This series of discussions will feature the leadership and innovation of first-mover utilities in energy storage procurement and deployment. Suggested topics include utility use-cases, innovative procurement mechanisms and business models, lessons learned as well as risks & rewards of portfolio diversification with storage.
Opening energy markets
This theme seeks to uncover emerging participation mechanisms for energy storage, as well as market mechanisms that maximize the use of energy storage assets. Suggested themes include revenue streams on both sides of the meter, distributed energy resource aggregation structures, multi-use assets, innovative regulatory and market development initiatives around the world.
Massive electric vehicle deployment and the electrification of transportation requires major changes in the industry. Who will lead the charge? This series of talks will focus on vehicle-to-grid projects, transportation electrification and its impact on grid planning, and developments in vehicle fleets and autonomous vehicles.
Leading independent power producers
Gigawatts of merchant energy storage will come online by the end of 2017. What is the rationale for adding energy storage to existing renewable energy projects versus standalone storage? What are some of the promising hybrid applications for storage collocated with traditional generation assets? What are the technology and regulatory barriers that IPPs would like to see addressed? How can the industry help?
Building Resilient Cities
Urban resiliency is becoming an imperative in cities exposed to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or other extreme weather conditions. Emergency planning with solar plus storage is gaining momentum around North America. Suggested topics will include a review of successful resiliency projects and incentives, new public / private funding mechanisms for cities, as well as opportunities for local governments to drive renewable energy initiatives in urban centers.
Planning for Peak Power
Several state driven energy policy initiatives seek to address the evening peak with cleaner, more flexible resources than peaker plants. Speakers are invited to share their experience in adding energy storage to the policy toolkit. Topics of interest include state targets and mandates, the evolution of rates and renewable portfolio standards as well as net energy metering rates. Speakers can discuss the geopolitical implications of the clean energy transition as well as regional collaboration initiatives.
Empowering energy customers
Commercial, industrial and residential energy customers are increasingly using distributed energy resources to reduce utility bills, unlock new sources of backup power and achieve their sustainability goals. Leaders in this space will share their perspective on what works and what doesn't as well as the ins-and-outs of working with third party energy service providers in this space.
The next big thing in energy storage tech
We want to hear from the dreamers and shakers. The focus here will be around new technologies, new platforms and business models as well as new applications that pave the way to the grid of the future.