ESNA 2017 | August 8 - 10, 2017 in San Diego, California

Energy Storage North America Agenda

ESNA features three days of interactive, dynamic programming on energy storage policies, markets, trends and technologies.

August 8, 2017

7:30 am - 8:00 am Coffee and Bagel Breakfast

Coffee and Bagel Breakfast

Join Site Tour attendees for a quick morning snack in front of the registration desk before departing.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm Energy Storage Site Tours

Energy Storage Site Tours

See the ESNA Site Tours page for more details on the exciting opportunities to visit active energy storage sites during ESNA: www.esnaexpo.com/program/site-tours

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Attendees are encouraged to explore local eating options right across the street from the convention center, though no eating options will be available through ESNA.

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Deep-Dive Workshops

Deep-Dive Workshops

ESNA's interactive workshops give attendees an unrivaled opportunity to enhance their understanding of various aspects of grid-connected energy storage. Workshops provide educational, actionable information for specific audiences including utilities, storage companies, policymakers and energy end-users. Workshops are included in every All-Access Conference pass and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Available Workshops:
- Best Practices for Utility Procurement of Energy Storage
- Current Trends in the Power Industry and the Growing Role for Storage
- Energy Storage 101: Technologies, Applications, and Economics
- Energy Storage 201: Valuing Energy Storage Services in Wholesale Markets
- Energy Storage in the Context of Community Choice: A Huge Opportunity for Impact
- StorageVET™: Energy Storage Valuation Made Easy

Learn more on the ESNA Workshop website: http://esnaexpo.com/program/workshops

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm ESNA 2017 Welcome Address

ESNA 2017 Welcome Address

Janice Lin, ESNA Conference Chair and Founder of Strategen Consulting, will officially kick off Energy Storage North America 2017 with an engaging opening address that sets the context for the days ahead.

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm Open Innovation in the Power Sector and the Role of Storage in Grid Transformation

Open Innovation in the Power Sector and the Role of Storage in Grid Transformation

Hear from Southern California Edison President Ronald Nichols about how the nation's second largest utility is approaching innovation and enabling energy storage to transform their grid.

Speakers:

Ronald Nichols President
Southern California Edison
6:15 pm - 6:45 pm Charting Storage’s Next Leap Forward with AES

Charting Storage’s Next Leap Forward with AES

AES Energy Storage President, John Zahurancik, shares lessons from the solution provider’s first 10 years deploying utility-scale energy storage, and discusses key factors for scaling energy storage over the next decade.

Speakers:

John Zahurancik President
AES Energy Storage
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm Networking Reception hosted by CESA

Networking Reception hosted by CESA

All attendees are invited for a networking reception with drinks on the Expo Floor after the Opening Keynotes. Meet new peers and learn about the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA).

August 9, 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast / Women in Energy Storage Breakfast

Networking Breakfast / Women in Energy Storage Breakfast

Join us for a networking breakfast in the Keynote Hall prior to the morning Keynotes.

Concurrently, RSVP for the Women in Energy Storage breakfast. Celebrate the strong presence of women in the storage industry and facilitate a network of influential storage professionals. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-energy-storage-breakfast-tickets-34913197313?

Speakers:

Emily Shults Vice President, Energy Procurement
San Diego Gas & Electric
9:00 am - 9:05 am ESNA Day 2 Opening Remarks

ESNA Day 2 Opening Remarks

Janice Lin, ESNA Conference Chair, will open the second day of Energy Storage North America 2017 with a brief welcome address, housekeeping items, and introduction to the morning's keynote speakers.

9:05 am - 9:35 am How Alectra Energy Empowers and Leverages Customers as Grid Resources

How Alectra Energy Empowers and Leverages Customers as Grid Resources

Alectra Utilities CEO Brian Bentz will detail how Alectra is leveraging energy storage to empower ratepayers, enhance their customer relationships, and strengthen their grid.

Speakers:

Brian Bentz President and CEO
Alectra
9:35 am - 10:05 am The Digital Disruption of the Energy Industry and Why GE is Embracing It

The Digital Disruption of the Energy Industry and Why GE is Embracing It

Electrification is experiencing an unprecedented digital transformation. The balance of power is shifting – distributed generation and microgrids are increasing. Energy storage is becoming more practical and technology is continuing to commoditize. New business models and new competitors are emerging. GE's Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Steve Martin will detail of GE is helping customers respond to this disruption and shape tomorrow’s energy story.

