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
ESNA Welcome Remarks & Joint ESNA-CGBEC Keynotes

ESNA Welcome Remarks & Joint ESNA-CGBEC Keynotes

• Dr. Falk Bomeke, Director on Bilateral Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
• Mr. David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission

Speakers:

Dr. Falk Bomeke Director on Bilateral Energy Cooperation
David Hochschild Chair
California Energy Commission
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Joint ESNA-CGBEC Networking Reception

Joint ESNA-CGBEC Networking Reception

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 Expo Hours: 10AM - 5PM

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Savion, LLC

Networking Breakfast sponsored by Savion, LLC

Continental Breakfast for ESNA Conference Attendees in Keynote Theater. Sponsored by Savion

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote: Malta: A Hot (and Cold) New Approach to Long Duration Energy Storage

Keynote: Malta: A Hot (and Cold) New Approach to Long Duration Energy Storage

This keynote session will feature a joint presentation from Raj Apte, principal engineer at X, Alphabet's moonshot factory and Ramya Swaminathan, CEO of Malta Inc. Raj and Ramya will discuss the development and evolution of Malta, the groundbreaking new approach to collecting and storing energy for long durations. Raj will discuss how Malta started at X (formerly Google X) and share how the team incubated, prototyped and de-risked the technology. Ramya will then explain where the team is today, share how this game changing technology works, and explain what's needed worldwide to get long duration storage deployed on the grid.

Speakers:

Raj Apte Principal Engineer
X, Alphabet's Moonshot Factory
Ramya Swaminathan CEO
MALTA Inc.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

Coffee Break sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

Coffee Break in Expo Hal sponsored by Siemens Gamesal: 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

Never has the world had such a need for resilient microgrids. Moderated by Stephanie Simons of the Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) and representing the needs of island nations, this session will explore microgrids that have 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 microgrid deployment and technologies, followed by a discussion led by Ms. Simons about how technology providers can best meet the needs of vulnerable geographies.

Speakers:

Dr. Fabio Albano Vice President of Technology
NantEnergy, Inc.
Jacqueline DeRosa VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
Stephanie Simons Mechanical Engineer
Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited
Bryan Urban EVP, Stationary Storage Solutions
Leclanche
Decarbonizing the Power Sector and Maintaining Reliability: Solutions for Multi-Day and Seasonal Storage

Decarbonizing the Power Sector and Maintaining Reliability: Solutions for Multi-Day and Seasonal Storage

Renewable energy is now the lowest marginal-cost source of electricity in many countries globally. Reliability at very high renewable penetration levels will require multi-day and seasonal energy storage solutions to match supply and demand. This session will address drivers for multi-day and seasonal storage and currently available solutions, as well as explore actions to help realize the potential of long duration storage.

Key Questions:
1. What is driving the need for super bulk, multi-day and seasonal storage solutions? When will it be needed?
2. What bulk storage solutions are available today and what is inhibiting their adoption?
3. What actions should regulators and policy makers take today to facilitate the development of super bulk storage solutions?

Speakers:

Yuri Freedman Senior Director, Business Development
Southern California Gas Company
Janice Lin CEO & Founder
Strategen
Mike McManus Sr. Director
NEXT, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
Dr. Laura Nelson Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah
Louis Ting Director of Power System Planning Development & Engineering
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Hybrid Energy Systems: Storage Provides Value

Hybrid Energy Systems: Storage Provides Value

More cities, states and utilities are setting 100% clean or renewable energy targets as stakeholders recognize the urgency of addressing the climate crisis, and as renewable resources and energy storage become increasingly cost-effective. Once these targets are set, the challenge then becomes how to make progress towards and ultimately achieve them. Pairing sophisticated energy management systems (EMS) with storage can effectively integrate renewable energy resources and traditional thermal assets, increase renewable energy penetration, provide ancillary services and improve reliability and resilience. Panelists will share lessons-learned and insights from hybrid energy projects that have taken this approach in Texas, Virginia and Arizona.

