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.

AGENDA

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.

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All times are in CDT (Central Daylight Time).

DEC Digital | DEC Live: Oct 18 | Oct 19 | Oct 20 | Oct 21

DEC Digital

Wednesday, July 1


10:00 am
to 11:00 am

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 panel 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.

Moderator
Darrell Proctor
Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Dan Olis
Senior Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Speaker
Tom Drake
Sr. Sales Manager Gas Power Systems North America
Rolls Royce / MTU
Speaker
Talha Ali
Senior Energy Consultant
Sargent & Lundy, LLC

Wednesday, July 29


10:00 am
to 11:00 am

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.

Speaker
David Klockner
VP, Energy Optimization Services
Edison Energy
Speaker
Richard Saab
Sales Manager
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Speaker
Olamide Ogunduylie
Director of Hub Sales, NAM 1
Siemens

Wednesday, August 12


10:00 am
to 11:00 am

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.

Speaker
Patrick Morand
Associate
Duane Morris LLP
Speaker
Steven Willins
Director, Electric Services
World Kinect Energy Services
Speaker
Mike Alter
Senior Consultant
ICF

DEC Live

Monday, October 19


11:00 am
to 12:30 pm

Financing Your Distributed Energy Project

A successful distributed energy project relies on the right financing mechanisms. Solar and storage developers must know what terms to seek out in order to best fund their projects, and clean energy investors need a nuanced understanding of the industry to achieve long-term, stable returns. During this panel, experts from legal, finance, development and consulting industries will deliver insights and real-world examples about how to best finance a distributed energy project. Panelists will discuss: · How to get comfortable with the merchant aspect of storage · How to structure and manage a solar project to ensure financeability · How to fully integrate solar+storage solutions to minimize technology risk · The nuances of applying a PPA+ to solar+storage projects

Moderator/Chair
Jim Spano
Managing Partner
Spano Partners Holding, LLC
Speaker
Moe Hajabed
CEO
NRStor Inc.
Speaker
Mona Dajani
Co-Leader of Energy and Infrastructure Projects
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Speaker
Adam Zellner
CEO
Greener By Design
Speaker
Josh Beck
BCI Technologies Inc.

1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm

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.

Moderator/Chair
Clint M. Medlock
Project Manager
Southern Nuclear Development
Speaker
Scott Rasmussen
NuScale Power
Speaker
Lauren Lathem
Research Engineer - Advanced Energy Systems
Southern Nuclear Development
Speaker
Nicholas Smith
Deputy Director
National Reactor Innovation Center

3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm

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.

Moderator/Chair
Kay Aikin
CEO
Introspective Systems
Speaker
Eric Peterman
CEO
GRNE Solar
Speaker
Andrew Dillon
Senior Principal
West Monroe Partners, Llc
Speaker
Samantha Williams
Natural Resources Defense Council

5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm

How Distributed Energy Will Drive the Economic Recovery

Speaker
Kelly Speakes-Backman
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Storage Association

Tuesday, October 20


8:00 am
to 8:15 am

Welcome

Speaker
Ellen Nyboer
Show Manager
Access Intelligence

8:15 am
to 9:00 am

State of the Industry--How Distributed Energy is Creating Generational Change

Speaker
Woody Rubin
President
AES Distributed Energy

9:00 am
to 10:00 am

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.

Moderator
Amy Simpkins
Chief Executive Officer
muGrid Analytics
Speaker
Gregg Murphy
Head of Business Development
Blue Planet Energy
Speaker
Gregg Morasca
VP, Strategic Customers & Microgrids
Schneider Electric
Speaker
Allan Schurr
Chief Commercial Officer
Enchanted Rock

10:15 am
to 11:15 am

Initiatives, Investment from Utilities in Distributed Generation

Businesses that need to minimize or eliminate power outages, and want control of their energy costs, increasingly turn to combined heat and power (CHP) systems. Hear from commercial and industrial end-users about their experience with CHP installations to power their operations.

