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

ESNA 2018 Pre-Conference Workshops

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Our interactive workshops address almost every aspect of grid-connected energy storage. Workshops are designed to provide educational, actionable information for specific audiences ranging from utilities to storage companies to policymakers to energy end-users.
Workshops are included in every All-Access Conference pass and available on a first come, first reserved basis.  Space in each workshop is limited to 100 people, so register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. 

Workshop: 1. Energy Storage 101

1. Energy Storage 101

Energy storage can be a highly technical, often confusing industry filled with inconsistent terminology and misleading metrics. Our most popular workshop teaches you how to make sense of it all and gain the knowledge you need to compare technologies, understand applications and use cases, evaluate costs, and conduct basic market valuations. This workshop provides energy storage neophytes with a basic foundational knowledge of concepts and technology. The session builds on this core understanding to provide deeper insight into battery-based energy storage concepts to teach you how to match battery technologies to applications, optimize battery system sizing, and evaluate battery energy storage project costs. This informative session employs simple analogies and examples combined with interactive exercises to translate technical concepts into valuable commercial skills for the energy storage industry.

Target Audience: General and non-technical. A great introduction to energy storage concepts, nomenclature, and system components.

Speakers:

  • Mark Hardin
    Manager, Opportunity Development
    NEC Solutions
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    Mark Hardin
    Manager, Opportunity Development
    NEC Solutions
    Mark Hardin started his career in grid scale energy storage in 2009 with Xtreme Power (now Younicos) in Austin, Texas. During his five-year- tenure there, Mark worked to size and optimize energy storage systems for specific applications comparing a variety of battery technologies, developed valuation tools and proformas to assess grid storage project business cases, and led the proposal management team and product marketing teams. In the fall of2014, Mark joined NEC Energy Solutions as a Sales Engineer and helped NEC double its grid scale energy storage system installation base in 2016-2017. Mark is currently Manager of Opportunity Development at NEC ES and part of the proposal management team where he is able to continue to help NEC ES customers find the optimal grid storage solution for their project. Mark has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.
Workshop: 2. Energy Storage 201 and US Market Update

2. Energy Storage 201 and US Market Update

This pre-conference workshop is a follow-on to the Energy Storage 101 workshop and assumes a basic understanding of the wholesale market design. During this pre-conference workshop, get insights into the key market opportunities for energy storage resources in the U.S. markets. This workshop stands alone as an in-depth session on U.S. markets and business models for energy storage. Facilitators will explain market participation rules in the seven U.S. organized wholesale (ISO) markets as well as describe important drivers at the federal and state level. Material will cover market design features that promote or challenge storage resource participation in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets, including historical pricing, as well as requirements for demand response and other distributed energy resources. Presenters will also look at pending market design changes such as those associated with FERC Order 841, multiple use applications and hybrid resources, and their implications on the value proposition for energy storage.

Target Audience: Developers, Utilities, Investors, Technology Suppliers, Integrators, Government Officials

Speakers:

  • Mike Berlinski
    Director, Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solutions
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    Mike Berlinski
    Director, Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solutions
    Mike joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2014. Mike assists clients with market intelligence, analysis, and consulting on energy storage and emerging technologies. He has experience in bringing new energy storage projects online, including developing operating strategies, and has assisted with the operational and financial management of projects. Previously, Mike was Manager of Regulatory Affairs at a leading energy storage developer and was very active in promoting rules for energy storage. Mike holds an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wesleyan University.
  • Jacqueline DeRosa
    Vice President Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solution
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    Jacqueline DeRosa
    Vice President Emerging Technologies
    Customized Energy Solution
    Jacqueline is the Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Customized Energy Solutions. At CES, she leads a team of experts which help utilities, developers, technology providers and financial institutions understand the market rules and value proposition of energy storage. Jacqueline actively contributed to the well-known State of Charge report for the state of Massachusetts, which quantifies the system benefits of energy storage, and offers policy and programmatic recommendations. She has served as an expert on evaluation panels for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) smart grid and storage projects. Jacqueline is a Board member of the US Energy Storage Association.
    Jacqueline has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining CES in 2007, she worked for the California ISO in the market design and account management areas. She has also worked on international energy sector restructuring matters for the USAID, and in project development for an independent power producer. She began her career at FERC. Jacquie has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
  • Chad Dixon
    Consultant
    CES
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    Chad Dixon
    Consultant
    CES
    Chad is a consultant for the Emerging Technologies division of CES and specializes in the PJM footprint. Currently, Chad provides emerging technology clients with market intelligence and consulting on energy storage and other emerging technologies.

