DEC Digital + Live
As part of our commitment to serving the distributed generation industry, we have expanded our program to begin delivering current, relevant content directly to your desktop and mobile device beginning in July and continuing through the summer as we lead up to our live event, which will kick off in Chicago this October.
DEC 2020 will provide new perspectives on the utility-customer relationship and will launch discussions on new distributed energy technologies such as nuclear microreactors, the rise of energy storage, advancements in wind and solar, and growth in commercial and industrial generation.
The schedule will get continually updated up until the event, so check back often and opt-in to receive notifications. All times are in CDT (Central Daylight Time).
Wednesday, July 1
Webinar: Microgrids – Development and Design
Today’s microgrids contain a variety of technologies, with control systems as varied as the locations in which the microgrids are deployed. This discussion will include details about designing microgrids for efficiency and resiliency, including specifics for commercial building managers about how to evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected solar PV, wind, and battery storage at a site, as well as how to identify system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs. It also will provide information about determining how long a system for backup power can sustain critical load during a grid outage. Our panels of experts also will discuss how to use renewable resources, along with battery energy storage systems (BESS) and indigenous clean energy (ICE), to build an islanded microgrid.
Wednesday, July 29
Webinar: Finding the Best Fit for Your C&I Project
So your business wants to control energy costs by producing its own power? The possibilities for commercial and industrial projects may not be endless, but there’s plenty of variety to go around. Experts in the design and development of C&I generation projects will discuss the benefits, value, and challenges of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, the different types of heat recovery systems, and how decentralized power can overcome infrastructure deficiencies through the integration of various thermal and renewable energy solutions.
Wednesday, Aug 12
Webinar: Utility Integration of Distributed Energy Resources
Utilities are no longer spectators when it comes to distributed energy. Large-scale power generators are retooling their business models to embrace distributed energy resources (DERs) as power market participants, as utilities take ownership of behind-the-meter DERs. Experts familiar with how utilities can take advantage of distributed generation will discuss this trend, including the nexus of utility remuneration and DER provision of grid services.
Wednesday, Sep 16
Webinar: Safety Standards for Energy Storage Systems
Advancements in battery energy storage systems (BESS) depend upon such systems being certified as safe. Those in the energy storage sector have said the process of certification has slowed adoption of new storage technologies. Experts in energy storage will discuss fire-safe energy storage systems, and how the safety codes and standards for the industry are evolving to match the technology advancements.
Sunday, October 18
Monday, October 19
Summit #1: Financing Your Distributed Energy Project
Experts in financing distributed power generation, including commercial and industrial projects and utility-scale renewables, will discuss how to secure support for your project, whether your goal is to enter into a power purchase agreement with a utility, sell your power to a business, or provide power to your own commercial or industrial enterprise.
to 1:00 pm
Summit #2: SMRs and Microreactors – A New Player in Distributed Generation
Nuclear energy is being explored as a way to provide more access to electricity in remote areas, including populations of developing nations. Small modular reactors (SMRs) and microreactors are being developed with the ability to power entire communities and industrial complexes, with some designs capable of meeting the energy needs of forward-operating military bases and commercial enterprises in locations far from the power grid.
to 3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm
Summit #3: Beneficial Electrification
The world is electrifying, replacing the burning of fossil fuels with battery storage and other technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production of electricity. Beneficial electrification includes applications to benefit the environment, save consumers money, improve product quality and quality of life, and foster a more robust and resilient power grid. There are many opportunities for electrification across the residential, commercial and industrial, transportation, and agricultural sectors.
to 5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Welcome & Keynote Address
Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, POWER
Storage Leads the Charge for Generational Change
Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
The growth of renewable energy and distributed generation is tied to the use of energy storage, which supports the deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as wind and solar power. Storage enables renewable energy to be stored and then dispatched as needed, opening new market opportunities and putting storage at the hub of centralized and distributed generation. Storage projects will help drive the energy sector’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and policies that help storage also bolster renewable resources, making government support key to the future of reliable and resilient clean energy.
Opening Night Reception
Tuesday, October 20
Welcome and Keynote Address
Ellen Nyboer, Show Manager and Senior Marketing Manager, Energy and Engineering Group, Access Intelligence
State of the Industry—How Distributed Energy is Creating Generational Change
Woody Rubin, President of AES Distributed Energy, which develops, owns, and operates solar energy and solar plus storage projects across the U.S., will kick off the 3rd annual event. Mr. Rubin is responsible for leading the company’s growth efforts, as well as formulating strategy and overseeing its day-to-day operations. AES Distributed Energy brings reliable, cost-effective renewable energy systems to utilities, municipalities, schools, corporations, and commercial and industrial clients.
