GridFWD 2019 Markets and Models

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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

11:45AM - Grid Modernization and the Platform Economy

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 but Capacity Sufficient

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

3:25PM - 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?

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

  • Martin Milani, CEO, Sunverge

  • Speaker TBA

sessions on october 9

11:35AM - 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

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?

  • Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Lead, Microsoft

  • Eileen Quigley, Executive Director, Clean Energy Transition Institute

  • Lincoln Bleveans, Asst. GM, Power Supply, Burbank Water and Power

Regulation and Innovation

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?

  • John Gibson, Chief R&D Engineer, Avista

  • Shawn Marshall, Executive Director, LEAN Energy

  • James Sprinz, Head, Decentralized Energy, Bloomberg NEF

  • Tanuj Deora, VP Market Development, Uplight

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GridFWD 2019
October 7-9
Benaroya Hall, Seattle
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