Speakers:

Steven Martin Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
GE Energy Connections
10:05 am - 10:35 am How SDG&E is Transforming their Grid and Thought Process

How SDG&E is Transforming their Grid and Thought Process

San Diego Gas and Electric CEO Scott Drury will discuss how their corporate thought process is evolving, and how that thinking has enable an innovative approach to renewables and distributed energy resources such as energy storage.

Speakers:

Scott Drury President
San Diego Gas & Electric
10:35 am - 11:00 am Utility Coffee Reception / Coffee Break / Expo Open 10:30a-5:00p

Utility Coffee Reception / Coffee Break / Expo Open 10:30a-5:00p

Join ESNA attendees and exhibitors for coffee and great networking in the Expo Hall

Concurrently, Utility and ISO employees are invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities of storage at an exclusive coffee reception. More details coming soon.

Strategies and Insights from First-Mover Utilities and IPPs Empowering Energy Customers Planning for Peak Power and Resiliency
11:00 am - 12:00 pm What role can utilities play in encouraging the growth and value of customer-sited energy storage?

What role can utilities play in encouraging the growth and value of customer-sited energy storage?

Utilities across the country are evaluating innovative methods of encouraging customer adoption of DERs like energy storage that can provide value to customers and the grid. The last few years have seen a few interesting models emerge, from the Tesla-Green Mountain Power joint offering, to Southern's purchase of PowerSecure, to Twenty-First Century's bid to act as a financing vehicle for storage and other DERs.

Hear from leaders of customer-sited pilots and programs that are experimenting with different business models in different regulatory regimes as they discuss the following: Should utilities look to ratebase and deploy storage themselves, or is it more cost-effective and easier from a regulatory perspective to establish creative partnerships with third party DER providers? What are the pros and cons of different models, and is there additional value beyond to DERs through increased customer engagement and retention? Are third-party-driven DERs a threat to utilities that aren't proactively engaging in the space?

Speakers:

Gavin Bade Editor
Utility Dive
Jesse Bryson VP of Market Development
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Adrian De Luca Partner, Renewables
TFC Utilities
Neetika Sathe Director, Emerging Technologies
Alectra
Polly Shaw VP, Regulatory Affairs and Communications
Stem
How the Public Sector Can Participate in the Emerging DER/Grid Modernization Market

How the Public Sector Can Participate in the Emerging DER/Grid Modernization Market

Policy makers are becoming increasingly aware that to reach aggressive State renewable goals, a modernized grid will need to be developed, requiring a robust infrastructure of distributed energy resources (DERs); solar, storage, and demand response capable assets. Most existing DERs have been built and financed "one project at a time" by schools and other public agencies to provide "behind the meter" cost savings. However, grid modernization will provide new revenue opportunities for DER owners, especially for those DERs that are in locations where there is a priority need to support the grid.

For example, last fall Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced that it was deferring the construction of a $143M transmission project to Fresno because of the local growth of DERs, i.e., growth of customer based solar and storage (including, projects at 50% of schools in the Fresno area . While under current regulations, these schools will not be compensated for the millions of dollars saved in transmission infrastructure costs they provided to PG&E ratepayers, the California Public Utilities Commission is in the process of establishing such rules.

Session attendees will learn about a public-private partnership models and strategies being developed with public agencies to engage customers in participating in the aggregated procurement and management of storage, solar and other DERs. Panelists with diverse geographic and market backgrounds will seek to address how to achieve scale economies by: 1) reducing asset procurement costs, 2) increasing size of DER portfolios offered into grid services markets and 3) reducing cost of ongoing asset management.

Speakers:

Rick Brown, PhD Executive Vice President
TerraVerde Renewable Partners, LLC
Margaret (Meg) Cederoth Sustainability Manager
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Rebecca Franklin Senior Regulatory Advocate
Association of California Water Agencies
Vic Shao CEO
Green Charge Networks
Insights from States and Cities Blazing the Trail to Resiliency and Clean Peak Power

Insights from States and Cities Blazing the Trail to Resiliency and Clean Peak Power

As cities across North America commit to aggressive energy and sustainability plans, strategic stakeholder engagement is essential to measurable progress and results. Within that context, this cross-cutting session will include several mini-presentations and a panel discussion that address the following questions:
1) What roles can DERs play to achieve resiliency and decarbonization goals with a specific focus on Chicago, New York and DC?
2) How can cities and states mitigate the duck curve while supporting the attainment of renewable goals to account for challenges presented by increased PV and wind penetration?
3) What are the emerging business models and benefits of community microgrids for increased urban resilience?

