Conference Program

Monday | October 15

  1. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Distributed Energy Review - Workshop

    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 DERs, with discussion and insights about the differing technologies and their value to generators and customers.

    • Instructor: Ian Baring-Gould Program Manager VI-Research / National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) *
    • Instructor: Ben Kaun Strategy Manager, Energy Storage / EPRI Electric Power Research Institute *
    • Instructor: Evan Hung Vice President, Business Operations / Nikola Power *
  2. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Welcome Reception

* Denotes an invited speaker

Tuesday | October 16

  1. 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

    Registration Open, Breakfast/Networking

  2. 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

    Welcome & Opening

    • Speaker: Jamie Reesby Show Director / Access Intelligence Company
  3. 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM

    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.

  4. 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    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.

  6. 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

    Networking Break

  7. 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

    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.

  8. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    ‘Networking at Noon’ Luncheon

  9. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    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.

  10. 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Networking Break

  11. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    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.

  12. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM


* Denotes an invited speaker

Wednesday | October 17

  1. 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

    Registration Open, Breakfast/Networking

  2. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    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.

  3. 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    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.

  4. 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    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.

  6. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    ‘Networking at Noon’ Luncheon

  7. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    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.

  8. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    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

    **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.

* Denotes an invited speaker