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Wednesday | October 30

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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WKSHP: Distributed Energy 101 - Introduction into DE

The advent of distributed, or decentralized, power generation is transforming the energy landscape. This session provides information about distributed energy resources (DERs), the physical and virtual assets deployed across the power distribution grid, often behind the meter, which can be used individually or in aggregate to provide value to the grid. DERs enhance the reliability and resiliency of electricity, and include a variety of generation types, including solar, wind, storage, diesel and gas-fueled generators. Distributed generation also focuses on energy efficiency and demand-side management to provide services to the power grid.
Moderated By:
  • Adam Miller, Director, Product Development, Nextera Energy Resources
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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WKSHP: Cybersecurity - Transitive Energy Systems

The increased penetration of DERs means far more power generation devices are owned and controlled by consumers and non-utility entities. The devices depend on digital communication and control, which increases the risk of cyber-attacks. This session focuses on how distributed generation providers can protect their devices and create an attack-resilient framework. It will look at how generators can ensure the secure integration of DERs to the power grid without harming grid reliability and stability. It will discuss the architecture and design of power networks, and look at economic and control techniques used to manage the flow or exchange of energy in a transactive energy system.
Speakers
  • Certification Procedures for Data and Communication Security of Distributed Energy Resources
    Danish Saleem, DER Cybersecurity Standards Lead | Cyber-Physical Systems Security Group Energy, Security & Resiliency Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Oscar Marcia, Founder, eonTi, Inc.
  • Power in the Wrong Hands: The Rise of Cyber Security Risk in the Energy Market
    Leo Simonovich, Vice President for Global Cyber Strategy, Siemens
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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WKSHP: Rate Design and Compensation for Distributed Generation – The Price of Power

The nature of electricity delivery, consumption, generation, and the power grid itself are changing rapidly. Distributed generation brings with it a variety of market forces, including how power generation from non-utility sources is valued. This discussion will include a look at metering, electricity rates, tariffs, the balancing authority, and what is meant by “wheeling” power. We will discuss how to secure financing for a distributed energy project. There will be discussion about offsite renewables and customer energy supply, about basis management from offsite to load (including the gap between basis and load zone). The session will look at the opportunity for generation to get a better share of power revenue, keeping utilities and generators relevant.
Moderator/Chair
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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Opening General Session on Technologies

Distributed Generation Technologies Solar and wind power are mentioned most often when there’s discussion of DERs, but there are many technologies available in the distributed generation space. Microgrids are often top of mind, in part because they can incorporate several technologies within the same system. Other technologies include battery storage, being used more often as battery life and capacity increases; fuel cells; geothermal; hydrogen, which along with fuel cells can be used to help with the integration of solar photovoltaic energy; and gas and diesel-fueled generators, which remain the world’s top source of backup and emergency power generation.
Moderator/Chair
  • David J. Stringer, Business Development Manager, DEIF, Inc
Co-Chair
  • Mike Murray, Dir. of Business Development, Ageto Energy
Speaker
  • CHP and the Transformation of On Site Power Generation
    Gary Farmer, Senior Sales Manager - Gas Sales, MTU Onsite Energy*
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Opening Night Reception

Thursday | October 31

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
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Welcome and Opening Keynote

Moderated By:
  • Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, POWER magazine
Keynote
  • Bill Ritter, Jr., Founder and Director for the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University
  • Kate E. Brandt, Lead for Sustainability, Google*
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
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The Economic Value of Reliability and Resilience

The development of any power generation project depends on how that project can generate value. Distributed generation projects are no different, and they often focus on their ability to provide reliable and resilient power. We want answers to these questions: How can distributed generation systems contribute to reliability and resilience of the power supply? How do we value microgrids? Where is the cost justification for a distributed generation project? More specifically, how do you find the best solution for your large industrial facility? This session will answer those questions, and look at projects that brought value along with reliability and resiliency.
Moderator/Chair
  • J.Erik Felt, Director Market Development Future Grid, RTI
Speakers
  • Distributed Energy Conference – Enchanted Rock Case Study, HEB and Citizens Medical Center
    Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock
  • Large Industrial Facility Solutions
    Amy Simpkins, Chief Executive Officer, muGrid Analytics
  • Data Driven Optimization of Distributed Energy Asset Design and Operation
    Bryan Huber, COO, CleanSpark LLC
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
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Demand Response – Control and Load Shaping

Recognizing the full economic benefits of a distributed generation system means having the best strategy for optimizing demand response, energy efficiency, DER integration and control, and demand-side management programs. Analysts say utilities and commercial and industrial users need to incorporate these capabilities into their operations, in part to leverage the benefits of the smart grid. Utilities are beginning to focus on adding DERs to their demand response programs, creating systems to efficiently match electricity supply to the demand load.
Moderator/Chair
  • Andrew Barth, Board Member – Past President and National Membership Committee Chairman for TEPA and Partner, CDS Energy Advisors
Speakers
  • The Struggle for DER Control
    Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance
  • Flexibility services: Catch me if you can! Why and how utilities should seize the opportunity before others do
    Aurelien Guichard, Manager, Energy & Utilities, Arthur D. Little Inc.
  • Real Time Optimization of DER's
    Graham Horn, Director, Utilities, ENBALA Power Networks
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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Top Programs Promoting Distributed Generation