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the DER drivers and dynamics playing out in each of these regions and market segments, as well as hear from regional energy leaders about how to get involved and identify and capture promising market opportunities.

Speakers:

H.G. Chissell Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Advanced Energy Group
Lon Huber Senior Director
Strategen Consulting
Sima Seidi Principal Consultant, Microgrids, Smart Grid and Distributed Generation
Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Innovative Business Models for Unlocking Storage Value

Innovative Business Models for Unlocking Storage Value

New York utilities, through the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding of New York State, are leading the way in animating the storage markets. Current business models for energy storage significantly underutilize an asset capable of generation, transmission and distribution functions, with recent studies placing in-field asset use between 5-50%. This is partly because traditional models do not allow for using a single battery installation for multiple distinct purposes which would give them access to multiple revenue streams. While much research and modeling have been performed on the potential to "stack" multiple value streams of storage to increase utilization rate and maximize value, there is little operational experience.

Session attendees will learn how Con Edison is leading the way with four innovative business model demonstration projects under NY REV which are meant to unlock multiple value steams at the same costs as traditional models. Each project utilizes a different business model to stack utility distribution value, wholesale market participation and/or backup power and demand charge management. The session will discuss three business models: customer-sited front of the meter (Beyond BTM), mobile storage unit (Storage On Demand), and integrated solar (Clean Virtual Power Plant and Community Integrated Solution) and the benefits and challenges associated with each project.

Speakers:

Adrienne Lalle Project Manager
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
The Value of Grid-Interactive Data Centers

The Value of Grid-Interactive Data Centers

The rise of cloud infrastructure presents a novel opportunity for customer-sited energy resources to support the grid. Microsoft is exploring the use of advanced technologies to enhance datacenter design and stabilize grid systems, with distributed energy resources such as generators and batteries. Each datacenter requires significant backup power supply. Leveraging ongoing research and an innovative operating model, Microsoft is evaluating how to put its backup resources to work, delivering flexibility and reduced emissions to the grid. Current projects in Wyoming, Texas, and Virginia will shed light on the technical and economic possibilities for datacenter-sited energy resources. In this session, participants will learn about opportunities and obstacles for customer innovation in behind-the-meter energy resource deployment.

Speakers:

Brandon Middaugh Senior Program Manager, Distributed Energy
Microsoft
The Sterling Municipal Energy Storage Project: A Case Study

The Sterling Municipal Energy Storage Project: A Case Study

The Sterling Municipal Light Department's (SMLD) 2MW/3.9MWh energy storage project will provide vital resiliency and economic benefits to the town of Sterling, Massachusetts. Able to not only isolate from the main grid and provide emergency backup power to the police station and dispatch center, the town will also save on energy costs over the project's lifespan due to the grid services the batteries will provide. This project is the first utility-scale energy storage facility in Massachusetts, and will be the largest battery installation of its kind in New England.

During this tag-team presentation from SMLD and NEC Energy Solutions, attendees will learn about the project from origination to execution, economics versus cost, and the collaborative process Sterling took to bring the project into reality.

Speakers:

Daniel Borneo Engineering Project Manager
Sandia National Laboratory
Roger Lin Senior Director, Products and Marketing
NEC Energy Solutions
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch / World of Energy Storage Market Updates

Networking Lunch / World of Energy Storage Market Updates

Join us for a networking lunch on the western side of the Expo Hall

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Optimizing Existing Transmission, Distribution and Generation Assets with Storage: A Minnesota Case Study

Optimizing Existing Transmission, Distribution and Generation Assets with Storage: A Minnesota Case Study

Storage is a silo-buster since it's benefits can be realized across all three grid domains: generation, transmission and distribution. To effectively evaluate the value of storage across these domains and actually capture that value, stakeholders from various agencies and organizations must be brought in to the discussion early on. In 2016 Minnesota stakeholders undertook such an endeavor to jumpstart their energy storage market.

Attendees to this engaging panel session will hear from regional utility, market, and policy leaders who will discuss the effort, present key model findings on the cost-benefits of storage to Minnesota's grid, update attendees on energy storage RFPs, and detail next steps to engage in this emerging market.