Speakers:

Mark Frigo Vice President, Head of Energy Storage, North America
E.ON
Amy Liu Manager of Applied Technology
Wärtsilä Energy Storage, Solar and Integration
Alex Morris VP Policy and Operations
California Energy Storage Alliance
Risto Paldanius Director Of Business Development, Energy Storage & Integration
Wartsila
11:35 am - 12:20 pm
Bulk Storage: Getting to Deployment

Bulk Storage: Getting to Deployment

Major innovations are happening in bulk storage, an energy storage class which is necessary to support the transition to 100% clean energy. However, many roadblocks persist to financing and developing bulk storage projects. This session will feature innovative technology suppliers in the Bulk Storage space showcasing their technologies, followed by a fireside chat with policy makers to uncover the market rules and policies required to allow this asset class to be developed.

Speakers:

Salvatore Minopoli Vice President
Highview Power USA
Gabriel Murtaugh Senior Policy Developer
California ISO
Jon Norman President and COO
Hydrostor
Nathan Sandvig Director, US Strategic Growth
National Grid
Marco Terruzzin Chief Product Officer
Energy Vault
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) and monetize EV grid services?
3. How can policy makers and regulators accelerate the value case for stronger vehicle-grid integration?

Speakers:

Julie Blunden Chief Commercial Officer
EVgo
Ed Burgess Senior Director
Strategen
Gregor Hintler Head of USA
The Mobility House
Julian Jansen Research Manager, Energy Storage
IHS Markit
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:

Scott Hinson CTO
Pecan Street Inc.
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.

Lunch in Expo Hall and Market Updates

Lunch in Expo Hall and Market Updates

Enjoy additional networking in the expo hall where lunch is available.

Enjoy Market Updates on the ESNA Expo Stage:

12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. - China Market Update presented by George Dudley from the China Energy Storage Alliance

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - India Market Update presented by Debi Prasad Dash from the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA)

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - The German Energy Storage Industry Trends & Best Practice Solutions presented by Valeska Gottke from the German Energy Storage Alliance (BVES). This session will include company highlights from BVES Member companies: CMBlu Energy AG, Munich RE Green Tech Solutions, Electrochaea GmbH, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH, ads-tec Energy GmbH, WAGO Corporation, Heindl Energy GmbH (TBD), Tesvolt GmbH (TBD)

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 case studies of innovating funding strategies for large stand-alone, utility scale energy storage as well as solar+storage projects by experts from Orrick, Javelin Capital and Savion (Macquarie). Presentations will address those key challenges and risks that developers must address proactively to ensure successful project financing, including regulatory risk, merchant revenue risk, tax issues, and others.
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Speakers:

Ryan Hamilton Senior Advisor
Javelin Capital
Wolfram Pohl Partner
Orrick
Matt Stedl Development Director - Energy Storage
Savion, LLC
Rebuilding in the Wake of Disaster

Rebuilding in the Wake of Disaster

Natural disasters are becoming more common and more destructive. Energy storage and other enabling distributed energy resources and smart solutions can mitigate their occurrence and help consumers deal with wildfire mitigation strategies. This session invites regions marred by natural disaster such as Australia, California, Puerto Rico, and others to share challenges, opportunities, and best practices in rebuilding resilient islanded systems in the wake of disaster or to prevent disaster.

Key Questions:
1. What types of natural disasters amplify the need for energy storage?
2. What functions can energy storage provide? How are these services valued or not valued today?
3. How should regulators and utilities value resiliency in future resource planning?

Speakers:

James Bell President & CEO
Viking Cold Solutions
Kiran Kumaraswamy Vice President of Market Applications
Fluence
Ana Sophia Mifsud Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute
Mark Paterson Managing Director, Australia & Pacific
Strategen
Making the Case for Long Duration Storage

Making the Case 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:

Hala Ballouz President
Electric Power Engineers, Inc.
Rich Brody Director of Sales and Marketing
Lockheed Martin Energy
Heather Donaldson Project Director
Black & Veatch Management Consulting
Scott Litzelman Program Director
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Competing for the Battery: The Future of Lithium for Stationary Storage

Competing for the Battery: The Future of Lithium for Stationary Storage

The presentation by IHS Market's energy storage lead researcher will address the supply and demand dynamics of Li-ion batteries and the future trajectory of various end-markets and evaluate the different strategies pursued by key industry players to de-risk the long-term supply of Li-ion batteries. It will also offer delegates deep insights into how the stationary energy storage sector is impacted by global battery supply trends and how this influences future deployment.