    Before joining CES, Chad worked as a Market Analyst and Operator for a Demand Response and Energy Storage startup company. Here he gained experience providing analysis on new and emerging markets for Demand Response and Energy Storage, Utility Demand Management and holds a PJM Generation Operator Certification.

    Chad’s prior experience includes work as an Energy Auditing Associate and Technology Marketing Intern for the University of Delaware. He also worked as a Business Pathways Intern at the Department of Energy. Chad graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Energy Policy concentrating in Economics.
  • John Fernandes
    Manager
    Customized Energy Solutions
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    John Fernandes
    Manager
    Customized Energy Solutions
    John has recently joined Customized Energy Solutions after nearly 5 years in the development, construction, and IPP sectors managing policy and creating new market opportunities across renewable, fossil, transmission, and energy storage business lines. Prior to his time in the commercial space, John was on staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a regulatory manager for an investor-owned utility.
    John has operated in every US wholesale energy market and has offered expertise in international markets, including Canada, the UK, Mexico, and Australia. He has helped shaped policy for numerous states as well as the US Department of Energy. John has an MBA from the University of Delaware, a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and is a guest lecturer for the University of Colorado at Denver Global Energy Management Program.
  • Patrick Shoop
    Manager, Emerging Technology
    Customized Energy Solutions
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    Patrick Shoop
    Manager, Emerging Technology
    Customized Energy Solutions
    Patrick joined Customized Energy Solutions in 2015 and is a manager within the Emerging Technology group, where he provides market intelligence and technical expertise on energy storage and other emerging energy technologies to clients. He also manages the production of regional reports on energy storage in each U.S. wholesale electricity market for the StorageIQ subscription service and serves as the lead consultant on energy storage in New York State, as well as a supporting consultant in other regions such as PJM. His background is diverse, covering technology monitoring, market assessment, and strategy consulting in energy and other technical industries. Patrick holds a BS in Engineering – Product Design from Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering department.
Workshop: 3. Trends in the Electric Power Industry and the Growing Role for Energy Storage

3. Trends in the Electric Power Industry and the Growing Role for Energy Storage

This engaging and interactive workshop that will bring participants up to speed on the mega-trends driving energy storage market growth in the US. Topics will include: the rapid growth and market impacts of wind and solar, the role of low-priced natural gas in setting prices, the challenge for new and existing generation, high level global trends and why the stage is set for the dramatic growth of storage.
This workshop will provide attendees with a solid understanding of power market dynamics and the challenges of renewables integration. It will offer actionable insights to private and public-sector leaders in business development, finance, marketing, or policy roles, in addition to offering the "big picture" to those who may be new to the energy or energy storage industry.

Target Audience: Ideal attendee understands the basics of energy storage, and seeks to better understand the role of storage in evolving power markets and industry trend updates.

Speakers:

  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    Principal
    NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
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    Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    Principal
    NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
Workshop: 4. Best Practices in Utility Procurement of Energy Storage

4. Best Practices in Utility Procurement of Energy Storage

Utility procurement of traditional resources is a well-defined process. Procurement of energy storage solutions, in contrast, can present unique considerations in utility procurement processes, such as planning and executing a Request for Offers (RFO). This workshop will feature a proven framework for utility energy storage procurements. The workshop is built on lessons-learned and best-practices from California utility storage procurement efforts from 2014-2018 for both centralized and distributed energy storage solutions. The workshop features utility procurement experts to explain the framework and share insights. This workshop is designed for utility staff and leaders who may want to conceptualize and plan their own storage RFOs, as well as for energy storage developers seeking to understand how utilities approach energy storage procurements.

Target Audience: Utilities

Speakers:

  • Mihir Desu
    Manager
    Strategen
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    Mihir Desu
    Manager
    Strategen
    Mihir Desu is a Manager in Strategen’s consulting practice. He is currently involved in corporate strategy work and public proceeding support across the US, covering such topics as rate design, electric vehicle and energy storage policy, project development strategy, and designing new market structures that accurately value and compensate distributed energy resources (DERs). Prior to joining Strategen, Mihir worked for Portland General Electric, an investor-owned electrical utility in Oregon, where he supported DER rate design and policy proceedings and developed models to value qualifying facilities, demand response, and electric vehicles. He has also worked as a consultant for The Cadmus Group evaluating demand-side management programs for utilities and government organizations. He started his career analyzing ISO markets for energy traders and developers with EnergyGPS. Mihir holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Binghamton University.
  • Gus Flores
    Principal Manager of Origination
    Southern California Edison
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    Gus Flores
    Principal Manager of Origination
    Southern California Edison
    Gus Flores is the Principal Manager of Origination in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Energy Procurement and Management organization. He and his team are responsible for conducting solicitations and negotiations for various energy products and contracts including energy storage, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and resource adequacy. Previously he was Principal Manager of the Energy Trading group overseeing the execution of electricity, natural gas, and emissions transactions. Prior to joining SCE, he held several roles with Constellation Energy. Mr. Flores earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
  • Haresh Kamath
    Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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    Haresh Kamath
    Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
    Haresh Kamath is Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), managing the Institute’s research into the development, assessment, and application of energy storage technologies for grid storage applications as well as the implementation and integration of storage, distributed generation, smart inverters, microgrids, and other distributed resources into the grid.