Speakers:

Ellen Anderson Executive Director
University of Minnesota, Energy Transition Lab
Brian Burandt Vice President, Power Supply and Business Development
Connexus® Energy
Ed Burgess Senior Manager
Strategen Consulting
Jessica Harrison Director of Research and Development, Market Services Division
MISO
Markets and Drivers for Solar, Storage and Load Shifting

Markets and Drivers for Solar, Storage and Load Shifting

This hybrid session will feature three engaging presentations from industry leaders in DER business models, distributed solar+storage challenges and opportunities, and permanent load shifting through thermal storage. These deep dives will be followed by a robust panel discussion in which attendees will learn about regional market sectors, best practices in customer engagement and acquisition, and near term challenges and opportunities for customer-sited energy storage.

Speakers:

Gavin Bade Editor
Utility Dive
Mike Hopkins Chief Executive Officer
Ice Energy
Anne Hoskins Chief Policy Officer
Sunrun
Thomas Leyden Senior Director of Distributed Electricity & Storage
EDF Renewable Energy
Lessons from Aliso Canyon: Rapid Deployment of Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Lessons from Aliso Canyon: Rapid Deployment of Grid-Scale Energy Storage

When the gas leak at Aliso Canyon suddenly left Southern California with a gas shortage that turned off a gas-powered peaker plant, the energy storage industry got its first chance to prove that it is not only able to deploy rapidly but also to supply peak power cost effectively.

Through exploring the Aliso Canyon case study from a diversity of vantage points - including utilities, policymakers, and industry - attendees will learn how the rapid procurement and deployment was made possible and what other jurisdictions can learn from the Aliso Canyon experience.

Speakers:

Mark Irwin Director, Contract Origination, Energy Procurement & Management
Southern California Edison
John Jung President & CEO
Greensmith Energy
Jake Levine Policy Advisor and Associate
Covington & Burling LLP
Kate McGinnis Western U.S. Market Director
AES Energy Storage
Rachel McMahon Senior Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, Energy Storage Grid Planning and Reliability Section
California Public Utilities Commission
3:05 pm - 3:30 pm Integrating a Diverse ESS Fleet: Open Standards for Autonomous Dispatch and Bulk Power System Access

Integrating a Diverse ESS Fleet: Open Standards for Autonomous Dispatch and Bulk Power System Access

Very few utilities have deployed multiple megawatt-scale energy storage systems across different chemistries and from different vendors, integrated them into daily operations via their SCADA-system and then acquired the ability to automatically dispatch them across both local grid and bulk power system opportunities from a single computer screen. Over the past four years, the Snohomish County PUD has planned, engineered, installed and integrated two energy storage systems. The systems include a 2MW/1MWh lithium-ion storage system and a 2MW/8MWh vanadium redox flow battery. They are connected into a substation 12kV bus and tied into the substation data network allowing them to be dispatched from the PUD's Energy Control Center and the utility's power scheduling group. Both are built on the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA).

MESA is an open standards platform that focuses on the physical, electrical, and communication interconnection of components in an energy storage system. The PUD views this as a way to reduce the complexity of the systems and drive down costs. The project team has included groups from across Snohomish PUD including substation, planning and protection, environmental, safety, construction, IT, SCADA, and communications.

Participants will learn why Snohomish PUD chose to be the first utility to use open standards in their energy storage deployments, what they have learned through their multi-year fleet deployment and advice they have for utilities beginning the journey with this new technology.

Speakers:

Jason Zyskowski Substation Engineering Manager
Snohomish County Public Utility District
Getting Residential Energy Management Right is Hard

Getting Residential Energy Management Right is Hard

Residential energy management offers immense potential for increasing grid flexibility whilst lowering the cost of operating the grid. Yet, the complexities and challenges of operating residential energy management are extensive. While some systems will simply cut air conditioning before peak periods, true residential energy management allows operators to run a "virtual power plant" by using thermal energy storage in the house as a battery. This requires an understanding of how homes can store thermal energy by pre-cooling, and how this energy will dissipate, with the need to keep the customer comfortable, all while being affected by local weather patterns. Yet the upside of grid flexibility makes the reward worth the technical challenges. To maximize distributed residential loads and make them deployable daily, operators must balance the needs of the customer and the grid to maximize capability. The customer has to remain comfortable, otherwise the customer is likely to opt out and utilities will see a significant decrease in customer satisfaction. Furthermore, the customer will need clear and concise communication on what's happening in their home so they feel in command and part of the system.
Attendees to this session will gain valuable insights on lessons learned from operating "continuous demand management" programs in 2016 and 2017 including customer education, maintaining customer comfort and how operators can respond to both what is happening on the grid and to what is happening in individual houses.

