GridFWD 2019 Markets and Models

Agenda | Tours/Workshops | Keynotes | Modernization Best Practices | Markets & Models | Culture of Innovation | Speed Pitches

It takes more than software, sensors and switches to run the digital utility. External factors in the market impact progress for grid modernization and these dynamics are leading to developments in the ways that business is conducted. Take part in an exploration of the latest trends in business models and energy markets that support grid modernization, the expansion of renewable energy commitments, and the evolution of regulatory frameworks.

sessions on october 8

1:30PM - Grid Modernization and the Platform Economy (Recital Hall)

Utilities nationwide are investing in grid modernization technologies, creating new opportunities for advanced operations and, potentially, new markets. Especially with increasing adoption of distributed energy resources, grid modernization investments can also be used to establish new platforms for delivering services to consumers, procuring needed grid services from DERs and implementing innovative rate designs. What is the potential that these investments may fundamentally reshape market structures for utilities?

  • Chris Villarreal, President, PluggedIn Strategies

  • Stina Brock, SVP North America, Electron

  • Bryan Hannegan, President & CEO, Holy Cross

  • Aram Shumavon, CEO, Kevala

1:30PM - Capital Efficient, Capacity Sufficient (Founder’s Room)

The dynamics of the market are driving operators to make capital efficient solutions in their system from targeted DR and expanded EE to new pathways for integrating and optimizing DERs. But we all know that when demand spikes customers expect the lights to be on. How can we here in the West where fossil based resources are coming offline quickly and variable renewables are the majority of resources coming on, be sure that we have sufficient capacity to meet the demands of customers?

  • Ed Burgess, Director, Strategen

  • Josh Keeling, Sr. Product Manager, LO3 Energy

  • Jeff Ressler, CEO, Clean Power Research

  • Debbie Reynolds, Energy Conservation, Assistant Director, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

3:30PM - The New Infrastructure Investment Landscape

New participation from consumers and distributed energy resources hold the potential to fundamentally change how utilities invest in the infrastructure they need for the future. How are regulators considering non-wires alternatives to traditional infrastructure investments? Do new opportunities exist for markets to provide grid services?

  • Moderator: Marissa Hummon, Chief Technology Officer, Utildata

  • Kristina Kelly, Sr. Consultant and Non-Wires Lead, DNV GL

  • Martin Milani, CEO, Sunverge

  • Vidya Vankayala, Director of Grid Modernization, Powertech Labs

  • Ryan Fedie, Engineering Manager, BPA

4:25PM - The Role of Digitization in the Decarbonized Grid

What’s possible with the advent of low-cost IoT sensors, real-time analytics, and intelligent algorithms? We will dive into how these will power the future of distributed energy systems and the situational awareness needed to maintain reliability and increase resilience for an increasingly decarbonized energy grid.

  • Mischa Steiner, CEO, Awesense

  • Scott Harden, Global Lead Energy, OSI Digital (and Grid Forward Board Chair)

  • Sage McLaughlin, Manager New Products, Duke Energy

  • Matt Schnugg, VP Engineering, Data and Analytics, GE Power Digital

5:15PM - Deep Dive: How to Merge the Worlds of Distribution Operations & Planning

The line between planning and operations is becoming increasingly blurred. DER proliferation and electric vehicles, alongside a diversity of advanced monitoring and controls in the distribution system, are driving the utility to be pro-active in evolving traditional planning functions to alleviate constraints in a tightened timeline. Join this discussion around how to tie the utility from traditional planning functions through to operations.

  • Jason Zyskowski, Sr Manager, Transmission & Distribution Ops, SnoPUD

  • Mark Hormann, VP, Key Accounts & Business Development, West, Opus One Solutions

sessions on october 9

10:40AM - Getting Started in the EIM: Updates from the Field

The Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) has been moving forward for several years, with recent developments related to the feasibility of day-ahead markets, relevant decisions from FERC and updates from governing bodies in the region. What is the future of the EIM in the western states? How does this enable or affect other market development efforts?

  • Carl Linvill, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

  • Mark Holman, Managing Director, Power, Powerex

  • Therese Hampton, Executive Director, Public Generating Pool

  • Steve Kerns, Director of Grid Modernization, BPA

  • Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, Cal ISO

1:15PM - How Renewable Energy Commitments are Shaping Markets

Many corporations are pursuing commitments to purchase clean energy leading them, in some cases, to pursue direct purchases or negotiate new agreements with the utilities serving them. At the same time, many utilities are incorporating commitments to clean energy in their long-term resources planning. Are these commitments reshaping markets energy markets in the western states? Or, will the falling costs of renewables provide new opportunities for utilities?

  • Moderator: Eileen Quigley, Executive Director, Clean Energy Transition Institute

  • Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Lead, Microsoft

  • Vern Porter, Vice President, T&D Engineering and Construction and Chief Safety Officer, Idaho Power

  • Dave Ulozas, Senior Vice President, Renewable Energy and Origination, NV Energy

2:05PM - Getting to Gigawatts of DER (Founder’s Room)

DER is not growing fast enough in WECC to meet emissions targets. And the DER we are seeing is not firm or reliable. The neck of the duck is getting longer. How can we procure, firm, shape, backstop and deliver DER at scale (GW scale) in WECC? This panel brings together a collection of visionaries.

  • Moderator: Graham Horn, Vice President, Business Development, Enbala

  • Mark Dyson, Principle, Rocky Mountain Institute

  • Louis Ting, Director of Power Planning & Engineering, LADWP

  • Steve Widergren, Principal Engineer, PNNL

  • Alan White, Chief of Global Accounts, EnelX (eMotorwerks)

2:05PM - Regulation and Innovation (Recital Hall)

Markets are continually evolving, changing the options customers have and the ways that utilities and other companies meet their needs. It has always been true that energy markets are products of intentional design, but are the design objectives changing? Should they? What are the best new strategies for encouraging innovation while maintaining familiarity, trust and reliability?

  • Moderator: Matthew McDonnell, Associate Director, Navigant

  • John Gibson, Chief R&D Engineer, Avista

  • Shawn Marshall, Executive Director, LEAN Energy

  • Kelly Crandall, Director Regulatory Affairs, Uplight


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GridFWD 2019
October 7-9
Benaroya Hall, Seattle


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