Happy Hour in Expo Hall