Speakers:

Dr. Marissa Hummon Head of Demand Management Solutions and Senior Energy Scientist
Tendril
How Can Behind-The-Meter Energy Storage Help Mitigate High PV Penetration Grid Challenges?

How Can Behind-The-Meter Energy Storage Help Mitigate High PV Penetration Grid Challenges?

State policies in Hawaii that support distributed solar growth have necessitated energy management solutions for feeders with higher photovoltaic (PV) penetration. Moreover, the state passed a 100% target for renewable energy in 2015, which increased interest in helping the state's largest utility, Hawaiian Electric (HECO), find affordable grid-supportive capabilities to manage higher-variability resources. Stem's fleet of 30 behind-the-meter (BTM) storage installations are demonstrating new grid response capabilities for HECO under a 1MW Aggregated Customer-sited Storage Pilot. The pilot uniquely engages customer interest to reduce energy costs while: a) Enabling data access that shows system operators the aggregated fleet availability as a single resource on the system, b) Providing grid response services for up to 1 MW for up to 1 hour, c) Ensuring confirmation of fleet availability in real time to build user confidence, and d) Achieving real-time dispatch and day-ahead scheduling for HECO to enhance further integration and automation into grid operator tools.

Attendees to this engaging presentation will learn more about opportunities for energy storage in Hawaii, lessons learned from BTM aggregation within HECO, and next steps towards unlocking this important market sector in Hawaii and similar island grids.

Speakers:

Larsh Johnson Chief Technology Officer
Stem
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Join ESNA attendees and exhibitors for coffee and great networking in the Expo Hall.

4:15 pm - 4:35 pm The Three D's of an Energy Sector in Transition: Decarbonization, Digitization and Decentralization

The Three D's of an Energy Sector in Transition: Decarbonization, Digitization and Decentralization

The global energy sector is undergoing fundamental change – sweeping away entrenched business models while creating new opportunities. While the outcome may be uncertain, intelligent energy storage will be a key building block of Grid 2.0, helping energy users and producers navigate the road ahead. Younicos CEO Stephen Prince will highlight the profound changes taking place and outline how stakeholders can set their course along the three constant Ds: Decarbonization, Digitization and Decentralization, to maintain momentum and avoid “deceleration”.

Speakers:

Stephen Prince President and CEO
Younicos Inc.
4:35 pm - 4:55 pm State Level Energy Leadership: Insights from Hawaii

State Level Energy Leadership: Insights from Hawaii

As a leader in clean energy, and as a remote island chain, Hawai'i offers many lessons learned for other states looking to aggressively pursue renewables and energy storage. Hawai'i State Representative Chris Lee will discuss the latest progress, challenges and unexpected opportunities that have arisen as his state pursues its mandate to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Speakers:

Chris Lee Representative
Hawaii State Legislature
4:55 pm - 5:15 pm ESNA Innovation Awards Ceremony

ESNA Innovation Awards Ceremony

ESNA Innovation Awards are presented annually for excellence and impact in energy storage. All attendees are invited to network with energy storage industry champions at the Awards Ceremony and Networking Reception.

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm San Diego Bay Sunset Networking & Dinner Reception

San Diego Bay Sunset Networking & Dinner Reception

All attendees are invited to the Networking Reception and Dinner following the ESNA Innovation Awards Ceremony at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Attendees can walk out to the bay, turn north, and walk 1.3 miles along the boardwalk to 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego.

9:00 pm - 11:30 pm Get Charged Up After Party

Get Charged Up After Party

After dinner and dancing at the Port Pavilion during the Sunset Reception, the same venue will be transformed with LED furniture, a laser show, renowned DJs, games and even more dancing. ESNA's official after party, all proceeds from the Get Charged Up After Party will go towards charities focused on delivering clean technologies to under-served communities. Tickets can be purchased onsite.

August 10, 2017

8:00 am - 9:00 am Networking Breakfast

Networking Breakfast

Join us for a networking breakfast in the Keynote Hall prior to the morning Keynotes.

