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Monday | October 15

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Distributed Energy: Building a Foundation of Knowledge

Keeping up with new technology and other advancements in distributed energy can be daunting. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are both physical and virtual assets, typically deployed close to load, often behind the meter. These DERs—including solar, wind, storage, efficiency, and demand management—can be used individually or aggregated, providing value to specific customers, to the wider grid, or both. This workshop will focus on expanding your knowledge of DERs, with discussion and insights about the differing technologies and their value to generators and customers.
Presentations Include:
  • Resilience Is the New Name of the Energy Game
    Adam Irwin, Cleantech Client Manager, Schenider Electric, Energy & Sustainability Services
  • Resilience Is the New Name of the Energy Game
    Scott Higgins, Director, Distributed Energy and Microgrids, Schenider Electric, Energy & Sustainability Services
  • Renewable Energy Integration
    Adam DeBoskey, Head of Sales, One Energy
  • Energy Storage
    JW Postal, Founder & CEO, Nikola Power
  • Overview and Case Studies of CHP Project Implementation Using a Third-Party Structure
    Michael Larson, Director, Business Development, DTE Energy Services
  • Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems
    Brett Feldman, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
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Welcome Reception

Tuesday | October 16

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Registration Open, Breakfast/Networking

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Welcome

Presentations Include:
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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Meeting the Challenges, Capturing the Value of Distributed Generation

Distributed generation has disrupted the traditional utility model of centralized electricity production. The rise of renewables such as solar and wind impacts the transmission grid, and utilities must adapt to new business models, regulations, and operational issues. But these challenges also offer opportunities, and utilities are looking at ways to capture value from this new energy landscape.
Presentations Include:
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
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Setting the Table: Policy Issues

Regulatory issues play a major role in determining how distributed resources and energy storage will be deployed and paid for. This session looks at the issue from a variety of viewpoints, including regulatory, prosumer, and developer.
Moderated By:
  • Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, Access Intelligence Company
Presentations Include:
  • Commissioner Kevin McIntyre, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)*
  • Katie Johnson Treadway, Esq., Head of Regulatory Affairs, One Energy
  • The Value of the Grid in Integrating New Technolgies
    Paul Zummo, Director, Policy Research and Analysis, American Public Power Association
  • Permitting and Market Integration of Distributed Generation and Energy Storage Facilities
    Linda Shaw, Principal, Future Energy Development LLC
  • Forefront of policy innovation in the nation\'s market with the highest penetration of distributed energy
    Chris Lee, Chairman, Energy and Environmental Protection Committee, Hawaii State Legislature
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
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Networking Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
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Utility Operational Issues in a Distributed Generation Environment

System operators face a new set of challenges when increasing amounts of distributed generation enter the grid, including how to integrate intermittent renewable power sources such as solar and wind into the grid. This session offers a nuts-and-bolts look at key challenges and solutions.
Moderated By:
  • Dan Smith, P.E., Vice President Electric Service Delivery, Austin Energy*
Presentations Include:
  • Low Voltage Network Management System and Distributed Energy Resource Management
    Brian Bradford, VP Asset Solutions, Oracle
  • Dynamic Hosting Capacity; A dialogue on extracting distribution maximum value from interconnected Distributed Energy Resources for distribution utilities and customers
    Gerhard Walker, Director of Grid Evolution, Opus One Solutions
  • MidGrid SolarWind Hybrid Project
    Dan Juhl, Chief Executive Officer, Juhl Energy
  • Hybrid Utility-Scale PV-Wind Storage Plants for Dispatchability and Reliability Services
    Vahan Gevorgian, Chief engineer, NREL
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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‘Networking at Noon’ Luncheon

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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Understanding the Business Case

Institutions and big manufacturers operate under a different set of objectives than electric utilities. This panel session offers insight into how CHP and DG projects can be structured to win approval.
Moderated By:
  • Peter Bryant, Managing Partner, Clareo
Presentations Include:
  • How to Incentivise your Utility Customers to Do What You Want
    Amy Simpkins, Chief Executive Officer, muGrid
  • A Business Model for Utilities in the Distributed Energy Future
    Merrill A. Jones, Director Business Development, Day & Zimmermann
  • Gas Utilities\' Game Plan for the Distributed Energy Market
    Daniel Chang, Market Development Services Lead, Black & Veatch
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
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Networking Break

