AGENDA

8:45 – 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks: Renewable Energy and the New Political Landscape
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Gregory Wetstone
President & Chief Executive Officer
ACORE

9:00 – 9:45 AM
Keynotes
glick_richard

Richard Glick
Commissioner
Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC)

 

Berberich_Steve

Stephen Berberich
President and Chief Executive Officer
California ISO

 

nelson_laura

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
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Gregory Wetstone
President &
Chief Executive Officer
ACORE
Moderator

cavanagh_ralph

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

hanna_mars

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

mckinney-james_rose

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

 

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

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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
zebrowski_mark

Mark C. Zebrowski
Partner
Morrison Foerster
Moderator

cusick_kerinia

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

starrs_tom

Tom Starrs
Vice President,
Market Strategy and Policy
SunPower

Waugh_Caleb

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

Yamout_Manal

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
chiesa_david

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

Galiteva_Angelina

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

reicher_dan

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
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Chris Carr
Partner
Baker Botts LLP
Moderator

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Neil Gerber
Global Director of New Energy and Environment
IBM

Link_Jamie

Jamie Link
Director, Innovation & Technology Commercialization
EDF Renewable Energy

aram_shumavon

Aram Shumavon
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Kevala

tierney-lloyd_mona

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

westerman_john

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

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

Gandhi_Anik

Anik Gandhi
Vice President
Starwood Energy Group

lueken_colleen

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

Pih_Chris

Chris Pih
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

morgan_rob

Rob Morgan
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Group
GE Power

spreyer_jason

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
clements_allison

Allison Clements
Program Director,
Clean Energy Markets
Energy Foundation
Moderator

glazer_craig

Craig Glazer
Vice President,
Federal Government Policy
PJM

gramlich_rob

Rob Gramlich
Founder & President
Grid Strategies LLC

gresham_kevin

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

webster_sarah

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.