9:00 am - 9:05 am ESNA Day 3 Opening Remarks

ESNA Day 3 Opening Remarks

Janice Lin, ESNA Conference Chair, will open the last day of Energy Storage North America 2017 with a brief welcome address, housekeeping items, and introduction to the morning's keynote speakers.

9:05 am - 9:35 am A Systemic Approach to Power Systems after the Energy Revolution: Energy Communities and the Internet of Electricity

A Systemic Approach to Power Systems after the Energy Revolution: Energy Communities and the Internet of Electricity

The exponential growth of competitive renewables and EVs are turning power systems upside down, jeopardizing market design and grid stability. A systemic approach is warranted: energy communities and the internet of electricity will be the bedrocks of the Energy Revolution.

In this engaging Keynote, Thierry Lepercq, Executive Vice President of Research, Technologies and Innovation at ENGIE, will discuss Engie's approach to this challenge and the business models they are exploring to enable the Energy Revolution.

Speakers:

Thierry Lepercq Executive Vice President, Research, Technology and Innovation
ENGIE
9:35 am - 10:30 am Building Bridges: California-Mexico Collaboration on Transforming Energy Markets

Building Bridges: California-Mexico Collaboration on Transforming Energy Markets

California and Mexico have established a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase investments in clean energy infrastructure, promote a shared grid and improve trade and job-creation opportunities. In this panel, senior regulatory leaders from Mexico and California will discuss their continued collaboration to expand the value and effect of clean energy policies, shared infrastructure, best practices and policies.

Attendees will also get a first-hand look at a huge new potential storage market, better understand what role storage could play in Mexico's energy transition and gain insight on how to engage the market.

Speakers:

Guillermo García Alcocer President Commissioner
Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Emilio Camacho, Esq. Chief of Staff to Commissioner Hochschild
California Energy Commission
Angelina Galiteva Board of Governors
California ISO
Marcos Valenzuela Director of Administration of the Wholesale Electricity Market
CENACE
10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break / Expo Open 10:30a-4:00p

Coffee Break / Expo Open 10:30a-4:00p

Join ESNA attendees and exhibitors for coffee and great networking in the Expo Hall

Storage Technology: Evolution and Innovation Opening Energy Markets: Challenges and Emerging Opportunities Global Grid Transformation
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Intelligence through Software: Optimizing Loads, Orchestrating Resources, and Aggregating Fleets

Intelligence through Software: Optimizing Loads, Orchestrating Resources, and Aggregating Fleets

More details coming soon

Speakers:

Rolf Bienert Technical Director
OpenADR Alliance
Jim Hoelscher General Manager, Global Energy Grid Tie div
Parker Hannifin
Ravi Manghani Director, Energy Storage
GTM Research
Valery Miftakhov Founder and CEO
Electric Motor Werks, Inc.
Jennifer Worrall Co-Founder, President, and CEO
Iteros
State Policies and Programs Driving Distributed Storage

State Policies and Programs Driving Distributed Storage

Numerous states promote, or are actively considering promoting, distributed energy storage through incentives, rebates, tax credits, creative tariffs, demonstration pilots and soft cost reduction strategies. Each of these methods creates unique short and long term value propositions, requires different regulatory and policy considerations and interventions, and is tailored to the host-state's unique grid challenges.

Session attendees will hear from experts on Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, and New York who will discuss distributed storage programs and the resulting market opportunities. Additionally, the pros and cons of each approach will be discussed, so policymakers and solution providers can better evaluate which path might be best to support market development in their jurisdiction.

Speakers:

Sara Baldwin Auck Director, Regulatory Program
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Jason Burwen Policy & Advocacy Director
Energy Storage Association
Tria Case University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation
City University of New York
Leslie Cole-Brooks Executive Director
Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii
Rebecca Feuerlicht Senior Project Manager of SGIP
Center for Sustainable Energy
Roadmapping for a Decarbonized Grid

Roadmapping for a Decarbonized Grid

Speakers and Panelists from California and Australia will share their experiences developing cohesive plans to tackle the challenges of a deeply decarbonized grid in each market, including addressing the myriad regulatory reform and market designed challenges and lessons learned in enabling new grid technology like energy storage to play an integral role in the transition.