Speakers:

Julian Jansen Research Manager, Energy Storage
IHS Markit
Roger Lin Vice President of Marketing
NEC Energy Solutions
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?

Speakers:

Brent Buffington Senior Manager, Generation Asset Optimization and Performance Reporting
Southern California Edison
Sam Huntington Associate Director
IHS Markit
Vicken Kasarjian Chief Operating Officer
Marin Clean Energy
Grant McDaniel Director of New Products
Wellhead Power Solutions, LLC
Molly Sterkel Program Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Permitting
California Public Utilities Commission
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. This session will address the factors that led PSE&G to consider storage in a meaningful way, how PSE&G assembled its program team, use cases considered, and key learnings.

Speakers:

John Dempsey Manager of Transmission Development
PSE&G
Ahmed Mousa Manager of the Utility of the Future
PSE&G
3:35 pm - 4:15 pm
Coffee Break sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

Coffee Break sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

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

Utility Dessert Reception sponsored by National Grid

Utility Dessert Reception sponsored by National Grid

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

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Keynote: Enabling the Clean Energy Transition through Hybrid Solutions

Keynote: Enabling the Clean Energy Transition through Hybrid Solutions

The electricity industry is facing new challenges that have not been seen in 100 years. We will discuss what hybrid solutions are and how they can enable a reliable, affordable and dispatchable integration of different generation sources solving critical customer needs. Each hybrid application is unique and can integrate multiple energy generation sources, whether renewable or conventional with one another. Storage solutions, whether the storage assets are designed to be coupled with Wind, Solar, thermal generation, with high safety standards, will play a key role in achieving this transition

Speakers:

Prakash Chandra Renewable Hybrids Leader
GE Renewable Energy
Keynote: How LADWP is Addressing LA's Green New Deal with Energy Storage

Keynote: How LADWP is Addressing LA's Green New Deal with Energy Storage

Join the General Manager of LADWP for an inspirational keynote talk about the role of energy storage in meeting LA’s New Green Deal. LADWP is committed to the goal of 80% renewable energy supply by 2036. Mr. Adams will discuss how LA is meeting its goals creatively and strategically, integrating multiple innovative energy storage solutions from battery storage to pumped hydro to green hydrogen.

Speakers:

Martin Adams General Manager and Chief Engineer
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ESNA Beach Party sponsored by KORE Power

ESNA Beach Party sponsored by KORE Power

Celebrate a year of record energy storage installations & procurements on a private beach with games, caribbean steel drum music, dinner and drinks at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort in San Diego!J Transportation will be provided outside of the expo hall. *Be sure to bring your ESNA Badge with you.*

9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
After-Party hosted by the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

After-Party hosted by the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA)

CESA will host the official Energy Storage North America After-Party. Following the ESNA Beach Party, ESNA will provide transportation to the Salt & Whiskey in the popular San Diego Gaslamp District. There, CESA staff, members, and ESNA participants can eat, drink and network til late in a beautiful Victorian setting. Cash bar. Snacks will be provided.

Thursday, November 7 Expo Hours: 10AM - 4PM

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Safety Day Networking Breakfast sponsored by UL

Safety Day Networking Breakfast sponsored by UL

Safety Day Continental Breakfast for ESNA Conference Attendees in Keynote Theater. Sponsored by UL.

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote: A View from New York: Tackling 3,000 MW

Keynote: A View from New York: Tackling 3,000 MW

President and CEO of NYSERDA will discuss how New York arrived at its ambitious 3,000 MW energy storage targets, progress to date in the state and the challenges and opportunities ahead for what will soon be one of the most booming energy storage markets in North America.

