AGENDA

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks: Renewable Energy and the New Political Landscape

Gregory Wetstone
President & Chief Executive Officer
ACORE

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Keynotes

Richard Glick
Commissioner
Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Stephen Berberich
President and Chief Executive Officer
California ISO

Dr. Laura Nelson
Utah Governor's Energy Advisor,
Executive Director
Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development

9:45 – 10:45 AM

Evolving Models for Electricity Markets
New business models, policies and other initiatives that help meet growing customer demand for renewable energy.

  • Hot topics in customer choice: CPUC Green Book, NV ballot initiative, growth of community choice aggregation, direct access, corporate renewable PPAs, etc.
  • The benefits and risks of various customer choice models for stakeholders, including different customer classes, utilities, system planners, RE developers and investors
  • Utility value propositions for renewables that benefit customers

Speakers

Gregory Wetstone
President &
Chief Executive Officer
ACORE
Moderator

Ralph Cavanagh
Senior Attorney,
Power Sector, Climate & Clean Energy Program
NRDC

Mars Hanna
Lead,
Global Energy Policy and Markets
Google, Inc.

Rose McKinney-James
Managing Principal,
Energy Works LLC
McKinney-James & Associates

J. Andrew Murphy
Senior Vice President,
Strategy and Corporate Development
Edison International

Pat Reiten
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

10:45 – 11:15 AM
Morning Break
11:15 – 12:15 PM

DER Integration for an Optimized Grid
Effectively integrating renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and demand response in a distribution management system to help optimize the grid.

  • Rate basing DER equitably to help recover the revenue needed to maintain the system
  • New regulatory policies/PUC actions to help fund and field DER resources
  • Effects of various state initiatives and federal actions to foster DER integration
  • Non-wires alternatives to traditional transmission/distribution
  • The benefits of centrally-dispatched vs. behind-the-meter storage, and when the performance attributes of different storage technologies are needed
  • Rate design considerations and their impact on communities of color
  • Lessons learned from rebuilding Puerto Rico’s grid

Speakers

Mark C. Zebrowski
Partner
Morrison Foerster
Moderator

Kerinia Cusick
Co-Founder & Board President
Center for Renewables Integration

Tom Starrs
Vice President,
Market Strategy and Policy
SunPower

Caleb Waugh
Head of Business Analytics
– Energy Storage
Lockheed Martin Energy

Manal Yamout
Co-Founder, Senior Vice President of Policy & Markets
Advanced Microgrid Solutions

12:15 – 1:30 PM
Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 PM

Pathways to a Renewable Grid: Interactive Q&A Panel
Implementing the changes needed to achieve a modernized grid that maximizes renewable energy integration, informed by audience polling.

  • What change is needed: regulatory vs. legislative, T&D investments vs. market structure reforms, etc.
  • Who affects this change: elected or regulatory officials?
  • Cost allocation: who should pay for upgrades
  • Confronting regional issues: NY vs. CA; capacity market issues in eastern U.S. and market development in West

Speakers

David Chiesa
Senior Director of Global Business Development
S&C Electric Company
Moderator

Angelina Galiteva
Board of Governors
CAISO
Founder and Board Chair
Renewables 100 Policy Institute

Dan Reicher
Executive Director,
Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Stanford University

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Technology Innovations
How enabling technologies are improving the management of renewable generation today, and what services innovative technologies, such as blockchain and advanced control models, can bring to the grid moving forward.

  • Use of information technology to increase transparency, reduce network complexity, improve cyber security and enhance privacy
  • The opportunity for blockchain technology to manage the complex attributes of the grid: tracking renewable energy generation and tagging its additional attributes
  • Advanced control methods for integration of renewable energy and energy storage systems

Speakers

Chris Carr
Partner
Baker Botts LLP
Moderator

Neil Gerber
Global Director of New Energy and Environment
IBM

Jamie Link
Director, Innovation & Technology Commercialization
EDF Renewable Energy

Aram Shumavon
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Kevala

Mona Tierney-Lloyd
Senior Director,
Regulatory and
Government Affairs
Enel X North America, Inc.

John Westerman
Vice President,
Technical Solutions
Dynamic Energy Networks

3:00 – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break
3:30 – 4:30 PM

Financing Energy Storage Projects
The improving viability of project finance for storage and developing a standard approach that reflects its full value.

  • Approaches for financing energy storage projects: structured equity, opportunities for debt financing, the role of utilities, and balance sheet items for banks and other institutions
  • Monetization of revenue streams from storage, such as value stacking
  • The long-term trends and business drivers associated with renewables + storage, and the attributes that make such projects financeable
    • How does FERC Order 841 affect their value proposition?
  • Market and policy signals to attract investment: e.g., state models for carbon pricing, a federal energy storage tax credit

Speakers

Skip Grow
Managing Director,
Head of Clean Technology Group
Morgan Stanley
Moderator

Anik Gandhi
Vice President
Starwood Energy Group

Colleen Lueken
Market Analytics Director
Fluence – A Siemens and
AES Company

Chris Pih
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Rob Morgan
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Group
GE Power

Jason Spreyer
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Brookfield Renewable North America

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Wholesale Markets: Expansion, Reliability and Resilience
How RTOs and ISOs can reform wholesale electricity markets to value grid flexibility, competition, reliability and resilience.

  • Review of RTO/ISO performance: how they developed, benefits, and the operational challenges or risks they face
  • Barriers to RTO creation or expansion in the West and Southeast, and what will it take to overcome them
  • How RTOs can adapt to zero marginal cost energy supply and incorporate public policy mandates from states and the federal government
  • FERC resilience docket
  • Consolidation of balancing authorities in the West: growing resource adequacy problems associated with creating a day-ahead market in CA
  • The impact of fire cost exposure and other natural disasters on the creditworthiness of projects, e.g. Topaz solar project

Speakers

Allison Clements
Program Director,
Clean Energy Markets
Energy Foundation
Moderator

Craig Glazer
Vice President,
Federal Government Policy
PJM

Rob Gramlich
Founder & President
Grid Strategies LLC

Kevin Gresham
Vice President,
Government Relations & External Affairs
E.ON Climate &
Renewables NA

Sarah Webster
Vice President,
Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications
Pattern Energy

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Renewable Energy Grid Forum’s Evening Networking Reception

Location: Grand Hyatt at the Bayview Sunset Skyline on 36th Floor

Join renewable energy executives and power grid experts for an exclusive networking reception featuring hors d'oeuvres, craft cocktails and stunning sunset views of the San Francisco skyline. It’s the perfect way to cap off your stay in the City by the Bay and reflect on the forum’s insightful discussions.