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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:
  • Joshua Stone, Sr. Product Manager, NextEra Energy Resources
Speakers
  • Larry Sherwood, President, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • Demand Side Management
    Max Frey, Business Development Manager, THG Energy Solutions, LLC
  • Behind-The-Meter Applications and Recent Trends
    Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock
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
  • Cybersecurity Requirements, Regulations and Standards for Distributed Energy Resources
    Danish Saleem, DER Cybersecurity Standards Lead | Cyber-Physical Systems Security Group Energy, Security & Resiliency Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Device Authentication in the DER ecosystem as a foundation to secure communications
    Oscar Marcia, President/CEO, eonTi, Inc.
  • Power in the Wrong Hands: The Rise of Cyber Security Risk in the Energy Market
    Leo Simonovich, VP and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security, 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 power purchase agreements (PPAs). We will discuss the economics of distributed energy projects. The session will look at the opportunity for generation to get a better share of power revenue, keeping utilities and generators relevant.
Moderator/Chair
  • Amy Simpkins, Chief Executive Officer, muGrid
Speakers
  • Travis Simpkins, Founder & CTO, muGrid Analytics
  • Rob Allerman, Senior Director Power Analytics, Enverus
  • Innovating for Access: Flexibility and Applications of the PACE PPA
    Lucas Nagy, Vice President, Business Development, CleanFund
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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Powering Up – DG Technologies You Need to Know

Solar and wind power are mentioned often in discussions of distributed energy resources (DERs), but there are many technologies available in the distributed generation space. Battery storage is being used more often as battery life and capacity increases. Fuel cells, long touted as a power solution, are being deployed more often, including to help with the integration of solar photovoltaic energy. There are geothermal and hydrogen systems, along with gas and diesel-fueled generators, which remain the world’s top source of backup and emergency power generation. This session will explore the technologies, how they are currently being implemented in projects, and what the future holds.
Moderator/Chair
  • David J. Stringer, Business Development Manager, DEIF, Inc.
Panelist
  • Microgrid Controls
    Mike Murray, Co-Founder, COO, Ageto Energy
  • Energy Storage
    Brett Ingle, Senior Sales Engineer, Dynapower Corporation
  • CHP through Deep Decarbonization using Hydrogen as a Fuel
    Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens
  • Cogen Generators
    Tom Drake, Sr, Sales Manager - Gas Power Systems North America, Rolls Royce / MTU A Rolls Royce Power Solution
  • Fuel Cells
    Kris Kim, Senior Director of Strategic Development, Bloom Energy
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Opening Night Reception

Thursday | October 31

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Networking Breakfast

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

Moderated By:
  • Darrell Proctor, Associate Editor, POWER magazine
Keynote
  • Bill Castor, Director of Business Development for Small Power Systems, Siemens, Siemens
  • The Role of Distributed Generation in the Move Toward Decarbonization and Decentralization
    Bill Ritter, Jr., Founder and Director for the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University
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, RTI
Speakers
  • Distributed Energy Conference – Enchanted Rock Case Study, HEB and Citizens Medical Center
    Allan Schurr, Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock
  • The Big Question: What Does Resilience Mean to You?
    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, Partner, CSD Energy Advisors and TEPA National Board Member – Past President, CSD Energy Advisors
Speakers
  • The Struggle for DER Control
    Rolf Bienert, Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance
  • Flexibility Services: How Utilities Can Capture the Market
    Aurelien Guichard, Manager, Energy & Utilities, Arthur D. Little Inc.
  • Real Time Optimization of DER's
    Mike Ruth, VP Product Management, Enbala
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.
Panelist
  • Matt Eastwick, Chief Investment Officer, Clean Capital
  • Larry Sherwood, President, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
  • Mike Alter, Senior Consultant, ICF
  • Nathan Justice, Application Engineer, Distributed Generation Projects, Western U.S., Eaton Corporation
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
  • Jason Barmann, PE, Energy Storage Applications\Energy, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.
Speakers
  • Coupling Storage with Renewable Plants
    Adam Kabulski, Business Development Manager - North America, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Power Supply Optimization for Dynamic Loads
    Vytha Vadlamani, Principal Consultant, ABB
  • Considerations for Effective Protection and Control of Multiple DER and Microgrid Operations
    Scott Manson, SEL ES Technology Director, Schweitzer Engineering Labs Inc
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
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Wind and Solar – Growth in the Utility and C&I Sectors