Top Programs Promoting Distributed Generation and Insights into different technologies. Programs Promoting Distributed Generation Looking for government help to advance your distributed generation project, or just curious about the programs available to promote distributed energy? This session looks at some of the top programs that have been developed to promote the implementation of DERs.
Moderator/Chair
  • Adam Miller, Director, Product Development, Nextera Energy Resources
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
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Decentralized (Distributed) Power vs. Centralized Power

Distributed power generation is altering the traditional energy landscape. The decentralized power model differs from centralized power in many ways. This session will look at the financial aspects of distributed generation along with the economic structure of a DG project. We will discuss distributed generation from the perspective of the regulatory authority, the independent system operator and regional transmission organization, and the utility, noting how the distributed generation model differs from that of centralized generation. We also will look at the role of distributed generation in decarbonization.
Speakers
  • What’s next for TSOs? Leading the way in the energy transition
    Aurelien Guichard, Manager, Energy & Utilities, Arthur D. Little Inc.
  • Andrew Ott, President and CEO, PJM Interconnection, LLC*
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
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Energy Storage Integration

The costs to develop renewable energy projects such as solar and wind continue to fall. Those falling costs are leading to increased generation of renewable resources, from both small-scale and utility-scale projects. The surging supply of renewable power means energy storage systems (ESS) are increasing in importance to help mitigate grid concerns and integrate DERs without impacting grid reliability. Many factors, including the condition of the local grid, incentives and subsidies, and geographical location, need to be considered when looking at energy storage for renewables integration (ESRI). This session will look at how to approach the challenges of grid integration of energy storage, including stranded assets, with some power purchase agreements now out of market. We will discuss how energy storage is displacing gas-fired peaker plants during periods of high power demand, and look at what the storage industry is doing to speed the adoption of storage systems. Control software of ESS, and the economic justification for storage, also will be discussed.
Moderator/Chair
  • Bryan Huber, COO, CleanSpark LLC
Panelist
  • Why Hybrid Systems are the Future for Distributed Energy and the Entire Power Sector
    Peter Lilienthal, CEO, HOMER Energy
  • Survey of Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System configuration, cost, and application of utility-scale plants currently in operation or under development.
    Mitchel Zafer, SME Solar and DERs / Business Development Western US, Commonwealth Associates, Inc.
  • How energy storage is supporting gird infrastructure for EV charging in the UK
    Danny Jones, CEO, Off Grid Energy Ltd
Speakers
  • Coupling Storage with Renewable Plants
    Adam Kabulski, Business Development Manager - North America, Mitsubishi Electric
  • Power Supply Optimization for Dynamic Loads
    Rob Roys, Regional Sales Manager, ABB
  • Considerations for Effective Protection and Control of Multiple DER and Microgrid Operations
    Bob Morris, Chief Engineering Services Officer, Schweitzer Engineering Labs Inc
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
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Economics of Solar

For any distributed generation project to work, the economics must work. This session will take a macro-level view of the economics of solar power, and look at case studies of community solar projects bringing residential and utility-scale solar development together.
Speaker
  • Unlocking the Value of Solar + Storage: Austin Energy SHINES – Getting to a System LCOE <$0.14/kWh
    Bina Ansari, Ph.D., Power Systems Engineer, Doosan GridTech
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
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Onsite Wind Generation

You want your commercial and industrial facility to produce its own power, to not only control your business’ energy costs but also to ensure a reliable and resilient power supply. This session will look at onsite generation from wind power, including the current state of the technology; its feasibility and operational necessities; macro, micro, and vertical axis turbines; and the increasing role of wind power in commercial and industrial facility power generation.
Moderator/Chair
  • Jereme Kent, CEO, ONE ENERGY LLC*
Panelist
  • Rush Creek Wind Project
    David Eves, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Company of Colorado, Xcel Energy*
  • Patrick Gilman, Program Manager for Modeling and Analysis, Wind Energy Technology Office, U.S. DOE, Office of Fossil Energy*
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
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Winds of Change – Onshore, Offshore, what does the future hold?

Technology advancements in wind power have not only lowered the cost of project development, they have contributed to the growth of renewable power across the world. Projects are being developed in new regions, helping more people have access to cleaner, renewable power generation, as projects are built both onshore and offshore. This session will look at the latest in wind power technology, along with a discussion of what the future holds for wind generation.
Speaker
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
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Onsite Solar Generation

You want your commercial and industrial facility to produce its own power, to not only control your business’ energy costs but also to ensure a reliable and resilient power supply. This session will look at onsite generation from solar power, including the current state of the technology; its feasibility and operational necessities; best practices for installing and managing a solar array; and the increasing role of solar power in commercial and industrial facility power generation.
Speaker
  • Joel Danforth, Distributed Energy Resources Manager, Platte River Power Authority
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Reception

Friday | November 1

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
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Software Applications for Distributed Generation