Recognizing the Value of Reliability and Resilience
A key element of distributed generation is its ability to provide reliable, resilient electricity. This session provides insight into how businesses and utilities value access to electricity in the wake of extreme weather events and other anomalies, and how to leverage that in project design, including choosing the asset management solution.
Initiatives, Investment from Utilities in Distributed Generation
Utilities recognize the value of distributed energy resources and are developing ways to incorporate non-wires alternatives into their business models. Power producers want to participate in distributed generation, winning back the commercial sector as they take a role in helping C&I and residential customers control their energy costs, while increasing the resilience and reliability of their power supply.
District and Campus Energy—A Cool Way to Bring the Heat
District and campus energy systems are an efficient way to heat and cool multiple buildings in a specific area. Systems are in use to power downtown business districts, industrial complexes and other commercial areas, and to serve hospitals, military bases, colleges and universities, and more. The application has been in practice for years, but new technologies such as thermal heat storage are bringing district energy to new areas, as more cities and commercial and industrial sites look to control their energy costs and power reliability.
It Takes a Village: Bringing Solar Power and DERs to the Masses
Residential and business customers for years have recognized the value of rooftop solar. But not everyone has access to that power. Enter community solar, which provides households and businesses the economic and environmental benefits of solar power, and provides utilities a way to send electricity from solar farms to areas that otherwise couldn’t receive it. Adding energy storage to the mix creates even more possibilities. This session looks at existing projects and the growth potential for solar power in distributed generation.
Microreactors—Technology Updates and Clean Energy Initiatives
Technology advancements are coming rapidly as nuclear power becomes part of the distributed generation landscape. The U.S. Department of Energy and private investors are supporting development of small modular reactors (SMRs) and microreactors in an effort to provide power to areas off the grid, in addition to pushing nuclear power as a viable clean energy option.
Energy Storage Changes the Game
Analysts have said energy storage could be a $600-billion-plus industry in the next two decades. It holds the promise of dramatically increasing the adoption of renewable resources for power generation, with an ability to store excess wind and solar power to enhance the economics of those projects. Many renewable energy projects, in addition to microgrids, are incorporating storage into their design. This session looks at the impact of energy storage on the power landscape and its role in distributed generation, including a look at how storage can improve the resilience of the power grid.
Making Your Business Sustainable
Many businesses are embracing distributed generation when it comes to making their operations more environmentally friendly and socially conscious, while still keeping an eye on the bottom line. But how does a business decide on its energy sources, and who determines whether a goal—such as 100% use of renewable energy—is feasible? Experts discuss their strategies for business practices, including creative financing mechanisms, based on the use of distributed energy to control electricity costs and bring their sustainability goals to fruition.
Wednesday, October 21
Fuel for Thought—The Technologies of Backup Power
The importance of backup power systems is recognized each time extreme weather or other events disrupt the transmission of electricity. Diesel and gas-powered generators continue to be the main suppliers of backup power, but solar-powered and battery energy storage units are becoming more prevalent in commercial and residential settings. This session looks at how new technologies are improving the efficiency of backup power systems, including black-start capability, battery storage in conjunction with generators, and recycled batteries to support microgrid installations.
Fuel for Thought—The Economics of Backup Power
A backup power system, ready to be deployed in the event of an emergency or other event, must be cost-effective in addition to supplying a reliable and resilient source of electricity. The many technologies used in backup power systems all come with different costs of ownership and operation, an important consideration when choosing which technology is the best for your business’ situation across different run-time scenarios.
Virtual Power Plants and Their Role in Grid Management
A virtual power plant is a network of decentralized, medium-scale power generating units such as wind farms, solar parks, and combined heat and power (CHP) units, as well as flexible power consumers and storage systems. The virtual power plant (VPP) model of DER aggregation and optimization is spreading around the globe in response to the need for increased grid reliability, to address issues with demand response, and to lower the cost of renewable energy integration.
Microgrid Design and Implementation
Microgrids offer an “all of the above” approach to distributed generation, incorporating a variety of technologies into their design. This session looks at how microgrid design continues to evolve, including the use of renewable power sources, fuel cells, battery energy storage, diesel and gas generator sets, microturbines, and other technologies.
Facility Tours: Bronzeville Microgrid, Battery Storage at the Merchandise Mart, or Shedd Aquarium