Wind and solar power continue to make substantial gains in U.S. and global power generation, helped by utility-scale installations buoyed by reduced installation costs and renewable energy mandates. Commercial and industrial sites also continue to add on-site power generation from wind and solar, as companies look to control energy costs and boost their efforts around cleaner energy and sustainability. This session will look at the projects and trends shaping the future of wind and solar power.
Panelist
  • Joel Danforth, Distributed Energy Resources Manager, Platte River Power Authority
  • Up to the Challenge: Communities Deploy Solar in Underserved Markets
    Jeffrey Cook, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Patrick Gilman, Program Manager Wind Energy Technologies Office, U.S. DOE, Office of Fossil Energy
  • Richard Dovere, Managing Partner and Co‐Founder, C2 Energy Capital
  • 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
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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Sustainability – Businesses Commit to Clean Energy

Many companies have made sustainable business practices part of their mission statement. Customers and shareholders are demanding businesses commit to clean energy, as they seek to make a positive social and environmental impact. Businesses that are committed to renewable energy want to make their operations more efficient, and have recognized that using distributed generation to control energy costs helps drive their sustainability efforts. This session looks at how two major energy industry players are practicing sustainability, how they are seeing a return on their investments, and how their strategies can help other companies.
Panelist
  • Mark Feasel, Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric
  • Greg Kandankulam, Senior Manager, Sustainability, NRG
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Reception

Friday | November 1

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Networking Breakfast

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
  • Chris Bilby, Research & Programs Engineer, Holy Cross Energy
  • Julieta Giraldez, Senior Research Electrical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Ray Kaiser, Director of Energy Management Systems, Amzur Technologies
  • Erik Felt, Director - Market Development, 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 and Communications, Energy Web Foundation
  • What we can Learn from Early Deployments
    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 generation projects are built, including how C&I generators can interact with their local utility. Our speakers will discuss the development and operation of projects, and their energy management, as we look at case studies of successful projects.
Moderator/Chair
  • Adam Herink, Vice President, Bluestem Energy Solutions
Speakers
  • Technical and Commercial Optimization of CHP Facility with local utility participation
    Michael Larson, Director, Business Development, DTE Energy Services, Inc.
  • Technical and Commercial Optimization of CHP Facility with local utility participation
    Jeff White, Energy Efficiency Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Justin Fletcher, Manager Sales Strategic Assets, PowerSecure, Inc.
  • Viking Cold Solar & Thermal Energy Storage Project at San Diego Food Bank
    James Bell, CEO, Viking Cold Solutions
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.
Speakers
  • Providing Utilities with a 360-Degree View of their DER Customers
    Andrew Dillon, Senior Principal, West Monroe Partners, Llc
  • EV Charging for Emissions Reduction: Regional Analysis and Strategies
    Christy Lewis, EV Analyst, WattTime
  • Expanding SCE’s Electric Vehicle Charging Program
    Carter Prescott, Principal Manager, Operations eMobility – Customer Programs & Services, Southern California Edison, An Edison International Co.
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
  • Enhancing the Economic Benefits of Cogeneration through additional Flexibility
    Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
  • Ford Dearborn CHP - Flexible Design for Now and the Future
    Gary Aron, Sr. Project Manager, Power Engineers Collaborative, LLC
  • Energy and Emissions Analysis of Combined Heat and Power Systems Compared to Grid-based Alternatives for the Buildings Sector
    Brent Nelson, Senior Energy Analyst, Ascend Analytics / Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering,, Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Exposure: Lessons from the UAF Combined Heat and Power Replacement Project
    John Solan P.E., Senior Engineer, Stanley Consultants
  • 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 both remote and grid-tied locations, providing a mix of economic improvements, sustainability, and reliability and resiliency. 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, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant
Speakers
  • Distributed Energy, Microgrid and Battery Storage: The Interconnected Nature of Resiliency and Sustainability
    Will Agate, Vice President, Microgrid Services, Ameresco
  • Offsetting Emissions and Power Outage Risks with Fuel Cell-Powered Microgrids
    Chris Ball, Senior Manager, Microgrids, Bloom Energy
  • Soma Smart City
    Glenn Lansford, Senior Vice President, IHI Inc.
  • Soma Smart City
    Seiichi Nakajima, General Manager – Solution Engineering Department Solution Headquarters, IHI Inc.
  • Alan Schnur, Enchanted Rock
  • The Bronzeville Microgrid
    Clark Wiedetz, Director Of Alternative Energy, Siemens
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