8:45 – 9:00 AM
9:00 - 9:20 AM

Karen Douglas
California Energy Commission

9:20 – 10:20 AM
How the Power Grid Can Adapt to 100% Clean Energy

With an increasing number of cities and states establishing 100 percent clean energy targets, panelists will discuss the grid challenges and requirements associated with achieving high penetrations of renewable energy and storage.

  • The evolving roles of power markets and load service entities in managing grid services
  • Maintaining reliability and resource adequacy: policy, regulatory and technology solutions
  • Transmission requirements: can storage and DER resources offer non-wires alternatives?
  • Enabling the financing/funding of grid technologies to accelerate the transition to high-penetration renewables

Jeff St. John
Senior Editor
Greentech Media 


Mark Irwin
Director, Energy Contract Management
Southern California Edison

Rose E. McKinney-James
Managing Principal
Energy Works LLC

Francis O’Sullivan
Senior Vice President for Strategy
Lincoln Clean Energy

10:20 – 10:50 AM
Morning Break
10:50 - 11:10 AM
Power Talk

Rob Gramlich
Founder & President
Grid Strategies LLC


Joachim Seel
Electricity Markets and Policy Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

11:10 – 12:10 PM
Optimizing Buyers' Impact: How Corporations Can Help Decarbonize the Grid

Large end users and power sector experts will explore policy, regulatory and technology strategies that corporate buyers can adopt to promote deep decarbonization of the grid.

  • Evaluating the carbon impact of purchasing strategies: hourly carbon accounting methods and location-specific analyses
  • Opportunities to leverage C&I influence for broadly beneficial regulatory change
  • Clean technologies and other tools companies can procure to avoid carbon emissions

Susan Mac Cormac
Corporate Partner
Morrison & Foerster


Peter Freed
Head of Energy Strategy

Robert Parker
Senior Lead, Data Center Energy and Location Strategy
Google LLC

12:10 – 1:25 PM
1:25 – 1:45 PM
Power Talk

James Sprinz
Head of Decentralized Energy

1:45 – 2:30 PM
The Role of Utilities in America's Transition to Renewable Energy

Senior utility executives will offer perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for renewable integration in an expanding marketplace.

  • What utilities require from power markets and transmission systems to expand their clean portfolios
  • Deploying renewables, storage, aggregated DER and other ancillary service technologies to bolster bulk power and distribution systems
  • Renewable asset ownership vs. PPAs

Gregory Wetstone
President & CEO


Julia Hamm
President & CEO
Smart Electric Power Alliance

Frank Prager
Vice President, Policy & Federal Affairs
Xcel Energy

Peter Toomey
Sr. Vice President, Strategic Regulatory Initiatives
Duke Energy

2:30 – 3:15 PM
Community Choice Aggregation: Impacts on Project Finance and Grid Management

CCAs are growing in popularity as an alternative electricity provider for communities that want more local control over their energy mix. Financiers, CCAs and other business leaders will dive into what this growth means for the electric grid, utility business models and project finance.

  • Cooperation with power markets while balancing local autonomy
  • Improving the creditworthiness of CCAs
  • Evolving contracts, and what they mean for project finance
  • Maintaining reliability as the influx of new load service entities enter the marketplace

Ed Zaelke
Head, Global Energy Finance Group
McDermott Will & Emery


Nick Chaset
Chief Executive Officer
East Bay Community Energy

Daniela Shapiro
Head of Distributed Solar, AIFA

Britta von Oesen
Managing Director
CohnReznick Capital

3:15 – 3:40 PM
Afternoon Break
3:40 – 4:15 PM
Peaking Power: Can Renewables and Storage Replace Inefficient Peakers?

Grid experts will debate the effectiveness of deploying renewable energy, storage, hybrid systems and DER to replace costly fossil fueled peaker plants and provide capacity services.

  • Options in wholesale markets vs. vertically integrated utility regions
  • Economic competitiveness with the conventional options
  • Case studies on the successful deployment of such systems

Chris Carr
Baker Botts LLP


Eric Cherniss
Senior Director, Corporate Development and Strategy
Vistra Energy

Thomas D. Jarvi
Director, Flow Battery Program
Lockheed Martin Corp.

Kellie Metcalf
Managing Partner
EnCap Energy Transition 

4:15 – 5:15 PM
The Future of Wholesale Market Design

Looking forward, RTOs/ISOs and the renewable sector will examine the potential impacts of wholesale market efforts to value flexibility, competition, reliability and resilience.

  • Review of RTO/ISO performance: benefits and operational challenges
  • How wholesale markets adapt to zero marginal cost energy supply and incorporate public policy mandates from states and the federal government
  • Potential impact of the FERC resilience docket
  • Opportunities and barriers to RTO expansion in the West, and the repercussions of growing energy imbalance markets

Heather Curlee
Of Counsel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 


Jeff Bladen
Executive Director, Digital Strategy
Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

Rob Gramlich
Founder & President
Grid Strategies LLC

Aileen Roder
Attorney Advisor
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Travis Kavulla
Vice President for Regulatory Affairs

5:15 – 6:30 PM
Evening Networking Reception

Location: Hilton San Francisco Financial District, Terrace

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.

Sunset over San Francisco skyline