Speakers:

Mark Higgins Vice President and COO
Strategen Consulting
Lorenzo Kristov Principal, Market & Infrastructure Policy
California ISO
Glenn Platt Research Director
CSIRO Energy
Edward Randolph Director, Energy Division
California Public Utilities Commission
Heather Sanders Principal Manager, Electric System Planning Strategy and Engagement
Southern California Edison
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Lessons Learned from the World's Largest Second-Life Storage Facility

Lessons Learned from the World's Largest Second-Life Storage Facility

As electric vehicle adoption grows globally, a new market emerges for used batteries. Because the useful life of an electric vehicle battery lasts beyond the vehicle's operating life, batteries from EV's can be repurposed in stationary storage applications for at least ten more years. Second-life applications improve the economic value and sustainability impact of the battery systems. Daimler AG, The Mobility House AG and GETEC have joined forces to develop a 13 MWh battery storage project in Germany using a total of 1,000 battery systems from second-generation smart for two electric drive cars. The Lunen storage facility became operational on the German primary balancing market at the end of 2016.

Attendees will learn about how the world's largest second-life storage facility helps to stabilize Germany's transition to a sustainable energy future and fluctuating renewable energy sources, and improves the environmental footprint of electric vehicles making e-mobility more cost efficient.

Speakers:

Boris von Bormann CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
Mercedes-Benz Energy
Making Energy Storage Contracts and Incentive Progams Financeable

Making Energy Storage Contracts and Incentive Progams Financeable

The storage industry is still in the process of developing financeable incentive programs and contract structures. Much like wind and solar took off once there were established mechanisms such as utility PPAs, established REC programs and a functioning tax equity markets, storage will benefit, in the form of a significant reduction in the cost of capital, once a few broadly understood and accepted incentive and contract structures emerge. This will allow project finance style debt and broaden the equity investor base.

In addition to a broad understanding of general energy storage finance, attendees will learn how storage incentives can become more financeable, how storage offtakes become more financeable, and how the cost of capital can be reduced.

Speakers:

Patrick Verdonck Principal
Starwood Energy
Key Challenges and Questions from Australia, Mexico and China

Key Challenges and Questions from Australia, Mexico and China

A preview of afternoon Breakout Sessions, delegates from Australia, Mexico and China will present 5-7 minute previews of the current situation in each region and key challenges and questions they’re currently trying to address within their home markets.

Speakers:

Alejandro Chanona Robles Chief of Staff to President Commissioner (CRE), Guillermo Garcia Alcocer
Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
Mark Higgins Vice President and COO
Strategen Consulting
Marcelino Madrigal Commissioner
Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE)
An Qi Research Associate, Energy System Analysis Center
Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission of P.R.China
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch/ Global Grid VIP Luncheon

Networking Lunch/ Global Grid VIP Luncheon

Join us for a networking lunch on the western side of the Expo Hall, and don't miss the global market updates from Japan, China, Europe, and India at the Expo Theater.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Great Storage Bakeoff: A Friendly Debate About the Future of Storage Solutions Beyond Lithium-ion

The Great Storage Bakeoff: A Friendly Debate About the Future of Storage Solutions Beyond Lithium-ion

As states including California, Hawaii, Vermont, and New York institute resiliency goals and implement renewable portfolio standards of 50% and above, the need for long-duration storage to balance renewable output and provide extended back-up power will become increasingly important. "Long-duration" storage includes batteries, flow batteries, thermal storage, and other resources that are capable of delivering energy for 8-50 hours to supplement intermittent renewable generation and replace traditional fossil-fuel-powered peaker plants. A recent NREL analysis of California's future grid estimated that 15-28 GW of new long-duration storage would need to be interconnected to maintain electricity prices at affordable levels if 50% of the state's electricity was generated from solar PV. But these long-duration systems will only be adopted if they are safe, durable, and capable of storing energy very cheaply.

Attendees to this session will hear from government, utility and industry experts on which applications need long-duration storage, likely grid locations (customer side or utility side of the meter), what policy and market mechanisms will lead to demand for long-duration storage, the attributes (and balance of those attributes) that are needed in long-duration storage, and what technologies are most promising for long duration storage and if these systems can compete with lithium-ion to serve specific applications.

