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Monday, October 18


7:00 am
to 6:00 pm

12:30 pm
to 2:00 pm

Microgrid Design and Development - Building Reliability and Resilience

Multiple technologies are being incorporated into today's microgrids, as end-users search for better ways to manage and ensure their energy supply, as well as control costs. This session will look at case studies of various microgrid configurations, the factors that led to their design and development, and the benefits for their end-users.

Speaker
Jim Barbour
Sr. Executive Sales Director
Enchanted Rock
Speaker
John Elder, III
Founder/CEO
Acclaim Energy Ltd
Speaker
Thomas Poteet
VP of Corporate Development
Mesa Solution
Speaker
Rich Inman
Director of Data Science
CleanSpark LLC
Sponsored By:

2:30 pm
to 4:00 pm

Commercial and Industrial Distributed Generation - Supporting Sustainability and Achieving ESG Goals

Businesses are turning to distributed energy to make their operations more sustainable. Producing some if not all of their own power offers cost savings, and also charts a path for companies that have set ESG (environmental, social, and governance) goals. This session will discuss the importance of distributed generation in the move toward sustainable business practices.

Speaker
Ray Jackson
Director, Utilities
University of Massachusetts
Speaker
Rob Windle
Executive Director, Distributed Resources
CPower Energy Management
Speaker
Ben Jones
Vice President, Canopy Design Engineering
Distributed Solar Development (DSD)

4:30 pm
to 5:30 pm

HydrogeNext Keynote - Hydrogen: Creating a Pathway to Net Zero

Moderator
Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Paul Browning
President & CEO
Mitsubishi Power

5:30 pm
to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 19


7:00 am
to 6:00 pm

8:00 am
to 8:45 am

Keynote - Utility Transformation and Distributed Energy

· Utility transformation commitments and progress

· Who are the leaders and what steps are they taking?

· Role of distributed energy

· Recommendations to accelerate progress

Keynote
Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance

9:00 am
to 9:45 am

District Energy - Successful Approaches to Increasing Efficiency

Business districts and college campuses are increasingly looking at district energy projects to increase the efficiency, reliability, and resiliency of their power supply. This session looks at case studies of some noteworthy projects driving growth in the district energy sector.

Speaker
Lincoln Bleveans
Executive Director, Sustainability & Energy Management, Energy Operations
Stanford University
Speaker
Nik Koganti
Business/New Product Development Manager
Performance Pipe div of Chevron Phillips Chemical

10:00 am
to 11:45 am

Lessons Learned: Power Resiliency During Extreme Weather

2020 set a new US record for billion-dollar, extreme weather events at 22. In fact, the frequency of such events has increased for the past several decades. This new normal brings an increase in extended power outages resulting in business disruption. As a result, forward-thinking organizations are leveraging resiliency microgrids to prevent outages and ensure business resiliency. Microgrids offer a resiliency solution that ensures safe, reliable, and uninterrupted operations to keep the community safe in the event of a crisis. This is especially true in the Gulf Coast region, which is no stranger to such events, including hurricanes, sudden severe storms, and the recent winter storm of 2021. In this session, our Texas-based panel will discuss first-hand experiences during recent extreme weather events from the perspective of an operator, a utility, and microgrid technology provider. This discussion will cover key business considerations, lessons learned, and the value of selecting the right technologies for your business objectives.

Panel Moderator
Darrell Proctor
Senior Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Panelist
Allan Schurr
Chief Commercial Officer
Enchanted Rock
Panelist
Lyndon DuPont
Director of Business Operations
Entergy Inc.
Panelist
Jeffrey Darnell
Sr. Director of Facilities
VGXI, Inc. - GMP Plasmid DNA Manufacturing

11:00 am
to 6:00 pm

1:00 pm
to 1:30 pm

Virtual Power Plants and More -- Integrating DERs Into the Grid

Virtual power plants (VPPs) are offering support to the traditional power grid, using distributed generation assets. Unlike microgrids, which are usually in off-grid settings, VPPs can cover a wide area, using available generation managed by aggregation software to provide the same services as a traditional power plant--but without the need to build that physical plant. This session will discuss the design, development, and growing adoption of VPPs, as well as other efforts to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) into the grid.

Speaker
Sangeeta Ranade
AlphaStruxure
Speaker
J.T. Thompson
Vice President Enterprise Accounts
Generac Grid Services

2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm

Financing Your Power Project

The first step toward development of any distributed energy project is securing financial support. Experts in financing clean energy and distributed generation installations will discuss the best practices when it comes to identifying investors, and investment opportunities, for utilities and others seeking to deploy microgrids, cogeneration, and more.