Distributed energy systems need to be efficiently managed. They also need to be monetized; economic viability is at the heart of any power generation project. Software is key to managing and monetizing DERs. The goal for utilities and other generators is to aggregate, optimize, and control DERs in real time. Software enables flexible management of resources, to the benefit of both utilities and customers, both on the grid and off. It enables management of control systems for microgrids, solar arrays, and wind farms. Flexibility management software provides forecasting and control of DERs, integrating them into a utility’s distribution management system, which helps with demand response, providing real-time visibility of supply and load. This session will look at the various ways software can be used in for management of DERs.
Moderator/Chair
  • Kay Aikin, CEO, Introspective Systems
Panelist
  • Software Challenges to Managing DER's
    To Be Annouced, Northwestern Energy
  • The Industrial Internet Consortium Microgrid Testbed: Design, Implementation, and Lessons Learned
    J.Erik Felt, Director Market Development Future Grid, Real-Time Innovations (RTI)
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
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Blockchain – Transactive Energy

Blockchain, originally devised for digital currency such as bitcoin, has moved into the energy space, allowing digital information to be distributed across networks. The idea is to allow consumers, be they individuals or commercial enterprises, to buy and sell energy directly between one another, in a peer-to-peer (P2P) trading manner. Blockchain is well-suited to this because it creates a transparent, auditable, and automated record of energy generation and consumption. It can result in energy efficiency and cost savings. This session will look at the various ways blockchain can be utilized by power generators, from selling renewable energy credits to P2P trading of energy.
Moderator/Chair
  • Moderator/Chair
    Aurelien Guichard, Manager, Energy & Utilities, Arthur D. Little Inc.
Speakers
  • Why Blockchain/Digitalization in the Energy Sector & Ongoing Decentralization
    Peter Bronski, Director of Marketing & Communications, Energy Web Foundation
  • State of the Market
    Amy Westervelt, Senior Associate, Energy Web Foundation
  • What we can Learn from Other Countries
    Scott Kessler, Director, Business Development, Lo3 Energy
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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Commercial & Industrial (overview and case studies)

This session will look at how commercial and industrial (C&I) power generators should engage with their local utility when it comes to development and operation of projects, and their energy management. We will provide an overview of the C&I market for distributed generation, along with case studies of successful C&I generation projects.
Moderator/Chair
  • Adam Herink, Vice President, Bluestem Energy Solutions
Speaker
  • Technical and Commercial Optimization of CHP Facility with local utility participation
    Michael Larson, Director, Business Development, DTE Energy Services
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
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E-mobility – Impact on the Grid

Electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity. More cities are utilizing electric buses and trains. Businesses are moving toward EVs as their company cars. Even some school districts are switching from diesel and gas-powered buses, to electric fleets. This session will discuss the impact of the electrification of the transportation sector on power generation. Topics include rate structures for charging; variability in charging (time of day) and charging behaviors; load growth; fleet charging; and opportunities for utilities.
Speaker
  • Providing Utilities with a 360-Degree View of their DER Customers
    Andrew Dillon, Senior Principal, West Monroe Partners
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
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Combined Heat & Power Case Studies

Combined heat-and-power systems (CHP) have been used for years at a variety of facilities, and are becoming more popular as a way to control energy costs at hospitals, college campuses, and other C&I buildings. This session will look at how to upgrade an existing CHP system, how to integrate an existing system into a microgrid or other distributed energy installation, and how to develop a new CHP project. We’ll look at case studies of CHP plants serving a variety of buildings across many sectors, in municipal, private business, health care, and educational settings.
Moderated By:
  • Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, POWER magazine
Speakers
  • Ford Dearborn CHP - Flexible Design for Now and the Future
    Gary Aron, Sr. Project Manager, Power Engineers Collaborative
  • Energy and Emissions Analysis of Combined Heat and Power Systems Compared to Grid-based Alternatives for the Buildings Sector
    Brent Nelson, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Exposure: Lessons from the UAF Combined Heat and Power Replacement Project
    Chilkoot Ward, P.E., Director of Utilities, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Role of CHP in an Evolving Energy Market
    Neeharika Dhungel, CHP Partnership Program Manager, U.S. EPA
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
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Lessons Learned - Microgrid Case Studies and Panel Discussion

Microgrids are growing in popularity as a way to provide power in remote locations, and to ensure reliability and resiliency in storm-prone areas. Microgrids are powering recreational areas, military bases, seaports, agricultural facilities, airports, and rural communities, along with industrial sites. This session will explore the technological diversity of microgrids and how they can be scaled. It will look at how investors view the microgrid sector. The role of thermal applications will be discussed. Case studies will be presented, looking at how microgrids are deployed at a number of locations.
Moderator/Chair
  • Adam Forni, Senior Research Analyst, Navigant
Speakers
  • Distributed Energy, Microgrid and Battery Storage: The Interconnected Nature of Resiliency and Sustainability
    Will Agate, Vice President, Microgrid Services, Ameresco
  • Microgrids for Hurricane Prone Areas
    Sercan Teleke, Senior Engineer, Microgrids and Renewables, Eaton Corporation
  • Soma Smart City
    Glenn Lansford, Senior Vice President, IHI Inc.
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