Speakers:

Alicia Barton President & CEO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Keynote: Managing Safety in a Fast-Changing Technology Landscape

Keynote: Managing Safety in a Fast-Changing Technology Landscape

Safety Day at ESNA gets kicked off with a frank and provocative discussion of one of the most critical challenges facing our industry: ensuring the safety of energy storage systems amid a landscape of ever-evolving technology and lagging regulations and standards. At a time when even one incident can affect market growth, this panel featuring leaders from Ford Motor Company, Fluence, and Arizona Public Service, and moderated by BloombergNEF, will tackle key issues and discuss what we can learn from each other as we transform the power system to meet the challenges of an uncertain climate future.

Speakers:

Brad Albert Vice President, Resource Management
Arizona Public Service Company
Logan Goldie-Scot Head, Energy Storage
BloombergNEF
Ted Miller Manager of Electrification Subsystems and Power Supply Research
Ford Motor Company
John Zahurancik Chief Operating Officer
Fluence
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Coffee Break sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

Coffee Break sponsored by Siemens Gamesa

Coffee Break in Expo Hall sponsored by Siemens Gamesa: Visit our exhibitors and network with attendees

Developer/C&I
Smart Dispatch & Operations
Utility
10:45 am - 11:30 am
PV Magazine Logo Adding Value to Solar Projects with Storage

Adding Value to Solar Projects with Storage

This session, developed and moderated by the experts at pv magazine, addresses the how PV developers can best navigate the combination of PV and storage. This combination promises additional revenue streams, but also added complexity. This session provides an overview of the additional revenue streams offered by integrating storage into a solar PV project, as well as guidance on the best entry point to storage, and how best to handle the added complexity PV + storage projects involve.

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Speakers:

Scott Barrington Business Development Manager
Trimark Associates, Inc.
Louise Bick Advanced Technology Policy Manager
San Diego Gas & Electric
Adam Gerza Chief Operating Officer
Energy Toolbase
Erica Johnson Managing Editor
pv magazine
Christian Roselund U.S. Editor
pv magazine
Bill Sproull Vice President of Business Development
ESS, Inc.
Greg Tremelling Vice President of Business Development
Oztek Corporation
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
Michael Johnston Executive Director Standards and Safety
NECA
Bernie Kotlier Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions
California and Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee
Matt Paiss Technical Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Labs
Megan Vidal Business Development
UL
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 electric vehicle (EV) fast charge system, and how energy storage is helping.

Speakers:

Maryline Daviaud Lewett Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
Mark Higgins COO
Strategen
Jessalyn Ishigo Connected and Environmental Business Development
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Carter Prescott Principal Manager
Southern California Edison
Sara Rafalson Director of Market Development
EVgo
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.

Speakers:

Allan Abela CCO & EVP
EPC Power Corp.
Jay Goldin Vice President, Green Tech Solutions
Munich Re
Brian Knowles Sr. Director, Energy Storage & Grid Analytics
Cypress Creek Renewables
Kate McGinnis Managing Director for North America
Fluence
DERMS, Microgrids, and the Future of Grid Management

DERMS, Microgrids, and the Future of Grid Management

Today's power grid has evolved to encompass an increasingly diverse mix of energy resources with thousands of solar, battery storage, and EV assets. These changes and the acceleration of policy goals to increase renewable and distributed generation require a shift in how we operate the network. Join PXiSE Energy Solutions (pronounced ‘pice’) for a conversation about DERMS, Microgrids, and the Future of Grid Management. PXiSE draws on decades power engineering and controls expertise to develop next-generation grid management technology. Learn how controls change the equation for what’s possible on the grid through real project examples in the US and globally.

Speakers:

Hanna Grene Head of Strategy & Partnerships
PXISE Energy Solutions
Patrick Lee CEO
PXISE Energy Solutions
David Liebman Energy and Sustainability Manager
Sonoma County Junior College District
Innovations in Battery Storage Safety: Duke Case Study

Innovations in Battery Storage Safety: Duke Case Study

This session will discuss the Duke Energy approach to safe deployment of battery storage. Duke Energy operates a microgrid test bed at their emerging technology center which 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. Learn the safety considerations and best practices for utilities from the BESS component level to system integration.

