President & Chief Executive Officer
Regulatory Commission (FERC)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Laura Nelson
Utah Governor’s Energy Advisor,
Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development
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
Chief Executive Officer
Power Sector, Climate & Clean Energy Program
Global Energy Policy and Markets
Energy Works LLC
McKinney-James & Associates
J. Andrew Murphy
Senior Vice President,
Strategy and Corporate Development
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy
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
Mark C. Zebrowski
Co-Founder & Board President
Center for Renewables Integration
Market Strategy and Policy
Head of Business Analytics
– Energy Storage
Lockheed Martin Energy
Co-Founder, Senior Vice President of Policy & Markets
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
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
Senior Director of Global Business Development
S&C Electric Company
Board of Governors
Founder and Board Chair
Renewables 100 Policy Institute
Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Stanford University
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
Baker Botts LLP
Global Director of New Energy and Environment
Director, Innovation & Technology Commercialization
EDF Renewable Energy
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Enel X North America, Inc.
Dynamic Energy Networks
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
Head of Clean Technology Group
Starwood Energy Group
Market Analytics Director
Fluence – A Siemens and
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Group
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Brookfield Renewable North America
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
Clean Energy Markets
Federal Government Policy
Founder & President
Grid Strategies LLC
Government Relations & External Affairs
E.ON Climate &
Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications
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.