Moderator/Chair
Mark Feasel
Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid
Schneider Electric
Co-Chair
Abbey Roy
Managing Director New Ventures
Southern Company
Panelist
Jessie Mehrhoff
Research Analyst
Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research)
Panelist
Hannah Polikov
Director, Public Utility Commission Program
Advanced Energy Economy
Panelist
Amit Narayan
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
AutoGrid Systems

11:30 am
to 12:30 pm

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.

Moderator/Chair
Michael Byrnes
Exec VP, CEO
SourceOne
Speaker
Kristen Parkhurst
Development Engineer
DTE Energy Services
Speaker
Alex Marshall
Group Marketing and Compliance Director
Clarke Energy Ltd
Speaker
Jasbir Gill
President
Water Energy Solutions, Inc.

1:30 pm
to 2:30 pm

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.

2:30 pm
to 3:30 pm

Microreactors--The Next Big Thing

This session will look at the potential for small nuclear reactors to expand distributed generation by powering remote communities and providing more access to electricity for those in developing nations. Microreactors also could power forward-operating military bases, and commercial enterprises in locations far from the power grid.

Moderator/Chair
Clint M. Medlock
Project Manager
Southern Nuclear Development
Speaker
Nicholas Smith
Deputy Director
National Reactor Innovation Center
Speaker
Lauren Lathem
Research Engineer - Advanced Energy Systems
Southern Nuclear Development
Speaker
Ryan Blinn
Technical & Program Leader
Westinghouse Nuclear

4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm

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.

Chair
Eugene Hunt
Principal
Trevi Communications
Speaker
Ricardo Rodriguez
Research Analyst
Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research)
Speaker
Salvatore Minopoli
Vice President
Highview Power

5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm

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.

Moderator/Chair
Amy Simpkins
Chief Executive Officer
muGrid Analytics
Speaker
Adam Zellner
CEO
Greener By Design
Speaker
Hugh Wynne
Co-Head of Utilities, Renewable Energy and Power Equipment Research
Sector & Sovereign Research (SSR)
Speaker
Jeff Bedard
Resort Energy Ventures

Wednesday, October 21


7:00 am
to 8:00 am

Clean Energy and the Economic Recovery

Strong commitments to growing the adoption of renewable energy can help cities and states recover from the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's important that developers of solar power and other renewable energy projects build relationships with business owners, and their local and national representatives, to help shape and influence government policies around clean power generation. More green stimulus programs are needed to help rebuild the economy, bring more job opportunities, and support growth within the solar power and clean energy sectors.

Keynote
Kevin Parker
State Senator
New York State Senate

8:00 am
to 9:00 am

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.

Chair
Adam Forni
Carbon Free Technologies
Independent Consultant
Co-Chair
Michael Byrnes
Exec VP, CEO
SourceOne
Speaker
Darrin Moorman
VP of Innovation and Business Development
Moser Energy Systems
Speaker
Chris Mieckowski
Director, Global Solutions Marketing and Strategy
Siemens

9:00 am
to 10:00 am

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.

Chair
Allan Schurr
Chief Commercial Officer
Enchanted Rock
Panelist
Jamie Smith
Sales & Operations Executive
Generac Power Systems
Panelist
Tom Hawes
Director Of Business Development, Non-Wires Alternatives
S&C Electric Company

10:30 am
to 11:30 am

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 to respond to the need for increased grid reliability and to lower the cost of renewable energy integration.

Speaker
Aleksandra Radwanska
International Business Development Manager
Next Kraftwerke GmbH
Speaker
Jon Grooters
Business Development Director - Grid Innovation
Minsait ACS
Speaker
Brent Nelson
Manger of Resource Planning Consulting
Ascend Analytics
Speaker
Rahul Kar
General Manager - New Energy
AutoGrid Systems

11:30 am
to 12:30 pm

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.

Moderator
Darrell Proctor
Associate Editor
POWER magazine
Speaker
Hanna Grene
Head of Commercial Development
PXiSE Energy Solutions
Speaker
Chris Ball
Senior Manager, Microgrids
Bloom Energy