    Kamath joined EPRI in 2002 as a project engineer in energy storage and distributed generation. He was an author for the first edition of the EPRI-DOE Handbook of Energy Storage and served on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association from 2005 to 2013. After taking the role of Program Manager in 2011, Kamath took steps to create the EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a technical forum to facilitate the deployment and use of utility-scale energy storage systems.

    Before joining EPRI, Kamath worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems as a product engineer responsible for spacecraft batteries. He also served as an applications engineering and business development manager at a startup energy storage company.

    Kamath received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
  • Alex Morris
    Vice President Policy and Operations
    CESA
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    Alex Morris
    Vice President Policy and Operations
    CESA
    Alex Morris is Vice President of Policy and Operations for California Energy Storage Association (CESA).
    Alex has more than 10 years of experience in policy and regulatory work, leading major efforts to shape and promote policy or regulatory outcomes at the California legislature, the CAISO, FERC, and other agencies. Alex also brings years of utility-focused strategic consulting experience to CESA, and has worked closely with utility, private, and trade groups to shape and execute on strategic business plans. Alex has focused on a broad range of cutting-edge topics such as Storage Legislation, Electric Market Design, Renewables Integration, FERC Policy, Smartgrid, Electric Transportation and Plug-in Vehicles, Rate Design, the California Solar Initiative, and more. Alex joined CESA in 2015 and previously worked for electric utilities PG&E and SCE after receiving his MBA from the University of California, Davis.
  • Charles Post
    Energy Storage Program Manager
    PG&E
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    Charles Post
    Energy Storage Program Manager
    PG&E
Workshop: 5. Role of Renewable Hydrogen in Decarbonizing the Grid

5. Role of Renewable Hydrogen in Decarbonizing the Grid

This four-hour workshop will provide an introduction and overview of the role hydrogen can play in energy storage and highlight the potential and key roles of hydrogen as a geographically flexible storage medium that can integrate vast amounts of renewable electricity generation. The workshop will also highlight the opportunity to decarbonize the gas grid with renewable hydrogen and to fully transition to ZEV transportation in all transportation sectors by deploying green hydrogen produced with surplus grid electricity.

Audience: Attendees of ESNA who are expressing interest in learning more about hydrogen and hydrogen storage technology

Speakers:

  • Jack Brouwer
    Director
    National Fuel Cell Research Center
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    Jack Brouwer
    Director
    National Fuel Cell Research Center
    Jack Brouwer is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), and Associate Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
    Through Dr. Brouwer’s leadership, NFCRC and APEP are focusing research, education, beta testing, and outreach on high-efficiency, environmentally preferred energy conversion and power generation technology advancement with fuel cell and gas turbine systems as the principal targets. Current research projects address ultra-high efficiency and ultra-low emissions high temperature fuel cell systems, integrated hybrid fuel cell gas turbine systems, renewable power intermittency and integration, battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle evaluation and infrastructure development, advanced fuel cell and gas turbine dynamic operations, hydrogen and electricity infrastructure development, and power electronics and energy conversion devices for the smart grid. Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Brouwer was on the faculty at the University of Utah, a senior engineer at Reaction Engineering International, and a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories.
    Jack Brouwer holds a doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with master and bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering from UCI.
  • Rob Del Core
    Director
    Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Infrastructure
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    Rob Del Core
    Director
    Fuel Cell Power Systems and Hydrogen Infrastructure
    Rob Del Core is a seasoned expert in the hydrogen fuel cell and heavy-duty hybrid electric drive systems industry. He has over 17 years engineering experience in system integration and product development for zero emission transport, with a primary focus on hydrogen fuel cell power systems technology. Rob has successfully led more than 20 zero emission drive system programs for hydrogen electric commercial vehicles. One of his signature integration projects was leading an international team of engineers to design and develop the Fuel Cell Hybrid Buses for Transport for London, UK in 2010. In 2012, Rob rejoined Hydrogenics Corp with a mandate to develop the hydrogen heavy duty vehicles market, electrolysis and hydrogen refueling infrastructure market in US. He designed the latest fuel cell power system, CelerityTM and Celerity PlusTM for Hydrogenics, dedicated for heavy duty transportation with the goal to enable commercialization and mass deployment of heavy duty hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles, which led to two CEC awards to develop a fuel cell truck and a fuel cell bus with Celerity Plus. He is also the originator of the concept of Bundled Fleet and Fuel solutions that can remove the barrier of hydrogen heavy duty vehicle adoption by delivering perfect union of hydrogen on site generation and matching fleets.
  • Stephen Jones
    Managing Director
    ITM Power Inc.
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    Stephen Jones
    Managing Director
    ITM Power Inc.
    Steve joined ITM in 2005 as a research technologist and is currently Managing Director for ITM Power Inc. based in Irvine, California.
    Steve has held positions in R&D, product, systems and business development roles and as such has an excellent understanding of the technical and commercial aspects of the business.
    Steve is a board member of the California Hydrogen Business Council and Vice chair for its Energy storage working group. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Materials Science from Birmingham University, a MBA from Sheffield University and is a chartered manager.
  • Lorraine Paskett
    Commercial Director Networks
    Reactive Technologies
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    Lorraine Paskett
    Commercial Director Networks
    Reactive Technologies
    Lorraine Paskett has more than 25 years of experience in the energy, water, and environmental sectors, with 15 years of focused experience in the energy sector. Ms. Paskett has served as a director for a California investor-owned utility, leading a team through the California energy crisis and sponsoring a suite of initiatives including energy market reform, climate change policy, renewable energy market development, and corporate tax reforms. Ms. Paskett later served as a senior executive for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, leading a comprehensive approach for sustainable utility practices. The focus of her service included revamping utility programs to support accelerated adoption of alternative vehicle fuel sources in Southern California, overseeing electric system transmission permitting, new wind and solar electric generation project permitting, and managing greenhouse gas emissions programs across the utility operations.