Moderator
Thomas Poteet
VP of Corporate Development
Mesa Solution
Speaker
Chris Wilcut, CEM
Energy Manager
San Antonio Water System
Speaker
Jeff Stander
Senior Project Developer
Ameresco
Speaker
Stephen Sung
Managing Director
CIT Energy
Speaker
Dave Hyland
Director, Sales & Marketing
Enovation Analytics

3:30 pm
to 5:00 pm

Technologies for Microreactors

Nuclear energy's importance as a zero-emissions generation source has accelerated the research and development of new reactor technologies, with microreactors at the forefront. Microreactors can bring electricity to remote communities that are without access to power, and provide electricity for field operations in several industries, including mining and oil and gas exploration. Experts in the design and deployment of small reactors provide their insight and expertise on the state of the industry.

Moderator/Chair
Clint M. Medlock
Project Manager - Research and Development
Southern Company Services
Panelist
Michael Valore, PMP
Sr. Director - Advanced Reactor Commercialization Energy Systems
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
Panelist
Caleb Brooks
Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Panelist
Shannon Bragg-Sitton
Lead, Integrated Energy Systems
Idaho National Laboratory
Panelist
Marc Nichols
Senior Director, New Reactors
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

5:00 pm
to 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 20


7:00 am
to 6:00 pm

8:00 am
to 8:45 am

Keynote - Energy Transition to Distributed Generation and the Importance of Secure Cloud Computing

• The global energy transition and forces of disruption • Resourcing a clean and resilient power system • Next-generation power networks and the role of digital grid orchestration • Lessons learned from Microsoft's own DG Journey

Speaker
Hanna Grene
Director, Energy & Sustainability Americas
Microsoft Corporation

9:00 am
to 10:15 am

Energy Storage - A Game-Changing Technology for Distributed Generation and Electrification

Energy storage could be the most important power system technology of the moment, as it helps balance the addition of renewable energy to the grid, and furthers advancement of the move toward electrification. This session offers insight into how battery technology is evolving, how storage supports renewables, and why utilities are adding storage to their generation portfolios.

Speaker
Joel Dystra
Fuels and Reliability Specialist
Black & Veatch
Speaker
Ann Marie Augustus
Vice President of Operations
Urban Electric

10:30 am
to 12:00 pm

Technology Solutions to Improve Business Energy Management

More businesses are taking control of their energy needs by installing distributed generation to power their offices. This session looks at how the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) into building energy systems facilitates increased energy efficiency for commercial and industrial enterprises--and why it should be part of any C&I development discussion.

Speaker
Tom Drake
Sr. Sales Manager Gas Power Systems and Microgrids
Rolls Royce / MTU
Speaker
Thilo Janssen
Manager of Engineering - PE
Bandera Electric Cooperative
Speaker
Don Frank
Owner
Solar UV Solutions
Sponsored By:

11:00 am
to 6:00 pm

1:00 pm
to 2:45 pm

Microgrids - A Look at Game-Changing Projects and Technologies

Microgrids and mini-grids are being developed worldwide to provide reliable, resilient power, both for business operations and entire communities. Remote areas without access to electricity are using the technology to obtain power and enable economic growth; field operations for a variety of industries are receiving power from microgrids. Regions prone to blackouts, and at increased risk from natural disasters, are embracing micro- and mini-grids as a way to ensure a reliable electricity supply. This session looks at several successful installations.

Speaker
Justin Cunningham
Principal
Compass Power Systems Limited
Speaker
Michael Vance
President
Asante Energy
Speaker
Gerro Prinsloo
Direct of Project Operations
Emera Technologies
Speaker
Rick Kephart
Vice President of Technology for the Power and Water Industries
Emerson
Speaker
Thierry Godart
Senior Vice President, Industrial Technology
Emerson
Speaker
Mark Martyak, PE
Chief Sales Officer, Distributed Infrastructure
PowerSecure, Inc.
Sponsored By:

3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm

EV Adoption--How Utilities and Businesses are Planning for the Road Ahead

The transportation sector is a key driver of the trend toward electrification. What does that mean for utilities and power generators, who must account for the increased demand for electricity as more drivers buy electric vehicles, and more cities and businesses adopt electric vehicle fleets? This session looks at what some businesses are doing now, and how they're planning for future growth.

Speaker
Kimberly Okafor
Strategic Business Development Manager/Trillium
Loves Travel Stops
Speaker
Jigar Shah
Head of Energy Services
Electrify America
Speaker
Andrew Higgins
Senior Director Products & Services
CPS Energy
Speaker
Sharmila Ravula
VP, Sales & Marketing
Peak Power Energy

4:30 pm
to 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 21


7:00 am
to 10:30 am

9:30 am
to 10:30 am

Technology to Increase the Value of Distributed Generation Assets

A variety of technologies, both software and hardware, are involved in distributed power generation. This session looks at a variety of these technologies, with information about their use and their benefits.

Speaker
Faustino Baysic
Director, Business Development
Constellation Power Generation - CPG
Speaker
Bill Blackburn
a Sr. Consultant within Asset Management Services (AMS)
Black & Veatch