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

• Mr. Andreas Feicht, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for
Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

• Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor, State of
California

Speakers:

Andreas Feicht State Secretary
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Eleni Kounalakis Lieutenant Governor
State of California
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

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:

Raj Apte Principal Engineer
Google X
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

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:

Jacqueline DeRosa VP, Battery Energy Storage Systems
Ameresco
Ramkumar Krishnan Chief Technology Officer
NantEnergy
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
Dr. Laura Nelson Executive Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development
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

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:

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:

Jon Norman President and COO
Hydrostor
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.

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
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:

Mark Paterson Managing Director, Australia & Pacific
Strategen
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
Competing for the Battery: The Future of Lithium for Stationary Storage

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

The market for Lithium-ion batteries is rapidly expanding. This growth is primarily driven by the rise of e-mobility, which is effectively becoming the most important end-market for batteries. As such, the automotive industry does not only drive growth in demand, but also sets the pace for price trends. Automotive OEMs and battery manufacturers are pursuing varied strategies to secure the long-term supply of Li-ion batteries. This is driving procurement strategies, pricing and future technology development. China is expected to assume a dominant position in the Li-ion battery supply chain through a wide array of players. At the same time battery pricing is heavily impacted by raw material demand and supply trends, where China is also increasingly taking control of raw material sourcing. The presentation will address the supply and demand dynamics of Li-ion batteries and the future trajectory of various end-markets. Additionally, it will evaluate the different strategies pursued by key industry players to de-risk the long-term supply of Li-ion batteries. Lastly, it will 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
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:

Sam Huntington Associate Director
IHS Markit
Grant McDaniel Director of New Products
Wellhead Power Solutions, LLC
Ed Randolph Deputy Executive Director for Energy and Climate Policy, Director, Energy Division
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.

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:

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

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.

Speakers:

Prakash Chandra Renewable Hybrids Leader
GE Renewable Energy
6:00 pm - 9:45 pm
ESNA Beach Networking Party sponsored by KORE Power

ESNA Beach Networking Party sponsored by KORE Power

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

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.

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

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
John Zahurancik Chief Operating Officer
Fluence
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
Bernie Kotlier Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions
California and Nevada Labor Management Cooperation Committee
Matt Paiss Technical Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Labs
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:

Julie Blunden Chief Commercial Officer
EVgo
Maryline Daviaud Lewett Director of Business Development
Black & Veatch
Jessalyn Ishigo Connected and Environmental Business Development
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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:

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
Innovations in Battery Storage Safety: Duke Case Study

Innovations in Battery Storage Safety: Duke 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. The system will discuss lessons learned regarding the integrated system and from each party independently.

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
Ben Kaun Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation
EPRI
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. 

Speakers:

Patrick Kelly Director, Microgrid Development
EDF Renewables.
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
Suppliers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus

Suppliers are from Mars, Developers are from Venus

This session will see to uncover what developers want and need from suppliers to 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 (hardware and software) with the following session objectives:

1. Educate suppliers on what they need to do to be successful in bidding their products and services to developers
2. Identify current weak spots in the energy storage system offerings (eg. battery control systems) and why this needs to be addressed
3. Identify the capabilities and features that suppliers of hardware and services should consider in order to win more bids

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 siting to operations.

Dr. Vivian Sultan helped develop the framework used by Southern California Edison for planning the location of its utility-scale energy storage deployments. She will discuss tools available and steps that can be taken to ensure projects are sited in a way that encourages grid stability and project success.

Next, Dr. Alison Weis will help demystify the complexities of multi-use bidding. She will explain the use of an optimized control algorithm for maximizing revenue in day-ahead and real-time markets while managing the state of charge of the system. Her presentation will show a case study in CAISO of a storage project that increases revenues 30% over basic offer strategies with integrated intelligent price-forecasting and optimized offer strategies to the ISO. Next-day and next-hour probabilistic price spike forecasts are created using key predictors of system netload forecast error and congestion, along with forecasted price levels in the day-ahead market.

Speakers:

Vivian Sultan Dr.
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 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
Michael Norbeck Senior Manager, Grid Services
Sunrun
Paul Wassink Senior Engineer
National Grid
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ESNA Expo Hall
Closing Happy Hour in Expo Hall