Speakers:

Steve Cummings Director, Sensors Business Unit
Nexceris
Tom Fenimore Business Development Manager
Duke Energy
David Ginder Global Manager for Validation and Test Engineering
Saft, a company of Total
Bryan Hoffman Operations & Maintenance Manager
Duke Energy
Ben Kaun Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
EPRI
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch in Expo Hall

Lunch in Expo Hall

Enjoy additional networking in the expo hall where lunch is available.

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:
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Speakers:

Holly Paeper General Manager, Data Centers & Vice President, Marketing
Ingersoll Rand
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. 

Speakers:

Patrick Kelly Director, Microgrid Development
EDF Renewables.
Navigating to the Future Electric Grid

Navigating to the Future Electric Grid

For much of the last century the electric sector has operated in a fairly stable and slow-moving context where incremental change was adequate to the challenges faced. Indeed, most of the industry’s governance and operational models were designed for such a context which raises the question: “Is the accumulation of incremental changes commensurate with the scale of the transformation now underway?”. This panel will confront the realities of what tools and rules it will take to rearchitect the entire electricity ecosystem to enable both the societal and whole-of-system benefits of technologies such as energy storage to be fully realized.

Speakers:

Paul Duncan Practice Leader, Energy Storage and Grid Modernization
MPR Associates, Inc.
Lorenzo Kristov Consultant
Electric System Policy, Structure, Market Design
Mark Paterson Managing Director, Australia & Pacific
Strategen
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 impact 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, city officials, local 501c3s and manufacturers joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind affordable housing resiliency microgrid that can serve as a model across the country.

Speakers:

Emil King Analyst
DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
Matthew Kozey Communications Manager
Pepco, An Exelon Company
Jeff Lesk Cofounder and Vice President
Community Partners Solar
Catherine Von Burg CEO
SimpliPhi Power, Inc.
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Suppliers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus

Suppliers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus

Join a lively audience-focused discussion with the panel of developers. This session will seek to uncover what developers want and need from suppliers to safely and reliably transform the power sector with energy storage. The panel will feature developers and EPCs that have commissioned major energy storage projects. They will have the opportunity to address suppliers and the energy storage vendor community from hardware and software to tell them what they need to know to win more bids.

Speakers:

Mark Hardin Director, Opportunity Development
NEC Energy Solutions
Cody Hill Director, Energy Storage
LS Power
Davion Hill Energy Storage Leader
DNV GL
Tools for Solving Complex Challenges

Tools for Solving Complex Challenges

Experts will share tools and frameworks that can increase the profitability and success of energy storage deployments, from planning the location of its utility-scale energy storage deployments to demystifying the complexities of multi-use bidding.

Speakers:

Iulia Gheorghiu Editor
Utility Dive
Vivian Sultan Adjunct Professor
California State University, Los Angeles
Allison Weis Manager of Optimization Analytics
Ascend Analytics
Innovative Utility Programs for Behind the Meter

Innovative Utility Programs for Behind the Meter

This session will explore innovative and successful utility programs from across the country for increasing the value and penetration of behind the meter energy storage with the aim of inspiring other regions to roll out programs. Speakers cover programs like California’s Self Generating Incentive Program (SGIP), whose new Equity Resiliency Budget allows the most vulnerable populations in the state to benefit from energy storage, as well as National Grid in Massachusetts empowering consumers with the “BYOB” –Bring Your Own Battery Program. Learn from their experiences and make important connections that will benefit residential customers.

Speakers:

Corey Benson Manager, Business Development
EnergyHub
Sandy Goldberg Advisor to Commissioner
CA Public Utilities Commission
Gideon Katsh Transmission Network Intelligence Lead
National Grid
Michael Norbeck Senior Manager, Grid Services
Sunrun
Brandie Williams Business Development Director
Johnson Controls
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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