    Currently, Ms. Paskett owns and manages Cambridge LCF Group. Cambridge LCF Group works with conventional and emerging energy companies, focusing on alternative energy, energy markets, climate change policies, and improving air quality in the Los Angeles and San Joaquin Valley basin.
  • Jeffery Reed
    Chief Scientist
    UC Irvine
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    Jeffery Reed
    Chief Scientist
    UC Irvine
    Jeffrey Reed currently serves Chief Scientist, Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage at the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine and is the Chair of the CHBC.

    Dr. Reed’s areas of focus include clean transportation, distributed generation, storage, renewable natural gas, efficient end-use technologies, and hydrogen-natural gas synergies. Prior to joining APEP, Dr. Reed was Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technology for the Southern California Gas Company, where he led technology advancement activities. Jeff holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkley and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.
Workshop: 6. EPRI's Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET®): TRAINING FOR ENERGY STORAGE VALUATION

6. EPRI's Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET®): TRAINING FOR ENERGY STORAGE VALUATION

Join instructors from the Electric Power Research Institute as they introduce a useful new tool for storage practitioners! As a new asset class with unique capabilities and limitations, energy storage has been challenging to value in the existing power system. As a standalone or hybrid asset (e.g. solar+storage), energy storage has the potential to provide value to the power system through deferral or avoidance of grid assets, reduction in operating costs, or enhancement of grid reliability. A common modeling tool can help stakeholders to better understand and communicate the value of storage in specific instances. EPRI's Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET®) was developed for this purpose as a publicly-available valuation approach that is accessible, transparent, validated, and customizable. With the ability to evaluate a broad range of energy storage locations, service, and technology options, this software offers the flexibility to consider the value of a broad range of storage projects. The workshop will provide user instruction on how to set up an energy storage cost-benefit analysis, and technical considerations. This workshop will showcase new features of the current StorageVET and demonstrate features of the next iteration, StorageVET 2.0.

https://www.storagevet.com/

Speakers:

  • Miles Evans
    Engineer Scientist I
    Electric Power Research Institute
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    Miles Evans
    Engineer Scientist I
    Electric Power Research Institute
    Miles Evans joined EPRI in 2017 as an engineer scientist. Miles is involved in valuation, data analysis, and modeling efforts in the energy storage and distributed generation program. He works on simulating the operation of, valuing the effects of, and characterizing the real-world performance and reliability of energy storage systems.
  • Ram Ravikumar
    Engineer & Scientist
    Electric Power Research Institute
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    Ram Ravikumar
    Engineer & Scientist
    Electric Power Research Institute
    Ram Ravikumar is currently serving as an Engineer/Scientist in the Energy Storage and Distributed Energy Resources Program at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Ram is involved in the techno-economic value analysis of distributed energy resources, including storage both at front-of-meter and behind-the-meter levels. He is also involved in microgrid feasibility analysis and is one of the technical leads of the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC) and StorageVET® (www.storagevet.com).

    Ram graduated with a Masters Degree in Power Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India.