Speakers:

Dr. Paul Albertus Program Director
US Department of Energy - ARPA-E
Gavin Bade Editor
Utility Dive
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud Senior Specialist, Research & Development
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Richard Walje Chief Executive Officer
Magnum CAES
Near-Term Drivers and Opportunities for Storage in Wholesale Markets

Near-Term Drivers and Opportunities for Storage in Wholesale Markets

System operators across the country are dealing with unprecedented challenges increasing renewable penetration, retiring thermal generation and the rapid emergence of DERs. In addition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is establishing rules regarding the integration of energy storage into wholesale markets. Together, these developments present an incredible opportunity for energy storage to emerge as a major participant in future wholesale energy markets. Different system and market operators are approaching storage integration in different ways, each offering a unique value proposition to market participants.

Attendees to this session will hear from wholesale market experts from ISO-NE, MISO and FERC on what value streams storage is currently best suited to provide in their market, future opportunities for storage that may arise, and how system operators perceive the role of storage in the future of the bulk electric system.

Speakers:

Ed Burgess Senior Manager
Strategen Consulting
Jessica Harrison Director of Research and Development, Market Services Division
MISO
Michael Herbert Energy Industry Analyst, Office of Energy Policy and Innovation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Peter Kelly-Detwiler Principal
Northbridge Energy Partners
Christopher Parent Director, Market Development
ISO New England
Breakout Sessions: Grid Transformation in Mexico, Australia and China

Breakout Sessions: Grid Transformation in Mexico, Australia and China

Facilitated breakout roundtable discussions, featuring three global delegations from Australia, China and Mexico, as well as leaders from the California and the North American energy sector, will discuss their respective grid transformation processes, focused on sharing best practices tools and approaches for utilizing energy storage to help address challenges in their respective markets.

Each regional delegation will come prepared to further discuss the themes they presented during the morning session preview along with key questions they are currently faced with as they undergo their respective grid transformation processes. The goal of this session is to identify actionable and collaborative next steps for each regional delegation. The key findings from each session will be posted to the ESNA website following the event.

3:05 pm - 3:30 pm Hybridizing Gas Peakers with Long Duration Liquid Air and Battery Energy Storage

Hybridizing Gas Peakers with Long Duration Liquid Air and Battery Energy Storage

How can emerging energy storage technologies leverage existing assets to transition toward a cleaner, more effective power sector?

Speakers:

Matthew Barnett Business Development Director
Highview Power Storage
Gene Larson VP Project Development
SNC Lavalin Power
Charlie Ricker President
MADA Power
Emerging Markets for Large-scale Solar PV and Energy Storage

Emerging Markets for Large-scale Solar PV and Energy Storage

Utility-scale solar PV is now well below the cost of conventional fossil-based generation in many regions of the world. As advanced battery energy storage tumbles down the cost curve, it is inevitable that solar PV combined with energy storage will disrupt the conventional power industry. This disruption will be global and will happen sooner than most analysts have projected. In 2016 a hybrid solar PV plus energy storage project was sold that combines 20MW of solar PV with 5 hours of battery storage. This hybrid asset will time shift cheap solar energy into the dark hours at a Levelized Cost of Energy of 11.5 cents/kWh under a 20-year PPA. This striking development presages a massive shift in the global power generation mix to solar plus energy storage assets. To navigate this landscape, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) need an unbiased understanding of emerging technologies and their costs versus today's conventional generation assets.

This presentation traces the cost evolution of solar PV and storage over the last 15-years - and projects those costs another 5-years to support the author's core premise: within 2 to 3 years, further cost reduction in solar and energy storage will open vast new global markets for hybrid solar PV plus storage assets that displace a large fraction of intermediate and base load fossil generation. This presentation also surveys the solar PV and energy storage technologies that IPPs will likely be deploying to compete in this new global environment.

Speakers:

Chet Lyons Director, Energy Storage & Related Markets - Energy Group
Canadian Solar
Breakout Sessions: Grid Transformation in Mexico, Australia and China (Continued)

Breakout Sessions: Grid Transformation in Mexico, Australia and China (Continued)

Facilitated breakout roundtable discussions, featuring three global delegations from Australia, China and Mexico, as well as leaders from the California and the North American energy sector, will discuss their respective grid transformation processes, focused on sharing best practices tools and approaches for utilizing energy storage to help address challenges in their respective markets.

Each regional delegation will come prepared to further discuss the themes they presented during the morning session preview along with key questions they are currently faced with as they undergo their respective grid transformation processes. The goal of this session is to identify actionable and collaborative next steps for each regional delegation. The key findings from each session will be posted to the ESNA website following the event.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Closing Happy Hour

Closing Happy Hour

Join us in the Expo Hall for a closing reception and hosted bar.