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Mass Adoption of Microgrids

The rising demand for distributed power generation has supported the growth of microgrid technologies. Microgrids can be reliable and economically viable systems to improve the efficiency and resiliency of power production. This session will provide insight into microgrid development and management, looking at design, power quality, islanding, transport, economic optimization, and other facets of microgrid deployment.
Moderated By:
  • Jagoron Mukherjee, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Presentations Include:
  • How to Leverage Advanced Microgrid Control Platform to Design a Functional Microgrid System While Maximizing Economic Returns
    Dr. Maggie Clout, Business Development, Siemens
  • Controls Technologies for Microgrids
    Rick Kephart, Vice President, Software Development, Emerson Power & Water Solutions
  • Rural Microgrids - Case Studies from Overseas
    Jim Cale, Ph.D., Systems/Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
  • Tribal Energy Authorities for Native American Communities
    Jim Yockey, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly
  • Energy Pioneers in Alaska
    Rob Roys, Western Regional Manager, ABB Microgrids & Energy Storage
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
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Reception

Wednesday | October 17

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Registration Open, Breakfast/Networking

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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Whose Grid Is It? – The Real Conversation that Distributed Generation Is Starting

Presentations Include:
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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The Rise of Distributed Energy — New Challenges Bring New Opportunities

Business sectors across the U.S. and globally have acknowledged and embraced disruptive changes to their business models, looking at ways to adapt to these challenges and find new opportunities. The power generation industry is no different. The rise of solar and wind power, microgrids, and other distributed energy resources means member-owned cooperatives and large utilities must look at their business models in a new light, focusing on the benefits of leveraging the trend toward distributed generation.
Presentations Include:
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Evolving Utility Business Models

DG deployment offers traditional utilities an opportunity to rethink their business model. No longer a one-way transactional relationship, new business models work to include large and small prosumers as part of the electricity value chain. These leading utilities offer insights into how they are rethinking traditional models and adopting innovative ideas.
Moderated By:
  • Steven Fine, Vice President, ICF International
Presentations Include:
  • The Evolving Utility
    Alberto Ferrer, Vice President Consulting Services, Mott MacDonald
  • Fruit Belt Solar Project
    Jon Nickerson, CEM, LEED-AP, Lead Project Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid
  • From Utility to YouTility - An Authentically Customer-centric Model
    Jason Makansi, President, Pearl Street
  • Adam Herink, Vice President, Bluestem Energy Solutions
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
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Networking Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
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Commercial and Industrial Distributed Generation Issues

Becoming a large-scale prosumer, and taking advantage of the benefits of generating your own power and partnering with the local grid, includes a responsibility for grid interconnection and reliability. Analytics, standards, and operational protocols all come into play, requiring coordination with local grid officials.
Moderated By:
  • K.K. DuVivier, Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Presentations Include:
  • Interconnection Issues
    Deborah Galimba, President & CEO, X Utility
  • Addressing the Challenges of Power Resiliency and Sustainability at a Major U.S. Airport
    Steven Pullins, Vice President, Dynamic Energy Networks
  • Crossed Wires - Prosumer Utilities Tackle Distributed Generation
    Geoffrey Oxnam, CEO, American Microgrid Solutions
  • Montclair State University Resolves Outstanding Challenges to Integrating Power Distribution
    Frank DiCola, Chairman, DCO Energy, LLC
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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‘Networking at Noon’ Luncheon

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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Case Studies: Insight for Development of Successful Distributed Generation Projects

Stories from the front lines are often the best means to craft successful programs and initiatives. This session highlights successful distributed energy projects and offers insights into the factors that made them work.
Moderated By:
  • Eric Luesebrink, SVP Development
Presentations Include:
  • Lotte New York Palace Hotel
    Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Capstone Turbine Corporation
  • Fast Track Flexible Power
    Sean Wilcock, Chief Commercial Officer, APR Energy, LLC
  • Taylor Farms
    Brian Curtis, President & CEO, Concentric Power
  • Capturing Business Value through Disruptive Energy Platforms
    Mackinnon Lawrence, Senior Research Director, Navigant Research
  • Multi-use Applications of Distributed Energy for Improved Reliability and Enhanced Resilience
    Howard Holland, Principal, Silverstone Power Technologies, LLC
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
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Networking Break

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the NREL campus**

The Distributed Energy Conference has worked closely with NREL to secure a small group tour option for those interested in staying. Please only opt in for this tour if your travel plans allow you to stay and if you are interested in learning more about the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the NREL campus. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, works on a variety of projects devoted to distributed energy resources and their impact on power generation and the electric grid. For details on the ESIF facility click here https://www.nrel.gov/esif/. **Additional Fee of $35 to participate in this limited space tour. Sign up through registration and participation is limited to 25 individuals who meet the safety standards of NREL. You must be pre-approved to attend this tour, so registration will close for this option on September 12th. You will be notified by September 20th if you are eligible to participate or not. If you do not meet the security restrictions you will be reimbursed.
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